News Ticker: May 21
All the news that's fit to blog
By Brandon Watson,
4:26PM, Tue. May 21, 2013
David Dewhurst makes a last minute appeal, Art Acevedo loses his cool, and Juan Hinojosa jumps the shark. Decisiveness is on the News Ticker.
• Our thoughts go out to the victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado. A list of ways to help is available here.
• Or if you are a contender for the worst person in America, you can imply that the tornado was caused by a government "weather weapon." But surely no one is awful enough to say that.
• As sine die looms over the state like a creepy uncle, Texas politicians are getting a bit nervous. This morning, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst sent an email trying to spur action on this session's crop of anti-abortion bills.
• Bills are flying about at a dizzying pace. Very Important things are being discussed. Rest assured, lawmakers will make sure that our underpaid school teachers will at last be able to call their garish red and green knits Christmas sweaters.
• and that Texas school children will never again be tempted by that high-fructose siren Capri Sun.
• and that welfare recipients will never again bogart that joint. Those swelling strings you hear? That's the cadenza of Texas democracy.
• Still, some bills are getting lost in the hustle. Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa's attempt to stop the shark fin trade is likely dead, much to the relief of Austin Aztex fans who have some intimidation ideas for tonight's game.
• Rep. Phil King's idea to wrestle the Public Integrity Unit from Rosemary Lehmberg's office was rejected as well, although some other ethics concerns did pass muster.
• Speaking of everyone's favorite Rosemary, surely folks are getting tired of endlessly saying her name in official capacities. Maybe her name has become a mantra for Central Texas right wingers. Lehmberg lehmmmberg lehmmmmmmbeeeeergggggg. Our chakras feel aligned already.
• Meanwhile in Austin, APD Chief Art Acevedo was successfully trolled.
• To be fair, we can all get a little testy when there is a lot on our plate. Hey, we've heard there's an exciting new meditation technique that can help.