Yesterday, the Senate, in a rare show of bi-partisanship, passed ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) 64-32. The bill would ban anti-gay discrimination in the workplace. This highlights that a civil rights struggle we have all been watching slowly but surely come to an end. Of course, not ever ... More >>
If you thought we were done talking about abortion around the Lone Star State, you obviously haven't been paying attention. As Sen. Wendy Davis gears up for her big gubernatorial run, the abortion legislation that sparked her star-making filibuster in the state legislature has been slapped with a fe ... More >>
The Department of Justice is not going to move to undo new Colorado and Washington laws legalizing marijuana. The Washington Post reports: The Department also, per Reilly and Grim's report, sent a three page memo to governors of all states outlining federal priorities for enforcing marijuana laws ... More >>
If you've never been to Farmers Branch, you haven't missed much. It's a neighborhood/suburban bubble/town engulfed by Dallas's urban sprawl, and it's such a bland place you'd probably never have noticed or heard tell of it until the city government enacted a controversial housing law back in May 2 ... More >>
A coalition of anti-private-prison groups is claiming victory for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's plans to close two privately run detention centers in the wake of a $97 million budget cut. Grassroots Leadership, along with the ACLU of Texas, the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, and oth ... More >>
The tale of the two suspected illegal Guatemalan immigrants killed by a DPS sharpshooter perched in a helicopter took a turn Thursday when the Department said the truck they were in was barreling toward a school and had to be stopped. "The pickup truck continued to speed recklessly toward William ... More >>
New laws in dozens of states could take out Barack Obama this fall.
There can be a thin line between ballsy and dumb. Terence Dwayne Johnson, 20, of the tiny East Texas hamlet of Bedias, apparently decided to test where that line might be. According to cops who talked to KLTV, security footage at a Lovelady hardware store shows him grabbing an American flag out of ... More >>
The Houston Chronicle's David Barron just reported that longtime KTRH news anchors J.P. Pritchard and Lana Hughes are leaving the station in favor of new hosts Mike Patrick and Lois Melkonian. In case you need an introduction to Mike Patrick, check out the above video where he personifies the term ... More >>
Hmmm. She looks American enough, we guessThe legislature's massive school finance bill had attached to what will be a new law requiring drivers to present proof of citizenship or legal residency before getting -- or renewing -- a drivers license. The ACLU of Texas is among groups that are no ... More >>
Apu chose an alternate path to citizenshipThere's a scene in The American President -- Aaron Sorkin's pre-West Wing exercise in wishful liberalism -- when President Shepherd (Michael Douglas) describes America as "advanced citizenship." It's a nice thought, especially in the fantastical conte ... More >>
The feds bury border patrol abuses of immigrants, but whats been unearthed reveals a culture of cruelty.
Twillight: Celina ISD just wants to save your from "Team Edward" geekdom, kidsAs we noted earlier today, things are generally looking up in the banned-book department, especially in the Houston area.But the latest annual report by the ACLU of Texas does contain some stuff that shouldn't be ignore ... More >>
Arizona and America join Joe Arpaio in rushing to inquire: Are your papers in order?
Photo by Liana LopezA packed room hears about 287(g)It only took 15 seconds for the Commissioners Court of Harris County to approve three additional years of participation in 287(g) after hours of public testimony, mostly in opposition, to the program.The two Houston Garcias, who, by the way, wer ... More >>
Photo by superfemDavid Hernandez of Harlingen may have been delivered by a midwife not far from the border with Mexico, but he always knew he was born in the United States. The trick was convincing the U.S. Department of State, which refused to issue him a passport based on a history of midwife frau ... More >>
Austin will be the scene for what no doubt will be a very tasteful demonstration and briefing tomorrow, as a little-known civil war between interior designers bursts into the open.The Institute of Justice, an ACLU-like legal organization, is working with interior designers in Texas to stop what the ... More >>
This afternoon, the folks from Food Not Bombs, a local group that serves vegan food to the homeless four nights a week in front of the Houston Public Library, met with some people from the library to decide how they could avoid another confrontation. "It was a lot more chill than I expected," Nick C ... More >>
Post-9/11 worries target South Texas
Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to email@example.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Chopped and Screwed" Lil' O, T-Pain and Ludacris Wire To Wire Matt Sonzala et al. paid tribute ... More >>
He may be dead, but the lawsuit lives on
The NRA, the ACLU and HPD
Politically oriented matchmaking sites are surging toward the election
He cheated a family out of $120,000. It took four years in jail to make him the victim.
Both sides in a Houston fight worship the same god: publicity
Court art attracts heat but no media light
Not everyone was celebrating Juneteenth in Harris County
Plus: Rebuttal Witness, Doctoring the Ratings, Breeding Greed?
A judicial candidate's petition signers get investigated -- or intimidated
TDCJ finally halts monitoring of attorney-client phone calls -- sort of
Fed Up with Feds, Still Reeling, Diabolical Docs
Letters from Novemeber 1
Narcotics task forces in Texas spend millions of dollars each year busting low-level users and dealers. Is it money well spent, or are officers just addicted to easy cash?
Crusading convicts turned the docile Echo newspaper into a voice for prison reform. Fellow inmates cheered, but alarmed TDCJ officials preferred silence.
Are open courts and basic defendant rights the latest flood victims?
Want to gain trust? One entrepreneur swears the answer is to distrust.
Shining Example, KTRU Blues, Not So Nice
A judge has serious hang-ups over state prisons listening in on inmate-attorney calls
Selling his novel on the streets of Houston got Abram Himelstein in trouble. He's ready to give as good as he got.
Los Van Van
If you're black or brown, driving a nice car will get you noticed by police in Houston
After their hospital's merger with Memorial, Hermann employees are asked prying questions
Since his death, teenage inmate Rodney Hulin has become a national symbol of why it's wrong to send juveniles to adult prisons. His true story, though, paints a different kind of troubling picture.