David Dewhurst

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    November 25, 2014

    Setting New Standards in Stupid: The 2014 Turkeys of the Year

    Albert Einstein once said that the only difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. Obviously Einstein didn't factor the Turkey of the Year, a creature with a seemingly infinite capacity for senseless, ludicrous and ill-advised decisions, into the equation. This has been ... More >>

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    May 20, 2014

    Dan Patrick Isn't Alone; Here Are More Examples of Texas Political Mudslinging

    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 >>

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    May 12, 2014

    Dewhurst's 'Frozen' Video: More Proof We're Losing Greatness

    Is it one of the worst political ads of all time or one of the worst? Is it even real? These were the thoughts we were wrestling with as we took in a minute-long commercial featuring a Dan Patrick animated picture singing about how he changed his name from Danny Goeb. The ad alleges -- erroneously, ... More >>

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    April 16, 2014

    Van de Putte Isn't One of Those Serape Wearing, Tortilla Tossing Candidates

    Leticia Van de Putte's experience and what she represents makes her more viable than either of her opponents.

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    March 13, 2014

    Ready for Battle

    Wendy Davis and Texas Primary Results: What We Know Now.

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    March 5, 2014

    Wendy Davis and Texas Primary Results: What We Know Now

    Wendy Davis v. Greg Abbott. Let me take the suspense out of this race: Abbott will win in convincing fashion. As I've noted before, there are simply not enough women and minority voters in Texas who will support Davis such that she can win. Indeed, setting aside gender, there aren't enough white D ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    Dewhurst Thinks Teachers Have It Just Great in Texas, Except When He Didn't

    Teachers are use to working long hours, attending parent teacher conferences, and sometimes sacrificing their personal lives to teach. They don't earn millions of dollars each year like basketball players or actors but the passion they have for education and making a difference is what drives them t ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Texas Monthly Gives Astros Bum Steer Award, Puts Wrong Unis, Players on Cover

    As if the humiliation couldn't get any worse, Texas Monthly decided to pile on. The Astros and Texans have humiliated Houston this season and the Astrodome is likely being torn down. So, on the cover the annual Bum Steer Awards issue, TM decided to put all three, the Dome being crushed under the wei ... More >>

  • News

    October 24, 2013

    Packing Heat

    Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson wants to "normalize the sight of an armed citizen."

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    October 17, 2013

    Chron Moonwalks Away From Ted Cruz Endorsement

    Remember when the Houston Chronicle endorsed Ted Cruz for the U.S. Senate instead of "establishment" conservative David Dewhurst? You don't? Well, they want us to forget it too. They also told us Ted Cruz was "thoughtful." But they don't want you to remember that either. Yesterday, the editors pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    The Tea Party Does Not Care About Wall Street's Money

    Whatever else you might want to say about the tea party folks -- both the elected representatives and their citizen-supporters -- you cannot say that they are in hock to Wall Street the same way the establishment GOP and (much of) the Democrats are. (Including, yes, President Obama. It's true). If ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst: The Guy To Call If You're Arrested

    When you're arrested there's always a question of who to call, but if you happen to be related to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who to call is a no-brainer. Dewhurst's stepsister's daughter-in-law was arrested in Allen for allegedly failing to pay for $57 worth of groceries. Now, for the normal person, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Threatening Both Media and Church-State Separation, Lt. Gov. Race Blunders to Sloppy Start

    Nobody pretended they were going to enjoy the race for the lieutenant governor's chair. Sure, there would be moments of delightful schadenfreude -- watching Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst squirm and crumble in the face of Wendy Davis's supporters was one of the most rewarding of the entire month. But those ... More >>

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    June 28, 2013

    Patrick Plots Path to Lieutenant Governor, Bashing Dewhurst in Opening Announcement

    In one of the worst-kept secrets in Texas, State Sen. Dan Patrick announced Thursday that he was throwing his hat in the ring for the 2014 election for Texas lieutenant governor. Patrick, the current Senate Education Chair, announced yesterday that he would be aiming for David Dewhurst's current pos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    The Winners and Losers of the Great Texas Abortion Filibuster

    If you were anywhere near a computer, a phone, or the Hill Country over the past 24 hours, you'll know that Texas witnessed one of the most memorable, remarkable displays of political will it's ever known. In lieu of allowing nearly 90 percent of the abortion clinics across the state to shutter, Sen ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Antiabortion group accuses Dr. Douglas Karpen of late-term abortions, authorities investigating

