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My Big Fat Texas Forum Journal - Archives
Posted by sonias in Texas
Fri Jul 08th 2011, 03:29 PM
Closer Look Proves the Texas Path to Job Growth Isn’t Best The June jobs report released today shows how hard it is for the U.S. to shake free of persistently high unemployment. The meager numbers -- only 18,000 new jobs, far less than forecast, were created and the unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent from 9.1 percent -- should intensify the search for pockets of growth. That search will inevitably lead to Texas, one of the few spots in the country where people are finding work. It’s easy t...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Thu Jul 07th 2011, 11:02 AM
UT Rejects Rick Perry's Plan To Treat Students As 'Customers' In New Proposal In a 17-page-report released on Wednesday, the Liberal Arts dean at the University of Texas rejected Rick Perry's much touted plan to treat students as 'customers' in order to reduce costs. Randy Diehl blasted several of the proposed reforms to the University of Texas system which include judging teachers on student evaluations and making research more limited unless for direct financial gain. These initiatives hav...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Tue Jul 05th 2011, 08:53 PM
Texas Supreme Court: no e-voting paper trail required A group of Texas voters seeking to stop the use of paperless electronic voting machines reached a dead end on Friday; the Texas Supreme Court ruled that their suits could not proceed without evidence that they have been personally harmed. Texas has been using direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting machines for more than a decade. In 2006, a coalition of voters led by the Austin NAACP sued to stop Travis County from using the eSlate, a D...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Tue Jul 05th 2011, 09:44 AM
Sen. Wentworth takes out ad to attack newspaper Using an advertisement in Sunday's San Antonio Express-News, state Sen. Jeff Wentworth outlined his positions on the failed sanctuary cities bill, congressional redistricting and his belief that he has been targeted by the editor and two columnists because he is a Republican. The advertisement, which Wentworth wrote cost his campaign $8,932, is the senator's second in recent weeks. In June, he and eight other Republican senators wrote a lengthy ...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Fri Jul 01st 2011, 08:51 AM
Democrats Have Shot at US Senate Seat, Poll Says Democrats may have a shot at the seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling, a left-leaning polling firm. Republicans have the clear advantage. With little party crossover, the poll found them starting out with a 44-35 advantage. But independents favored Democrats in every match-up, indicating Democrats could eke it out if they find a strong enough candidate or draw a we...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Thu Jun 30th 2011, 09:08 AM
Worse than voter ID this is the classic bait and switch. While everyone was fighting the driving while brown sanctuary cities bill, another bill to allow profiling at the DPS offices just became law. :puke: ID measure passed quietly, while sanctuary cities bill died noisily An immigration-related provision tucked into a must-pass budget bill could have more of an effect on Texans than the high-profile sanctuary cities legislation that the Legislature did not pass. (snip) A provision in th...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Wed Jun 29th 2011, 10:24 PM
Poll: Perry Trails Obama In Texas Texas Gov. Rick Perry has reportedly been eyeing the race for the Republican presidential nomination -- but Texas isn't eyeing him for president, according to new survey from Public Policy Polling (D). Indeed, the poll shows Perry trailing President Obama in heavily Republican Texas, which last voted Democratic for president in 1976, when Jimmy Carter was the South's favorite son. Obama leads 47%-45%, even though Obama's net approval rating is underwater at ...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Fri Jun 24th 2011, 06:58 PM
Castro Will Challenge Doggett in New District Republican efforts to oust liberal Austin Congressman Lloyd Doggett are starting to bear fruit: The Texas Tribune is reporting that state Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, intends to run for the proposed new Congressional District 35, which would run from East Austin to San Antonio. GOP map-drawers created Dist. 35 partly to comply with federal mandates for "minority opportunity districts" – ones in which minorities have an opportunity to elect...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Fri Jun 24th 2011, 06:16 PM
Swiftboat Ad Funder Gives Big Bucks To Karl Rove's Super PAC Bob Perry, the Texas real estate mogul who bankrolled the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth advertisements against then-Presidential candidate John Kerry back in 2004, is now cutting checks to a conservative "super PAC" run by two former aides to George W. Bush. American Crossroads, run by former Bush aides Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, said in a Federal Elections Commission report filed yesterday that it got $500,000 from Perry ba...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Thu Jun 23rd 2011, 05:21 PM
MALDEF lawyer says Latinos left no better off than 20 years ago under redrawn congressional districts A lawyer viewing a proposed Republican redo of congressional districts laid out in late May saw no additional gains for Hispanic representation even though "65 percent of the state's growth over the past decade was comprised of Latinos." Nina Perales, vice president of litigation for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said in a May 31 press release that the map just unv...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Wed Jun 22nd 2011, 11:04 AM
