Tuesday, November 18, 2014
TPA - Progressives looking around, looking forward, fighting voter apathy
The Texas Progressive Alliance continues to look forward as it brings you this week's roundup.
Off the Kuff looks at some pro- and anti-equality bills that were pre-filed for the 2015 Legislature.
Libby Shaw writing for Texas Kaos and for Daily Kos notes that although the Republican voter suppression efforts had its intended effect of keeping so many of us away from the polls, Texas Democrats share some of the blame for voter apathy. Voter Suppression did the Trick in Texas.
Evidence from around the country emerged in the wake of the 2014 election drubbing that change is going to have to come to the Democratic Party from both within and without. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs understood early on that if they cannot regain relevance in midterm elections, then we are all destined to ride the partisan see-saw every two years... and let gridlock reign.
Social Media has been great at blowing up narratives generated from republican think tanks and published in mainstream newspapers, magazines and TV Shows. CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wants to help: No, the new set of Republicans in Congress aren't less crazy and more pragmatic than Todd Akin or Sharron Angle.
From WCNews at Eye on Williamson. One more time on some post-election commentary, Williamson Democrats, Battleground Texas, And The Way Forward.
Neil at All People Have Value said that there is not very much to say. APHV is part of NeilAquino.com.
Texas Leftist offers an insider's view of Battleground Texas... What went right, what went wrong and how the organization moves forward from here. Square one?? Get to know Texas, and don't mess with what already works.
Easter Lemming, in one of his rare and even popular posts outside of Facebook, covers a Republican blogger who shows how the Republican victories of 2014 set them up for defeat in 2016. There is a Democratic state firewall that would be almost impossible for Republicans to breach to get the presidency and the only question is how many seats will the GOP lose in the Senate and House. Easter Lemming now mainly posts on his Easter Lemming News Facebook page.
And here are some posts of interest from other Texas blogs.
Concerned Citizens scouts out the San Antonio Mayoral race.
Lone Star Q has a surprising report about Westboro Baptist's involvement in the recent Houston anti-gay protests.
Nonsequiteuse examines the cult of Mommy and the cult of the fetus.
Unfair Park wants to know why Ted Cruz wants to slow down their Netxflix streaming.
Texas Watch is hiring.
Juanita relates the worst Veterans' Day story ever.
Scott Braddock documents a teabagger slap fight in North Texas.
Fred Lewis sums up the evidence that wasn't presented at the San Jacinto waste pits trial.