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Texas Progressive Alliance Round-Up With Reminder That 44% of Texans Voted For Barack Obama

Below is the weekly Texas Political Alliance round-up. The Texas Progressive Alliance is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas.

Also, as I run the round-up this week, I’d like to point that in last year’s Presidential election 44% of Texas voters supported Barack Obama.

I’m not someone always quick to leap to the defense of Texas, but it does get tiring sometimes to hear from people who are surprised Texas has any liberals. We’ve got millions of people here and there are plenty of liberals.

Here is the CNN politics site, which has results for Texas in last year’s election along with exit poll results  saying that a majority of folks 29 and under in Texas voted for Mr. Obama.

I don’t know when Texas will start voting for Democrats in state elections, but there are many Democrats and liberals in Texas.     

The round-up—

Last week, the Lone Start State got some much needed help from the feds when the EPA slapped down Governor Perry’s global warming denier pick for our state’s top environmental official. This week the EPA will have another opportunity to intervene in Texas when mayor Calvin Tillman releases an environmental study of air quality in Dish, TX that will contrast dramatically with industry findings. Keep watching Bluedaze: DRILLING REFORM FOR TEXASas TXsharon brings you that news.

Bay Area Houston has some pics from the Yes we Klan!teabaggers on parade in DC.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme notes that editorial boards across the state are taking Rick Perry to task for running Texas like he owned it.

Mean Rachel asks “Since when do conservatives care about anyone dying?” in “Dare Devils: Governor Rick Perry and the Texas Death Panel.”

Off the Kuff takes a look at a local race that found a hole in our state’s Elections Code.

Justin at Asian American Action Fund Blog writes about the right wing’s War on Diwali.

BossKitty at TruthHugger notices headlines this week that demonstrate America’s decline in common sense or accountability. Even worse, there is no regard for consequences of thoughtless actions … Sabotage Experts: US Coast Guard Exercise on 9/11, Congressman Baucus and Republicans.

Neil at Texas Liberal ran a video he shot in front a hurricane damaged fishing pier in Galveston in which he asked people to be flexible of mind. The video is 48 seconds long.

WCNews at Eye On Williamson on Sen. Steve Ogden (R-Bryan) making it official that he won’t seek reelection, and what that means going forward in Ogden will not run for Senate in 2010.

McBlogger offers another post on wage growth. Not terribly exciting, but it is hella important to the future of democracy. So, you know, you might want to read it.

A couple of Kinky Katzcould wind up at the top of the 2010 Texas Democratic ticket, according to PDiddie at Brains and Eggs.

Kay Bailey Hutchison takes a head-in-the-hot-sand approach to climate change that will get Texas burned and drive tens of thousands of new jobs elsewhere. Learn more at Texas Vox.

September 19, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,


  1. right and left will fight until there is nothing left to fight over. the divide is money and the money pays to keep the gunowners scared and the christians scared and they will always be at the mercy of media and hate. the left is stoned and drunk and jailed and will not do anything for themsleves. this country is a mess and its just getting worse. people need to be united for similar causes like healthcare and education but they are all too self centered and brainwashed with self interest. wake up america before its too late…

    Comment by bill brady | September 19, 2009

  2. I think you are overly hard on the left. Many on the left are willing to work hard for the good of others. They are willing to pay taxes for the good of others. They maintain a hopeful view that life can be better even after all the years of Bush and Bush and Reagan. I wish that you would please reconsider this view.

    I am of the left and I write this blog on my own time because I have values I want to communicate. I have no kids but I’m willing to pay taxes so other kids can go to school and have a decent life.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 19, 2009

  3. Bill–I’m a Democrat and military wife. I certainly don’t think we fit your description of “stoned and drunk and jailed.”

    I think it’s funny that the left is always stereotyped as being lazy, yet statistically they are more likely to have graduate/medical/law degrees. Since those are so easy to achieve…(eye roll).

    Comment by Sarah V. | September 19, 2009

  4. i dont believe in god but i think they should remain tax free and freedom of religion is paramount in out society. i am left but not naive, the special interest and arrogance of elected (not all) politicians is vial and never as productive as the voters wish. the platform for campaigning is unfair for the most part and we will have very few people in office that care about the voters. the left needs to grow a set of balls and have convictions the right needs to wake up and understand these people do not care about them. the fox world keeps them scared. obama was right when he said they will cling to their guns and god. I just hope they do not start using them. Obama promised to be transparent and he is not, he promised to end this dishonest war and has not, we knew he could not and would not be we were all hoping he would be different, he is not.

    Comment by bill brady | September 20, 2009

  5. When has ANY politician EVER delivered on every promise made during a campaign?

    Obama has managed to keep some of his promises, which is pretty good since his presidency is still in the early stages.

    Who do you think would have made a better President? Obviously not McCain. Hillary Clinton? Nader? You have to vote based on the available options, and I don’t think we’d be better off if there had been a different result.

    Comment by Sarah V. | September 20, 2009

  6. sarah i voted for obama and still support him but not blindly and not without holding him accountable. we are too easy on politicians and criminals and our kids and our schools and everything we do. we are a drugged out overfed country of lumps that need to get off thier asses and work hard and have self respect and stop expecting third world people to make everything for us and pick our fruit and wipe our kids asses. i think i voted for the best candidate but the expectation is greater and needs to be greater. we will settle for anything, I wont.

    Comment by bill brady | September 21, 2009

  7. Sarah i have to comment for the comment before your last comment. I am glad you are a democrat and I am glad you are a military wife as well and i am thankful for all out troops that serve. My problem lies with the inability for a democratic congress and president to get anything done. it shows that my left side is just as screwed up as the right tangled up in blood money and strings so deep that with total control of the white house both houses that still can not get our troops out of iraq, get a single decent bill passed, stop giving money to the crooks that have left us all broke due to deregulation, Sarah we need more people like your self to scream with frustration when you see your husband risking his life for two sides that wont agree on anything just because they can.

    Comment by bill brady | September 22, 2009

  8. Regarding the war in Iraq: just because Obama hasn’t gotten us out of there in his first few months, during which time he’s also had to deal with a financial crisis, another war, and health care, doesn’t mean that he won’t get us out in the somewhat near future. Like it or not, it just isn’t realistic for us to leave immediately. Unfortunately, that’s the position Bush put us in, and now we have to deal with it.

    Also, I think we have to be looking ahead (already!) to 2012. Obama will be running against Palin, Huckabee, or Romney. If there is too much in-fighting on the left, you can forget about an end to the Iraq war, your kids learning about evolution in school, and who knows what else.

    I do agree with you on two points: 1. I’m frustrated too, even though I don’t like to admit it. 2. Congress sucks.

    Comment by Sarah V. | September 22, 2009

  9. were on the same page i am just more cynical. keep up your positive attitude there is no fixing me.

    Comment by bill brady | September 23, 2009

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