First Reading, 2018 vol. 8

I have returned from a glorious yet exhausting week of sight-seeing in NYC. I try to go once a year even if just for a weekend and this year I drug my 16 year old niece through the streets and subways, into the art museums and all around Central Park. A good time was had by all - but I apologize if you'd e-mailed me, messaged me on Instagram or tried to communicate in some other way that I've ignored. I'm back and catching up.

Did you see Rep. Villalba get the spotlight on Samantha Bee's show last week?

"So you were playing the long game?" Had me rolling. 

You may have noticed this morning that I posted some shout-outs to Royce Brooks for being named the new director of Annie's List (she'll start in July) and also to Lauren Willis for launching a new lobbying firm here in town. Huge high five to them!

Here are some headlines. 

  • Last year when Uber and Lyft told the City of Austin where to stick its new ordinance, the legislature was quick to pass an override and make things right with the world again. For 2019 it looks like you can expect a similar fight over the mandatory paid sick leave ordinance Austin passed this year. At least if you're too sick to drive you can still catch a ride to the office. 
  • This opinion piece from the New York Daily News draws the line on assuming women in politics are inherently "better."
  • The Texas Tribune on the scores of women running for office and why many have jumped into the fray. Was it #MeToo? #NeverTrump?
  • The Washington Post fact checks Trump on his Hurricane Harvey "gawkers" comments. Straus set the record straight, IMO.
  • To Win in Politics, Women Must Run as they Are. Via the Hill.
  • The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo tips hat to it's first-ever female executive.

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