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Here is the round-up---
Off the Kuff notes that Republican hostility to local control doesn't extend to the proposed high speed rail line, where a bill to give cities and counties a virtual veto over it has been filed.
Libby Shaw, writing for Texas Kaos and a contributing to Daily Kos, is not surprised by the Texas Republicans' cruel contempt for immigrant families and Obamacare. Abbott celebrates busting up immigrant families while John Cornyn licks his chops for a gutted Obamacare.
Stace at DosCentavos reports on the League of Women Voters-Houston's discussion on low voter turnout.
CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme is appalled at the anti-citizen ignorance of the McAllen city commissioner candidate, Debbie Crane Aliseda, who equates early voting to voter fraud. What's worse? Other candidates echoed her ignorance.
A hot rumor about Adrian Garcia declaring for mayor of Houston turned out to be only that, but PDiddie at Brains and Eggs -- as someone really well-connected once said -- "ran the traps on everything". (A city council candidate did announce at that same breakfast meeting, for whatever that might be worth.)
From WCNews at Eye on Williamson: The Texas GOP gutted public education which caused a budget surplus. Instead of putting the money back they want to give it to the wealthy and big business:Doing Away With What They Believe Is Unnecessary.
Texas Leftist wonders if the nullification of opponents' signatures recalling the Plano ERO might be a precursor to Houston's case.
jobsanger underscores the lies conservative repeat about the poor.
Egberto Willies reported from the Texas Kossacks meetup in Austin this past weekend.
Neil at All People Have Value took a walk and looked up at the things above him. APHV is part ofNeilAquino.com.
And here are some other posts of interest from other Texas blogs.
Texas Clean Air Matters reminds us that Texas is very good at energy efficiency and should do more of it, and Texas Vox calls for more support for solar energy from the Lege.
Better Texas Blog calculates the cost of cutting the business margins tax.
Socratic Gadfly exposes Austin for the not-quite-so-liberal bastion that it is.
Houston Matters airs their interview with Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein today.
Prairie Weather reminds us that Congressional Republicans are about as dangerous to America as badly trained local police have shown themselves to be.
Juanita Jean has a good laugh over a kerfuffle involving male strippers at an antique show in Fayette County.
Nonsequiteuse would like Republicans to stay out of her bathroom.
Grits for Breakfast recounts how the DPS "border surge" caused an increase in crime elsewhere.
The TSTA Blog asks if anything will be left for Texas schools in the budget, while Raise Your Hand Texas comments on the filing of quality pre-K bills in the Legislature.
Randy Bear endorses Mike Villarreal for mayor of San Antonio, and The Quintessential Curmudgeon, taking over for the Panhandle Truth Squad, takes note of the city council races in Amarillo. And the Lewisville Texan-Journal also reports on city council election happenings there.