TPA Roundup 7/2/2012
The Texas Progressive Alliance is ready for some fireworks as it brings you this week’s roundup.
While the Supreme Court delivered landmark case decisions earlier and later in the week, the two Texas Democrats battling for the nomination to the US Senate held a debate. They were overshadowed, as it turned out, for good reason. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs paid attention but really wishes he hadn’t.
The Democrats have to, in the minds of voters, turn Democrats back into the party of the people and the GOP back into the party of the rich and powerful. The winning won’t start again until that’s done, and that new governing coalition is built in Texas. WCNews at Eye on Williamson says that “Beer and Democracy“ is as good a place to start.
At TexasKaos, lightseeker shines a light on the continuing assault on public education in Texas. Coupled with the nationwide exposure of the anti-criticial thinking plank in the state Republican platform, scary stuff indeed. Take a look: Killing Public Education in Texas with STAAR.
Neil at Texas Liberal posted a list of Fouth of July events in Houston, Galveston, Fort Bend County and College Station. This list information comes with a nifty Fourth of July reading list included for no extra charge.
Justin at Asian American Action Fund Blog cheers the incredible rise of Asian Americans in the Texas Democratic Party while lamenting the failures of the Texas Democratic Party Convention’s Nominations Committee.
Billy Bob’s Texas announces the return of Willie Nelson’s Legendary 4th of July Picnic to the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. The long-standing Texas tradition now in it’s 39th year will again be held outside and inside of the famed Billy Bob’s Texas. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 23rd. Willie’s picnic has been held in the Fort Worth Stockyards 4-times previously, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2011. This year’s setup will again feature the air-conditioned comfort of Billy Bob’s opening to the landscaped beauty of Rodeo Plaza in the Stockyards. Doors will open at 11:30 am with the first artist taking the stage at 12 noon.
July 02 1879, John Jacob (Jake) Atz, baseball player and manager, was born in Washington, D.C. He is generally considered the greatest baseball manager in Texas League history. He began his major-league playing career in 1902 with Washington of the American League and played for the Chicago White Sox in 1907-09. His major-league career ended when he was hit by a pitch thrown by Walter Johnson. Atz signed as a playing manager of the Fort Worth Cats of the Texas League in 1914. He quit in 1916 but returned in 1917.
July 02 1850, a mob of soldiers burned down the store of Fredericksburg merchant John M. Hunter, destroying all Gillespie County records up to that time. Hunter, the first Gillespie County clerk, had a violent temper and had clashed more than once with the soldiers at nearby Fort Martin Scott. On the night of June 30, Hunter had refused to sell whiskey to a soldier named Dole. When Dole became abusive, Hunter fatally stabbed him in the chest. Some fifty angry soldiers returned the next night, looking for Hunter, but the merchant had fled town.
July 02 1959, the state of Texas granted the first bus franchise in the South owned and operated by African Americans. The Acres Homes Transit Company served the predominantly black community of Acres Homes, nine miles southwest of downtown Houston. Living outside the city limits and without adequate public transportation, the residents petitioned the city hall for a permit to operate a suburban bus franchise. The AHTC had four buses that made forty-three round trips daily between downtown Houston and Acres Homes.
|Natural Bridge Caverns, largest in Texas, opens to public (1964)|
|Oldest public hospital in Texas opens (1884)|
|Generous curandero dies in South Texas (1907)|
|Convention considers annexation (1845)|
|Willie goes to Luckenbach for the Fourth of July (1995)|
|First train to Brownsville touches off Kingsville celebration (1904)|
|Texas’s first licensed pilot dies (1956)|
|Governor Pease launches Callahan expedition (1855)|
|Margaret Borland dies of “trail fever” (1873)|
|Order of the Sons of Hermann founded (1861)|
|Wealthiest antebellum planter dies (1878)|
|Dr Pepper incorporates (1923)|
|Civil rights leader Lulu White dies (1957)|
|New republic staves off old adversary (1842)|
|Gritten keeps Gonzales loyal to Mexico (1835)|
|Border businesswoman attends ceremony at Big Bend National Park (1960)|
|New port of Velasco officially opens (1891)|