If state Sen. Wendy Davis hadn't been a pretty, blond clearly feminine woman, would she have ever had the chance to stage a filibuster? Would Ann Richards have been governor if she didn't have a girl face? We kind of thought the days of a woman being judged by how she looks and whether or not she is ... More >>
Political fights can get ugly, but the grappling over who will get the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor got particularly unsightly last Friday. Up until then, both the remaining candidates, State Sen. Dan Patrick and current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, had done their best to embarrass and ... More >>
Davis isn't getting a lot of love from home Democrats.
It's one thing to have the opposing party saying a candidate doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell (or a Democrat's chance in Texas) but when the candidate's own party signals they aren't so sure, now that has got to be awkward. Case in point, state senator Wendy Davis became a political superst ... More >>
The cruel world the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act is trying to shut down.
In the 2000 Bush/Gore presidential election, George W. Bush carried the state of Texas, which came of little surprise to anyone. Texas is, after all, as red as red states can be on most socio-political issues and the former governor was a poster boy for socially conservative politics. But, here in H ... More >>
Forty-eight hours after Sen. Wendy Davis began the Great Texas Abortion Filibuster, the state has gathered its breath. Having spent nearly a full work day suffering through the largest Democratic victory Texas has known in years, Gov. Rick Perry promptly overrode Davis's efforts -- knowing the tea p ... More >>
Matthew McConaughey possibly has experimentedThe 82nd session of the august Texas Legislature will no doubt end as all the others have, without decriminalizing marijuana even for medical use. (We're just going out on a limb here with this prediction.) More and more states seem to be getting ... More >>
The Texas Tribune: Mistakes were madeThe Texas Tribune, the semi-new non-profit journalistic outfit, has been partnering with The New York Times. On Sundays, Times readers in the Lone Star State get two pages in their print edition with stories from Tribune writers. The partnership is relati ... More >>
cutlineI was sitting next to one of my fellow reporters at a UH football game last fall. I think the opponent was SMU, though it might have been Southern Miss. The Coogs were highly ranked, and they were getting lots of national attention. Yet Robertson Stadium was nowhere close to being sold ... More >>
Actress Holland Taylor plays the late Texas governor
For the past three years, Holland Taylor (who plays "the devil" mother in the hit CBS comedy show Two and a Half Men), has conceived, researched, and written a play about the late governor of Texas, Ann Richards. And in mid-May, Taylor will star in her one-woman show Money, Marbles and Chalk ... More >>
Sarah Palin has become an instant celebrity in the political world, a phenomenon that has shaken up the presidential race. A beehived governor from a huge oil state with a sharp accent and a tart tongue? We’ve been there. Ann Richards lit up the 1988 Democratic convention much as Palin did the G ... More >>
Man vs. nature deep in the heart of Texas
Richards: "I did not want my tombstone to read, 'She kept a really clean house.' I think I'd like them to remember me by saying, 'She opened government to everyone.'" Ann Richards was a one-term alternative to the status quo in Texas and with her death Wednesday, it's time to shuffle through thos ... More >>
Sandra Bullock fires off another Miss
Set in 1948, Kedma explores a present-day problem
Metro's incoming chairman loves to tell stories. Can Houstonians cotton to his next one?
Plus: Courting the Vote, Taking Aim
State Representative John Culberson, winner of the GOP nomination in the Seventh Congressional District
Does selling George W. Bush mean Mark McKinnon has sold out?
Karl Rove has masterminded all of Bush's political victories. Now he faces his toughest challenge: convincing you that the presidential front-runner owns his own soul.
Is Elton Bomer the bully who's needed to help colonias -- or just another political grandstander?
February 11 - 17, 1999
With help from Democrats Pete Laney and Bob Bullock, Bush has been a Republican governor Texans love. But who'll be his pals if he sets his sights on the presidency?
Donna Ballard and her Christian conservative cohorts have transformed the State Board of Education. But will they transform the way Texas teaches its kids?
Houston's dinner theater leaves a bad taste in our critic's mouth
Now everybody, it's claimed, will be on their best behavior. Really?
The boys are back, as Bush and Bullock usher in the age of transpartisan politics
A Vinson & Elkins lawyer wins a big one for a death row inmate
A law of good intent goes unused, and proponents say that's left victims further victimized
The GOP tried to peddle a story about Ann Richards' own "Willie Horton," but the state's press corps wasn't buying
When romance wanes, the politics can turn really personal
Last year, Joann Horton was hired to head Texas Southern University. Now the question is: will she save it, or destroy it?
Cisneros and Medlar conduct a seminar on realpolitik
Last year, a grand jury was told tales about Texas' junior senator. Here's what they heard.
Gatesville warden Susan Cranford talks about the contradictory roles of running a prison for women