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Left In Texas Podcast Covers Week In Texas Political & Culture News


by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 09:30 PM CDT

Left In Texas is a weekly podcast that covers the latest news in Texas politics and culture.

For the week of July 14th, co-host Imad Khan, special guest Lola Bakare of the Daily Dot and myself discuss Netroots in Detroit, the continued situation with the Central American minors at the Texas border, Rick Perry's surge in GOP polls, Wendy Davis' fundraising efforts, the invasion of Palestine, and the best way to fight off internet trolls.

It's our longest episode yet, but totally worth it!

Check it out at on twitter at @LeftinTexas and we hope you will like, share, subscribe and give us feedback on the show.

Listen below the jump!

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Rick Perry Signed Reduced Budget On DPS Border Security, Wants GOP To Kill Bill Addressing Crisis


by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 04:06 PM CDT

Perry's biggest "oops" moment may not be that he couldn't remember the 3rd federal agency he'd like to nix as president, but that he signed a budget in 2013 that reduced the amount of state money allocated for border security to the DPS.

Today Rick Perry made the rounds on national TV to berate the White House over its handling of the border situation, but he also told Britt Hume of Fox News that he does not support Congress appropriating the $3.7 billion that President Obama has suggested to address the problem.

More on Perry's current budget cuts to border security below the jump...

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See What Happens When A Citizen Takes Greg Abbott's Advice to "Just Drive Around"


by: Joe Deshotel

Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 04:30 PM CDT

When Attorney General Greg Abbott ruled that citizens could not rely on their state government to inform them when harmful chemicals were in their neighborhood, the Dallas Morning News editorial board said he "stepped in it," and the Lubbock daily said he should reverse his decision.

Abbott told citizens to "just drive around" to look for harmful chemicals that could be near their homes or schools, but after news reports showed it wasn't so easy, the Lone Star Project produced its own video of just what happens when you question a business that may be stashing potentially harmful materials.

See the video below the jump...

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Open Carry Gun Movement Parodied With Open Carry Guitar Rally


by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT


photo: David Worthington
A group of North Texas musicians chose Independence Day to parody the Open Carry gun movement by holding an Open Carry Guitar Rally. The theme was "Don't Shred On Me," and led by musician Barry Kooda, supporters, marched and conducted impromptu jam sessions.

Kooda said the rally was in jest, but the idea took off far beyond his expectations, and because of its success the event could even morph into an annual event.

See What Kooda said about Open Carry Texas and how the group responded...

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"Cold Beer and Titties": Sexism at Texas Boys State Conference


by: jess_stoner

Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 09:49 AM CDT

(This is an embarrassment to our state. A program that trains future leaders should do more to eradicate this sexist behavior. - promoted by Katherine Haenschen)

At this year's Texas Boys State conference, 920 high school students, or statesmen as they're referred to, gathered at the University of Texas at Austin to form municipalities, run for office, and pass legislation.

During their hectic week learning the "rights, privileges, and responsibilities of franchised citizens," they debated the legalization of marijuana and drafted strategies for water conservation and education and immigration reform.

They also gave speeches touting "Cold Beer and Titties," designed campaign logos showing women in bikinis, and created a party platform shaming teenage mothers.

Read more below the jump.

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Race-Baiting Open Carry Advocates to March through 5th Ward in Houston Juneteenth Weekend


by: Joe Deshotel

Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 09:27 AM CDT

UPDATED: According to the Facebook event page this event had been "postponed" due to a "scheduling conflict" with another Open Carry rally.

In what they say is an effort to "show that gun rights belong to all" members of the open carry movement will walk through the 5th Ward on Sunday -- a day after many Texans will be celebrating Juneteenth, in a predominantly African American area of Houston settled by former slaves just after the Civil War. The Facebook event claims the event will be a "canned food drive" and donations will be given to the "First Missionary Baptist Church."

