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Username: Joe Deshotel
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Created: Sat May 26, 2012 at 11:48 AM CDT
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Web Page: https://twitter.com/joethepleb
Email: joe@burntorangereport.com

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Joe has worked in politics for over 10 year with representatives of Congress, the Texas legislature, Jefferson Co. and the City of Austin. His focus on social media has earned him several panel appearances regarding its use in politics.

Texas Ranked 10th Most Expensive State For Energy, 1st For Greenhouse Gases


by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 02:30 PM CDT

Texas has the largest carbon footprint of any state by far and now a new study shows that counter to intuition Texans are also paying more than most other American for their energy.

The cost of energy is higher for Texan's for the same reasons the state leads the nation in production of greenhouse gases -- a lack of investment.

We haven't invested in transportation infrasture to reduce traffic congestion or programs that lower pollution and its long term health costs, on top of the fact that our state leaders actively deny climate change and fight any attempts by the federal government to mitigate the problem.

See what's going on below the jump...

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Left in Texas: Wendy Goes Whataburger, Greg Abbott Gets The Boot, And Rick Perry Goes Rambo


by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

In this episode Imad and I review Texas politics for the week of July 21st.

We discuss the border crisis and how you can help the refugee minors. We talk about the top stories we covered this past week on our respective outlets The Daily Dot and Burnt Orange Report, and why Ted Cruz is tweeting about vampires.

We also talk about the state of the races especially that of Senator Leticia Van de Putte against Tea Party Senator Dan Patrick. And, you can find out who is mulling building the country's largest oil refinery next door to the currently largest in the country -- you may want to hold your breathe for that one!

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Steve Brown Pushes For Reform Of Texas Railroad Commission, His Opponent Ryan Sitton Not So Much


by: Joe Deshotel

Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

Steve Brown is the Democratic nominee for Texas Railroad Commissioner, the agency that oversees the state's oil and gas industry. Brown is facing Republican Ryan Sitton who was an outlier in a primary otherwise dominated by the Tea Party.

Sitton was able to buck the Tea Party trend in large part because of his support from the very industry he would be tasked to regulate.

According to campaign finance filings the Texas Tribune reports Sitton received $152,000 from the oil and gas industry, more than half of his total money raised.

See why SItton may want to avoid talking about reform below the jump...

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VICE: Rick Perry's Current Defense Attorney Previously Wanted Him Investigated By The FBI


by: Joe Deshotel

Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 04:00 PM CDT

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but if someone tries to sic the FBI after you -- put them on the payroll.

A new in depth report by VICE investigative reporter Murray Waas reveals that the attorney now defending Governor Rick Perry during a grand jury investigation over possible coercion and bribery of a public official, also once tried to prompt an FBI investigation against him.

He may have worked against the governor in the past, but Perry recognized that David Botsford, at $450 an hour, just happens to be one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Travis County, according to his peers.

See what brought these strange bedfellows together and how much it's costing the taxpayers below the jump...

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I Attended Upworthy's Training At This Year's Netroots Nation, You Won't Believe What Happened Next


by: Joe Deshotel

Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM CDT

A few thousand progressive bloggers, journalists, activists and politicos gathered in Detroit, Michigan over the weekend for this year's Netroots Nation. The annual conference is host to trainings and panels on how to increase your web presence, become a better organizer and has become the go to event for progressives across the U.S. to network and share best practices.

Given how the right has painted Detroit as a referendum on Obama I thought it was apropos that we take our own look and get a different view of the city, or at least more complete one.

See what we saw below the jump...

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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.

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Open Carry Texas Reschedules Walk On Houston's Mostly Black 5th Ward To Fight "Racist" Gun Laws


by: Joe Deshotel

Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 01:17 PM CDT

Open Carry Texas turns 1 year old today and it looks like the gun rally they planned in Houston's predominantly Black 5th Ward I reported on last month is back on for August 16th. After a month of criticism over racial insensitivity they have recruited an African American, and follower of Louis Farrakhan, named Maurice Muhammad as a special guest.

C.J. Grisham, OCT's founder, says open carry is a "universal right" and believes the media has been unfair in characterizing the organization as white male "rednecks." He says this description is a disservice to their minority members. Having seen many pictures and videos of OCT events I can attest that the group is predominantly white and male but does have minority members.

See what Grisham told Muhammad in a radio interview below the jump...

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Open Carry Gun Advocates Claims "Win For Freedom" After Judge Ruled Against Arlington Ordinance


by: Joe Deshotel

Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

Open Carry Tarrant County is claiming a "win for freedom" after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Monday stating that an Arlington city council ordinance violated their First Amendment rights to hand out flyers to motorists at busy intersections.

The council argued that the ordinance, which dates back to 1994, was a matter of public safety but the gun advocates claim they were being unfairly targeted. OC TC pointed to "fire-fighting fundraising" events and other charitable efforts that took place along the same corridors without enforcement as evidence.

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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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Rick Perry Blames President Obama for Refugee Crisis, But GOP House Won't Pass Immigration Reform


by: Joe Deshotel

Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 04:57 PM CDT

As the GOP's anti-immigration fervor reaches a fever pitch they are making even Glenn Beck seem like a candidate for the Humanitarian of the Year award.

Governor Perry has now called for the federal government to immediately deport all unaccompanied minors while also demanding that aid to their home countries be cut off until they stop appearing at the US border.

Beck told The Blaze of his plans to bring soccer balls, teddy bears and water to the border, "I've never taken a position more deadly to my career than this - and I have never, ever taken a position that is more right than this." It is enough to make you wonder where all the supposed pro-life politicians in GOP have gone.

The harsh rhetoric coming from the Texas GOP Congressional delegation might explain why Beck fears for his career -- see what they're saying below the jump...

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