Weekend Shorts

1. Joe Straus fundraising for Dripping Springs Democrat Patrick Rose.

2. Oh noes! Rick Perry used an ad of Bill White with Yao Ming. The Texas Tribune and KPRC are apparently offended, and KPRC gets the AJ Durrani, from the local Asian Democrats club to say that the ad is "ethnic fear mongering that is putting a chill on the local community." O RLY? That's the stupidest thing I've heard this week, especially since Durrani also admits that Yao is a "community hero." That racist Rick Perry campaign, using photos of their opponent with popular and beloved community heroes. Sometimes Democratic activists really do see racism in every inkblot.

I hate to let the cat out of the bag and say the most obvious thing in the world*, but the photo is in the ad because Bill White looks silly and tiny next to Yao Ming...just like 85% of the other photos in the ad.

3. Texas will be testing ground for IBM's system to use GPS to reduce accidents:

ehicle-to-vehicle technology would give cars standard communication by combining a system similar to Wi-Fi with the global positioning system. Drivers would be warned in short advance of an impending collision, sudden lane change, or if the car in front of them is suddenly braking hard. An estimated 76 percent of crashes involving unimpaired drivers could potentially be prevented using the technology, according to DOT statistics.

The programs will include road sensors and predictive analytics for determining future traffic patterns. While the ability to provide real-time traffic information already exists for some cars and GPS devices, they generally cannot predict future traffic. The predictive analytics transportation tools will allow transportation managers and drivers to make decisions and changes as much as an hour in advance

4. Bill White puts his first campaign ad on the air...in Houston only?

5. Harriet O'Neill is resigning from the Texas Supreme Court.

6. Stewart Powell wrote up KBH's dealings on behalf of NASA, which was interesting, but what struck me was:

Even though she serves in the minority party, Hutchison has outsized influence on Capitol Hill. The reason: She tends to avoid the red-meat rhetoric that discourages Democrats from joining her and would preclude the White House from working with her on compromises.
This is a huge reason why Hutchison foundered in the primary. When she started saying that she wanted to stay in the Senate to fight for Republican issues, it called her credibility into question on something fundamental to her long-established image.

7. If I was a Democrat, I'd be hopping mad that the DSCC is currently spending $300k to promote Arlen Specter against a solid Democrat.

*Apparently not obvious to the media?

Posted by Evan @ 05/08/10 05:00 PM


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I like the crying baby picture. And Yao Ming is quite intimidating to people who grew up with the comforting image of the Stormin Mormon, Shawn Bradley.

Posted by Bob @ 05/11/10 08:11 AM

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