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(The monarch butterfly is the state insect of Texas. Picture by Kenneth Harrelson.)
TPA citizen-bloggers are everyday folks who realize that the work of freedom is up to each of us.
Here is the round-up---
Off the Kuff rounded up coverage of the voter ID appellate hearing at the Fifth Circuit last week.
Libby Shaw, at Texas Kaos and contributing to Daily Kos, weighs in on the overall disgust for the Texas governor's cowardice: The CT Freaks Win: TX GOV Panders to Paranoia.
Socratic Gadfly wonders if, given this was not the first outbreak -- and having other information about the Food and Drug Administration from whistleblower Ken Kendrick and more -- if we can really trust the FDA that much when it claims Blue Bell and other ice creams are safe.
Nonsequiteuse calls on Rep. Todd Smith and any other reasonable Republicans left in Texas to come collect their party.
Texas Vox documents the vote on the latest assault on the environment and local control, andBluedaze blogs about the most recent frackquakes in North Texas... and in Austin.
Bernie Sanders declared for the Democratic nomination for president, and not even the events of Baltimore could keep him from extending his news cycle through the weekend. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs reports on the money part of the equation in the opening days of his campaign, and wonders if the stark differences between he and Hillary Clinton might actually produce a meaningful primary contest.
McBlogger points out what is really hurting Hillary Clinton.
CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wonders why so many Texas Republicans act to enable rapists.
From WCNews at Eye on Williamson: Hooray, Obamacare is working! The Good News About Healthcare In Texas For Everyone But Republicans.
Neil at All People Have Value said as shameful as Governor Abbott is to pander to the Jade Helm paranoia, there are in fact serious reasons people believe crazy things. APHV is part ofNeilAquino.com.
And Dos Centavos collected some of the worst logo ideas for Cinco de Mayo.
And here are some posts of interest from other Texas blogs.
HISD Trustee Anna Eastman explains her standardized testing philosophy.
The Texas Election Law Blog previews the arguments in the voter ID appeal.
In a flip-the-script, the Texas attorney general gets sued by the Houston Community College System over its disclosure of public records. Hair Balls has the story.
Quoting the 2015 Teacher of the Year, the TSTA Blog says we do not separate people into groups that are more deserving than others.
Unfair Park and Paradise in Hell both wonder why Greg Abbott is giving comfort to the tinfoil hat crowd. Harold Cook may have the best explanation for it, and RG Ratcliffe joins the fun.
Grits for Breakfast has a summary of the good criminal justice bills still moving through the Texas Legislature.
Andrea Grimes notes that the Lege has coughed up 32 more anti-choice bills this session, and a few might still be passed.
Trail Blazers posted that several of the bills removing restrictions on marijuana use in Texas have gone up in smoke.
Texas Watch excoriates the Senate for choosing insurance company profits over families and businesses.
Mean Green Cougar Red gives his thoughts on the proposed I-45 rebuild in Houston.
Mari Aguirre-Rodriguez demonstrates some of the tools and technologies that a modern campaign can use.
The Rag Blog is hosting a happy hour in Austin this Saturday, with guests Jim Hightower and Ellen Sweets, author of "Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins".
The Quintessential Curmudgeon takes on the Amarillo city council (again).
Fascist Dyke Motors recaps her blog's story to this point, and adds a warning that it is coming to an end.
And Prairie Weather asks: are men really just cowards?