Must Read Texas – October 2, 2013

Lyceum Poll: Abbott Up 8; TT Profiles Likely Davis Campaign Team
Abbott Announces Settlement with American Airlines;
Perry to Push Water Plan in San Angelo Today
Devore Wash Post LTE on Texas Model

Good morning from Austin.

Here’s the brief:


The Texas Lyceum poll was just released and it has:
Abbott 29
Davis 21
Undecided 50

TT’s Jay Root has the details.


TT’s Jay Root profiles the likely campaign team for the expected gubernatorial run for State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth).


UPI reports:

Texas has pulled out of a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit seeking to block the planned American Airlines-US Airways merger, the state’s attorney general said.

The state and the airlines’ parent companies reached a deal in which the two carriers promise to keep scheduled daily service to 22 state airports, including rural airports often used by military personnel, for at least three years, Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is running for governor, said in a news conference.

The deal also calls for the “new American” to keep Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport as a hub and to keep its headquarters in the Dallas area, Abbott said in a news release.

The agreement makes binding what the airlines promised to do when they announced their mergerFeb. 14, The Dallas Morning News said.

“I’m proud to join today with American Airlines and US Airways to announce we have successfully negotiated a settlement,” Abbott told reporters at DFW alongside Thomas W. Horton, chairman, president and chief executive officer of American and parent AMR Corp.

Horton dodged a question about whether American and US Airways discussed a settlement with the Justice Department.

“We have regular discussions with the DOJ,” he said, declining to elaborate.

The Justice Department had no immediate comment on Texas’ withdrawing from the lawsuit or on its discussions with AMR.

Abbott, a former judge in his second term as attorney general, is running to succeed Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

Abbott at first said he opposed the merger because he thought the diminished competition would lead to higher prices and reduced service.

He was criticized for his position by his GOP rival in the governor’s race and by a Democratic state senator expected to join the race, The Wall Street Journal reported. Other Texas politicians and communities have also condemned his position.

Abbott denied Tuesday political considerations played a part in either joining the lawsuit when it was filed Aug. 13 or deciding to withdraw now.

Texas’ withdrawal leaves five other states — Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Tennessee — and the District of Columbia as parties to the Justice Department’s lawsuit opposing the merger.

The department argues the deal would harm airline competition and result in higher airfares, higher fees and fewer consumer choices. AMR and US Airways Group Inc. claim the merger would cut costs by $500 million, letting them offer more flights to more cities at lower prices and with better service.

The Justice Department’s case is to go to trial in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., Nov. 25.

> KRLD radio host and DMN columnist Mark Davis has a column in today’s DMN where he calls this a “convenient reversal” for AG Abbott.

Here’s the official release from by the office of AG Abbott:

State of Texas Reaches Agreement with American Airlines and US Airways on Proposed Merger

DFW International Airport: Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today announced that a settlement agreement has been successfully negotiated with American Airlines and US Airways concerning the proposed merger of the two airlines. The settlement resolves the State’s objections by American Airlines agreeing to maintain daily service to rural airports across the State of Texas. Additionally, the airlines entered into a binding agreement to maintain the merged company’s headquarters in the DFW metropolitan area. The result is a settlement agreement that serves the best interests of the State of Texas, continues daily air service to 22 airports across the state, and preserves thousands of jobs across the state.Attorney General Abbott issued the following statement regarding today’s settlement:

“From the beginning, our focus has been on maintaining service to rural airports in Texas and protecting Texas jobs. Today’s agreement ensures that thousands of jobs will remain in Texas and that Texans traveling by air – especially those who fly in and out of rural cities across the state, including members of the military – will continue to benefit from daily flight service. The settlement secures common-sense concessions that are in the best interests of our great State.”

Attorney General Abbott added: “The settlement is good for American Airlines’ customers, the communities it serves and its employees. Our negotiations confirmed that the airline will preserve competition in the marketplace, maintain important routes in Texas and protect jobs.”

The State’s legal action, announced in August, was prompted by concerns about the potential for reduced airline service to several of Texas’ smaller airports. One particularly large group of travelers who depend on airline service to rural airports across the State are members of the armed services, who are served almost exclusively by American Eagle flights to and from Killeen, which is near Fort Hood; San Angelo, which is near Goodfellow Air Force Base; and Abilene, which is near Dyess Air Force Base. Today’s agreement ensures that 22 airports across Texas – including more than a dozen smaller airports in rural Texas – will continue to offer daily departures and arrivals.

In addition to ensuring daily service to airports across Texas, the agreement also guarantees that Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will remain a “hub” and that, if the airlines merge, the headquarters will be located in Texas, in the DFW metropolitan area. This provides much greater assurance to Texas because it solidifies into a legally-enforceable agreement what was previously merely a stated intention to keep the headquarters in the DFW area. Those concerns are now put to rest and we’re proud that we now have a legal document that guarantees that the new American Airlines will maintain its headquarters in the DFW area.

