UT president Bill Powers has been under pressure from UT regents for months, if not years, but the outcome of the debate over his future is now clear. Powers was the winner, and Rick Perry was the loser.
Powers got everything he wanted:
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas is going to reopen the redistricting case left over from 2011. The first phase of the case involves the maps for the Texas House of Representatives; the second involves the U.S. House maps for 2011. The case comes at an inconvenient time for Attorney General Greg Abbott, who will be spending considerable time on the campaign trail.
It is with deep regret that BurkaBlog bids farewell to State Senator Robert Duncan. As most readers know by now, Duncan resigned his seat to become chancellor at the Texas Tech University System.
Wendy Davis is asleep at the switch again. The Obama administration has opened a new front on the battle over Medicaid expansion. By 2016, says the White House, states that have adopted expansion will have saved $4.3 billion. In addition, expansion states would have experienced 3.3 million annual physicians' visits, 176,000 more cholesterol screenings, 44,000 more mammograms, and 97,000 fewer people experiencing depression. This ought to be a heaven-sent opportunity for Davis to distinguish herself from Abbott. Expansion would have saved Texas $3.1B in 2014, $10.4B by 2017. And yet, the state's Republican leaders are willing to allow their hatred for Barack Obama to get in the way of improving Texans' health, not to mention providing billions of dollars for doctors and hospitals.