    It seems that Philadelphia might not be the only city in the United States with its very own late-term abortion doctor. That's right folks, Houston may have its very own version of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, according to a report issued by Operation Rescue. The Kansas-based pro-life/antiabortion/whatever' ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    How Less Accountability and a Smaller Tax Base Could Place Jesus on a Stegosaurus

    After a comprehensive, scathing report detailing the implementation of Bible-as-literature courses within Texas' public school systems -- nothing like looking to Noah's sons to figure out which race you belong to! -- it's perhaps not the best time to revisit the latest steps in Texas' long slog towa ... More >>

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    January 21, 2013

    Remember the Alamo: $1.6 Million Added to State Budget for the State Landmark

    In Austin, both the House and Senate have unveiled baseline budgets for the session, with the idea that additions would be negotiated over time. Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands), who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, told reporters the Senate's budget was as close to last session as possible ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    Vouchers on the Front Burner: New Texas Senate Education Committee Chair Talks "School Choice"

    New Chair Dan Patrick is making his mark on the Senate Education Committee early, putting his goals for school choice front and center on his agenda. The clamor over school choice will likely drown out many of Patrick's other goals for the session: expanding career and technology courses; dropping ... More >>

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    November 14, 2012

    Rick Perry Should Pee in a Cup if the Poor Have to for Benefits, State Rep Joe Deshotel Says

    Texas Senate Bill 11 aims to make drug-testing mandatory for all applicants to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. If applicants pee dirty, they would be ineligible to reapply for one year, unless they enroll in a treatment program. The bill would also require that parents who flunk ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012

    OMG Helena Brown Was Right! We Are Drowning in Debt (Or Are We? Susan Combs Decides)

    Quick, someone find a fiscal cliff to jump from. Susan Combs, the Texas comptroller of public accounts, released a report Wednesday saying we're all screwed. Public debt at the local level -- including community colleges, municipalities, school districts, etc. -- has more than doubled in the last d ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012

    Rick Perry: Whatchya Gonna Do With All That $$$?

    Since Gov. Rick Perry abandoned the fetid remains of his failed presidential bid last January, he has socked away $1.94 million in political contributions, bringing the total amount of ching deposited with Texans for Rick Perry, his political action committee, to $3.4 million, according to recent ca ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    Grading Ted Cruz on Meet The Press: Meh

    In his first national, mainstream media appearance since the Republican Senate nominee won the runoff election late last month, Ted Cruz displayed on Meet The Press yesterday what propelled him past Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst last month in the runoff: An ability to say pretty things, and make everyone ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Who is Ted Cruz, Really?

    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 or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    Ted Cruz Is Here to Protect Texas from the UN

    Texas Republican voters finally jumped to their senses Tuesday and followed the clarion call of Sarah Palin by electing Ted Cruz to the U.S. Senate over pallid insider David Dewhurst. The upset was the latest bit of rebellion from the Tea Party, adding to the footnotes that will be written in poli ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    Ted Cruz: First Intellectual Tea-Partier Ever

    Last night, as we watched Sarah Palin bloviate on Fox News -- yes, doubtful reader, we do under highly unusual circumstances tune in to Fox News -- we were struck by something. Ted Cruz, compared to virtually every single Tea Party member on this green earth like Palin, is really damn articulate. Li ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    Damn, It's Good To Be A Harris County Commissioner

    A couple of things became pretty obvious after rifling through the Harris County Commissioner campaign finance records -- one, these dudes got a lot of money, like, millions of it. And two, Commissioner Steve Radack LOVES the Denis' Seafood House. So in spirit of these revelations, here's five rea ... More >>

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    July 24, 2012

    GOP Senate Favorite, David Dewhurst: Worst. Campaigner. Ever.

    Things have not gone as planned for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. This was supposed to be easy. He had the experience, he had the supporters and he had the money. Lots and lots of it. Not to mention, he was running against some guy named Ted Cruz in the primaries -- who? By all accounts, Cruz doesn't eve ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    GOP Senate Candidate Ted Cruz, In Fact, Rich As Sh*t

    Last week, after it came out that Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is worth an astonishing $177 million and would become the third-richest member of the U.S. Senate if elected to a body that has at least 54 millionaires, there was one word local media employed to describe his competitor Ted Cruz's fina ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    Comment of the Day: An Alternative For The Dewhurst-Cruz Spanish Debate

    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 or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    To Our Great Disappointment, Dewhurst And Cruz Won't Debate In Spanish This Friday

    This Friday, Tea Party man-crush Ted Cruz, whose father emigrated from Cuba to the United States, and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, who speaks some mean Gringo Spanish, will not -- to our great disappointment -- speak in Spanish at their debate in Dallas. Or Spanglish. It's going to be more of ... More >>

