New Jersey traffic retribution scandal tough for Houstonians to understand.
If you've never been to the northeast, particularly if you've never driven on their highways, it is probably tough for you to understand the scandal facing Governor Chris Christie and his staff right now in New Jersey. How could a pair of lane closures be that significant of a problem that it would ... More >>
It's long been known by political scientists that the longer a party has been out of power -- that is, has not held the presidency -- the more likely it is to nominate a moderate. This is one reason, out of many, that we can expect Chris Christie to emerge as the Republican standard bearer in 2016. ... More >>
He's vacating the governor's office after this term is up in January 2015, but it looks like Gov. Rick Perry has no intention of letting that perfect mop of political hair languish in retirement. Judging by the smoke signals from his most recent forays into media, Perry is looking at another preside ... More >>
Tuesday night was not a good night for the Tea Party. Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate and Tea Partier, Ken Cuccinelli -- the guy who wanted to outlaw sodomy and make women have ultrasounds before terminating a pregnancy - lost. Cuccinelli lost moderate voters by 18 percent. Joining him in igno ... More >>
It is, after all, almost 2014. And we know that the beginnings of what political scientists call the "invisible primary" are well underway -- i.e., the GOP (and the Dems, but more on that in another post) elites are already deciding who is a viable presidential candidate and ideologically trustworth ... More >>
John Steinbeck once wrote that Texas was a state of mind, approximating religion. A complex state of mind though, he owned, since people either passionately love the Lone Star State or passionately hate it. Complex also because this is a big state with lots of people and lots of opinions. We mention ... More >>
At some point, Texas will give up its status as a GOP guarantee. That seems the consensus, at least. A burgeoning Hispanic population, increasing transplants from California and New York, and a youth bubble surpassed by only Utah -- all signs point toward an eventual purpling of this putative Republ ... More >>
Jersey's Chris Christie sent his regrets, for obvious reasons.The Texas Independent has more or less been keeping a running tally of gubernatorial RSVPs to Rick Perry's invitation to come to Houston to pray and fast and be all Jesus-y. So far it's looking grim, as would any event where Kansa ... More >>
Fast for a day, Chris Christie: the power of Perry compels you!There are few t hings more annoying than the stranger who asks you if you've accepted Jesus, but Governor Rick Perry has became That Guy with a letter to the 49 other state leaders in the U.S. He's asking them to come to Houston ... More >>
The political career of UH's Carl Lewis has, so far, proven to be as successful as his "Star-Spangled Banner"-singing sideline. In other words, not very successful at all. Lewis, who is trying to run for the state senate from his hometown New Jersey district, has been thrown off the ballot for no ... More >>
Answer: Probably notIt's never too early to begin the horse-race punditry on the 2012 presidential race, and National Journal has taken on the job. They've published their rankings of who's likely to get the GOP nod, and -- in what's good news for America but bad for Texas -- Rick Perry come ... More >>
Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison are locked in a pitched battle over the soul of the GOP. They are also running for governor.