Texas airports protected by the agreement include:

• Abilene Regional Airport
• Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
• Brownsville/South Padre Island Airport
• Corpus Christi International Airport
• Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
• East Texas Regional Airport
• Easterwood Airport
• El Paso International Airport
• Houston William P. Hobby Airport
• Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport
• Jack Brooks Regional Airport
• Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport
• Laredo International Airport
• Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport
• McAllen-Miller International Airport
• Midland International Airport
• Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport
• San Angelo Regional Airport
• San Antonio International Airport
• Tyler Pounds Regional Airport
• Waco Regional Airport
• Wichita Falls Regional Airport


TT’s Alana Rocha reports that Gov. Perry will be in San Angelo today to push the state’s water plan, which faces the voters this November.


TPPF’s Chuck Devore has a letter to the editor in the Washington Post in response to an op ed from Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD):

Regarding Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Sept. 18 op-ed, “The secret of our success”:

Attacks on Texas aren’t really about Gov. Rick Perry’s job-hunting expeditions. Rather, such attacks are, as Mr. O’Malley suggested, proxies for the national debate on the efficacy of lean government vs. large government. So, given the stakes for Americans, is Maryland or Texas a better model to follow?

First, let’s be frank: Maryland is a federal colony. Its economy rises or falls with the federal behemoth in Washington. As a result, its example is utterly unrepeatable across the United States. From January 2007 to August 2013, Maryland lost 22,900 private-sector jobs but gained 33,500 government jobs, the vast majority being highly paid federal workers, for a net of 10,600 jobs. By comparison, Texas added 958,700 jobs, or 90 times more than Maryland.

The Maryland governor’s shopworn bromides about Texas included this whopper: “Texas ranks 49th in high school graduation.” False. The Education Department reports that 86 percent of Texas high school students graduate, the nation’s fourth-highest rate, vs. 83 percent in Maryland. The misleading statistic Mr. O’Malley used refers to the number of adults with high school diplomas, which is solely because of the large number of immigrants attracted to Texas’s thriving economy.

Mr. O’Malley also insisted that Texas is poor. But federal reports ignore the cost of living, which is 31 percent higher in Maryland than it is in Texas.

The Texas model, not Maryland’s, is more relevant for America.

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– The Texas Lyceum poll referenced above has the water plan supported narrowly 44-42.

2013 / 2014 / 2016:
– NYT’s Manny Fernandez reports on Gov. Perry’s jobs tour and skepticism over his motive.
– Gov. Perry campaigned for a U.S. Senate candidate in New Jersey yesterday, where he called Obamacare a ‘criminal act.’
– Chron’s Mike Tolson reports that the four GOP candidates for Lt. Gov. appeared at a candidate forum hosted by the United Republicans of Harris County and TFRW in Houston yesterday and, for the most part, played nicely.
– The reelection campaign of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R-TX) released a new ad yesterday.
– A new ad released by Houston Mayoral challenger Ben Hall focuses on crime.

Other stories of interest:
– Security bills for Gov. Perry and AG Abbott are piling up.

Lighter clicks:
– SXSW is adding sports.
– Ranking ESPN’s ’30 for 30′ series.
– ESPN on the 
financial empire retiring UT Athletic Director Deloss Dodds built.
– Jay-Z says selling drugs helped him prepare to be a sports agent.
– MJ says he thinks he could beat LeBron in 1 on 1 in his prime.
– The man who will get college athletes paid?
– Please don’t let the Dodgers win the World Series.

Your Daily Source of Inspiration:
– Being five foot five and dreaming you could one day dunk. (Spud Webb was 5’7″)
– ‘Till death do us part.


SAN ANGELO STANDARD-TIMES ($): Perry to talk water in San Angelo (10/2/13 9:35am)

TT: Poll: Abbott Leads Davis by 8 Points (10/2/13 9:35am)

TT: Meet the People Behind Davis’ Campaign for Governor (10/2/13 9:34am)

AP: 4 GOP Lt. Gov. hopefuls play nice in debate (10/2/13 9:29am)

NYT: Texas Governor’s Trips to Lure Jobs Stir Skepticism Over Motive (10/2/13 9:29am)

REUTERS: Battle over power capacity in Texas heats up (10/2/13 9:28am)

UPI: Texas drops fight against American-US Airways merger (10/2/13 9:27am)

DMN: Texas Sen. Wendy Davis expected to declare for governor Thursday in Haltom City (10/2/13 9:18am)

DMN: Mike Miles, Dallas ISD trustees move to repair relationship (10/2/13 9:18am)

