Texas Media shake up, and Sarah Palin’s future

Sorry for the odds and ends post, but I wanted to share with you a couple things that are important, albeit unrelated.

First is what’s happening with Texas political media.  In case you’ve missed it, Evan Smith is leaving Texas Monthly to start the “Texas Tribune,” a non-profit news agency that will cover deep political issues of Texas.  I’ve heard some describe it as Texas’ own “POLITICO,” which would be incredible.  He’s amassed an impressive cast of characters from across the state to join him, including Texas Weekly’s Ross Ramsey.  From the Texas Tribune press release:

Incoming Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith announced today that the non-profit public media organization has acquired Texas Weekly, the premier newsletter for government and politics in Texas, and has hired longtime Texas Weekly editor and owner Ross Ramsey as its managing editor. Smith also formally announced the hiring of the first five reporters on the Tribune’s newsroom team: Brandi Grissom, Elise Hu, Emily Ramshaw, Abby Rapoport, and Matt Stiles.

Best of luck to the new organization!

In other news, Sarah Palin seems to be catching some eyes lately.  For whatever reason, a growing number of people seem to think she may break from the Republican party for form an independent third party.  These theorists claim that her resignation as Alaska’s governor was the first step toward that goal.

As a unique voice in the Republican party, Palin has both her supporters and detractors within the party.  I would imagine that most–no matter their thoughts of her–don’t want her leaving the party, though.  Former Gov. Mike Huckabee voiced his concern not long ago, as The Hill mentions:

Huckabee said that he hopes Sarah Palin is not thinking of “going independent,” as she brought electricity to the Republican Party in her run with John McCain. It might be worth wondering if she is thinking of running in 2012 as a candidate for the Alaska Independence Party (AIP).

Palin has been on eight trips outside her Anchorage base since announcing her resignation.

Palin leaving the GOP does, however, line up with her recent comments that she would gladly campaign for Democrats. If she’s trying to build a coalition of voters for her new party, whatever it might be called, that would be a necessary first step.  Keep your eyes focused Northward…  That might be where the action is, come 2012.


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