Domestic Policy

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2014

    Obama's Immigration Speech Was A Bittersweet Moment for "Dreamers"

    A tinge of disappointment hung in the air at the MECA cultural arts center before the live-stream of President Obama's immigration speech began Thursday night. A small group of undocumented students and families had gathered to hear the long-awaited announcement that Obama would halt the deportation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    The Marijuana Biz Comes to Houston This Weekend

    Got a good pot product you want to pitch? Well, you're in luck. The Marijuana Investment Conference will be happening this weekend, and it will take place right in our fair city. That's right -- the Bayou City is about to be home to quite a few weed deals, and unlike what's been happening under the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    "Reeferendum": This Election Season's Most Confusing Political Ad Yet

    We - and, judging by the email, nearly every other newspaper in the state - got a very perplexing message in our inbox yesterday from a brand new political action group calling itself the "Medical and Personal Freedom PAC." The message starts by pointing out how Texas feels mighty far behind on the ... More >>

  • News

    April 17, 2014

    For Many Refugees, the Journey to America Ends in a Cold Jail Cell

    While the United States decides their fate, asylum seekers sit in immigration detention.

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    What Happened to Gun Control After Newtown?

    Yale law professor Dan Kahan has persuasively argued that the reason why we seem like two ships passing in the night when debating gun issues is because people disagree about the facts, as they see them: Gun-control proponents argue that greater restrictions will promote public safety by reducing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    Pass/Fail: The Education Lobby Begins to Flex Its Muscles

    We need to improve our education system. Every politician, from dog catcher to president, from socialist Bernie Sanders to Ted Cruz, would support this statement. What they really mean though is that we need to improve our nation's inner-city schools; the children of the wealthy are doing just fine. ... More >>

  • News

    November 21, 2013

    Even Though He Doesn't Smoke It Anymore, Marijuana Is at the Core of Kinky Friedman's Run for Public Office

    Political gadfly Kinky Friedman thinks winning the Agriculture Commissioner race is the key to legalizing marijuana in Texas.

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    Liberals: Stop Worrying About Concealed Carry Laws

    Painting with broad brush strokes, liberals tend to favor stricter regulation of guns (although I do think conservatives tend to go out of their way to demonize anyone who dares "tread" on the newly found constitutional right to bear arms). At all events, concealed carry laws (i.e., you can walk aro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Is There a Link Between Gun Ownership and Racism? Yes, There Is

    As you are doubtlessly aware, "active shooter" incidents -- for example, the LAX TSA shooting -- seem to have become commonplace in America; indeed, they "spiked sharply" over the past few years. (Yet, the violent crime rate continues to fall). After Newtown, it seemed sure that the political winds ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    Perry Hates Obamacare, But He Still Wants Obamacare Money

    Gov. Rick Perry has a hatred for the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) that comes as natural as breathing to him, but it seems hate only goes so far when there's $100 million in federal funding on the table. When U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came to Texas a few weeks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    Sebelius Announces Obamacare Video Contest From Houston, Perry Probably Isn't Entering

    You might be able to find someone who hates the Affordable Care Act more than Gov. Rick Perry, but you'll have to look hard, especially now that U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came all the way to Houston on Monday to announce a video contest promoting the federal healthc ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 23, 2013

    For the Love of Guns

    Something we have in common?

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Gladys House, Fourth Ward activist, pays her tax bill (swears revenge)

    Last week, Gladys House had every reason to think she was about to see her property auctioned off for failure to pay her taxes, before someone swooped in to loan her the money. "I always felt like it was going to be all right. I just didn't know how it would happen," House said. Linebarger Gogga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Fourth Ward Activist's Property to Be Auctioned Off Tuesday

    Death and taxes are the only certainties in life, but in the case of Gladys House, the actual tax bill has been a question she's been wrestling with since the late 1990s. House is a longtime Fourth Ward activist and head of the Freedmen's Town Association who has fought for years to preserve the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Constitutional Right to Bear Arms Found in Only Three Nations -- Rest of World Smothered in Tyranny, Apparently

    We've known for some time that the American Constitution, that yellowed document containing all our inalienable and God-given rights, was a special slip of parchment. The first of its kind, we've been told. The example. The lodestar. The exceptional. But recent research, publicized last week in Blo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    How Many Texans Own Guns? A Whole Freakin' Lot, Poll Shows

    Hey, we all know Texans like their guns. We just didn't realize how much they love them. (Well, to be honest, we did if we gave it much thought, but we hadn't, and now there's new evidence showing it.) For most of those interested, the key finding of the new University of Texas / Texas Tribune poll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Perry to Obama: It's the Video Games, Not the Guns. Let Us Pray.

    In response to President Barack Obama's executive orders mostly relating to the sale and possession of firearms, Governor Rick Perry issued a release that sounds like it was pulled directly from the talking points of the National Rifle Association, which isn't all that surprising considering his sup ... More >>

  • News

    January 10, 2013


    To the media outed by the gun owner: You had it coming.

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    To the Media Outed by the Gun Owner: You Had It Coming

    To the Staff of the Journal News, When I read recently about how a gun owner published the names and addresses of many of you on a Web site in retaliation for you publishing the names and addresses of gun owners in your area, I have to admit my first reaction was, "Sucks to be you." I should note ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Will HISD Thumb Its Nose at Rick Perry & Go for the Race to the Top?

