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Weekend link dump for November 4

It’s almost over, it’s almost over, it’s almost over… Paul Krugman writes the introduction for a new edition of Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” trilogy. You may commence having your nerdgasm now. This is sort of like Kickstarter in reverse. “Common sense” economic policies usually aren’t the least bit sensical. Chocolate chirp cookies. And no, that’s not […]

Final EV totals

Early voting was up from 2008, but not quite as much as the initial hype might have led to you think. By the time early voting in Texas ended Friday night, an estimated two-thirds of those expected to cast a ballot in Harris County had already done so. That trend is mirrored around the country […]

Perryman for expanding Medicaid

Economist Ray Perryman makes the straightforward economic case for expanding Medicaid in Texas. According to our analysis, every $1 spent by the State of Texas to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act returns $1.29 in dynamic State government revenue during the first 10 years of the expansion. Medicaid expenditures lead to substantial economic […]

TAPPS changes its playoff policy

Good for them. The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, which faced controversy last spring in a basketball tournament scheduling issue with a local Orthodox Jewish school, has amended its bylaws to ensure that its statewide high school competitions will not conflict with “the Sabbath and religious days of observance” of member schools. The […]

Closing arguments for the Metro referendum

One way or another, this argument will be settled on Tuesday. What happens after that is still anyone’s guess. The referendum on Tuesday’s ballot asks whether to continue spending some public transit sales tax money on streets and bridges. Opponents have campaigned against it by recasting the question: Should transit money be spent on roads […]