Four Intriguing Texas Facts to Start This Monday

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1. SpaceX is getting ready to break ground in South Texas’ Cameron County. “I believe that construction activity at the SpaceX site will intensify in the near future as the design phase is completed and focus shifts to the construction phase,” Cameron County Judge Pete Sepulveda said. They’ve got 115 acres of land, where they will soon start building some of the ships that, hopefully, will take humanity beyond Earth.

2. Ted Cruz desperately wants to lift all limits on campaign donations, and for some reason he thinks that view will help him win the presidency. “I believe in free speech and the First Amendment, which means everyone here has a right to speak out in politics as effectively as possible,” Cruz said yesterday in New Hampshire. “To speak out and make your views known, whether that is standing on a street corner on a soap box, whether that is printing out a yard sign, whether that is spending money to run a radio ad or a TV ad, effectively communicating.”

3. Blue Bell ice cream may have killed three people last week from foodborne illness. The company had to do its first-ever recall in over a century of business. According to Blue Bell CEO Paul Kruse, the whole problem traces back to one machine that has been decommissioned.

One unfun fact about Blue Bell: ownership is deeply conservative. In 2012, the company gave $40,000 to the Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC, a Boehner group.

4. Rand Paul is opening an Austin office for his RANDPAC. The media story is he’s trying to attract tech-minded people (he’s also opening a Bay Area office), as well as young voters. The appeal of Paul against the likes of Rick Perry and Scott Walker for millenials makes good poll sense, yet no one seems to notice that there’s an extremely short ceiling for this appeal. The man can’t stand any taxes, he’s opposed to all abortions, he opposes government funding for education, and he’s as slippery on foreign policy as the worst of them.

Isn’t it amazing how through Super PACs, politicians can run campaigns before they start campaigns?

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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it distorts almost every other issue in American politics.

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  1. Teddy assumes that wide open spigots of money would help him, as the super rich he serves get their totally unfettered wallets open. What he does not realize is that while they want to rule the United States and the world, they need to have a reasonably intact world left to rule; electing an acolyte of nihilism such as Cruz is not the way to get that. In that world a little sanity would go a long way.

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