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    May 19, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Rick Perry's Debate Guts

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    Turkey Of The Year Runner-Up: Bill White

    Bill White loses another race​It's a week or so away from the 2010 Turkeys of the Year issue, where we honor what is best in Turkeydom for the past year. This will be our eighth edition of the awards, and as always competition is stiff. Building up to the grand announcement of the winners, we' ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Bill White's Election "Party" Stumbles On, Even As Networks Crown Perry

    Aaron SprecherThis podium is about as empty as Bill White's watch party.​If you can get to the Americas Hilton ballroom tonight, it'd be well worth it: less than an hour after the polls have closed, the Bill White election watch is nearly deserted, which means there is no wait to get your paws all ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Bill White Quits Race Before All Votes Are Counted, Proving He's Sensible

    Aaron Sprecher​Bill White just conceded the guv'ship to Rick Perry, surprising exactly no one. "We hope this campaign has been worthy, and we will never forget what you have done," the former Houston mayor told the audience, which had swelled considerably since our first post. (Although, let's fac ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Bill White Takes Big Lead Over Rick Perry (In Facebook)

    Facebook: The road to Austin​Bill White may have been unable as yet to top Rick Perry in any political poll on the governor's race, but that hardly matters: White's winning the Facebook battle!!And that's very important, says the person who did a study of it."Numbers don't have an agenda or ideolo ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    Rick Perry & Bill White: Midnight Is Nigh In The Great (And Silly) Deadline For Debates

    Debates over debates are so fun​The finger-pointing continued Wednesday as the great gubernatorial debate over who's at fault for not having a gubernatorial debate came to Houston.Republican Governor Rick Perry has given Democrat candidate Bill White until midnight tonight to release tax returns f ... More >>

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    August 24, 2010

    New Anti-Perry Ad: Can The Return Of The Chicken Suit Be Far Behind?

    Subtle.​Back to Basics, a PAC supporting Texas gubernatorial candidate Bill White, has unleashed a new anti-Rick Perry ad. We're not sure, but we think they're questioning the current governor's manhood. Tell Rick Perry to stop cowering and face Texans like a man. White's supporters are cont ... More >>

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    August 13, 2010

    Rick Perry: Most Inane Playing Of The Race Card, Ever

    By now you've heard just how upset and offended Governor Rick Perry is by remarks Bill White made.Days have gone by, and Perry is still pissed at what he has determined to be racial remarks. We are led to believe, anyway. After all he went to the trouble of tracking down an actual black Republican t ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Six Classic Comic Covers That Could Be About Houston

    The Golden Age of comics (or the Silver Age, or whatever, we're not nerds about it) had some truly entertaining covers for horror-tale collections.The folks at io9 gathered 105 of them.Who knew that some of them were about.....HOUSTON?!?!!?!?!!?​For instance, this one is obviously about BARC.And t ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010

    Rick Perry Vs. Bill White: The Chicken Suit Has Been Unleashed

    Photo by Burnt Orange ReportAn elephant, a chicken, a generator: Political Theater!​This year's gubernatorial campaign has been missing some things.Debates, for one.A guy in a chicken suit, for another.Those two things intertwined yesterday when, for some reason, Rick Perry campaign spokesman Mark ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010

    Bill White In Drag: Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures

    We assume White has just sucked down a joint​Bill White is embracing the bald.As part of a birthday celebration (and a way to get e-mail addresses), the campaign is urging people to send White a e-card wishing many happy returns of the day.Each time you do, a hair will be added to White's picture, ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010

    Welcome to Arizona

    Judge who helped BP went on junket party on their tab.

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    March 2, 2010

    Farouk Shami Is On Fire. His Campaign Song? Eh...

    One of the benefits of writing for a music blog is you don't have to follow politics unless you just want to, or unless some politician is so desperate they think commissioning a campaign song Auto-tuned up the yin-yang and with lyrics that went out of style when disco did is going to improve their ... More >>

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    November 24, 2009

    Five Decisions That Took Less Time Than Bill White Figuring Out If He'll Run For Governor

    ​Bill White brought the Texas political world to a standstill yesterday when he convened a press conference to make the momentous announcement that....he was going to take some time to think about running for Governor instead of Senator.In a little over a week, he said, he'll make up his mind.Some ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Bill White Switching To The Governor's Race, Chron Reporting

    ​The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Mayor Bill White is about to switch his future plans from not being elected to the U.S. Senate to not being elected Texas governor.White's move comes as Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's laughably inept run for the governorship continues to implode. Sooner or ... More >>

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    November 3, 2009

    Bill White, Getting Grilled On Fox 26

    Fox News (the local kind), you giveth and you taketh away.First, you go live to Roy Morales HQ, giving the candidate the rare chance to appear on TV (explaining why he's failing miserably). A dedicated coterie of supporters is bunched behind him in the perfect camera angle to make it look like he ha ... More >>

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    October 26, 2009

    The Dallas Observer Learns About Interviewing Bill White

    Photo by Sam Merten​Our sister paper the Dallas Observer tagged along recently as Houston mayor Bill White visited a suburban deli and learned what it's like to deal with the generic, content-free answers the big man uses when he doesn't want to reply to what you're asking.The headline? "Will Sena ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    Bad News For Bill White's Senate Run?

