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(Picture is of the Texas Horned Lizard. This is the state reptile of Texas. Photo by Bgoodwyn.)
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And there is nothing inconsistent with seeing that you will have to do it yourself, while also having the hopeful understanding that connection & working with others can easily be part of doing it yourself.
Here is the roundup--
Off the Kuff discusses the latest advances in voter ID litigation.
Libby Shaw at Texas Kaos reports on the busy week in Texas politics: Greg Abbott blames terrorists for his Koch problem. Meanwhile the POTUS pays us a visit.
Horwitz at Texpatriate gives a run-down of the possible Democratic candidates for US president in 2016.
Texas Democrats had much to celebrate last week as former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro cleared Senate confirmation for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. And as Texas Leftistexplains, his appointment brings some much needed geographic diversity to the president's cabinet.
From WCNews at Eye on Williamson, the people see the government as an abstract entity they have no control over: Transportation Trouble - Every Issue Comes Down to This.
The most important stories in Texas last week were the border refugee crisis and President Obama's fundraising visits to Dallas and Austin, and PDiddie at Brains and Eggs assembled several of the various reactions to both.
Another election questioning the Hidalgo County voting machines. CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wonders what will be revealed this time.
Neil at All People Have Value posted from Cincinnati, Ohio this past week. Neil offered nice pictures of Cincinnati and wrote about seeing his friends and the passage of time. All People Have Value is part of NeilAquino.com.
And here are more great posts from blogs around the Lone Star State.
Greg Wythe analyzes Houston turnout patterns to get a handle on how the attempt to repeal the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance may play out.
Texas Vox believes that US solar manufacturing could make a comeback.
The Texas Election Law blog reviews the lawsuit filed by college students challenging North Carolina's voter ID law.
Unfair Park lauds the Texas Clean Fleet Program, which is designed to get old diesel-powered school buses off the streets.
LGBTQ Insider gives a fond farewell to former Fort Worth City Council member Joel Burns.
Texas Watch reports that workers exposed to cancer-causing asbestos have just had their lives made harder by the state Supreme Court.
Scott Braddock documents the resistance Texas business leaders face on immigration reform.
Socratic Gadfly observes that in the contest between Dallas and Cleveland for the 2016 RNC convention, the Republicks went for the most socialist option.
Lone Star Q has the story of the Grand Saline Methodist minister, an activist in LGBTQ equality, who committed suicide via self-immolation.
jobsanger and the Green Party would just like to remind John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, et.al. that Edward Snowden is never going to receive a fair trial in the United States.
Prairie Weather examines the connection between the coyotes who smuggle cheap labor over the border for the American businesses that demand it, and how that has transformed the Tea Party's stated aims.
Tar Sands Blockade republishes Liana Lopez of t.e.j.a.s. (Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services) and her photo essay of the First Nation's march through Canada's tar sands oilfields.
Paul Kennedy notes the unintended consequences of the Michael Morton Act.