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By the way, today is San Jacinto Day, when the Texian forces defeated Santa Anna and his forces and secured Texas independence.  If you ever have a chance, be sure to visit the monument and museum.

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Book Review: The Texas Right ed. David Cullen and Kyle Wilkison

A few years ago I read Cullen and Wilkison’s collection of essays - The Texas Left - which covered the history of the Left from the Radical Republicans to modern progressives.  This year they published a new collection of essays discussing the origins and history of the Far Right in Texas.  The volume contains essays from Sean Cunningham, George Green, and Michael Lind (as well as Cullen, Wilkison and others).  This collection demonstrates that the origins and history of the Texas Right are much more complex and intriguing than the typical stereotypes and simplifications of Texas politics would like to portray.  By far the most interesting essay was Lind’s “Texas Traditions and the Right” (pp. 155 - 171), in which he interprets Texas politics through the prism of ethnocultural theory - that culture being the Anglo-Celtic South.

Highly recommended read along with these volumes:

Cowboy Conservatism: Texas and the Rise of the Modern Right

The Texas Left: The Radical Roots of Lone Star Liberalism

Two Party Texas: The John Tower Era, 1961 1984 

Yeomen, Sharecroppers, and Socialists

Edmund J. Davis of Texas

Reagan’s Comeback

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I need this so bad.
In addition to the Knights, there are many other shirts, hats, jerseys, etc. available here.

I need this so bad.

In addition to the Knights, there are many other shirts, hats, jerseys, etc. available here.

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PPP: “Republicans lead in Texas”

According to the latest poll from Public Policy Polling.  In other news, water is wet.  

Still, the numbers put something of a damper on the hopes of TX Democrats.  Abbott has a 14 point lead over Davis (one point less than the polling in November).  The big swing has been in Davis’ favourability numbers, which are now 33/47, and may get worse as her law firm’s work gets further scrutiny.  

Both potential Republican LtGov nominees (there’s a run-off election in May) have a similar lead over the Democratic LtGov candidate Leticia Van de Putte (the numbers are actually similar to the 2010 general election results).  

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Last night I took some time to read Brig Gen Smedley Butler’s War Is A Racket.  Something which particularly struck me in this work was the description of the prize system, which I was not really aware of and am interested to learn more about.  Overall an interesting perspective, especially considering the context.

Last night I took some time to read Brig Gen Smedley Butler’s War Is A Racket.  Something which particularly struck me in this work was the description of the prize system, which I was not really aware of and am interested to learn more about.  Overall an interesting perspective, especially considering the context.

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"The existing aggregate limits may in fact encourage the movement of money away from entities subject to disclosure. Because individuals’ direct contributions are limited, would-be donors may turn to other avenues for political speech."

Majority Opinion, McCutcheon v FEC

By now everyone has had something to say about the McCutheon opinion, specifically about overturning the overall limits on contributions (which I support); however, the above is something I haven’t seen many people talk about, but which I think is a fairly important point.

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So, there we have it. Only one of my Final Four picks made it: Florida.  And of course, I’ll do this all again next year.

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Ray Hutchison is one of the many people who helped grow and build the Texas Republican Party.  He served in the Texas House from 1973 through 1977 and served as chairman of the Texas Republican Party from 1976 through 1978, when he ran for Governor (Source).

Ray Hutchison is one of the many people who helped grow and build the Texas Republican Party.  He served in the Texas House from 1973 through 1977 and served as chairman of the Texas Republican Party from 1976 through 1978, when he ran for Governor (Source).

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Texas Lege is finally getting rid of Real Player

The Texas Legislature has been using this horrible crap for what seems like an eternity.  They’ve finally ditched it and made upgrades (Source).  This comes as welcome news to all who follows the Lege. 

My reaction in gif form:

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firstbook:

How much do books really matter for kids? Turns out the answer is A LOT!

Very important

firstbook:

How much do books really matter for kids? Turns out the answer is A LOT!

Very important

(via pol102)