    Photo courtesy Bill White for TexasChris Cillizza, the hyper-connected political writer at the Washington Post, has gotten his hands on a polling memo outlining the Texas Senate race.The bottom line: Not good news for Bill White.Cillizza says (scroll down for "Texas Senate Numbers") the poll was tak ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    The Rebirth Of A Cemetery

    Photo by Olivia Flores AlvarezOlivewood Cemetery, established just after the end of the Civil War, is home to Houston's first freemen. Among the buried are a 100-plus-year-old woman who came to America on a slave ship in the late 1770's but lived long enough to see the end of slavery, the man who s ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    5th Annual Guaranty Bank Tour de Houston

    Web deck: See the city from the seat of your bike

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    February 24, 2009

    Chalk One Up For The Blogosphere: Houston's Plan To Pay Off Debts For New Homeowners Is Dead

    That didn't take long.The Chronicle reported this morning that city council (i.e., Mayor Bill White) was considering a plan to pay debts to help first-time homebuyers purchase houses.You can imagine how well that went over once it hit Drudge.Any subtlety -- and there was some -- got buried under out ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    What's So Bad About That Bill White-MLK-Obama Ad, Anyway?

    Ever since Isiah Carey broke the story on his Insite blog, most of the other media outlets in town have followed up with items on the allegedly offensive advertisement that Mayor Bill White took out in the Houston Defender, a black paper, for Martin Luther King Day.This is, supposedly, a terrible th ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009

    BARC Sucks

    The city's animal shelter just can't get its act together

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    January 27, 2009

    The Mayor's Race, In Chart Form

    The race to replace term-limited Bill White as Mayor of Houston is starting to heat up, in terms of various candidates leaking word that they're interested. The conventional wisdom so far counts four major candidates; unless the conventional wisdom is wrong (and when has that ever occurred?), one of ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009

    Who Would You Rather?

    So the other night my dear friend Tamarie and I spent too long on the phone engaged in a game called Who Would You Rather? You know, that classic girl game of who you would rather sleep with. The problem was that Tamarie was high on prescription cough syrup, and I'd had a couple of G&Ts, so the co ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    Texas Governor's Race: The Fun Is Beginning

    As you've no doubt heard, Kay Bailey Hutchison yesterday took the first steps to enter what would be a highly, highly entertaining GOP primary for the governorship next year (Just think of the hair-care budgets alone between her and Rick Perry).What about the not-so-boy wonder from Houston, Mayor Bi ... More >>

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    November 13, 2008

    The Power Of Facebook Will Make Bill White Energy Secretary

    Mayor Bill White is being coy about his political future -- run for Governor? Senator? Get a job in the Obama administration? -- but others are not. Utilizing the single hippest method of communication since the princess phone, a cadre of White fans has a Facebook page calling for White to be named ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008
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    September 23, 2008

    Sorry? For What?

    As the Houston Chronicle reported today, Gov. Rick Perry personally called two state workers from Georgia because Houston Mayor Bill White had cursed at them in the frantic days after Ike. They report: A witness said White told the women, "You need to be getting these (expletive) trucks out of he ... More >>

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    September 16, 2008

    Two Politicians, Two Responses

    You may have noticed Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Mayor Bill White projecting different attitudes during their joint press conferences in the past few days - White a bit more critical of response efforts, Emmett a bit less willing to engage in what he would presumably think to be finger-pointin ... More >>

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    September 12, 2008
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    March 20, 2008
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    March 6, 2008
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    December 11, 2007
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    January 3, 2007

    Horse Shrift

    What Would Sam Do? The latest issue of Texas Horse Talk hits the stables this Saturday, and writer Steven Long has a doozie of an article in there titled "Houston Hates Horses." Our first thought upon reading the first few words was, Huh? We thought Houston loved horses. But apparently we've had ... More >>

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    November 9, 2006

    Boston Cream Bet

    You can call him Bill. We'll call him "The Gambler." The Houston Dynamo are just now traveling to Frisco, TX for the big game, and already, the betting has begun. We're not sure what the over/under is yet, but we do know that Mayor Bill White and Boston mayor Thomas Menino have a little wager go ... More >>

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    November 9, 2006
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    November 8, 2006
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    November 1, 2006

    Bad Medicine for Bill White

    Conservatives won't let Mayor White "inject" this election with his voting drive "bug." (See, what we're doing here is playing off the immunization theme...) Score one for local Republicans... Today, GOP/conservative patriots helped put a stop to what's clearly a liberal plot to woo senior citiz ... More >>

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    June 29, 2006

    Freedom, Now!

    Get banged this Fourth

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    September 1, 2005

    Bayou Ball

    Music, dance, poetry, theater and hoops take over Sunnyside Park

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    September 9, 2004

    Six Feet Blunder

    Bring out your dead -- and wait

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    June 3, 2004

    He Won't Back Down

    The mayor was threatened -- or maybe he wasn't

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    January 8, 2004


    Houston's sweet-and-sour inaugural

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    December 25, 2003

    Food for Political Thought

    White becomes Houston's big tuna -- and that's no yolk!

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    December 18, 2003

    The Six-Year Itch

    City Hall reality series: Who survives on Bill White's island?

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    October 30, 2003

    Is This Guy Too Smart to Be Mayor?

    Bill White hopes brains and big bucks will get him elected

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    July 3, 2003

    Let's Pick On Orlando!

    Early mayoral forums hint at the strategies to come

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    June 12, 2003

    Bill's Bargain Tax Bill

    The county says a candidate's home value is no White lie

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    November 14, 1996
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