Nomination Advice for President Obama

By: Friday December 14, 2012 6:35 am

Scene: the Oval Office

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA and CHIEF OF STAFF JACK LEW are seated on the sofas facing one another, with a single sheet of paper in front of LEW on the coffee table between them. Neither looks happy.

Of Cancer and Crony Capitalism in Texas

By: Sunday December 9, 2012 9:30 am

It is a growing scandal that could forever change Texas politics. As national political players look toward turning red Texas blue, something that would put the electoral college out of Republicans’ reach for years, many see the scandal as the beginning of the end of GOP dominance in Texas.

Republican Gov. Rick Perry and his cronies in and out of public office have diverted funds intended for cutting-edge cancer research into the campaign pockets of Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. You read that right. Proceeds from millions in taxpayer-backed bonds awarded by the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) have fallen victim to corruption and cronyism.

Give the Texas Secessionists a Boat!

By: Sunday November 25, 2012 9:30 am

Talk of secession is heating up again in Texas. I know, I know, many of you are thinking, “Adios, mofos.” I can’t say I blame you. But, there are some of us here behind the curtain of ignorance (otherwise known as the Red, Sabine rivers) that need your prayers.

There’s a part of me that wishes the yahoos could have their own place, call it Yahooville. I’d like to watch them try to get along with one another and with the world. Imagine their dream state: no public education, no science, everyone is armed, and everyone is home schooled to obey their immediate supervisor (parent, boss, secret policeman) and to distrust everyone else.

Truckin’ to Treason: The Hot Air of Secession

By: Saturday November 24, 2012 6:40 pm

A white Ford F-250 pick-up rumbled through town, a Confederate rebel flag on a pole behind the cab; on the rear bumper were a pro-life and three Anti-Obama stickers, two of which could not be revealed in a family newspaper.

It wasn’t a lone wolf protest; several cars, trucks, and homes in the area sport similar flags and messages.

Get ready for your 2016 wankathon

By: Friday September 21, 2012 1:30 am

It is still possible, though unlikely that Mitt Romney will be elected President. Some people, and this includes President Obama, seem to think that a Romney loss will cause a diminished far-right.

To which I respond, yeah…that’ll happen.

Because 2016 is gonna see the re-launch of this guy…

Some Texas Counties Weigh Picking Up Medicaid Expansion Themselves

By: Monday August 27, 2012 8:30 am

Texas was one of the first states to reject the extension of additional Medicaidcoverage, which would have covered an additional 1.8 million residents of the Lone Star State. But Texas may not have the last word on that. Several counties in the state may band together to offer the expansion to their constituents. This looks a little more like shifting costs onto the federal government than expanding the rolls of covered citizens, however, because these counties have a number of existing programs in place.

Republicans Across the Board Pressured Over Ryan Budget

By: Tuesday August 14, 2012 6:57 am

If you want to know how the choice of Paul Ryan as the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate is playing around the country, you only have to look to how his House colleagues are reacting, especially those in difficult races. They’re running away from Ryan’s end Medicare plan.

Texas Gov. Perry Uses Medicaid Expansion in Budget Assumption

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 6:50 am

Think Progress came up with an excellent catch late yesterday. They obtained a letter from Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Administration, which projects the state health care budget by assuming the expansion of Medicaid to everyone below 133% of the poverty line by 2014.


By: Thursday July 12, 2012 1:30 am

When we last heard the Texas-imbibed triumphalism of Rick Perry just this Monday, he was declaring there’s no way he’d take part in a federal government sponsored program to keep Texas non-GOP base members alive:

Is Rick Perry’s Rejection of the Affordable Care Act Political Posturing or a Portent of What’s to Come?

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 7:00 pm

Texas Governor Rick Perry publicly rejected two major tenets of the Affordable Care act, saying the state would not participate in the individual state exchanges nor in the federal Medicaid expansion. In a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released yesterday, Perry wrote that the “Orwellian-named PPACA” would “make Texas a mere appendage of the federal government when it comes to health care.”

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