tuesday this & that
- Some resesarch on why it's bad (especially for other kids) to delay putting your kid in kindergarten for no good reason.
- My congressman, Michael McCaul, is terrible at his job. I say this not as a disaffected Austinite who was redistricted out of having real representation, but as a political scientist who knows a little bit about what works and what doesn't. He's pretty ineffective as a legislator, but my main complaint is that he has TERRIBLE constituent services. His staff almost never answers letters or makes a big effort to reach out to the district. He's my primo example in classes of what not to do if you're an elected official. Well, McCaul has a serious challenger this time around, and all of a sudden, he's apparently really interested in what the voters think. Showing up in northwest Austin at a gas station is a start, even if it reeks of being a political stunt. The most clear sign he's worried is that I just received a reply to an email I sent to his office. It's the first letter I've gotten from them in four years.
- Christopher Dickey's new piece on politics in the south is worth reading, if for nothing else than the comments from Earl and Merle Black, the best twin political scientists in the land.
- Jon Meacham has other comments on what's going to happen in the south this year.