“Despite the recent controversy about Paula Deen she’s actually the most popular person we asked about in our entire poll with a 25 net favorability rating- 46% of voters see her positively to 21% with a negative opinion. …
And regardless of what the New Yorker may think, just 8% of Texans think Bert and Ernie are gay, while 41% believe they are not.”
In case you are unaware, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis is in the middle of a 13-hour filibuster (with pretty strict rules) of very regressive anti-abortion legislation. The special session of the legislature ends at midnight.
“Texas has always prided itself on its free-market posture. It is the only state that does not require companies to contribute to workers’ compensation coverage. It boasts the largest city in the country, Houston, with no zoning laws. It does not have a state fire code, and it prohibits smaller counties from having such codes. Some Texas counties even cite the lack of local fire codes as a reason for companies to move there.
But Texas has also had the nation’s highest number of workplace fatalities — more than 400 annually — for much of the past decade.”
“The University of Texas will change its colors to maroon and white before Texas goes purple, much less blue.”
Gov. Rick Perry: Texas going blue, he says, “is the biggest pipedream I have ever heard.”
“He’s eager to be released, as you can imagine, after all these years. He’s kind of going to be Rip Van Winkle — he’s never held a cell phone; Reagan was president when he went in. There’s going to be a lot of adjustments, but he’ll be fine.”
"[Rick] Perry calls it the "Texas Miracle" and that miracle has profited corporations and the rich in our state extremely well. But if you’re a regular American, if you’re a regular Texan, a work a day person, this is not the kind of economy you’re going to enjoy. For example, Perry talks about all the jobs that he’s created. What he doesn’t mention is that those jobs are mostly jobettes, not real jobs. In fact, in his 10 years as governor, he’s created more minimum wage jobs than all other states combined. He’s also managed to create a state in which we’re:
- #1 in the number of children and families without health care coverage.
- #1 in the wage gap between the rich and the poor.
- #1 with the most regressive tax system in the country.
- #1 in the number of toxic releases from industrial plants and chemical factories.
We’re number one in the things we ought to be number 50 in, and we’re number 50 in the things we ought to be number one in.”