Monday Morning Reading: Looks Like a Runoff

Good morning from Dallas! I’m here to follow up on some issues I raised over the weekend regarding the “Value of Blue Collar Work.”  That piece I published Sunday seems to have really resonated with all sides.  It’s hard to know exactly where this conversation will go, but I plan to press the issue of why Texas and America simultaneously (and many would say nonsensically) have high unemployment and a shortage of skilled workers.

The UT-Texas Tribune Poll this morning says we’re heading to a runoff in the race to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.  From the Tribune:

Dewhurst had the support of 40 percent of likely voters, followed by Cruz at 31 percent. Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert had 17 percent and broadcaster and former football player Craig James was at 4 percent, with five other GOP candidates bringing up the rear.

This isn’t all that surprising given the frustrated performance of Dewhurst on a radio show in Houston last week.

Good piece in the New York Times this morning on how ‘Super PAC’s are changing the face of politics. The Washington Post, meantime, says it’s very possible Mitt Romney will be able to outspend President Obama in this election.

Other Notes:

The Statesman reports there’s a huge backlog of untested rape kits because there’s a lack of…wait for it…money.

Young illegal immigrants are showing up more and more in immigrant courts, according the DMN.

Very cool:  The Houston Chronicle has some great shots of the partial eclipse as seen across Texas.

Anything else I should be covering? Please, let me know.

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