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Leading Off (9/30/13)

Atlantic Dubs Ted Cruz Leader of a “Third Party:” For some reason, reading about Ted Cruz’s unofficial third party, loosely defined as those members of Congress who would rather see the government shut down (today?) than approve funding for Obamacare, just makes me think of this. Mark Cuban Heads To Court Today for SEC Trial: […]

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Lawsuit Filed to Fight Anti-Abortion Bill

Bradford Pearson reports that a coalition of groups led by Planned Parenthood has filed a suit asking a federal court to block restrictive provisions of House Bill 2, the anti-abortion measures that last June state Sen. Wendy Davis filibustered to block. The law goes into effect Oct. 29. Says Planned Parenthood: “The restrictions in this […]

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Texas National Guard Won’t Process Benefits For Married Same-Sex Couples

Today’s the first day that same-sex couples can apply for benefits from the military. But the head of the Texas National Guard says that because the Texas Constitution defines marriage as between one man and one woman only, his agency can’t process applications. He’s directed same-sex couples to go to federally run bases to file. […]

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Leading Off: 8/12/13

Did Rawlings Put Pension Fund Over Politics With Recent Board Shake Up? Rudy Bush writes about how the changes Mayor Mike Rawlings made to the police and fire pension system’s board of trustees don’t jibe with the conventional city council wisdom that you make sure you have eight allies’ votes in your pocket at all […]

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Leading Off (7/15/13)

Will Greg Abbott Be the Next Texas Governor? Apparently big political announcements in Texas need to occur within a certain distance of the Alamo. After last week’s Rick Perry announcement in San Antonio that he would not run for governor again, Attorney General Greg Abbott told a crowd of supporters in San Antonio that he […]

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Can We Finally Get Rid of Dallas ISD Single-Member Districts?

The Supreme Court’s overturning of the key provision of the Voting Rights Act may present a real opportunity for the long-suffering Dallas ISD. Our response to it should be an enthusiastic LET’S GO!! Single-member districts were ordered by the Legislature in 1973 in response to the Act. Since that time, the dysfunction of the board […]

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Leading Off (6/21/13)

Mike Miles Loses 2 More Top Dallas ISD Administrators. That makes six cabinet-level staff members who’ve left the school district since Miles became superintendent last July. These latest departures are further reason for concern, say his critics, like L. McDonald “Don” Williams. “If you bring in your own leadership team and they are going, you’re not a […]

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