From Houston, This Looks Like a ‘black Elephant'

I've covered the news in Houston for 3 years and have already seen two devastating floods and now what is being described as a once-in-800-years flood brought on by Hurricane Harvey.That suggests to me that something is happening here that's way bigger than the largely made-up tiff between Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) about whether Houston should have been evacuated before Harvey dumped trillions of gallons of rain on the nation's fourth-largest city.There's no denying Texas is politically polarized, with all its major cities liberal and Democratic, and the rest of the state, and all its statewide elected officials, conservative and Republican. So there's no end of discord and rancor if one wants to find reasons for blame and finger-pointing.  Continue reading...

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