Must Read Texas – September 24, 2013

Cornyn, Cruz Split on Filibuster; Hou Mayor Poll: Undec. 48, Parker 36, Hall 13

Politico’s Burgess Everett reports:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will not join an effort in the Senate to block a House-passed spending bill that defunds Obamacare, a spokesman for McConnell said Monday.

“Sen. McConnell supports the House Republicans’ bill and will not vote to block it, since it defunds Obamacare and funds the government without increasing spending by a penny. He will also vote against any amendment that attempts to add Obamacare funding back into the House Republicans’ bill,” said Don Stewart, a spokesman for the Republican senator.

The statement represents a divergence from the approach favored by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), who want Republicans to oppose a procedural vote on the House bill before Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to strip out the Obamacare defunding provision by a majority vote.

“If and when the majority leader goes down that path, Washington Democrats will have to decide — without hiding behind a procedural vote — whether or not to split with their leadership and join Republicans and their constituents in opposing the re-insertion of Obamacare funding into the House-passed bill,” Stewart added.

A spokeswoman for McConnell’s top lieutenant, Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, said that Cornyn too will break with Cruz and Lee.

“Sen. Cornyn will not block a bill that defunds Obamacare,” the spokeswoman said.

AP’s David Espo reports that Sen. Cruz ‘relents.’
Wash Post’s Paul Kane reports on Sen Cruz’s willingness to be an ‘outlier’ in the U.S. Senate defunding fight.
Sen. Cruz appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” last night.
Sen. Cruz penned an op ed for Real Clear Politics on his ‘path to victory’ on defunding Obamacare.
Roll Call reports on the tension between Sen. Cruz’s role as NRSC vice chair (grassroots) and his conservative place within the party.KUHF / KHOU POLL SHOWS PARKER AHEAD, BUT HIGH UNDECIDEDSA poll released by KUHF / KHOU shows Houston Mayor Annise Parker leading challenger Ben Hall by a margin of 36.1-13.6, but 48 nearly percent remain undecided.
The Chron reports on the poll.

– TM’s Paul Burka sees warning signs for Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) on the path to reelection as Speaker in the retirement of State Rep. Bill Calegari (R-Katy).
– Xerox signed a $100 million deal to manage TxDOT’s toll roads.

2013 / 2014 / 2016:
– TT’s Julian Aguilar reports on a likely ‘epic political rematch’ between state Rep. Naomi Gonzales (D-El Paso) and Norma Chavez in the Democratic primary.
– Will his widow succeed the late Harris County DA Mike Anderson?

Other stories of interest:
– The Pew Research Center says that illegal immigration to Texas is ‘increasing slowly.’
– Goodbye Marfa Prada ad?

Lighter Clicks:
– Don’t worry, the Earth should last another 1.75 billion years.
– $649 Gold iPhone a steal at $10,000.
– I guess I can reclaim my Pittsburgh Pirates, who are returning to the MLB Playoffs for the first time since Sid Bream was inaccurately called out at home plate in 1992.
– Did zero people watch Sunday’s Houston Astros game?  The ratings say: yes.

Your Daily Source of Inspiration:
– A wrestling match that will make you cry and feel good all day.


DMN ($): Born in Canada, Ted Cruz became a citizen of that country, as well as U.S. (8/19/13 1:43am) – See more at:

AP: Cruz relents in early Senate skirmish (9/24/13 8:17am)

AP: Houston port security to be tested (9/24/13 8:16am)

AP: American, US Airways extend merger deadline (9/24/13 8:12am)

POLITICO: Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn won’t back Ted Cruz Obamacare tactic (9/24/13 8:11am)

WASH POST: Sen. Ted Cruz happy to be outlier in shutdown showdown (9/24/13 8:10am)

DMN ($): Illegal immigration into Texas increasing slowly, says Pew Research Center (9/24/13 7:59am)

DMN: Sen. John Cornyn pledges to support bill to defund Obamacare (9/24/13 7:55am)

DMN: Sen. Cruz begins tactical assault on Obamacare, in vain (9/24/13 7:55am)

CHRON ($): Bold prediction: the Texas Hurricane season is over (9/24/13 7:44am)

CHRON ($): GOP leader wants widow to succeed Anderson as DA (9/24/13 7:43am)

CHRON ($): County poised to approve raises for law enforcement (9/24/13 7:42am)

CHRON: Barbara Boxer gives environmental hero award to George W. Bush library (9/24/13 7:37am)

CHRON: Stockman introduces bill to reform flood insurance rates (9/24/13 7:37am)

CHRON: Poll puts Parker ahead of Hall, but ‘don’t know’ leads (9/24/13 7:31am)

SAEN ($): School districts plan to get Obamacare info to parrents (9/24/13 7:28am)

SAEN ($): Streetcar route might depend on just on just 6 votes (9/24/13 7:25am)

AAS ($): Brown logs endorsement from two notable Austin Democrats (9/24/13 6:55am)

