Must Read Texas – November 21, 2013

NYT Editorial on the Texas Abortion Law Legal Challenge;
Cruz & Gillibrand Team up to Fight Military Sexual Abuse;
Abbott’s Privacy Rights Proposals are Gaining Attention;
New Dewhurst TV ad: “Stop Obamacare”;
Staples Rolls Out Finance Team;
Flores Fracking Bill to Pass Congress Today;
MRT Email Sponsorship Available for Rest of Year
Good morning from Austin.

Here’s the (short) brief:


Here’s The New York Times editorial:

In an alarming 5-to-4 ruling, the Supreme Court turned away an emergency application to block a new Texas law that is impeding access to safe and legal abortion care in the state. The ruling leaves in place an order by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that allowed the law go into effect while it considers an appeal.

The Texas law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. A federal district judge, Lee Yeakel, ruled last month that this provision serves no medical purpose and improperly infringes on women’s reproductive rights. The requirement forces a third of Texas’ abortion doctors to stop offering the procedure. Judge Yeakel issued an injunction blocking the provision, which a three-judge panel of the appellate court promptly lifted.

The justices should have blocked the law as the appeal proceeds. The court’s 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey forbids state regulations that have “the purpose or effect of placing a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion of a nonviable fetus” — a principle this provision clearly violates.

Justice Antonin Scalia, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito Jr. (Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and Justice Anthony Kennedy did not join in the majority opinion but presumably voted to allow the law to go into effect), wrote that the plaintiffs had not met the “heavy” procedural burden of showing that the appeals court ruling was “a clear violation of accepted legal standards.” But as Justice Stephen Breyer rightly noted in his dissent, “The longer a given facility remains closed, the less likely it is ever to reopen even if the admitting privileges requirement is ultimately held unconstitutional.”

The Supreme Court’s procedural decision will affect thousands of women who would have sought abortions at the clinics no longer offering that service. The justices should follow their own precedent and strike down the admitting privileges rule if and when they are asked to directly consider its constitutionality.


In a bipartisan move, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has teamed up with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to fight military sexual abuse.
Here’s their joint USA Today op ed.
Here the DMN ed board praises their effort.

Your absolute must clicks:
> TT’s Alexa Ura reports on the attention that gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Greg Abbott’s (R-TX) privacy rights proposals are receiving.
> The Dewhurst campaign has released its 2nd TV ad, this time a 0:30 called “Stop Obamacare.”
> DMN’s Bob Garrett reports on the Staples campaign rolling out its Finance Team, which includes several heavy hitters.  TM’s Paul Burka believes this finance announcement breathes “new life” into Staples campaign.
> A bill authored by U.S. Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) to strip federal government authority over fracking is expected to pass Congress today.


Politico’s David Nather, MRT co-founder Jason Stanford and yours truly appeared on KTBC Fox Austin last night to discuss the current state of Obamacare and the political options that are being considered.

– The House and Senate education chairmen are urging the SBOE to drop Algebra II.
– The fight over 
changes to evolution in Texas texbooks is back.

2013 / 2014 / 2016:
– Houston attorney Sam Houston has filed for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General.
– At the RGA Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) said he expects a strengthening Mexican economy to make the need for immigration reform “passe.”

Other stories of interest:
– 3.4M Texans are expected to travel for Thanksgiving.
– A Houston nonprofit CEO, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) jointly
authored a Chron op ed on fighting human trafficking.
One of the last two shake JFK’s hand was a boy who is now a Texas Congressman.

Lighter clicks:
– Get well soon, Lindsey Vonn.
– Mike Francesa 
interviews Alex Rodriguez (38 min, audio).
– The Texas Rangers have 
acquired Prince Fielder.
– Freshman Duke PF Jabari Parker is 
living up to the hype.
– Here’s the 
2014 Texas A&M football schedule (road games at Alabama and Auburn!).
– Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin 
says Texas A&M would play Texas “anytime, anywhere.” (Cotton Bowl, 2014?)
– Finally, 
the Cleveland Browns are #1.
– The “Michael J. Fox show” has planned a 
“Back to the Future” reunion.

Your Daily Source of Inspiration:
– I don’t even have kids and I think this is so great.


WSJ ($): Drop in Traffic Takes Toll on Investors in Private Roads (11/21/13 11:55am)

AP: Attorney Sam Houston files for attorney general (11/21/13 11:34am)

AP: Evolution edits unlikely in Texas science books (11/21/13 11:33am)

AP: Education chairmen urge SBOE to drop Algebra 2 (11/21/13 11:32am)

AP: Board of Ed to vote on science books, algebra II (11/21/13 11:32am)

UPI: Shale gas bill would strip federal government authority (11/21/13 11:12am)

POLITICO: Mike Lee steps out of Ted Cruz’s shadow (11/21/13 11:11am)

TT: Abbott’s Privacy Rights Proposals Draw Attention (11/21/13 11:08am)

VIDEO: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Fox News’ “Hannity” (11/21/13 10:50am)

DMN: UT president stands by* coach Mack Brown (*sort of) (11/21/13 10:37am)

DMN: Report: Barton, Cornyn, Cruz rake in big dollars from fracking firms (11/21/13 10:24am)

DMN: Staples rolls out finance team full of high rollers (11/21/13 10:21am)

FWST ($): American, US Airways flight attendant unions squabbling (11/21/13 10:09am)

CHRON ($): Sidestepping city charter, Parker offers spousal benefits to gay employees (11/21/13 10:07am)

CHRON ($): Metro looking to lower traffic in reversible lanes (11/21/13 10:06am)

SAEN ($): Mayor Castro one of Salon’s sexiest (11/21/13 9:17am)

SAEN ($): Closing of Main receives a boost (11/21/13 9:17am)

