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Wendy Davis, George P. Bush rake in big campaign bucks

AUSTIN, Texas —

Two of Texas' rising political stars said Monday they've raked in big fundraising bucks.

Republican George P. Bush raised money at a clip befitting his famous political pedigree, collecting $2 million for his campaign for land commissioner between Jan. 1 and June 30. Meanwhile, Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis said she raised nearly $1 million just in the last two weeks of June.

Davis became a national sensation by leading a one-woman, 12-plus-hour filibuster on June 25 that delayed the Texas Legislature's passing of sweeping new limits on abortion statewide.

Her campaign said Davis raised $933,000 between June 17 and 30 — with $580,000 of that coming from Texas donors — and now has more than $1.06 million cash on-hand.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/ap/social-issues/apnewsbreak-george-p-bush-raises-2m/nYq4K/ .

Can Women be Trusted?

By Dr. Brian Carr
President, Behavioral Health Associates, Lubbock, Texas, 1991-Present
Chairman, City of Lubbock Board of Health, 2013
Submitted on July 15, 2013 - 12:35pm


Some in our country seem to believe that women are stupid and unable to make decisions. These individuals are usually men who think that women need help and that regulations are needed to guide them to the “correct” decision about their bodies and health.

The real question of the contemporary moment is discerning whether women need help or can they be trusted in managing their own affairs. According to the latest U.S. census there are 187 million women in the country. Therefore this is an important question as it involves more than half of our population.

Can over half of our citizens be trusted to manage their own affairs, particularly those involved in the question of child-bearing and health services?

With contemporary health services it has become possible to manage the process of fertilization through the use of contraception. Family planning services provided in a neutral setting has been found to be effective in reducing unwanted pregnancy. One would think that there would be a consensus in our country that preventing an unwanted pregnancy is a good thing. Given the recent flurry of legislative bills proposed in the last year it would appear that this is not the case and that there is a vocal group that opposes any use of contraception.

More at http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/dr-brian-carr/2013-07-15/can-women-be-trusted .

After Tampongate, We Have Some Questions for Texas DPS

Last week, thousands of Texans flocked to Austin to respond to the Legislature's abortion bill, and the Capitol teemed with crowds in orange and blue. But another group dressed in tan also made their presence known: Texas Department of Public Safety officers.

Although DPS officers are normally assigned to police Texas highways throughout the state, about 300 officers patrolled the Capitol on the last day of Senate debate. In the weeks leading up to the bill's passage, several pro-choice protestors were arrested for nonviolent demonstrations, and at least one woman, Sarah Slamen, was ejected from the building simply because committee members disagreed with her powerful testimony. Nonetheless, most of the officers remained peaceful, even helping protestors find overflow rooms, testimony registration kiosks, and power outlets.

But on Friday, Texas DPS regulations became increasingly aggressive and occasionally downright bizarre. So far, the DPS media office has not provided candid or reliable information, and we have a few unanswered questions.

Why confiscate tampons and pads?


According to the DPS press release, the department "received information that individuals planned to use a variety of items or props to disrupt legislative proceedings." Who was the source, and what made them credible enough to confiscate women's private property? Next time, which "possible projectiles" will be banned from the Senate and House galleries: bras? hearing aids? wheelchairs? According to one woman's report, an officer claimed, "If you don't like it, you can get out of the Capitol." Who has the discretionary authority to determine what citizens must tolerate in order to participate in the political process?

More at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/13788/after-tampongate-we-have-some-questions-for-texas-dps .

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas heading to New Hampshire

BOSTON (AP) —

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is heading to New Hampshire as part of a summer swing through early voting states on the presidential calendar.

The freshman senator, a tea party favorite thought to be weighing a 2016 presidential bid, is scheduled to headline an Aug. 23 fundraiser for the New Hampshire GOP.

The trip represents Cruz's first visit to New Hampshire, which is expected to host the nation's first presidential primary. He has already visited South Carolina and has summer stops planned for Iowa and Florida.

The 42-year-old senator began serving his first Senate term in January.

More at http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/top-news/sen-ted-cruz-of-texas-heading-to-new-hampshire/nYqCJ/ .

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas heading to New Hampshire

BOSTON (AP) —

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is heading to New Hampshire as part of a summer swing through early voting states on the presidential calendar.

The freshman senator, a tea party favorite thought to be weighing a 2016 presidential bid, is scheduled to headline an Aug. 23 fundraiser for the New Hampshire GOP.

The trip represents Cruz's first visit to New Hampshire, which is expected to host the nation's first presidential primary. He has already visited South Carolina and has summer stops planned for Iowa and Florida.

The 42-year-old senator began serving his first Senate term in January.

More at http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/top-news/sen-ted-cruz-of-texas-heading-to-new-hampshire/nYqCJ/ .

Greg Abbott makes it official: He’s running for governor of Texas

ORIGINAL POST 2:02 pm: Abbott looked out upon a downtown San Antonio plaza full of supporters on Sunday and saw an unbroken field to becoming Texas’ next governor.

On the anniversary of his greatest misfortune, the state attorney general proclaimed his highest ambition, to run for governor.

