Some Austin teachers fare better
Austin school district "teachers are the lowest paid of any urban" Texas district and the "lowest paid of any surrounding school district."
Others strapped too
"Austin is the only city in an arid landscape in the western United States dependent on a single source of water."
Room to improve
Texas agriculture is "at 98 percent efficiency" in water use and "just about maxed out as to what we can do on the conservation end of it."
Different measures show New York worse
Austin has "gone from being the 24th most congested city just about 10 years ago to being the fourth most congested — more congested than NYC."
Hurd cited focus on other committees
"Just two weeks ago, Congressman Hurd quit his post on the House Committee on Small Business saying that he was unable to find the time to serve."
Not every test, not every place
Dallas "African-American and Hispanic students pass AP exams at a higher rate than any other place in America."
UPDATED: But for a few longshots
"At this particular point in time, looking at the field, there’s only one individual that’s ever had the uniform of his country on—and that’s me."
"Texas has more full-time state employees per capita than California and Illinois."
Louisiana’s film incentives program is so big "they actually shot an upcoming film initially titled ‘Don’t Mess With Texas’ in New Orleans!"
U.S. government disagrees
The group that organized Texas Muslim Capitol Day in Austin "was recently listed as one of 82 organizations designated as a terrorist group by the United Arab Emirates."
Teasing out why
Texas has "the lowest crime rate in this state since 1968" because of changes in law regarding nonviolent drug offenders.
An incomplete study
More "than 80 percent of sex trafficking victims in America are U.S. citizens."
Not full story
Democratic National Committee
Since Rick Perry became governor, "poverty rates in Texas increased from 15.1% to 17.5% — which is higher than the national average."
The 'R' word
"There have been some estimates that if you deported everybody who is in Texas illegally," it "would create an economic recession for the state."
Texas Right to Life
University of Texas students "signed a petition seeking the legal right to abort newborn babies up to five-years-old."
"A golf course closes somewhere in America every 48 hours."
UPDATED: Hear ye, Austin history
Austin mayoral candidate Steve Adler opposed an injunction to stop a "company from dumping petrochemicals directly into the Barton Springs aquifer."
UPDATED: Tea party group not driving campaign
"The Austin Tea Party and an ultra-conservative millionaire are behind the" campaign against the city’s light-rail proposition.
Democrat hasn't advocated state dollars for Central America
Leticia Van de Putte "opposed putting National Guard troops on the border, would send millions to Central American governments instead and wrote the law giving in-state tuition to illegal immigrants."
Leticia Van de Putte
Dan Patrick said that if women "get paid less than a man for the same job, that that’s not a problem."
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