Rick Perry's Top Controversies By all appearances, Texas Governor Rick Perry is edging closer to a presidential run. His wife wants him to jump into the race and so do the big money guys in New York. Also enthused by the idea were attendees of last weekend's Republican Leadership Conference, where the crowd chanted, "Run, Rick, Run!" But despite everything that Perry's got going for him—a strong state economy, great hair, bible-thumping bona fides, and more than a decade as a sitting governor—...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Tue Jun 21st 2011, 05:36 PM
Video: AC360 Calls Out Gohmert On '57 States' Remark Last night, U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, was again the subject of a "Keeping Them Honest" segment on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360. Cooper took the congressman to task over statements he made during a recent debate on U.S. involvement in Libya. Gohmert accused President Barack Obama of supporting "57 Islamic states in the world." He was referring to a misstatement then-presidential candidate Obama made on the campaign trail in 2008, when ...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Mon Jun 20th 2011, 11:31 AM
Amazon negoitiating for sales-tax exemption in trade for 5,000 new Texas jobs Amazon.com is negotiating a deal with Texas officials that would see the online retail giant promise to bring more than 5,000 jobs and $300 million in capital investments to the state over the next three years - if in exchange lawmakers will grant Amazon a 4 1/2-year exemption from collecting tax on online sales, according to documents obtained by the American-Statesman. The proposed deal would be implemented by att...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Thu Jun 16th 2011, 01:35 PM
Lawyer Up WHEN THE POLITICIANS LEAVE AUSTIN, IT’S TIME FOR THE LAWYERS to swoop in. Nothing especially new about that. For decades, Texas conservatives have tried to do essential things on the cheap, forcing the courts to periodically order the state to meet fundamental obligations like providing “equitable” public education. This time, the consequences of the state’s huge budget cuts to education, health care and essential services are so dire—and some of the culture-war legislation so extrem...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Wed Jun 15th 2011, 02:50 PM
Water Deal for Texas Coal Plant Postponed Updated 2:30 p.m. In a victory for environmental groups, the LCRA board decided to delay the decision on whether to grant a large water contract to the proposed White Stallion coal plant. The board heard testimony all morning, much of it from people living in the Colorado River basin who cited concerns about water availability and air pollution, and urged further study of the proposed 40-year contract. White Stallion's chief operating officer, Randy ...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Wed Jun 08th 2011, 05:24 PM
Labor sues Texas agency over unpaid overtime AUSTIN, TEXAS — The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a state agency seeking more than $1 million in back wages for hundreds of child welfare employees it says weren't paid for overtime hours. The federal agency is suing the Child Protective Services Division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in Austin. The suit claims 800 current and former CPS investigators and case workers were denied proper over...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Wed Jun 08th 2011, 02:26 PM
Anderson Cooper says Alamo’s Tim League deserves Nobel Peace Prize The Alamo Drafthouse has a long history of taking a zero-tolerance approach toward talking and texting in theaters. People who talk or use their cell phones during movies receive warnings, and if the behavior continues, violators will be removed. The Drafthouse’s unwavering commitment to a peaceful moviegoing experience went viral earlier this week when the Austin-based theater chain posted a video online with audio from a pr...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Thu Jun 02nd 2011, 03:05 PM
Announcing Texans Against Perry Since the talk is heavy in the air about a potential Perry run for the WH, we've set up a new Facebook page called "Texans Against Perry" to set the record straight on the truth about Perry's miserable 10-year stint as Governor. We Texans know the truth about Rick Perry, and it's time to let the rest of the nation know as well! After 10 years as Governor, Perry has left Texas with a massive budget shortfall, billions cut from public education, seniors without ...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Wed Jun 01st 2011, 12:54 PM
What's Right: Jack in the Box franchise owner lives the American dream HOUSTON—Atour Eyvazian is known for giving employees at his Jack in the Box extra time off, with pay, for maternity leave. He pushes his staff to get off the food prep line and into management. And if they want a day off just to goof off, Eyvazian says take it. "We have extremely low turnovers," said John Dishko, director of operations. He said the reason is because of Eyvazian’s relationship with his employees. To unders...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Wed May 25th 2011, 08:59 AM
Texas Senate Blocks Sanctuary Cities Bill The state’s contentious sanctuary cities bill failed to move out of the Senate late Tuesday — a move some senators said effectively killed one of the most controversial measures the Texas Legislature has considered this session. As late as 11 p.m., an aide to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said the Senate leader was still intent on bringing up the matter for a vote. (The Senate debates bills on the floor in the order they come in. Going out of order require...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Fri May 20th 2011, 09:51 AM