    The deadline is looming for the next round of the Race to the Top, a program federal education department officials all but admit was drafted for Houston Independent School District after Texas refused to compete for federal grants. When Education Secretary Arne Duncan hinted such a district-based ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    ICE Sweep Nets 74, Including Child Molesters, in Houston Area

    A nationwide sweep of convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and "egregious" immigration violators resulted in almost 100 arrests out of the Houston field office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE took in 3,100 people nationwide in its six-day "Cross Check" operation, with 74 com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Rick Perry the Gunslinger: Report Released from Brady Campaign on Perry's Gun Record

    Rick Perry the Gunslinger​Governor Rick Perry's love of guns has been well documented and he is more than happy to share his thoughts on the matter, particularly when it comes to killing a coyote on a morning jog and his affinity for laser sights on his weapons of choice. In Texas, loving you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Gun-Control Group Gives Rick Perry Great Boost (Among Gun Nuts)

    WHAT? Rick Perry opposes gun-control laws?​The Brady Campaign, perhaps the nation's most prominent gun-control group, has just given Rick Perry a big ol' helping hand in the GOP primaries. They've released a report called Gunslinger: Rick Perry's Reckless Record on Guns, highlighting his reco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Texas: Immigration Detention Capital of the Country

    In Texas, illegal immigration is often extremely lucrative.​Texas is number one again today. To our trophy case of great honors, we add Most Beholden To Private Corporations, When It Comes To Illegal Immigration. The Detention Watch Network recently released aggregated data about the big busi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Gun Control: Texas Is A Namby-Pamby Liberal State, New Study Shows

    Don't mess with Texas, Brady Center​If there's one piece of pride Texans can hang their hat on, it's that our legislators can be counted on to bring the crazy when it comes to (lack of) gun control. So it is with a heavy heart we bring you the state-by-state rankings of the Brady Campaign to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    May Day Immigration Rally Draws Thousands (and Opponents) in Houston

    Photos by Christopher Patronella, Jr.​Some three thousand people joined together in Houston on Sunday to take part in May Day rallies held all across the nation as the battle over immigration laws has taken center stage. Demonstrators blanketed the streets around Burnett Bayland Park as they flow ... More >>

  • News

    December 23, 2010

    Return to Sender

    What Would Comprehensive Immigration Reform Look Like If the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    FAIR-y Tales

    Russell Pearce and Other Illegal-Immigration Populists Rely on Misleading, Right-Wing Reports to Scapegoat Immigrants and Terrify Penny-Pinched Americans.

  • News

    August 12, 2010


    Inside the brutal world of America's kidnapping capital

  • News

    January 7, 2010

    Weed Takes Root

    Marijuana's steady creep toward legalization nationwide.

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    Gun-Control Advocates Revel In Their Texas Triumph

    Photo by don schulteThe folks at the gun-control organization The Brady Center are crowing over their victory in Texas. All you gun-loving yahoos couldn't pass a bill allowing concealed weapons on college campuses, the center all but said, and nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah."Common sense is alive and well in T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    One Man's Fight To Legalize It

    As lawmakers scramble to address the surge of violence spawned by Mexican drug cartels seeping into our borders, the question of legalizing drugs has once again been raised -- and not just by a bunch of hippies.  Russ Jones, a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), tells Hai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2008

    Janet Jackson’s Wardrobe Malfunction, Revisited

    This morning a federal appeals court threw out the $550,000 indecency fine levied by the Federal Communications Commission against CBS for Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s 2004 Super Bowl incident in Houston, also known as Nipplegate. The court ruled the FCC acted "acted arbitrarily and ca ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 3, 2008
  • News

    June 19, 2008

    The DREAM Act Might Be Dead, But These Kids' Hopes Are Not

    They are American in everything but name. They can go to college in Texas and improve themselves. Doesn't matter. At the end of the day, they're just illegal immigrants without social security numbers or futures.

  • News

    February 1, 2007

    How to Hide Your Weed

    An ex-cop from East Texas decides to switch sides

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2006


    For our next FOIA request, we'd like to know where he got that lovely tie. When Senator John Cornyn isn't busy making sure the Prez can torture anyone he wants, he's doing some good stuff for government transparency. Along with Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Cornyn sponsored the OPEN Governme ... More >>

  • News

    September 15, 2005

    Blocked Signals

    City, county officials silence a proposed radio station inside the Dome

  • News

    January 13, 2005

    Draining the Swamp

    A scorched-earth management philosophy is sucking the life out of our region's wetlands

  • News

    October 14, 2004

    Up in the Air

    Was this the punch line to a bad racist, homophobic joke or a dry run for a terrorist bombing?

  • News

    September 28, 2000

    Taxing Tales

    Two trustees didn't pay their bills, even if HCCS wants yours to go higher

  • Music

    December 2, 1999

    Public Radio Inc.

    Local Music News

  • News

    June 10, 1999

    Campaign Appearances

    For Bush, the legislative session shows it's better to look good than do good

  • News

    May 13, 1999

    Silence on the Dial

    Two weeks ago the FCC shut down Montrose Radio. Can the pirate station survive the bust? Can the pirate station survive itself?

  • News

    October 29, 1998

    Easygoing George W. Bush

    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?

  • News

    April 2, 1998

    All in a Day's Work

    Lockheed Martin's welfare-reform efforts have cost taxpayers across the country millions. So naturally, Lockheed Martin has been hired to train and find jobs for the poor in Houston and Harris County.

  • News

    July 10, 1997

    Cozy Ties

    In the battle to privatize welfare services in Texas, corporate bidders have enlisted some inside help

  • News

    April 11, 1996

    Archer's Way

    Don't like the IRS? Neither does Bill Archer. And now the mild-mannered Houston congressman is pushing a radical plan to shut it down.

  • News

    February 1, 1996
  • News

    June 16, 1994

    Passing the Budget Buck

    The hospital district gives the county $30 million, it gets a budget back. Good deal.

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