Roundin’ up the TPA

The Texas Progressive Alliance, which has some experience in these matters, extends its best wishes to the east coast as it recovers from Hurricane Irene. Here now is the roundup:

Off the Kuff notes that Texas’ unemployment rate is at its highest level since the days of the oil bust. Maybe firing thousands of teachers and other public employees isn’t such a hot idea.

Sanger ISD Administrators make fun of Rick Perry in a Hee-Haw sing along skit.

A Houston city council candidate has affixed hundreds of his campaign signs to utility poles — in violation of both city ordinance and the utility company’s rules — throughout the city, many of them 20- and 30-feet off the ground. This candidate, an attorney, blames “overzealous volunteers” and makes no promise to remove them. This candidate’s name is Eric Dick. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs asks the (hopefully obvious) question: does Houston really need another dick on city council?

How can you tell that republicans are batsh*t crazy? Rick Perry has jumped to the top of the polls. CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme has warned you for years.

Libby Shaw at TexasKaos has a roundup of Icky Ricky’s Pay to Play Politics for those inquiring minds that need to know. See Icky Ricky Perry, the Master of Pay to Play Politics.

WCNews at Eye On Williamson shows that state Sen. Steve Ogden needs to check his facts about who’s to blame for the budget impasse last session, Sen. Ogden’s false equivalency.

This week on Left of College Station, Teddy continues to look at Rick Perry’s Texas. From tort reform that doesn’t deliver on promises to water infrastructure neglect that has left Texas a dry state; from crony capitalism that benefits Perry’s campaign contributors to the fact that Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured in the nation. It’s hard to mess with Texas when Perry already has.

Neil at Texas Liberal will be taking part in a spoken word event and concert in Cincinnati on Saturday, 9/3 to mark the release of the Aurore Press book Living In The Lap Of Labor. This book is a collection of essays about working in America. Neil has an essay in the book and will be reading from that essay. While it is unlikely you will be in Cincinnati in the week ahead, Neil asks you to stop on by and say hello if you are in fact in town.

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