On Friday, a grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts, so our playlist inspired by Texas politics and policy news kicks off with "I've Been Accused" by Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons.
The easiest way to enjoy the playlist is to download Spotify, a free program. But even without it, you can still follow along. Here are the other selections for the week:
Democrats pounced on the news of Perry's indictment, so our next selection is "Jump On It" by Sir Mix-A-Lot.
A House committee approved a motion to admonish and censure University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall this week, so we have "The Admonishing Song" by The Mountain Goats. Meanwhile, UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa began publicly correcting what he says are errors in the way the story of his tenure is being portrayed nationally, so we have Brandi Carlile's "The Story."
Texas A&M University System officials said they would not be conducting a review of their flagship's handling of recommendation letters from lawmakers, the existence of which prompted an inquiry at the University of Texas. So, we have Miranda Lambert's "I Can't Be Bothered."
A Texas commission that reviews government agencies officially recommended shuttering an Austin-area institution for people with disabilities and identify five more statewide for later closure, so we added Public Enemy's "Shut 'Em Down." Under a new ruling from the office of Attorney General Greg Abbott, the governor's old travel records will be allowed to be kept secret, which we mark on the playlist with Linda Ronstadt's "I Keep It Hid."
In an unexpected uproar, gun rights organizations are pushing back against a proposed Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission rule change that would allow the sale of alcohol at some gun shows. This prompted the addition of "Guitars, Whiskey, Guns, and Knives," by The Steeldrivers.
The field of veterinary medicine continues to be one where few Hispanics are employed in Texas, mirroring national figures, so we have Sammy Davis Jr., singing "Talk To The Animals."
And finally, in honor of reporter Colin McDonald and photographer Erich Schlegel resuming their journey to tell the story of the vanishing Rio Grande, we close with Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again."