DMN: 49% of Texans want state to pour $2 million into water projects (10/2/13 9:17am)

DMN: Dewhurst jokes about call to Allen cops in relative’s behalf (10/2/13 9:17am)

DMN: Patrick: I’ll be easy to reach as lt. governor — on the radio (10/2/13 9:16am)

DMN: The Wendy Davis project (10/2/13 9:16am)

DMN: Poll: Texans still shun Obamacare, worry about jobs and education (10/2/13 9:13am)

DMN: Rep. John Carter picked for shutdown conference committee that may never meet (10/2/13 9:13am)

FWST ($): North Texans find services off-limits on first day of federal shutdown (10/2/13 9:09am)

CHRON ($): Texans experience glitches in health care marketplace roll out (10/2/13 9:08am)

CHRON ($): Cruz strategy adopted by House leaders (10/2/13 9:06am)

CHRON: Mayoral challenger Hall releases crime-focused campaign ad (10/2/13 9:05am)

CHRON: Greg Abbott no longer siding with Obama administration on airline merger (10/2/13 9:05am)

CHRON: Lt. gov’s race may come down to personality over policy (10/2/13 9:03am)

CHRON: More arrests in DFW Airport workers parking scheme (10/2/13 9am)

KVUE ABC AUSTIN: AT&T joins Google in race to bring gigabit to Austin (10/2/13 8:54am)

POLITIFACT: Nearly all Texans who vote by mail need not present a photo ID (10/2/13 8:51am)

SAEN: Roads trump water projects in Texas Lyceum poll (10/2/13 8:22am)

SAEN: Government shutdown brings nearly 23,000 furloughs in S.A. (10/2/13 8:21am)

SAEN: National Night Out at 29 still draws crowd (10/2/13 8:20am)

WASH POST: Cruz apologizes to Filipino vets for Bataan Death March reference (10/2/13 8:10am)

TT: Perry Visiting San Angelo to Push Water Plan Funding (10/2/13 8:10am)

TT: Some Texas Lawmakers Forgo Federal Pay During Shutdown (10/2/13 8:09am)

TT: Security Bills for Perry, Abbott Fall to Taxpayers (10/2/13 8:08am)

WACO TRIB: Government shutdown closes Lake Waco parks, spares VA for now (10/2/13 8:05am)

NEW JERSEY STAR-LEDGER: Rick Perry calls Obamacare ‘a criminal act’ as he stumps for Lonegan in Bergen County (10/1/13 11:16pm)

VIDEO: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” (10/1/13 11:13pm)

TT: Abbott Announces Settlement on American Airlines Merger (10/1/13 11:11pm)

TT: Dewhurst Ad Shows “A Real Christian Man and Family Man” (10/1/13 11:11pm)

TT: Poll: Texans Split Along Party Lines on Obamacare (10/1/13 11:10pm)

BLOOMBERG BUSINESS WEEK: Shutdown Fight Sparks Fundraising Bonanza With Cruz as Top Draw (10/1/13 11:09pm)

POLITICO: Ted Cruz not swayed by Mitt Romney attack (10/1/13 11:08pm)


DMN: If Miles, DISD trustees want to fix things, they have a shot (10/2/13 9:19am)

FWST ($): No Child Left Behind waiver may prove good for Texas in short term, but then what? (10/2/13 9:10am)

FWST ($): GOP budget hostage-taking not acceptable (10/2/13 9:10am)

CHRON: Move on, please (10/2/13 9:01am)

SAEN: Irrational, avoidable and predictable (10/2/13 8:25am)

SAEN: City should release bat cave studies (10/2/13 8:23am)

AAS ($): Empty desks, unhappy customers (10/2/13 8:18am)

BLOGS (from the left)

SLATE: Rick Perry Says His Wife Misspoke on Abortion When She Couldn’t Have Been Clearer (10/2/13 8:52am)

BOR: U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro Talks About Government Shutdown, Points Out The Hypocrisy of Ted Cruz (10/1/13 11:12pm)

BOR: Ted Cruz Wants To Replace Obama, Not Obamacare (10/1/13 11:08pm)

BOR: Greg Abbott Has A Very Friendly Relationship With A Racist Blog (10/1/13 1:48pm)

BLOGS (from the right)

OFFICE OF AG ABBOTT: State of Texas Reaches Agreement with American Airlines and US Airways on Proposed Merger (10/2/13 9:49am)

TPPF: TPPF statement on the launch of the federal health care exchanges (10/2/13 9:49am)

BIG JOLLY POLITICS: Annise Parker’s focus is a bit off (10/2/13 9:48am)

BIG JOLLY POLITICS: Kim Ogg enters Harris County District Attorney race (10/2/13 9:47am)

Author: Must Read Texas

Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) & Jason Stanford @MustReadTexas