SAEN ($): Texas warned military bases are at risk (11/21/13 9:16am)

SAEN: Education chairmen urge SBOE to drop Algebra 2 (11/21/13 9:05am)

SAEN: ‘S.A. 4’ release just the beginning, lawyers say (11/21/13 9:04am)

AAS ($): State Board of Education weighs rigor vs. flexibility in graduation plans (11/21/13 8:55am)

AAS ($): Ebay kills Austin incentives deal, but says expansion plans (11/21/13 8:54am)

AAS ($): Why the truck toll discount on Texas 130 will end soon (11/21/13 8:52am)

AAS ($): Hundreds rally on UT campus for immigration reform (11/21/13 8:37am)

KTBC FOX AUSTIN: Debate: Can Obamacare work? (11/21/3 8:32am)

CNN: Now-tea party congressman was one of last to shake Kennedy’s hand (11/21/13 8:31am)

CNN: Perry: ‘Immigration reform is going to be very passé’ (11/21/13 8:30am)

TO: Is the Texas State Climatologist Doing His Job? (11/21/13 8:27am)

TT: Along Salty Red River, Communities Seek Feds’ Help (11/21/13 8:26am)

REUTERS: Texas grid agency to delay 2014 reserve-margin report (11/21/13 8:25am)

THE HILL: Perry on changing GOP presidential debates: ‘Hell yeah’ (11/20/13 9:41pm)

CNN: Cruz, Cuomo have heated interview (11/20/13 9:40pm)

TT: After SCOTUS, Abortion Providers Work to Secure Access (11/20/13 9:39pm)

TT: LCRA names interim general manager (11/20/13 9:39pm)

THE HILL: Cruz: Dems trying to cover ‘political rear ends’ (11/20/13 9:38pm)

WASH POST (Plum Line): Dems try going on offense: It’s Obamacare versus ‘Cruz Care’ (11/20/13 9:37pm)

TT: Education Chairmen Join Algebra II Fray At SBOE (11/20/13 9:23pm)

TT: Dewhurst Seeks Public Safety Study Before 2015 Session (11/20/13 9:23pm)

VIDEO: U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) on MSNBC’s “Martin Bashir” (11/20/13 9:22pm)

DMN: Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins elected to National League of Cities board (11/20/13 9:21pm)


NYT: Texas Women and Abortion Rights (11/21/13 10:57am)

BURKA BLOG: New life for Todd Staples (Or, Bad News for David Dewhurst (11/21/13 10:56am)

DMN: Seeking warmth through the spirit of generosity? We can help (11/21/13 10:47am)

DMN: A stronger plan to curb sexual assaults in the military (11/21/13 10;46am)

FWST ($): Domestic violence charge against Arlington police official sheds light on crucial issue (11/21/13 10:12am)

FWST ($): Too early to tell if ‘road diet’ works (11/21/13 10:50am)

CHRON: Boykins for D (11/21/13 9:39am)

CHRON: Houston we have equal benefits (11/21/13 9:39am)

CHRON: Cheers to charters (11/21/13 9:38am)

SAEN: Nothing ‘mock’ about split families (11/21/13 9:07am)

SAEN: Math rigor shouldn’t be negotiated (11/21/13 9:06am)

AAS ($): Austin should curb urban farms and stealth dorms (11/21/13 8:56am)


LEUBSDORF: 50 years ago, a young reporter’s weekend of shock and sadness (11/21/13 12:08pm)

REAVES: Give tax credit to those seeing health care sticker shock (11/21/13 10:45am)

KING: Dual mandate debate begins again for Fed (11/21/13 10:05am)

ENRIQUEZ & VISCO: Tax deduction benefits BP in blast settlement (11/21/13 9:47am)

SANBORN, U.S. SEN. CORNYN & U.S. REP. POE: We all can play a role in stopping human trafficking (11/21/13 9:45am)

CHASNOFF ($): ‘San Antonio Four’ could factor into district attorney race (11/21/13 9:18am)

SAYLE, BUTLER, BARGER, HAUSMAN, G. FOORE, P. FOORE, SCHERZER & BEAL ($): Urban farmers try to be good neighbors (11/21/13 8:58am)

NALLE: A health care plan for Ted Cruz: Universal Healthcare Vouchers (11/21/13 8:46am)

MCNEELY: 2014 ballot starting to shape up (11/21/13 8:19am)

U.S. SENS. CRUZ & GILLIBRAND: Stop sexual violence in the military (11/20/13 9:24pm)

BLOGS (from the left)

BOR: ‘Oh Really?’ Chris Turner Pushes Greg Abbott on Double Dipping Stance (11/21/13 8:25am)

BOR: One Third of Texas Children Aren’t Receiving Necessary Vaccinations (11/21/13 8:25am)

THINK PROGRESS: Heritage, Koch Brothers Pressure Lawmakers To Support Fracking Oversight Bill (11/20/13 9:22pm)

BOR: Austin Redistricting Finishes: 7 Liberal Districts & 3 Competitive Districts (11/20/13 9:21pm)

BLOGS (from the right)

DEWHURST CAMPAIGN: New TV ad, “Stop Obamacare” (11/21/13 10:15am)

TPPF: New TPPF Report: Texas vs. California – A Comparison of Economic Output (11/21/13 10:13am)

RUSH LIMBAUGH: Vindication for Cruz, Lee and Palin (11/20/13 9:37pm)

FRC: Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas): Obama Administration Doesn’t Believe in Rule of Law (11/20/13 9:22pm)

OFFICE OF SEN. CRUZ: Sen. Cruz delivers floor speech on military sexual assault (11/20/13 9:19pm)

Author: Must Read Texas

Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) & Jason Stanford @MustReadTexas