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    June 7, 2012

    Booing Rick Perry's Plug For Dewhurst? Other Possibilities

    The crowd at the state GOP convention was listening to a very Rick Perry-like speech from Rick Perry when all of a sudden he injected that "my friend David Dewhurst" should be sent to Washington. Then, booing commenced. Or so the lamestream media would have you believe. Perry, ducking reporters af ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    The Delicious Madness Of Ted Cruz's GOP Senate Campaign Ads

    All of Texas is feeling the excitement of the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate. It's really all that Texans are talking about, apart from everything and anything else. Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, a bland and boring pol, is facing Ted Cruz, a Tea Partier who has been endorsed by Sarah Palin. (The Te ... More >>

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    May 8, 2012

    GOP State Senator John Carona to Colleague Dan Patrick: I Heard You're Gay, But I Never Said It

    When Republican state senators attack!!!! (Things get extremely passive-aggressive.) Texas state senators Dan Patrick, Tomball's Own, and Dallas's John Carona got in a nasty e-mail fight first discovered by the Quorum Report. QR is behind a paywall, but some subscribers have posted highlights of t ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    Texas's Sonogram Law Gets New Lease on Life

    The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the temporary injunction on Texas's so-called sonogram law, clearing the way for abortion providers to enforce the new mandate. The law, championed by Senator Dan Patrick, requires a sonogram whenever a woman seeks an abortion. The law requires the wom ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Tommy Lee Jones For Senate: New Poll Says He Could Kick Ass

    Is there a draft in here?​The movement to draft Tommy Lee Jones to run as a Democrat to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison is most likely doomed to failure, but a new poll shows Jones might be a viable candidate. Public Policy Polling released its survey today on the 2012 Senate race, and it shows ... More >>

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    June 20, 2011

    Dan Patrick Says He's Polling Great For U.S. Senator

    Dan Patrick inches closer to US Senate race​Tomball's favorite state senator, Dan Patrick (R-Tea Party), has weighed in on the polling landscape for his possible run for the United States Senate. And he likes what he sees. Patrick says the recent Texas Lyceum poll (the one that showed Presid ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Texas Monthly's Best & Worst Legislators: Mostly Houston-Free

    John Whitmire named one of the best.​Texas Monthly has released its always-anticipated reckoning of the 10 Best and 10 Worst Legislators, and Houston seems largely absent from either list. The best includes Senator John Whitmire, and that's it -- although technically the easternmost portions ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Texans Support Statewide Smoking Ban, Says Group Pushing for Statewide Smoking Ban

    Joe Camel is in the other 30 percent​If you want to ban smoking in all indoor work and public places in Texas, then you agree with 70 percent of residents here, according to a new poll by the Smoke-Free Texas Coalition. Such a ban is supported by 67 percent of Republicans, 69 percent of Indep ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Ron Paul for Senate: New Poll Says Texans Demand It

    Ron Paul: Let the campaign begin!​As America faces the challenges of the 21st century, it is safe to say it needs as many Pauls in the Senate as possible. And we're not talking first names, either. Texas, it seems, agrees. A new poll from PPP shows Texans are demanding that Kay Bailey Hutchi ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    Rick Perry: Five Campaign Posters He Should Consider

    The Texas gubernatorial race plods along, both sides flinging charges of corruption, no debates, not a whole lot of doubt about the outcome.Rick Perry, it seems, will be re-elected even though no one really likes the guy.Perry needs to stir up some excitement, and you don't do that by just strolling ... More >>

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    January 26, 2007

    Great Scott!

    Over at Grits for Breakfast, Scott Henson is having some alarming fun with math. Lt. Governor David Dewhurst says we need more prisons because of "population growth." But from 1978 until 2004, the Texas prison population increased 573 percent (from 22,439 to 151,059), while the state's total popula ... More >>

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    November 23, 2006

    Online Fun

    You, too, can patrol our borders

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    October 31, 2002

    Dream Team or Bad Dream?

    Democrats sift pre-election portents for the answer

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    April 18, 2002

    Over the Rainbow

    Democrats get their ticket. But can they get the votes?

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    July 13, 2000

    Sand in Your Craw?

    Make yourself heard

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    July 13, 2000

    This Sand is Your Sand

    At the Village of Surfside, it's not just the beaches that are eroding. It's the Open Beaches Act.

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    April 6, 2000

    Kissing Off a Kingmaker

    In District 7, is the real conservative behind door No. 1 or door No. 2?

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    July 9, 1998

    GOP Lay-Ups

    Enron fuels Republican soft money machine

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    June 12, 1997
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