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Here we go folks, a long awaited Texas Round-Up!
- Have you voted in Sen. Kirk Watson's Monopoly Busters- Round 2? You should and can do so here. Help a deserving State Representative earn $10,000.
- The Texas Tribune looks at whether we may have a redistricting compromise on the table for Texas Congressional seats. While I generally think that if we gain 4 seats breaking those apart in a 2-2 partisan split for new seats is a good start- it ignores the fact that Texas has become more Democratic over the last 10 years and the existing gerrymander needs to be updated to reflect that. After all, if Democrats win any statewide seats in 2010 I think we can lay legitimate claim to an extra congressional seat or two.
- Speaking of population gain, Texas's urban areas are driving that, including 3% growth in Austin in the last year alone. And before Republicans get all hot to trot about growth in Texas being synonymous to gains for Republicans I'll direct your attention to Off the Kuff's 3-part (so far) series that details quite clearly that those fast growing urban and suburban counties are also shifting Democratic. If you don't read anything else, read these- Part 1, Part 2, & Part 3.
- A judge in Travis County declined Wednesday to consider Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's request to intervene in the county's first same-sex divorce case.
- Swing State Project has released their first round of competitive US House Race rankings. The only Texas districts to make the list are TX-17 and TX-23 (Chet Edwards and Ciro Rodriguez) in the Lean Democratic column.
- Is Kay Bailey Hutchison's non-resignation good for Democrats? A perspective offered here.
- Is there a reason the US Census is treating Colonias along the Texas border differently that other places? No wonder the border counties have some of the worst response rates in the state.
- In case you missed it, the Austin American Statesman bought In Fact Daily last week. There has been no offer for Burnt Orange Report.
- I tend to think this becomes more true every year, and in politics, it's going to be less and less of an issue in terms of the stupid things people do. Because maybe we will start realizing that we are all human after all.
- Oh, in case you missed it, the Libertarians nominated the following people for Travis County offices.