By Daniela Huebner (@danielahuebner), Adriana Fernandez (@adrianaf92), Scott Sanford (@ScottSanford67), Lee Gleiser (@LeeGleiser1) and Campbell Flemmons (@CampbellMcCall).
We’re starting off our playlist with 50 Cent’s “I Got Money,” which is probably what Attorney General Greg Abbott is saying to Sen. Wendy Davis, his Democratic opponent in the Texas Governor’s Race. Over the last three months, Abbott has raised roughly $3.6 million for his campaign, crushing Davis’s figures.
Our next song has to do with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to lift same-sex marriage bans in five states, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s controversial comments. Here’s “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, featuring Mary Lambert.
An investigation into Sen. Wendy Davis’s law firm regarding corruption wrapped up without finding an issue to pursue. That is exactly the name of the song that goes along with it. “Problem” by Ariana Grande illustrates that The Public Integrity Unit might have problems, but like the song’s lyrics say, Davis won’t be one of them.
The Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid is withholding $75 million in matching money until they determine if the private hospitals that covered indigent care did so within appropriate parameters that qualified for federal matching dollars. As hospitals wait for their funds we thought an appropriate song would be “I Want My Money Back” by Lonnie Brooks.
Small towns in Texas have a growing need for water. People in these towns have access to water, but growing populations are increasing the demand for this limited supply. We decided “Water” by Brad Paisley was an appropriate song about the importance and significance of water.
Texas was left with just eight abortion clinics after a federal appellate judge ruled last week that the state could enforce more intense abortion restrictions. Normal physicians, however, are allowed to perform 50 abortions a year without obtaining an abortion license, giving women the option to say, “I Need a Doctor.” Here’s “I Need a Doctor” by Dr. Dre, featuring Eminem and Skylar Grey.
Gov. Rick Perry has spent thousands of tax dollars on his legal defense. Due to the allegations of public corruption against him, the song “Blame” by Calvin Harris very much depicts what Perry is trying to convey: don’t blame it on me.
People are hopeful about the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program that implements a plan for crating energy efficient systems. The plan encourages people to have projects that lower the cost of utility bills and reduce carbon emissions. We chose “Optimistic” by Radiohead because people are optimistic about the potential results of PACE.
A recent audit of the Texas Enterprise Fund was a “scorcher” finding little control over the fund designed to lure business to Texas. Money was doled out without documentation and there has been little follow-up to see if the funds produced any results, which is why this story’s music selection is “Controversy” by the artist formerly known as Prince and currently known as Prince.
And finally we’re wrapping up our playlist with Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” a reminder to stay positive in the midst of worry about a potential Ebola outbreak. On Monday, Gov. Rick Perry called on federal government to improve efforts at U.S. points of entry in order to better contain the virus. The government will continue to closely monitor all emerging cases.