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  • Jump-starting a Political Engine

    published December 28, 2000

    Nearly 20 years ago Houston's political spotlight swung to the inner-city neighborhoods of Montrose as its premier resident, then-city controller... More >>

  • West U Journal Feud

    published December 21, 2000

    Last summer, the publisher and executive editor of the West University Journal told a Houston Business Journal reporter she was... More >>

  • Bet You Can't Vote for Just One!

    published December 14, 2000

    With swarms of writers from the likes of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Miami Herald analyzing... More >>

  • Rob Todd Unredacted

    published December 7, 2000

    When last The Insider checked in on City Council's conservative soap opera (" More >>

  • Of Love and Hate

    published November 9, 2000

    Despite landing a $13 million contract from the Pat Buchanan presidential campaign to create and place political ads for the Reform Party... More >>

  • Lonesome Donkey

    published November 2, 2000

    Thirty or so residents clustered in a cozy living room last week in the friendly forest of Kingwood, tittering as First Court of Appeals Justice... More >>

  • Council's Cell Phone Phanatic

    published October 26, 2000

    Anyone who sits through City Council meetings knows that District E Councilman Rob Todd loves the sound of his voice projected through a... More >>

  • Blocking Shots

    published October 19, 2000

    If the blitz on behalf of the downtown basketball arena is in any sense a grassroots campaign, label it 100 percent Astroturf paid for by the... More >>

  • The Mod Squad

    published October 12, 2000

    Fed up with the Brown administration's unwillingness or inability to manage the tax-cut battle at City Hall, a "mod squad" of three moderate... More >>

  • Fish Stories

    published October 5, 2000

    Most of the bad press surrounding the firing last year of Texas Funeral Service Commission director Eliza May thus far has focused on... More >>

  • The Ballad of Bert and Rob and Susan

    published September 28, 2000

    The millennial year has been nothing short of a nightmare for District G Councilman Albert Lloyd "Bert" Keller II. And it shows no signs of... More >>

  • Mr. Blum Goes to Washington

    published September 14, 2000

    He first earned local headlines with a quixotic run against then-congressman Craig Washington in 1992. Since then, former liberal... More >>

  • 2001: A Bell Mayoral Odyssey?

    published September 7, 2000

    As a summer of broken water mains, seemingly endless street repairs and budget miscues provokes simmering discontent, there are the first... More >>

  • Campaign Finance Laws, What Are They Good For?

    published August 31, 2000

    Michael Yarbrough has never taken campaign finance laws seriously, except perhaps as minor obstacles to be overcome in realizing his own peculiar... More >>

  • Arena Wars

    published August 24, 2000

    The Houston Rockets have acceded to County Judge Robert Eckels's demands for changes in an agreement between the team and the sports authority. So... More >>

  • The Russians Are Melting

    published August 17, 2000

    The motley crew of Russians had a slightly shell-shocked look as they settled around a conference table in a well-chilled Post Oak office building... More >>

  • Subpoena Envy

    published August 10, 2000

    When Harris County Republican Party Chairman Gary Polland got back from the Republican National Convention late last week, he found himself... More >>

  • How Green Is My Building?

    published July 27, 2000

    Four years ago, officials at the University of Texas Health Science Center trumpeted their determination to construct a unique nursing and... More >>

  • GOP Inc.

    published July 20, 2000

    Republican delegates packed the George R. Brown Convention Center for their annual June meeting, and now the final premier moment shifted to the... More >>

  • Suck-Up Time

    published July 20, 2000

    Houston's 14th Court of Appeals is poised for reconsideration -- and likely reversal -- of an earlier ruling by two of the court's justices that... More >>

  • He's an Out-of-Comptroller!

    published July 6, 2000

    Back in 1998 Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau comptroller Tony Marquez was asked why the agency's annual report didn't... More >>

  • Shaka's Last Supper

    published June 29, 2000

    If you couldn't make the media and protester circus at Huntsville, Tony's Ballroom on Post Oak seemed the next hottest ticket for the... More >>

  • From PACman to Port Chairman

    published June 22, 2000

    With approval by Harris County Commissioners Court last week, the ascension of James Tilden Edmonds from Port of Houston commissioner to... More >>

  • Don't Dump Your Debt on Me

    published June 15, 2000

    Former mayor Bob Lanier has been a constant supporter of successor Lee P. Brown since playing a major role in his 1997 election win.... More >>

  • Political Winds of Change

    published June 8, 2000

    It's a political road map for up-and-coming Houston minority leaders such as City Controller Sylvia Garcia and Councilmen Orlando... More >>

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