Tag Archives: Texas Politics

Robert Jensen and Pat Youngblood :
Working for a realistic left politics in Texas

To our friends outside Texas, we ask: Is it really so much better where you live? Where in mainstream politics in the United States is there much sanity? By Robert Jensen and Pat Youngblood | The Rag Blog | February … Continue reading

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Roger Baker :
Can Austin survive the current Texas drought? / 3

We look at  the climate science that warns that Austin faces serious water supply problems, and at the roles played by transportation planning and suburban sprawl in that crisis. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | February 19, 2014 … Continue reading

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Roger Baker :
Can Austin survive the current Texas drought? / 2

We look at the water-blind politics of Central Texas growth planning, and the developer-friendly role of regional transportation planning group CAMPO. Water use chart from stateimpact.npr. In the graphic above, one can see a dramatic shift to municipal use as … Continue reading

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Roger Baker :
Can Austin survive the current Texas drought? / 1

There is sound science that says there is likely to be big trouble, even in supplying Austin’s current population with enough water. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | February 6, 2014 First of three. I met a traveller … Continue reading

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Lamar W. Hankins :
Opportunist Narvaiz Takes On Doggett Again in Gerrymandered 35th

Congressional candidate Susan Narvaiz and friend. Image from Facebook. Unsolicited advice, Dept.: A Narvaiz strategy to defeat Doggett Narvaiz is a political chameleon who says what she needs to say and does what she needs to do to protect herself … Continue reading

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RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : Jim Hightower Brings the Lowdown on ‘Poopgate’ and ‘Tinkle-Down’ Economics

Texas populist gadfly Jim Hightower at the studios of KOOP-FM in Austin, Texas, September 13, 2013. Photos by Roger Baker / The Rag Blog. Rag Radio podcast: Famed Texas populist commentator and political gadfly, Jim Hightower In 30 years, we’ve … Continue reading

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Robert Jensen : Truce at the UT Factory

East Mall fountain, University of Texas at Austin. Photo by Frank Jaquier / Flickr. With truce at the UT factory, time to face tough choices More than ever we need a university that refuses to serve power and instead focuses … Continue reading

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Lamar W. Hankins : Slipping Creationism into Texas Textbooks

Political cartoon by Kirk Anderson. Image from The Skeptical Teacher. How Texas’ Board of Education will slip creationism into textbooks Since a majority of the reviewers of the science texts are ‘creationists’ or proponents of ‘intelligent design,’ there can be … Continue reading

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Lamar W. Hankins : Texas Sen. Donna Campbell’s Dishonesty on Abortion

Texas Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, speaks to an anti-abortion group outside the state capitol in Austin, Monday, July 1, 2013. Photo by Eric Gay / AP. Extremism trumps libertarian views: Donna Campbell’s dishonesty on abortion Campbell allows her extremist … Continue reading

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Anne Lewis : Texas Women Who Misbehave

Texas Sen. Wendy Davis speaks to a crowd of thousands at the Texas State Capitol, Austin, Texas, July 1, 2013. Photo by Phillip Martin / The Frisky. Deep in the heart of Texas: Women who misbehave While pro-life sentiment is … Continue reading

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RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : Progress Texas’ Glenn Smith Talks Wendy Davis, Rick Perry, and More

Democratic political consultant Glenn Smith in the studios of KOOP-FM in Austin, Texas, June 28, 2013. Photo by Roger Baker / The Rag Blog. Rag Radio podcast: Talking politics with Glenn Smith, director of Progress Texas PAC Glenn Smith, who … Continue reading

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Lamar W. Hankins : Women’s Freedom and Texas Republicans

Demonstrator at the Texas State Capitol, Austin, Texas, July 1, 2013. Photos by Deborah Kirksey Coley / The Rag Blog. Women’s freedom and Texas Republicans A political party that actually loves liberty would not seek to deny it to any … Continue reading

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