News Ticker: June 6

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Susan Combs
Susan Combs

The Texas Water Development Board has an axe to grind, Ted Cruz says his eight bits, and the Westboro Baptist Church stages a love-in. Dubiousness is on the News Ticker.

• The University of Texas and the City Council are looking at using alleys for affordable housing. Although typically such settlements are called shanty towns, ours will have organic sorrel.

• Failed Up With People aspirants the Westboro Baptist Church plan to bring their drastically adapted version of Hair to the Capitol next Wednesday. We are not going to link to the rambling news release, but here are a few photos from the planning meeting.

• Perhaps inspired by the comeback success of cultural relics like Dallas and Mike Tyson, state Republicans are attempting to bring back their failed anti-abortion laws.

• The recently canned members of the Texas Water Development Board say lawmakers didn't consult with them before restructuring their department. Worse yet, Gov. Rick Perry has stopped inviting them to his famous candlelight suppers.

• Before you start haranguing Texas legislators for collecting their per diem pay while on recess, just know that acting lessons run in the hundreds. And they are absolutely necessary for when Rep. Debbie Riddle asks "How do I look?"

• Outgoing Comptroller Susan Combs swears she didn't abbreviate a post on her website because it mentioned the gays. She totally has all of Clay Aiken's albums, guys. Lay off.

• Sen. Ted Cruz may embellish a bit when he opines about American video game innovation. We don't trust his Donkey Kong scores either.

• Those raspberry sounds you sometimes hear while doing the downward dog? Don't worry, that's just Satan entering your body.

• Although our nation's regional language differences should be appreciated, we should all agree that most of the nation is saying y'all wrong.

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