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Texas blog roundup for the week of March 11

The Texas Progressive Alliance is always ready to spring ahead as it brings you this week’s roundup.


Off the Kuff wrapped up his analysis of 2012 election returns versus 2008 returns with a look at the Congressional districts, and a suggestion for where Democrats should look next.

The prognosis for Medicaid expansion in Texas — after a huge rally at the Capitol and many committee meetings and statements from legislators — still appears to be guarded, observes PDiddie at Brains and Eggs.

WCNews at Eye on Williamson believes there’s no other conclusion to be drawn from Texas Supreme Court Justice Wallace Jefferson’s State of the Judiciary speech this week, The Texas justice system is broken.

From McBlogger’s Please God, Make It Stop! file comes Kinky Friedman 2014.

John Cornyn, one of 22 Republican males in the senate who voted against the Violence Against Women Act, is now claiming credit. Cornyn was one of 30 senate Republican males who voted against the Franken anti-rape amendment in 2010. What a prince, Cornyn is.

Neil at Texas Liberal is in Los Angeles this week. Neil posted a picture of a Los Angeles police helicopter flying over Santa Monica Beach as the sun sets. This type of surveillance is far more picturesque than a drone hovering over you snapping pictures.

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And here are some posts of interest from other blogs around Texas.

Better Texas Blog reminds us that Texas’ public pensions are on sound financial footing.

Texas Leftist thinks the “Arkansas option” for Medicaid expansion isn’t a good idea for Texas.

Socratic Gadfly notes that legislators tend to vastly overestimate how conservative their districts are.

The Great God Pan Is Dead reports that small press and independent comics are alive and well in Texas.

Burnt Orange Report says that if the Lege truly did give the people what they wanted, they’d restore funding to public education.

Juanita minces no words about Rick Perry.

Letters From Texas uses the math to remind us that John Cornyn is a fool.

The Rev. Beth Ellen Cooper writes about being lectured on morality by a couple of legislative staffers.

Mean Green Cougar Red has a few thoughts on Dubai becoming a hub for international air travel.

Texas Redistricting maps out what might happen to Texas’ legislative districts after SCOTUS rules on the Voting Rights Act.

When In Session celebrates the bill filing deadline.

Lone Star Ma commemorates International Women’s Day.

And while it doesn’t have anything to do with politics, good beer news is always welcome.

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