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Friday Afternoon Round-Up: Starr County, Dick Armey, and Drunk-Driving Data


by: Katherine Haenschen

Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 03:00 PM CST


It's Friday, so while you're waiting for quittin' time, here's a round-up of various news items this week, aka a good opportunity for me to close a few of my open browser tabs.  

  • Way to go, Starr County! The south Texas county had the 10th highest vote share for President Obama in 2012, where he racked up 86% of the vote. All 10 are majority-minority counties, and many are in the South. Maybe Texas Democrats can call our resurgence the Starr County Strategy.

  • Newly minted Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro (CD-20) was elected president of the freshmen Democrats by his fellow first-termers. Excellent!

  • State Representative Mary Gonzalez (HD-75) is getting some positive press in her first week on the job. Gonzalez is the first openly gay woman elected to the Lege. It's a great step forward for Texas, and I'm confident that Representative Gonzalez' historic contributions to our state will go beyond identity politics.

  • One-man Dick Armey accidentally gave a dishy interview to liberal Media Matters, thinking it was the conservative Media Research Center, reports the Daily Caller. Right-wing bloggers got really mad. Armey's interview was quite juicy, calling the $1 million FreedomWorks spent on Glenn Beck a waste and a mistake. (Duh. I could have told y'all that.) The interview is here.

  • Heh heh, Ted "the UN is coming for our golf courses" Cruz said that Chuck Hagel's views are "not in the mainstream". By the by, Cruz also thinks sharia law is a huge problem here in the US. Cruz is not exactly the arbiter of "mainstream" thought these days, except maybe in the GOP.

  • The Atlantic today pondered if there is less drunk driving in the South, or just less data. The South has lackluster public transit, and presumably high levels of drinking, so should that correlate to high rates of drunk driving? Turns out something's amiss with the data collection.

On that note, if you're here in Austin, come join the Austin Young Democrats for our monthly happy hour tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 at Donn's Depot. All are welcome!

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