He promised to represent average Texan, pledging a continuation of a state and a platform full of guns, grit and greatness.

“Just as I’ve been a voice for liberty and the Constitution, I’ll be a voice for you, for children, homeowners and small business owners,” Abbott said.

More at http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/07/greg-abbott-makes-it-official-hes-running-for-governor.html/ .

[font color=green]The article also includes an update with a statement from former GOP state chairman and fellow candidate Tom Pauken.

Abbott has about $20 million in the campaign war chest so he will be a formidable obstacle to overcome in both the primary and the general election.[/font]

Perry says Texas abortion bill constitutional

WEST, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry says the abortion bill awaiting his signature to become Texas law is constitutional and will withstand court challenges by those who oppose it.

Perry told reporters Saturday, hours after the bill passed, that "we wouldn't have passed it if we didn't think it was constitutional."

He said he had no timetable for signing the bill, but a spokesman for the Republican governor said it could be signed midweek.

Perry said some say the measure goes too far "but most Texans don't."

More at http://www.chron.com/news/us/article/Perry-says-Texas-abortion-bill-constitutional-4663855.php .

Exclusive: Rick Perry’s October trip to Israel sign of another White House bid

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that he will visit Israel in October, a move that signals to the political world that he is seriously considering making another presidential run in 2016.

“We will be going to Israel to bring together Arabs, Christian and Jews in an educational forum,” Mr. Perry told The Washington Times in an interview just three days after he announced he would not seek an unprecedented fourth term as Texas governor.

Many analysts interpreted that decision as evidence that he is setting the table for a White House campaign. Asked what would induce him to announce a run, he told The Times that he has “plenty of time to make that decision.”

Mr. Perry ranks among those on the short list of Republican contenders for 2016, despite a series of flubs that led to an early exit from the 2012 primaries. Also on that list is Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who made his own trek this year to Israel, a pilgrimage that has come to be expected of would-be presidential candidates — especially conservatives — looking to establish foreign policy credentials and show loyalty to the key Middle East ally of the United States.

More at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jul/11/perry-trip-israel-sign-another-white-house-bid/ .

Friday Night Catnip: Andwellas Dream – Love & Poetry (1969)

Andwella were a Northern Irish psychedelic rock band formed in 1968 and originally called The Method. They moved from Belfast to London where they signed to CBS and recorded a stunning debut LP "Love & Poetry".

"Love & Poetry" captures the moment when psychedelia was at the point of splintering into progressive and acid folk. There are various styles and moods across the record with consistently strong melodies and some killer Hendrix-esque guitar. It's rightly regarded as a psychedelic classic by many collectors around the world.

So it’s Friday night and you’re not doing anything but surf DU? In that case, it’s time to break out the catnip and chill to another rock album from the 60s. Enjoy the catnip!







Tracks:
All tracks written by Dave Lewis.
01. The Days Grew Longer For Love - 3:53
02. Sunday - 3:10
03. Lost A Number Found A King - 6:00
04. Man Without A Name - 2:39
05. Clockwork Man - 2:42
06. Cocaine - 4:56
07. Shades Of Grey - 3:33
08. High On A Mountain - 2:29
09. Andwella - 3:12
10. Midday Sun - 3:37
11. Take My Road - 3:19
12. Felix - 4:15
13. Goodbye - 2:15

Personnel:
- Dave Lewis - guitar, piano, organ, vocals
- Nigel Smith - bass, vocals
- Gordon Barton - drums
- Bob Downes - flute, Chinese bells, Tam-tam, finger cymbals, dry leaves, Chinese bamboo flute

Shell To Pay $2.6M for "Alleged" Air Pollution From Deer Park Refinery

Houston is a city known for many good things, but one of the bad things this town is known for is the air - there's a lot of air pollution around here, and we've got the Ozone watch days to prove it.

So you wouldn't think a little extra air pollution would get noticed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Justice Department, but it turns out you'd be wrong. Officials with the EPA and the Justice Department found out that a Deer Park chemical plant and refinery, owned by Royal Dutch Shell Plc., was "allegedly" flaring waste chemicals, including volatile organic compounds into the air without actually burning all the stuff that was coming out of the flare, according to a release issued Wednesday.

The EPA told the folks over at the company, which is headquartered in Houston, that the Deer Park facility was in violation of the Clean Air Act and needed to get on it and stop the emissions. Then the Justice Department got in on the act and filed a complaint against the company on behalf of the EPA. Then, as these things tend to work, the EPA worked out a deal with Shell where the company would spend "at least $115 million" to update the plant and refinery and stop flaring waste gases, like sulfur dioxide and benzene, a chemical known to cause cancer.

The EPA even said this agreement was all due to Shell's "alleged" violations in the release. This seems like a hilarious bit of terminology, since it's a fair bet that the company might be doing these updates, but most assuredly would not be paying a $2.6 million fine if the Deer Park facility wasn't actually doing some impressive polluting. But by keeping the air pollution "alleged," there is no determination of whether Shell is liable for the pollution. (Draw your own conclusions over why a company wouldn't want to admit being legally liable for this type of pollution.)

More at http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2013/07/shell_to_pay_up_for_alleged_ai.php .
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