Is Rick Perry Running as the Liberal in the GOP Primary Field?

The slate of contenders hoping to be the Republican nominee for President in 2016 is as crowded as it gets. The list of already-announced candidates includes Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and Marco Rubio,  while the likely additional candidates include Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, and Lindsay Graham.

Plus, of course, there’s former Texas governor Rick Perry, who’s been not-so-subtly testing the waters for a second Presidential run for the past two years, with the three portents being his “serious” new glasses, the end of his historic tenure in Austin, and—uh—we get the feeling we’ve made this joke before

Blanco Mayoral Candidate Is Campaigning on a "Keep Blanco Blanco" Platform

The annals of “horrible campaign slogans” are littered with poor decisions, poorly-marketed ideas, half-hearted attempts to connect, vague nothingburgers of meaningless sentiment, and other such failures. But few are as tragically, hilariously, inadvertently terrible as the slogan that Blanco mayoral candidate Bruce Peele is running with in his current campaign: “Keep Blanco Blanco.”

The #txlege Is Considering Making #Texas the First #State to Have Its Own #OfficialHashtags

The Texas Legislature spends its days debating issues both large and controversial and small and benign. Here is an example of the latter: a House panel has approved a measure to designate three official hashtags for the state, which would be the first official hashtags voted on by a legislature anywhere in the U.S.

The Houston Rockets Fired Their Social Media Manager for Being a Sore Winner

Being a social media manager for a major brand has to be a thankless job: at best, you are crafting inoffensive content for people who enjoy the company for which you work that is likely to engage them for a few seconds before they go on to the next thing. At worst, you—well, you make a huge screwup and you get fired.

Whole Foods Takes a Side in Baltimore

The situation in Baltimore is the sort of divisive, racially charged, political and cultural quagmire that corporations typically dread being associated with. Seemingly everyone has a strong opinion about what’s happening on the ground in the city since the funeral for Freddie Gray—a 25-year-old African American man who died of injuries suffered to his spinal cord and larynx while in police custody earlier this month. Since Gray’s funeral on Monday, the situation in Baltimore has grown tense: amid media reports of riots and images of destruction involving police cars, a check-cashing shop, and a CVS pharmacy, the National Guard has been sent in and a city-wide curfew remains in effect.

El Paso Police Are in Trouble for Making a Super Cool Music Video

These days, it seems like your avenues of self-expression are limited, if you’re a law enforcement officer. You’re not allowed to pose for photos with Snoop Dogg, and—as a handful of El Paso police officers learned—you can’t even shoot a music video for your favorite Canadian rock song. At least not using department equipment and uniforms.

The Dallas Observer's Music Editor Is Under Fire for Being "Confused by Women Who Play Music"

Last year, Dallas Observer music editor Jeff Gage found himself called out by the singer of an all-female punk rock band he wrote about. That band—the sardonically-named Perfect Pussy—had stopped a show at the Dallas club Three Links after twenty minutes in protest over the flyers for the event at the club, which featured drawings of nude women in bondage. Writing about the show, Gage noted what he apparently took as irony or an inconsistency between singer Meredith Graves’s appearance and her indignation about the way her band’s performance was promoted by the venue: 

And so Graves is left to sing over it all—or more accurately, fail to—which is where the real spectacle comes in. The thrill of seeing Perfect Pussy is just that: seeing it happen. Here’s Graves, her eyes rolled back in her head, sweating and turning bright red, hunching over towards the floor with her loose arm twisting behind her back. Moments later she’s smiling (sometimes while she’s still screaming), swaying and shimmying as though the racket behind her is somehow soothing.

The apparent disconnect is that Graves is, well, normal-looking. She has short, bleached blonde hair and last night was dressed in a not-at-all-punk-looking shorts and striped shirt that was tied off at the bottom. To some there may be no outward reason for her to be an angry person, a dissonance she no doubt plays off of. But that fact may also add to lingering questions around the band’s authenticity, as though the salacious name and pent-up posturing are mere ploys.

SeaWorld Released a Video From Five Years Ago of One of Its Critics Using Racial Slurs

To say that it’s been a bad time for SeaWorld since the 2013 release of the documentary Blackfish, which featured interviews from trainers and former employees as part of an extremely critical look at the theme park’s treatment of orca whales, would be something of an understatement: in 2014, profits fell by a staggering 28 percent, attendance was down nearly 9 percent from the same period in 2012, and the company’s stock price these days is around half of its pre-Blackfish high. California, where SeaWorld operates its San Diego park (the others are in San Antonio and Orlando), recently considered legislation banning the use of orca whales in performances.

The bad press the company has been experiencing, in other words, is a very real existential threat to the company itself. And SeaWorld has treated it like one, by responding harshly to critics. 

Look Who Owns All the Obvious Cruz Campaign Web Addresses

There’s a lot of things to say about Ted Cruz and his decision to be the first candidate from either party to officially declare that they are seeking the Presidency in 2016. And over at Texas Monthly’s BurkaBlog, Erica Grieder and R.G. Ratcliffe have said many of them. Here at the Daily Post, though, we’re wondering something else: What address is the guy going to use for his official campaign website? 

SXSW 2015: Twelve Tweets That Will Make You Hate SXSW

South by Southwest is back to #disrupt the state capital and all of our Twitter feeds with updates about the newest brands and bands showcasing in downtown Austin. Inspired by New York Magazine’s piece about tweets from Davos, an annual political and economic conference held in the Swiss Alps, here’s a collection of tweets from folks enjoying the festival that birthed Twitter back in 2006.

Sixth Street attracts its usual crowd of rowdy visitors.

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