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Friday Wrap: Cruz, Perry, TAB, JFK, Sotomayor, and dating tips from the State Department!

by: Burnt Orange Report

Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 10:36 AM CST

Welcome to the Friday Wrap, where your Burnt Orange Reporters comment on all the news that fits in a blockquote.

To start us off, Chaille Jolink asks, Where is my Joe Biden reality show?

Should Biden not run or win the presidency in 2016, "Biden My Time" could be the biggest thing on MSNBC since we all started setting our DVR's at 7 a.m. on the weekend for Chris Hayes.

Below the jump, get our thoughts on Ted Cruz, Rick Perry's heated pool, Sonia Sotomayor, Dr. Donna Campbell, Joe Biden, and Rodney Ellis, plus dating tips from the State Department!

In an a major development, the Texas Association of Business (TAB), Texas' largest business group, announced that it is incorporating sensible criminal justice reform measures in its list of legislative asks this session.

The TAB is supporting expanded probation programs and alternatives to incarceration, and it will work to reduce barriers to occupation convicts encounter when they exit prison. The TAB's support for criminal justice reform is significant, because it signifies a shift in attitude among a powerful group of deficit hawks. The TAB's support may provide legislators the cover they need to suggest sensible criminal justice reform and block bad bills this session.
-- Nick Hudson


Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited BookPeople, as near record turnout undermined rumors that her memoir's top slot on The New York Times Best Seller List is just one more lie from the vast liberal media conspiracy. And now Gary Clark, Jr. might be only the second most popular draw in Austin.
-- Edward Garris


We're hearing unconfirmed reports that Rick Perry desperately missed his rental mansion's heated pool until Texas's winter ended abruptly in the middle of January. On a related note, at least the warm weather means Greg Abbott might stop tweeting global warming denials.
-- Ben Sherman


Since John F. Kennedy's assassination, more Americans have died from gunfire than died in all the wars in the history of the United States combined.
-- Nick Hudson


This week, US Senator Ted Cruz co-sponsored a Constitutional amendment to limit US House of Representative terms to three and Senate terms to two. Texans can do Cruz one better and limit him to just one term by voting him out in 2018.
-- Katherine Haenschen


The only Democratic legislator in Texas who is not up for reelection in 2014 yet also has seven figures in his campaign bank account is Rodney Ellis. Will we hear any Ellis for Governor rumors before session is done?
-- Michael Hurta


Dr. Donna Campbell pulled a two-year term in the State Senate straw draw this week, forcing her to run again in 2014 and proving that legislators with the intellect of fetuses can feel pain at 3052 weeks.
-- Katherine Haenschen


This line of thinking means a possible Biden for President future is still on track - not to mention that I wrote about a show about Joe before those petitioners!
-- Karl-Thomas Musselman


If we needed another argument in favor of increasing funding for public education, Rick Perry claimed that in Texas, education spending increased 70% as enrollment increased 23% between 2002 and 2012. In reality, $4 billion was cut from public schools in the 2011 legislative session, while enrollment increased 20%. The state spent 25% less on public education in 2012 than it did in 2002, adjusted for 2002 dollars. Politifact rates Rick Perry's shaky math "False."
-- Katherine Haenschen


After the US Senate gets done confirming new members of the president's cabinet, maybe they'll confirm some judges for Texas (and elsewhere), too.
-- Michael Hurta


Dating Scams for Dummies: In the wake of the Manti Te'o  girlfriend hoax, the State Department has posted "tips on how to recognize sweetheart scams" on its blog. In its tips, the State Department suggests high alert if the person you meet online is "very attractive," or if the person "has incredibly bad luck--often getting in car crashes, arrested, mugged, beaten, or hospitalized..."
-- Nick Hudson

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