Must Read Texas – October 24, 2013

Wash Post on Cruz’s Return to Texas; Abbott & Davis Support Prop. 6;
Haaretz on Perry & Sandoval; Sebelius in Austin Fri;
Davis Criticizes Obamacare Rollout
Good evening from Montgomery County, Texas.
Late again — but earlier than the past two days.

Here are your must reads for today:
> Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty reports on U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s return to Texas.
> The likely two major party nominees for Texas Governor support Prop 6, the Water Fund.
> Haaretz notes that two potential 2016 candidates, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) and Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-NV) were together in Israel.
> HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be in Austin Friday.
> Gubernatorial candidate and State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) criticizes the Obamacare rollout, calling the glitches “inexcusable.”

– NPR reports on Prop. 6.

2013 / 2014 / 2016:
– Ted Nugent has signed on as Treasurer for the Agricultural Commissioner candidate and former State Rep. Sid Miller (R-Stephenville).
– TT / KUT 
reports on the special election for HD-50.

Other stories of interest:
– Southwest Airlines’ third quarter profits are up.
– HEB 
plans a $100 million expansion in downtown San Antonio.
– ABJ 
reports on Houston expanding ubran rail and AUstin considering it.

Lighter clicks:
– Did Brett Favre turn down the St. Louis Rams?

Today’s Source of Inspiration:
– An impressive effort by a small charity.


AP: Merger of South Texas universities moving forward (10/24/13 6:59pm)

AP: West Texas attorney denies money was drug-related (10/24/13 6:58pm)

WASH POST: Ted Cruz returns to Texas as a hero who is reshaping the state Republican Party (10/24/13 6:57pm)

DMN: Ted Nugent to be treasurer for new Agriculture Commissioner candidate (10/24/13 6:54pm)

DMN: Early voting in Dallas County off to strong start, as election officials get a handle on new voter ID law (10/24/13 6:54pm)

DMN: On November 4, downtown’s free shuttle rolls out, and DART introduces its first 24-hour route (10/24/13 6:53pm)

DMN: Wendy Davis says Obamacare computer glitches “inexcusable” (10/24/13 6:51pm)

FWST ($): Third-quarter profit takes off at Southwest Airlines (10/24/13 6:48pm)

CHRON: Texas Republicans team up to stop child sex trafficking (10/24/13 6:43pm)

SAEN: H-E-B plans $100 million downtown expansion over 10 years (10/24/13 6:25pm)

TT: Davis, Abbott Express Support for Proposition 6 (10/24/13 6:17pm)

TT: Joel Burns Won’t Run for Wendy Davis’ Senate Seat (10/24/13 6:17pm)

TT: Feds Approve Conservation Plan for Rare Bird (10/24/13 6:16pm)

TT: Border Officers See Hope in Reduced Juvenile Offenders (10/24/13 6:15pm)

TT / KUT: For Winner of HD-50 Race, a Head Start in the Lege (10/24/13 6:15pm)

KXAN NBC AUSTIN: Sebelius coming back to Austin to promote health law (10/24/13 6:08pm)

KVUE ABC AUSTIN: New website updates Texas drought, conditions (10/24/13 4:53pm)

NPR: More than Prayer: How Prop 6 Aims to Improve Water Supplies in Texas (10/24/13 4:48pm)

AUSTIN BUSINESS JOURNAL: As Austin ponders urban rail, Houston eagerly expanding its tracks (10/24/13 4:47pm)

HAARETZ: Republican hopefuls Perry and Sandoval visit Israel (10/24/13 4:46pm)

TIME MAGAZINE: ID Laws Present Problems for Women and Trans Voters In Texas (10/24/13 4:46pm)

TPM: Ted Nugent To Serve As Co-Chairman Of Texas Pol’s Campaign (10/24/13 4:45pm)

WASH EXAMINER: Ted Cruz challenges ‘conservative intelligentsia’ on defunding Obamacare (10/24/13 4:44pm)

NEWS 92 FM HOUSTON: AG Abbott Battling To Keep Texans Information Private (10/24/13 4:35pm)

POLITICO: Lawyer announces John Cornyn challenge (10/24/13 4:35pm)

POLITICO: Matt Cartwright blasts Ted Cruz’s ‘Nigerian’ joke (10/24/13 4:34pm)


FWST ($): Signs are strong for Hillwood‘s growth at Alliance Posted (10/24/13 6:50pm)

FWST ($): Councilman’s plan for individual money pots should be shelved (10/24/13 6:49pm)

CHRON: HPD needs to do better at policing itself (10/24/13 6:41pm)

CHRON: Obama’s White House has put big chill on open government (10/24/13 6:40pm)

SAEN: SAISD needs to proceed with caution (10/24/13 6:27pm)

BURKA BLOG: Ted Cruz and the State Republican Party (10/24/13 4:59pm)

GLOBE-NEWS: Case closed on voter ID (10/24/13 4:34pm)

BLOGS (from the left)

THINK PROGRESS: Land-Locked Texas Congressman Tacked On Amendment Upending National Ocean Policy (10/24/13 6:09pm)

BOR: Hypocritical Texas GOP Consultant and SREC Member Has Years of Unpaid Taxes (10/24/13 4:49pm)

BOR: Greg Abbott’s Voter ID Law is Already Disenfranchising Texas Women (10/24/13 4:43pm)

PFAW: Tell Senate Leadership: Call Ted Cruz’s FCC Bluff (10/24/13 4:43pm)

TPJ: Ethics Complaint Asks Why Lawmakers Didn’t Disclose Private-Prison Contributions (10/24/13 1:17pm)

BLOGS (from the right)

TPPF: The ObamaCare Exchange in Texas—Doomed From the Start (10/24/13 7:30pm)

YCT: Young Conservatives of Texas Endorses Sen. Ken Paxton for Attorney General (10/24/13 7:15pm)

YCT: YCT Endorses High Scoring Elected Officials for 2014 Primaries (10/24/13 7:14pm)

YCT: Young Conservatives of Texas Endorse Glenn Hegar for Comptroller (10/24/13 7:13pm)

Author: Must Read Texas

Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) & Jason Stanford @MustReadTexas