AAS ($): Report: Texas sees increase in undocumented immigrants (9/24/13 6:54am)

AAS ($): $33.3 million for roads near F1 track? Travis County commissioners to decideTuesday (9/24/13 6:53am)

ROLL CALL: Senate GOP prepares to shoot down Cruz’s Obamacare strategy (9/24/13 6:35am)

KXAN NBC AUSTIN: Xerox signs $100 million deal to manage TxDOT toll roads (9/24/13 6:25am)

NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE: Group that helped bring about Cruz’s victory wants to defeat McConnell (9/24/13 6:24am)

NATIONAL JOURNAL: What Ted Cruz gets wrong about Obamacare (9/24/13 6:23am)

WASH TIMES: Sen. Ted Cruz fights for his own victory with threat of government shutdown (9/24/13 6:23am)

UPI: Republican Party lost its way in 2008 (9/24/13 6:21am)

ROLL CALL: Cruz’s title at NRSC highlights conflict with colleagues (9/24/13 6:20am)

AMERICAN PROSPECT: Rick Perry Deserves a Second Chance, Thinks Rick Perry (9/24/13 6:12am)

TT: An Epic Political Rematch Taking Shape in El Paso (9/24/13 6:09am)

TT: TCEQ Will Make Big North Texas Reservoir Decision (9/24/13 6:08am)

TT: As West Continues to Rebuild, Agencies Make Changes (9/24/13 6:08am)

TT / KUT: In Texas, “Navigator” Training Becomes Political Football (9/24/13 6:07am)

AP: Texas officials say the iconic West Texas structure Prada Marfa is an illegal roadside advertisement (9/24/13 6:06am)

REUTERS: Entergy refiles $1.78 bln grid sale plan with Texas regulators (9/24/13 6:04am)

POLITIFACT: Wendy Davis is “the most popular politician in Texas.” (9/24/13 6:03am)

VIDEO: Sen. Ted Cruz on Defunding Obamacare with Sean Hannity (9/24/13 6:02am)

KVUE ABC AUSTIN: Top Democrat: Davis would lead ‘party of life’ in governor’s race (9/24/13 6:01am)

HUFF POST: Mitch McConnell Rejects Ted Cruz Push To Filibuster Bill Defunding Obamacare (9/23/13 7:25pm)

WASH TIMES: Blame game heats up as start of shutdown looms (9/23/13 1:16pm)

WASH POST (The Fix): This is the most important week of Ted Cruz’s (short) career (9/23/13 1:15pm)

TT: Callegari Won’t Seek Re-election in 2014 (9/23/13 12:47pm)


BURKA BLOG: Bill Callegari’s Retirement (9/24/13 8:04am

DMN ($): Kenya stands up to terrorists (9/24/13 8:01am)

DMN ($): Finally, 40 years later, an apology from the city of Dallas (9/24/13 8:01am)

FWST ($): U.S. grant to UTA will benefit Vets (9/24/13 7:52am)

FWST ($): EPA’s latest limits draw little protest (9/24/13 7:49am)

CHRON: Evolution and public health (9/24/13 7:34am)

CHRON: Drone deluge (9/24/13 7:34am)

SAEN: The U.S. House’s YOYO plan (9/24/13 7:12am)

SAEN: Slashing city slush, but not by enough (9/24/13 7:01am)

AAS ($): For too many Texans, poverty erodes opportunity (9/24/13 6:55am)

BLOGS (from the left)

BOR: Ted Cruz is going to filibuster his own bill (9/24/13 6:19am)

SLATE: Chris Wallace accused of “oppo” hits by the cult of Ted Cruz (9/24/13 6:18am)

TFN: Clearing Up Some Things about the Texas Science Textbook Review (9/23/13 4:13pm)

SLATE: Ted Cruz Needs To Stop Trying To Make Princeton Happen (9/23/13 1:14pm)

BOR: Congressman Blake Farenthold Won’t Say President Obama Was Legitimately Elected (9/23/13 10:24am)

BFL: Updated: Go home, Congressman. You’re drunk. (8/23/13 10:01am)

BLOGS (from the right)

OFFICE OF SEN. CRUZ: Cruz: Funding Obamacare with 51 Votes Would be a Mistake (9/24/13 6:36am)

RED STATE: A Cruz Missile Launch, Like a Light, Shows the Cockroaches Scurrying (9/24/13 6:07am)

PJ TATLER: Associated Press Hires Lefty Activist Chris Tomlinson, Gets Its Money’s Worth (9/24/13 6:03am)

BREITBART: Exclusive–Source: McConnell, Cornyn Whipping Votes Against Ted Cruz (9/24/13 6:02am)

THE RIGHT SCOOP: Sarah Palin: Call your Senators and tell them to STAND WITH TED CRUZ (9/24/13 6am)

BREITBART: Politico smears Cruz, says he’s ‘scrambling’ to ‘salvage’ Obamacare funding (9/23/13 1:16pm)

Author: Must Read Texas

Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) & Jason Stanford @MustReadTexas