The Texas Progressive Alliance knows why the alligator crossed the road as it brings you this week's roundup. Off the Kuff analyzed the Texas Lyceum poll of attitudes towards Trump and 2018 races. Easter Lemming remarks on the great Houston Chronicle endorsement for Pat Van Houte for Pasadena mayor and tells you a bit about city election political funding. SocraticGadfly writes about — with photos — Earth Day 2017 and climate change reminding readers that time is running short, and that a carbon tax, a strong carbon tax, must be the baseline of any solution. The popular political drama from the last decade The West Wing turns out to be a lousy model for the Democratic Party, observes PDiddie at Brains and Eggs. ================= And here are some posts of interest from other Texas blogs. Better Texas Blog looks favorably on school finance bill HB21. Kyle Shelton looks at the different kinds of density in Houston. Dan Solomon introduces us to Student Body Armor. Paradise In Hell attended the Ted Cruz town hall. Lone Star Ma presents an Earth Day-themed reading list. The TSTA Blog isn't having it with Dan Patrick's spin on the budget. Lisa Gray eulogizes longtime Houston preservationist Bart Truxillo. Michael Li compares the 2011 and 2013 State House maps in the wake of the Fifth Circuit ruling that the 2011 map was passed with discriminatory intent. Purple City says goodbye and leaves us with a few of the ideas it didn't get to finish exploring.