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  • Too Small for the Two of 'Em

    published December 27, 2001

    Two weeks ago, University of Houston Provost Ed Sheridan met with faculty and staff of the Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant... More >>

  • All I Want for Christmas Is...

    published December 20, 2001

    Just call it the Endless Campaign. A few Houston politicos got their Christmas presents early this year, but for others the last election has... More >>

  • The Law and the Lord

    published December 13, 2001

    A two-year legal battle between the pastor and the board of deacons of a westside Baptist church is back to square one, with the lawyers in the... More >>

  • America's New War Against Enron

    published December 13, 2001

    Its former leaders are in seclusion, protected by elite bodyguards and high-tech security systems. Only a hard-core band of followers continues to... More >>

  • When Will They Learn?

    published December 6, 2001

    The party really rocked at the chic Derek Hotel on the West Loop around nine Saturday night. The stage was awash with local Republicans, from... More >>

  • The Two Faces of Womack

    published November 29, 2001

    In recent weeks an unattributed flyer has popped up at various polling places in black neighborhoods in District D. It bears this... More >>

  • Family Ballot Split

    published November 29, 2001

    Dr. Shelley Sekula Rodriguez is campaigning for City Council's At-Large Position 3 liberally using the name and image of her late... More >>

  • Why This Hound Won't Hunt

    published November 22, 2001

    After two years of pondering, the Texas Ethics Commission has handed down the second largest fine in its history. The target is the state... More >>

  • Runoff Worries

    published November 15, 2001

    There are two ways to analyze the implications of last week's election on the December 1 mayoral runoff campaign for incumbent Lee P. Brown... More >>

  • For Whom Bell Tolls

    published November 15, 2001

    As the mayor's race swung into the home stretch last month, the candidate who was first out of the gate started getting disquieting indications... More >>

  • Ballot Hits and Bloopers

    published November 8, 2001

    The first round of municipal elections may have been totally overshadowed by the events of September 11 and after, but the races have been as... More >>

  • City E-mail Endorses Terrorism

    published November 1, 2001

    On September 12, almost exactly 24 hours after terrorists slammed hijacked jets into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, an accountant in... More >>

  • Smackdown at City Hall

    published October 25, 2001

    The cramped side room of the Dinner Bell Cafeteria on Lawndale Street in east Houston hardly seemed a requisite stop on the route to Houston City... More >>

  • Gunning for a Runoff

    published October 25, 2001

    The closer the mayoral campaign gets to Election Day, the more it's starting to resemble the last closely contested fight for the city's top... More >>

  • Split Ticket

    published October 25, 2001

    Geraldine "Jeri" Lara Kuhleman wore a perplexed look as she stood in front of a South Post Oak shopping center on a sparkling Saturday morning in... More >>

  • Prayola Time

    published October 25, 2001

    One of the less savory aspects of Houston's election season is the "donations" that candidates regularly fork over to various church ministerial... More >>

  • Austin Shocker

    published October 11, 2001

    In the aftermath of last week's ruling on congressional redistricting, the first reaction of state Democrats was that they'd been screwed by one... More >>

  • Sound the Retreat!

    published October 4, 2001

    During the national emergency early last week, law enforcement agencies were in a state of high alert chasing every possible lead on terrorist... More >>

  • Follow the Money

    published October 4, 2001

    It's old home week at the federal grand jury room, with a panel taking testimony about unusual -- and possibly illegal -- campaign activities from... More >>

  • An Early War Casualty?

    published September 27, 2001

    It's been an uphill fight from the get-go for Houston City Councilmembers Chris Bell and Orlando Sanchez. In challenging two-term... More >>

  • Bush Spiritual Adviser: Blame the Church, Not Bin Laden

    published September 27, 2001

    When Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell rose to give the keynote speech at a community memorial service for terrorist attack victims, listeners no... More >>

  • Gene Green

    published September 20, 2001

    When Texas legislators used their redistricting clout in 1991 to draw a Houston congressional district that a Hispanic could win, a wily state... More >>

  • No Safe Place

    published September 13, 2001

    On Tuesday morning, Houston stirred under bright blue skies, the follow-up to the first fresh hint of a cool front. A sketchy news bulletin broke... More >>

  • The Sanchez Factor

    published September 13, 2001

    Laredo half-billionaire Tony Sanchez had a mid-workday gubernatorial coming-out party last week that was more notable for what was absent... More >>

  • The World Through Vision America's Eyes

    published September 13, 2001

    Last week The Insider reported on increasing unease among Republican judges over the possible political influence of a nonprofit religious... More >>

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