Left In Texas: Cupcakes, Hyperloops, & Panic Buttons

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The Texas ‘lege’ is back in town and so far it’s promising to be even more exciting than the last campaign cycle.

On the first day we saw an armed rally, guns being manufactured on Capitol grounds, and over-zealous advocates refusing to leave a member’s office after he wouldn’t support open carry.

This may be the first episode that we failed to say the words “Ted Cruz.” For the first time in a while he just couldn’t compete with the crazy, but that doesn’t mean the state’s Congressional delegation wasn’t adequately represented. Normally that honor would go to Louie Gohmert but this week it went to Randy Weber for his tweet comparing Obama to Hitler. As ridiculous as it was, most people can forgive just how easy it is to send out a regrettable tweet, but what about an entire policy initiative?

The oops of the week, hands down, goes to newly sworn in Ag Commissioner Sid Miller. Remember him? He’s the former state rep. who – while running for his current post – had Ted Nugent as his campaign treasurer. He held an entire press conference to announce his first policy decision to give amnesty to cupcakes. As silly as it sounds, he doesn’t win the award for the spirit of the move, instead he wins because the policy had already been in place for ten years. Our former Republican Comptroller Susan Combs had a simple and encompassing rebuttal, she said, “to make light of the issue, is to be uninformed of the issue.” True, if anyone should be serious about the childhood obesity epidemic, it should be our Ag Commissioner.

Other things we discuss include, Rick Perry’s last speech and Elon Musk’s visit to the Capitol where he announced the possibility of a Hyperloop test track in Texas.

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About Author

Joe Deshotel

Joe was born and raised in Beaumont, Tx, but live music and politics brought him to Austin. He has worked in and around government and elections for over a decade including for a member of US Congress, the Texas Legislature, the Mayor of Austin. He currently serves as Communications Director for the Travis County Democratic Party. He is most interested in transportation, energy and technology issues. He also likes Texas Hold'em and commuting on his electric skateboard. Follow me on Twitter at @joethepleb.

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