Must Read Texas – October 25, 2013

Cruz in Iowa; Sebelius in San Antonio and Austin;
Tommy Williams Officially Resigns
Good evening from Austin, Texas.
Another long day, what can I say.

Here are your two must reads for today:
> AP reports on U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) speech at a fundraiser for the Iowa Republican Party in Des Moines tonight.  Newly launched from the Cruz operation:
> David Frum thinks a Cruz-Christie ticket could win in 2016.
> State Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands) made his resignation official tonight.  May special?

– UT Board of Regents chairman Paul Foster is calling for Board approval of data requests. 

2013 / 2014 / 2016:
– An AAS review of a Lt. Gov. candidate forum in Conroe earlier this week.

Other stories of interest:
– HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in San Antonio and Austin (behind paywall) Friday.  Here’s the TT report.
– U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) 
denies an allegation that he told President Obama to his face that he “could not even look at him.”

Lighter clicks:
– USA Today profile of the Heisman favorite.
– Pam Oliver says some 
funny, offensive things.
– A 
new classic rant from Coach Pop.
– Metallica to play…
– The 
best chicken fried steaks in Texas.

Today’s Source of Inspiration:
– A kind gesture from Sean Hannity.
– An inspirational high school senior gives a commencement address 
that no one would choose to write.


AP: Cruz in Iowa claims shutdown got people talking (10/25/13 11:57pm)

AP: Spike in Texas foster deaths triggers safety plan (10/25/13 11:55pm)

TT: Tommy Williams to Make Resignation Official Tonight (10/25/13 11:55pm)

TT: Texas PUC Vote Signals Support For Market Shift (10/25/13 11:55pm)

DMN: Push is on in Dallas for expansion of convention center (10/25/13 11:54pm)

WFAA ABC DALLAS: Keller teen with terminal cancer leaves classmates with lessons as he graduates (10/25/13 11:54pm)

CHRON: Sessions denies making rude remark to the president (10/25/13 7:50pm)

CHRON: John Cornyn: Six week delay of Obamacare won’t fix problems (10/25/13 7:49pm)

CHRON: District D candidates blast incumbent; she strikes back (10/25/13 7:44pm)

CHRON: Breaking down the early vote so far (10/25/13 7:43pm)

CHRON: UT Regents chairman calls for Board approval of data requests (10/25/13 7:41pm)

SAEN: In SA, Sebelius promises troubled website will be fixed (10/25/13 7:22pm)

AAS: Lt. governor candidates: Move ethics-watchdog office to AG (10/25/13 7:09pm)

AAS ($): Sebelius: Exigencies of law and politics didn’t allow for more testing of (10/25/13 7:07pm)

AAS ($): State utility commission to mandate electricity reserves to avoid power shortages (10/25/13 7:06pm)

AAS ($): Parts of area no longer considered in drought (10/25/13 7:05pm)

KERA NPR DALLAS: Perry Preaches Texas Prosperity in Israel (10/25/13 6:55pm)

TT: Perry Beneficiary Behind Federal Health Website (10/25/13 6:54pm)

TT: Sebelius Faults Texas Leaders for Politicizing Health Law (10/25/13 6:54pm)

TT: Higher Ed Enrollment Grows Slowly as Deadline Looms (10/25/13 6:53pm)

TT: UT System Board Chairman to Recommend Policy Changes (10/25/13 6:49pm)


DMN: Looking for trouble in past arson cases (10/25/13 11:54pm)

FWST ($): Arlington: once sleepy suburb that has awaken to bright, shiny future (10/25/13 11:54pm)

FWST ($): Blue Mound searching for shutoff valve on water rate hikes (10/25/13 11:54pm)

CHRON: Hance has been good for Tech and Texas (10/25/13 7:53pm)

SAEN: South Side pre-K slots unfilled (10/25/13 7:27pm)

SAEN: Health site overshadows law’s benefits (10/25/13 7:25pm)

AAS ($): Another distressing failure by foster care system (10/25/13 7:07pm)


MORLEY: What we still don’t know about JFK’s assassination (10/25/13 11:54pm)

S. CARTER ($): American optimism waned with loss of JFK (10/25/13 11:54pm)

SABATO: In JFK assassination, Dallas’ unfair blame (10/25/13 11:54pm)

LEHRER: News changed forever on Nov. 22, 1963 (10/25/13 11:54pm)

KRIDEL & E. TORRES ($): Congress must fix Medicare (10/25/13 7:55pm)

BHALESHA & N. JONES ($): It’s time for Texas to support legalization of marijuana (10/25/13 7:54pm)

FALKENBERG ($): For freed death row inmate, journalism professor is an angel (10/25/13 7:51pm)

CHASNOFF ($): Judge could run for district attorney (10/25/13 7:32pm)

G. GARCIA ($): Windcrest man irked by deceptive pro-Davis robocalls (10/25/13 7:31pm)

CASEY: S.A. urban development headed in right direction (10/25/13 7:28pm)

STOVALL: Judge’s party switch was about self-interest (10/25/13 7:24pm)

J. YOUNG ($): The people spoke yet again: No temper tantrums (10/25/13 7:09pm)

HERMAN ($): History lesson or Halloween ghost tour? (10/25/13 7:07pm)

FRUM: How Ted Cruz Can Win in 2016 (10/25/13 6:59pm)

WILSON: Jobs can’t be ‘stolen’ if state competes (10/25/13 6:50pm)

BLOGS (from the left)

SLATE: Voter ID Laws Might Suppress the Votes of Women. Republican Women (10/25/13 11:56pm)

BOR: House Committee Held Impeachment Hearings This Week For Perry Appointee Regent (10/25/13 6:52pm)

BFL: You’re Doing a Heckuva Job, Abbott (10/25/13 4:27pm)

JJ: To the Bunkers! (10/25/13 2:07pm)

TFN: Help Us Spread the Message: Stand Up for Science in Texas (10/25/13 10:54am)

BLOGS (from the right)

NEWSBUSTERS: Fuming Chris Matthews: ‘Thug’ Ted Cruz Wants to ‘Kill’ Obama’s ‘Baby’ (10/25/13 11:55pm)

Author: Must Read Texas

Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) & Jason Stanford @MustReadTexas