Horns Up, Horns Down: Week of July 8


Horns Up: The governor has all but said that he won’t place the issue of tuition revenue bonds on the second special session call, but that didn’t stop state Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, from filing a bill authorizing their issuance. We admire that sort of perseverance, even if the governor doesn’t.  

Horns Down: National media outlets’ coverage of the abortion debate raging in Texas has focused too much on the personal battles between state Sen. Wendy Davis and Gov. Rick Perry and too little on the actual substance of the bills. 

Horns Up: This Monday, the Austin City Council’s revised Density Bonus Program, which removes a loophole for developers, goes into effect, promoting the development of more affordable housing in downtown Austin.

Horns Down: On Tuesday night, state Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, chairman of the House State Affairs Committee, allowed just 100 people, out of more than 3,000 who signed up, to testify on House Bill 2 when he ended the testimony at midnight. Couldn’t he at least have made it to 2 a.m.?