Texas politicians knew agency hid the amount of radiation in drinking water HOUSTON— Newly-released e-mails from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality show the agency’s top commissioners directed staff to continue lowering radiation test results, in defiance of federal EPA rules. The e-mails and documents, released under order from the Texas Attorney General to KHOU-TV, also show the agency was attempting to help water systems get out of formally violating federal limits for radiatio...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Wed May 18th 2011, 01:08 PM
Will the Sanctuary Cities Bill Survive Texas Senate? They won’t give names, nor will they engage in a game of hypothetical vote counting, but Senate Democrats will say the coalition forming against the state’s proposed sanctuary cities bill isn’t what observers would expect. 9snip) “There are some Republicans probably that would not like to see that bill come over, while some probably do support it,” said state Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, the chairman of the Senate Hispanic Caucus. “Bu...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Fri May 13th 2011, 05:18 PM
Texas House Passes Bill Against TSA "Groping" Texas lawmakers have a message for Transportation Security Administration: hands off. The House passed a bill today that would prohibit invasive searches and pat-downs at airport security or other public buildings. The legislation would make it a misdemeanor offense for a federal security agent to “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of the other person, including touching through clothing, or touch...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Thu May 12th 2011, 04:33 PM
Texas’ Wild Tea Party (snip) It was a desperate cry for sanity in a session that, even by the standards of the Texas Capitol, was setting new standards for irresponsible governance. The madness began on January 10. On the day before thirty new right-wing Republican representatives were sworn in, the state comptroller announced the whoppingest budget shortfall in state history. The fiscal crisis caught most Texans unawares. For the better part of a decade, they’d had their collective egos puff...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Mon May 09th 2011, 06:25 PM
Wentworth Gets a Win for Campus Carry Sen. Jeff Wentworth is relentless, and today, the San Antonio Republican got his way. Wentworth finally got his campus carry bill successfully tacked onto legislation — this time a bill by Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, that would reform methods of finance for public and higher education institutions. The measure is turning into a virtual Christmas Tree for amendments. Wentworth's measure would would allow concealed handgun license holders to carry on unive...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Sat May 07th 2011, 05:23 PM
State Rep. Rick Hardcastle says benzene has never been proven to be harmful During House debate, state Rep. Rick Hardcastle brushed off a colleague’s concerns about benzene emissions near Texas schools. "Are you aware benzene is also a compound in soap?" Hardcastle said April 28. "Found at every car wash in this state — and several other industries in this state? And it’s never been proven to be harmful." The Vernon Republican was opposing an amendment by Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, that ...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Fri May 06th 2011, 10:36 AM
Severe drought in Texas worst in map's history LUBBOCK, Texas — The amount of land in exceptional drought in Texas is the most in the 11 years forecasters have tracked the data, a weather official said Thursday. The U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows more than a fourth of the state, 25.96 percent, is now in the most severe drought category. Exceptional drought means extraordinary and widespread crop and pasture losses, and shortages of water in reservoirs. National Weather Serv...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Wed May 04th 2011, 10:23 AM
FEMA defends no more help over Texas wildfires AUSTIN, TEXAS — The Federal Emergency Management Agency defended its decision to refuse more assistance for Texas in the wake of devastating wildfires, saying Wednesday that the state has already received sufficient U.S. government help. Late Tuesday, Gov. Rick Perry criticized the White House after learning that his April 16 request for a federal major disaster declaration and additional help had been rejected. Wildfires since November have bla...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Tue May 03rd 2011, 03:11 PM
Leader of bin Laden attack was UT journalism grad Long before he was overseeing efforts to nab or kill Osama bin Laden, Bill McRaven graduated with a degree in journalism at the University of Texas. McRaven, now a vice-admiral, had been something of a bin Laden hunter for at least a half-dozen years before successfully directing the Sunday attack as the leader of the Joint Special Operations Command. McRaven, who hails from San Antonio, began preparing for his own storied career as a Navy SE...
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Posted by sonias in Texas
Tue May 03rd 2011, 10:56 AM
GOP House Members Join Dems to Applaud Obama For a rare moment, Republicans in the lower chamber set aside their anti-Washington rhetoric and joined their Democratic colleagues to congratulate President Barack Obama for ordering the military action that led to the death of Osama bin Laden. A motion by state Rep. Joe Farias, D-San Antonio, a veteran, to suspend the necessary posting rules to recognize House Resolution 1694, was greeted with raucous applause from House members and spectators in...
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