On Tuesday, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, revealed when she'll announce her future plans — so we begin our weekly playlist inspired by Texas politics and policy news with "She's Got Something to Say," by The Vines.
The easiest way to enjoy the playlist is to download Spotify, which is a free program. But even without it, you can still follow along. Here are this week's other selections:
The scheduled date for Davis' announcement is Oct. 3, so we included Lucy Wainwright Roche's "October" in the playlist as well. It's followed by Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Crossfire," in honor of Gov. Rick Perry's appearance on the recently relaunched CNN show of the same name.
Next up, the dilemma in which would-be comptroller candidate Debra Medina finds herself, which is summed up by John Lee Hooker in "I Need Some Money." Billy Joel's "Innocent Man" is a nod to former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, whose money laundering conviction was overturned this week.
A legislative committee's impeachment probe of a University of Texas System regent is beginning to shape, and it features a number of high-profile members of the state's legal community, so we have "One Million Lawyers," by Tom Paxton. With the state's poverty rate dropping for the first time since the recession, we've added Bobby "Blue" Bland singing "Poverty."
Becky Motal, general manager of the Lower Colorado River Authority, and state Rep. Tryon Lewis, R-Odessa, both announced their intention to retire this week. Cue Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli singing "Time to Say Goodbye."
Jim Henson and Joshua Blank wrote a piece for the Trib about the increased use of internal campaign polling to shape the external political conversation, inspiring the selection of "Little Lies," by Fleetwood Mac.