The Big Conversation:
A controversial blog post has injected some energy into a relatively subdued speaker's race.
State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, on Thursday denounced a political blog that accused him of "manipulating Texans." The blog, called Conservative Politics - Texas Style, had posted a dubious list of House members whom it claimed were supporting Simpson, as the Austin American-Statesman reports.
"These tactics exemplify what’s wrong with 'politics as usual' in Texas right now," Simpson said Thursday in a statement, adding, "We must leave behind the politics of whispered insinuations, intimidation, and retribution."
Several Democrats on the list, including ...