The Brief: December 14, 2009

Kinky Friedman’s song “Before All Hell Breaks Loose” begins, “Time to resign from the human race.”   Today, we will find out if he thinks it’s time to do the same in the governor's race.

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Jacob Villanueva

It's Still the Economy, Stupid

Sales taxes are down and the recession in Texas hasn't bottomed, so financial concerns will almost certainly factor into the governor's race. Ben Philpott, covering that contest for KUT News and the Tribune, takes a look.

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Abby Rapoport

Does Texas Pre-K work?

One education model — with unproven results — serves almost a third of pre-kindergarteners in Texas. Its grade? Incomplete.

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Mapmaker, Mapmaker

Think like the political pros and your mind will go to the long game instead of the short one. The short game is the elections of 2010. The long game is redistricting in 2011, when maps are drawn that corral the voters into the districts that will elect legislators for the next ten years.

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gavelgrab.org

Advice for Annise Parker

Congratulations, Mayor-Elect. Now you get to govern a great city — Houston — that’s much bigger than the electorate and much more complicated than the campaign. Perhaps you’d like some aspirin? Or a re-count?

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The Map to the Maps

Think of the long game instead of the short one. This election is the one that picks the people who draw the maps that corral the voters into the political districts that will elect state and federal legislators for the next ten years.

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