The walk is being hosted by CJ Grisham, founder of Open Carry Texas, who was convicted of interfering with police duties over an incident where he was being questioned about his AR-15. The resulting conviction led to no jail time and he plans to appeal, but he was fined $2,000 and lost his concealed handgun license for 5 years. One does not need a license to open carry a long gun.

Hear the results of my call to the 5th Ward Missionary Baptist Church...

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Tesla's "Gigafactory" has Governors Googly-eyed But Can Rick Perry Pull off A Texas Miracle?


by: Joe Deshotel

Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 10:01 AM CDT

I don't always agree with Rick Perry, but when I do, it's because he wants Telsa to come to Texas. With as much recruiting time as Perry spends in California, one would have imagined the Governor would have invited Tesla's Elon Musk to do business in Texas along time ago.

Well, in short he did, just not for Tesla. Musk's other out-of-this-world project SpaceX has had a good working relationship with the Texas legislature, has been creating jobs, and is preparing to launch rockets in South Texas.

It is hard to believe with the pro-business rhetoric of Texas politicians that the state would be anything but welcoming to the innovative car company. But while SpaceX is literally embarking on a whole new frontier, Tesla is infringing on an old establishment model of auto dealerships.

Read below the jump about the dueling Governors of America's largest states, as they do battle for Tesla's ultimate prize -- the "gigafactory"...

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State Rep. Bryan Hughes On CNN's Anderson Cooper 360: Being Gay Is A 'Mistake' You Can Fix


by: Omar Araiza

Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT

Texas state Rep. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) went on Anderson Cooper's show, AC360, in order to defend Texas Republicans' support for a gay "cure." Things didn't go so smoothly for him.

Hughes tried to defend Republicans' support for gay conversion arguing there exists plenty of medical support for such procedure. (There doesn't.) Cooper called Hughes out on this lie and began to list all the medical organizations that condemn any such attempt as abusive and harmful.

"I could give you a list," Cooper told Hughes. "The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselors' Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers. They represent half a million mental health professionals, they all say [being gay] is not a mental disorder. It's not something that needs to be cured."

Cooper then went on to show Hughes a clip of the former president of the largest "ex-gay" group that claimed to be able to change people's sexuality. The group dismantled after recognizing being gay is not a choice. But Hughes was not convinced.

"No one is saying that God doesn't love people as they are," responded Hughes. "Every one of us makes mistakes, makes decisions we're not proud of."

Cooper, who is openly-gay, fought back Hughes' ignorant remarks.

Watch the interview below.

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Ted Cruz Went to DC To Change it, Instead He Brought Division Back to Texas


by: Joe Deshotel

Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 10:30 AM CDT

Many political observers announced the decline of the Tea Party, but that was just based on a majority of American's unfavorable opinion of the hardline conservative activists -- election results are showing something different.

Eric Cantor the 2nd most powerful GOP member in the US House was ousted in his party's primary earlier this week and the Tea Party got all the credit. Ted Cruz' Chief of Staff tweeted "Is DC Listening yet? #MakeDCListen" just minutes after Cantor's defeat was announced.

That is a line the Senator has been using a lot lately, but his attempt to reshape Washington is inflicting havoc on the sustainability of his party back home in Texas.

See what Cruz said himself below the jump...

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Young Republicans Struggle to Find Room Under Party's Shrinking Tent


by: Joe Deshotel

Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 01:30 PM CDT


photo: My FOX DFW
Young Conservatives have been venting their frustrations over tenets of their party's platform. Some of the changes made by the Texas GOP, especially its hard line on immigration and 'reparative therapy' for homosexuals, have dominated the state's political news since the convention last weekend.

The common remedy provided by the young Republicans can be summed up as "brevity." The suggestion was that the platform should be a more broad statement of beliefs. Ironically though, even with "freedom" as a battlecry, the platform details just how much the Tea Party really wants to regulate liberty, and just how uninviting it is to the diversity that makes up the state of Texas.

See what the Young Republicans in Texas and Florida have said below the jump...

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