Must Read Texas – September 27, 2013

Politico: Cruz Vaults to Top of 2016 Poll; Cruz Pressuring Boehner?;
TAB Supports AA-US Air Merger; Medina for Gov?
Good evening from Austin.

This is the latest daily MRT email I’ll ever send.  I’m truly sorry.
I know many of you rely on this email and I apologize for it being this late.

Here’s the (short) brief:

Your 3 absolute Must Reads:
 > Politco reports that a PPP poll taken right after the Defund Obamacare ‘filibuster’ found U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in first place among potential Republican candidates for President in 2016.
> Several news outlets are 
reporting that Sen. Cruz is working with House conservative to pressure Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on the continuing resolution.
> The Texas Association of Business is 
endorsing the American Airlines – U.S. Airways merger.

– SAEN’s editorial board weighs in (behind paywall) on the water challenge facing the state.

2013 / 2014 / 2016:
– MRT co-founder Jason Stanford has an op ed in Politico on his belief that the abortion issue is a political advantage for State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) is her expected run for Governor.
– TT reports that Texas comptroller candidate Debra Medina is considering running for Governor as an independent.
– Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) has appointed Houston-based 14th Court of Appeals Judge Jeff Brown to the Texas Supreme Court.
– San Antonio City Councilwoman Elisa Chan will resign to run in the Republican primary for State Senate, challenging State Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels).

Other stories of interest:
– The FWST reports (behind paywall) that the city of Fort Worth is changing HOV lanes to toll lanes.
– Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza pens an SAEN op ed on the potential on energy reform in Mexico for the U.S. economy.

Your Daily Source of Inspiration:
– A very special homecoming queen (behind paywall but you can hit stop before it loads).


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: Wendy Davis lone star for Texas Democrats in 2014 (9/27/13 10:38pm)

POLITICO: Poll: Ted Cruz leads 2016 GOP primary (/27/13 10:36pm)

DMN ($): Exxon Mobil reverses its policy on same-sex benefits (9/27/13 10:34pm)

FWST ($): Buy your way out of congestion: I-30 HOV lanes being replaced by toll lanes (9/27/13 10:27pm)

SAEN ($): Education approves new S.A. charter school 99/27/13 10:16pm)

SAEN: Elisa Chan will leave City Council to seek Senate seat (9/27/13 10:06pm)

SAEN: S.A. foes of Obamacare urge backing for Ted Cruz (9/27/13 10:02pm)

HUFF POST: Ted Cruz Tells House Conservatives To Oppose John Boehner (9/27/13 4:46pm)

TT: Business Group Breaks With Abbott Over Lawsuit (9/27/13 3:58pm)

TT: Comptroller Candidate Medina Open to Gubernatorial Bid (9/27/13 3:58pm)

TT: Perry Appoints Jeff Brown to Texas Supreme Court (9/27/13 3:03pm)

POLITICO: GOP anger at Ted Cruz hits Senate floor (9/27/13 3:02pm)

WASH TIMES: Sen. Ted Cruz joins prayer vigil for American pastor jailed in Iran (9/27/13 3:02pm)

POLITICO: Joaquín Castro: Ted Cruz ‘can’t be president’ (9/27/13 2:58pm)

DMN: “Filibuster” secret from Ted Cruz: 1 glass of water over 21 hours (9/27/13 2:05pm)

REPORTING TEXAS: Young Wendy Davis Supporters Are Getting Ready to Campaign for Her (9/27/13 8:48am)

TT: Cruz Speech May Not Have Lasting Effect on Cornyn (9/26/13 7:30pm)

KXAN NBC AUSTIN: Sources: Davis will announce for governor (9/26/13 7:28pm)


DMN: Wendy Davis’ entry ignites political jets (9/27/13 10:35pm)

DMN: Give health exchanges a chance to work (9/27/13 10:35pm)

CHRON: Rearview nightmare (9/27/13 10:21pm)

CHRON: Austin freebies (9/27/13 10:21pm)

SAEN ($): Drought means adapt or wither (9/27/13 10:17pm)

SAEN: Downtown medical school a game changer (9/27/13 10:12pm)

SAEN: Curbing truancy a community effort (9/27/13 10:11pm)

SAEN: ACA brings much-needed relief to Texas (9/27/13 10:11pm)

AAS ($): Trust needed to fill Anderson’s seat (9/27/13 10pm)

AAS ($): Urban farms with slaughterhouses not suitable for single-family zoning (9/27/13 9:59pm)


ROSE ($): My SNAP budget is inconvenient but easy — only because it’s voluntary (9/27/13 10:36pm)

NORMAN ($): Parties in Texas must tread lightly on education (9/27/13 10:33pm)

ROTH ($): Drop politics and behave like business people (9/27/13 10:19pm)

WERNER-WASHBURNE ($): Diversifying STEM fields crucial for U.S. (9/27/13 10:18pm)

MARTIN: Cruz makes points with party base (9/27/13 10:12pm)

FMR. AMB. GARZA: Mexico energy reform will bring shale boom (9/27/13 10:10pm)

BOULDIN: Cruz lost battle, but he fought (9/27/13 10:10pm)

BRODESKY: City aquifer funds key to saving bat cave (9/27/13 10:09pm)

YOUNG ($): GOP puts its inner Wile. E. Coyote on display (9/27/13 9:57pm)

ECKHARDT ($): Closing the East-West gap (9/27/13 9:56pm)

HERMAN ($): Summer column updates (9/27/13 9:55pm)

LASKA: Ted Cruz Makes His Point – And It’s Worth Hearing (9/27/13 2:04pm)

STANFORD: Abortion is a winning issue for Wendy Davis (9/26/13 8:17pm)

BLOGS (from the left)

SALON: Ted Cruz is a big phony and a giant narcissist (9/27/13 2:06pm)

BLOGS (from the right)

OFFICE OF SEN. CRUZ: Sen. Cruz floor speech before cloture vote (9/27/13 3:59pm)

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON: Rebel Without A Caste (9/27/13 3:57pm)

OFFICE OF SEN. CRUZ: Cruz: Vote Latest Example of Washington Not Listening to the People (9/27/13 3:57pm)

STEVE DEACE: Wendy Davis campaign slogans (9/27/13 3:55pm)

BIG JOLLY POLITICS: Should David Dewhurst challenge John Cornyn? (9/27/13 10:22am)

Author: Must Read Texas

Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) & Jason Stanford @MustReadTexas