Photos of the Day
“The Weird Fans of Texas Rangers Fan’s Day” slideshow from the Dallas Observer. Exhibit A:
What Debate? — The Houston Chronicle said it best in its headline: “Lt. Gov. candidates try to out-conservative each other.” To be fair, it was the first debate between the conservative candidates, but still. “All four agreed on a host of far-right issues: that creationism should be taught in school, that border enforcement needs to be strengthened and that each is unwavering in their support of pro-life policy.” Current land commissioner Jerry Patterson appears to be the only candidate to detour off the beaten path, saying he was in support of medical marijuana if it was doctor-approved. Dull as the “debate” was, it sure beats the Democrats’s primary contest pitting Leticia Van de Putte against … Leticia Van de Putte.
Grande Fight — Water wars among us very dry states continues with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling yesterday that Texas can proceed with its lawsuit against New Mexico, which is has moved from being the Land of Enchantment to the droughty land of greedy slurpers. Or, perhaps put in a less biased manner, “Texas contends that groundwater pumping near the Texas-New Mexico border has resulted in Texas farmers and residents being deprived of Rio Grande water,” according to the AP. New Mexico, meanwhile, claims its dealings are as transparent and clear as water itself: “[We] look forward to being able to tell New Mexico’s side of the story and to have our day in court,” said the state’s attorney general. But don’t expect any decision on the matter to come gushing forth. The case has been trickling through the courts since last year, and this new course correction could “set the stage for a protracted legal battle.”