"America is a country of second chances" Rick Perry said in a recent television interview. His declaration was very statesmanlike, but he was referring to himself and his possible repeat performance as a presidential candidate. If he truly believed in the concept of second chances, things might be ... More >>
In spite of several indisputably bad candidates on either side of the aisle, apparently tens of thousands of Harris County residents are still going to vote straight ticket. Maybe those people are just lazy. Maybe it gives them a jolt of pride or even spite, as in "I am going to stick it to those i ... More >>
It takes two hookers to get James Worthy ready for ShowtimeHouston is not a big town for sex scandals. Whether it's because we have a sophisticated European, laissez-faire attitude to such things, or because bigfoot Houstonians are better at hiding things, we don't know. Although we guess it's th ... More >>
The Oughts have been a busy decade of people getting busy here in Houston, as perhaps every other decade has been. There's a reason the population has been booming, after all, and it's not all due to people leaving Detroit.But some Houstonians have been shtupping where they shouldn't shtup, and t ... More >>
November brings with it Thanksgiving, which in turn brings with it the annual Houston Press accounting of the Turkeys of the Year here in Houston.Last year was easy, of course: any year that includes the e-mail antics of District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal is pretty much a no-brainer. When a year i ... More >>
Reporter John Mecklin worked a long time in Houston for the old Post; he also served as an editor at the SF Weekly, the San Francisco paper in our very own Village Voice Media chain.He's now editor at a magazine called Miller-McCune, a publication started by a Southern California philanthropist; ... More >>
Disgruntled prosecutors scribble their complaints about the new boss on a blog
No one can tolerate the name of Houston's newest pedestrian bridge, the Tolerance Bridge (get it?).The Houston Chronicle reports that the mayor's office is seeking new names for the $7 million bridge over Buffalo Bayou near Allen Parkway and Montrose after city council members cried "lame."The Houst ... More >>
Carrie Ruiz of Humble is praying that President Obama and his promised commitment to foreign diplomacy will help bring her daughter's killer to justice.Nine years ago, Ruiz's teenaged daughter, Felicia, was stabbed to death 26 times in an open field. Two of the three attackers are now behind bars, b ... More >>
We've already noted the five biggest local deaths in 2008; now it's time to look at the five deaths that leave the smallest amounts of sympathy or significance.5. The Playoff Chances of the Texans and Astros. Insignificant because really, did anyone expect anything different? The teams blew when the ... More >>
The Sikh family that says it was harassed by Harris County Sheriff's deputies has been getting to know county politicians more than they might have guessed.Over the weekend, sheriff-elect Adrian Garcia met with the family and many other Sikhs; yesterday is was County Judge Ed Emmett.Emmett apologize ... More >>
Murray Newman has been anonymously writing an entertaining blog about being a prosecutor in Harris County; now that he's been canned (he supported incoming DA Pat Lykos' primary opponent), it's clear that a) the blogging will continue, and b) it will still be entertaining.Witness his latest scoop: L ... More >>
DA Chuck Rosenthal flies off with top honors
Harris County is known as a pipeline for Death Row, but that changed this year. The county hasn't had a death penalty conviction in 2008, the first time that's happened since 1977, the year capital punishment was reinstated and Chuck Rosenthal was hired as an assistant district attorney. The depa ... More >>
Some TAKS tests are murder
So George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and a llama walk into a bar… Happy Presidents’ Day, y’all. Does anyone actually get this day off, besides Newman and Claven? We sure could’ve used the extra sleep, especially after yesterday’s beautiful weather (i.e. outdoor drinking). 12:09 a.m. a ... More >>
The Great Deleter takes the stand
Quanell X has taken the lead on one of the many efforts to remove Chuck Rosenthal as the Harris County District Attorney. Look for Quanell at a downtown protest on Thursday, scheduled for noon at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse. The rally is first of many, Quanell says, until Rosenthal is go ... More >>
The DA doesn't make deals. And that's why Jesus Salazar is living the free life in Venezuela while a teenage girl lies dead, stabbed 26 times.
Oh, wait, can't we get sued for running a picture of Tom Cruise next to the word "gay"? Shoot. So 19 guns are missing from the HPD property room, the Chron reports this morning. Two other guns that had gone missing were found during a traffic stop and a drug case. Things have a way of just walking ... More >>
Our solution for saving Texas's claim to capital punishment fame
The D.A. shares something with those he's supposed to be probing: campaign support
Recent debacles demonstrate why District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal needs more than a moustache to match the legacy of Johnny Holmes
Tension mounts at the Chronicle
The judiciary starts scrambling after state cuts in visiting judges
Rod Paige does no better when he doesn't have an answer than when he does
The Chron's embedded reporter is far from the action
A mid-trial meltdown scorches the district attorney
A shopping list for your favorite political types
The D.A.'s policy cuts into an inmate advocacy program
Former drug czar Lee Brown has trouble negotiating a question about why there's no needle-exchange program for addicts in Houston
Yates isn't dying to prove the equity of Harris County executions
Houston was supposed to be cracking down on polluters. So why has it spent five years cleaning up on little guys like Walter Bazarsky?
The D.A. and county attorney dip into office funds to up the influence in judicial polls
Hospital district officials wanted a simple one-sentence policy on immigrant health care. What they got instead was a criminal probe and plenty of politics.
GOP consultant Allen Blakemore looks to become a do-it-yourself bondsman
This time, a plan to bring drug courts here has real teeth
He wants to castrate pedophiles and purge the courts of politics. He has assailed fellow jurists, lawyers and lawmakers. He's maverick Mike McSpadden, a tennis ace with a tomahawk tongue.
After two defeats by voters, will Bob Burdette finally lose his black robe to a DWI?
With Brown adrift, can this trio carry the ball?
Learning to love the one-party state
Is the D.A.'s office for sale to the highest bidder?
Can a statewide race save Jim Wallace from himself?
Political Goodfellows Editor: Gabe and Gary get new toys; Lee and Mario cry in their stockings
The D.A. and sheriff sizzle over Rosenthal's misleading campaign mailer
In the latest divorce donnybrook, things didn't go better with coke