We don't usually jump on news items here, because we are more about looking at the wider and deeper picture. But in the wake of my recent posts about how a religious right stealth candidate for the Texas State Board of Education might knock off a pro-public education Republican in the GOP primary -- and give the religious right outright control of the board -- it is worth noting that that did not happen, and that the state's science education standards are safe, for now.
Another GOP winner was Patricia Hardy, a two-term state education board member who defeated a North Texas urologist quoted as calling tenets of evolution theory "a fairy tale."
Hardy captured 59 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting, beating creation-science advocate Barney Maddox. Hardy said her opponent kept his evolution views out of campaign mailings but did tell social conservatives he would vote with them.