Election Day

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    Texas Was Hardly a "Battleground" Last Night

    Anyone hoping Texas' deep red days were behind us got a big fat wakeup call last night. The AP called the governor's race for Greg Abbott just an hour after the polls closed (not much of a surprise there), and as election results continued to trickle in, this much became clear: big, moneyed efforts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    The United States of Desserts: Hartford Election Cake

    In this series, we examine the history and origins of famous sweets, confections and desserts associated with American states. Baking a cake is not usually what i want to do after casting my ballot, but back in 18th-century America, folks felt differently. Perhaps still giddy from their relativel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2013

    High Schoolers Think They Influenced the West University Election

    Election Day is long past a small group of high school students, mostly sophomores, is still celebrating a presumed victory of campaigning. In the weeks leading up to the election, a group of seven students from Lamar High School and St. John's were reading through the proposed amendments to the We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Texas Voter ID Info For Early Voting and Election Day

    For anyone wishing to vote this election cycle in Texas (early voting opened on October 21), there is a new wrinkle. If you don't have a valid ID like a Texas drivers license or concealed handgun permit (not kidding), you are going to have to get a voter ID card. Sure, there are fights against it in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Rock the Vote: Texas Scrambling to Implement New Voter ID Requirements

    With the November elections rapidly approaching, the State of Texas is trying everything to get people registered. This is nothing new, except the voter ID law passed earlier this year has added a new wrinkle, complicating efforts for those who want to vote and the people trying to register them. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Texas In 2016: Hillary Beats Rick Perry?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Did Usher Deserve Special Voting Treatment?

    The wire services and social media are abuzz this morning because the manager of Usher's Atlanta-area polling place is taking some heat for allowing the R&B superstar/Bieber mentor to skip the line on Election Day. Rewind: Last Night: Usher at Toyota Center (November 23, 2010) According to the As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    An Election Day Playlist If You're On the Way to Vote

    I love Election Day. Sure, early voting is great if you absolutely can't make it to the voting booth the day of, but given the choice I will always vote on Election Day. There may be lines, it may be out of the way, and it may even involve casting a ballot for someone I don't necessarily like, but v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    DOJ Eyes Will Be On the Ground in Harris, Fort Bend counties on Election Day

    Voters in Harris and Fort Bend counties will get an extra treat on Election Day: Federal poll watchers. As a result of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (now 47 years old!), the federal government attempts to make sure every registered voter regardless of race, color "or membership in a minority langua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Doughbeezy, Chingo Bling, Niceguys Hope to Make Voting "Hip and Fun"

    The election is coming, and even in such a polarizing political climate exemplified by Mitt Romney's "47 percent" remarks that dominated news about the presidential campaign last week, far too many people can't be bothered to vote. Disenfranchisement -- a $10 word that not only means you can't or ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    The Five Best Times to Stay Off Twitter

    Twitter can be a really engaging tool. It provides a great way to benignly interact with people and is rapidly becoming the best source for breaking news media. But it has its pitfalls and I'm not just talking about those people you follow who always post their workout information. There are certai ... More >>

  • News

    November 24, 2011

    Turkeys of the Year 2011

    We combed through an abundance of riches this year to bring you the best of the worst

  • News

    September 22, 2011

    Texans FTW?

    Football fans comment on "The New Normal."

  • News

    September 15, 2011

    The Red-Light Camera Circus

    Step right up, folks: Passion, deceit, money, lots of money, double dealing and a mayor with more flip-flops in her than a Cirque du Soleil acrobat!

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    The Rightwing Attack Ads Coming Against Rick Perry

    Rick Perry is generally not a man to be out-rightwinged, but he may see an attempt in the GOP primary. He'll keep citing his Limbaugh-Tea Party bona fides, but there are ways for opponents to put doubt, if not fear, into the hearts of voters considering him. Here's how four attack ads from the rig ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010
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    November 11, 2010
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    November 10, 2010

    Stirred & Shaken: Pineapple-Infused Tuaca at 360 Sports Lounge

    Troy Fields​"I tell people I vote, but I never do," my friend tells me. "I think you should vote, but I don't do it." We're at 360 Sports Lounge watching Election Day returns on a big screen in the corner and sipping on one of the bar's specialties, Tuaca infused with pineapple. (It's as sweet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    King Street Patriots Ready To Go National

    The King Street Patriots have plans. Big plans. ​At a King Street Patriots meeting Monday night, the group proved, at least for one week, that it's doing what Democrats and liberals couldn't after riding a wave of emotion to Election Day victories in 2008: still showing up. The group's founder, Ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Last Chance To Vote Early: Avoid The West Gray Center

    Last chance to vote the rascals out or keep them in​Tonight's your last chance to vote early, and you've only got until 7 p.m.So on your way home, you'll probably stop at the West Gray Multi-Service Center, pop in and get it done, right?Probably not. Reports are that it's crowded over there and ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Early Voting Begins: Five Reasons To Get It Out Of The Way

    The Harris County ballot is about as long as this, and not was gripping​Early voting began today in Harris County and elsewhere, as voters and candidates finally hit the home stretch for the very bizarre Campaign 2010.Voting early is usually a good idea; here in Houston it makes more sense than ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Obama Is Santa Anna, Conservatives Are Sam Houston In New Ad

    Santa Anna, pondering how best to create death panels​We thought Obama was bad because he was a Muslim socialist, but it's much, much worse: He's Mexican.At least according to the C Club of Houston, the longtime conservative group now headed by former Secretary of State Jack Rains.Behold their hor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Pop Rocks: For Election Day, The Five Best Corrupt Politicians In The Movies

    It's Election Day in Houston, and as the city braces itself for the tsunami of indifference that always comes from knowing the one significant race this time around is going to end up in a runoff, we decided to take a look at some of the shadier movie politicians out there; men whose shenanigans far ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Vote With a Bullet: Songs for an Otherwise Ho-Hum Election Day

    ​ The run-up to the 2009 elections has been quite a letdown compared to the fascinating and occasionally surreal 2008 campaigns. Obviously, there's nothing that can compare to last year's Presidential contests, and the local mayoral race has been less than compelling. We were going to present this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Things To Look For At The Obama Inaugural

    You know where you could be right this moment, which is about 7:30 in the morning Houston time?You could be waiting in FREEZING Washington, DC, getting on line to go through security checks so you could wait for hours and hours to watch Barack Obama's inauguration from a half-mile away.On the one ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    Baylor Says That's Not A Noose, That's A Swing

    The president of Baylor University has sent out an e-mail to students and staff explaining that a rope, found hanging from a tree on Election Day, was not a noose. President David Garland said students had come forward to explain the rope was merely the remnants of a swing that they had tried to bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2008

    The Real Presidential Race In Harris County

    >The final, though unofficial, Harris County election results were just released by County Clerk Beverly Kaufman. We finally have an answer to the burning question: Who received more votes here, the Madisonian-Federalist Party led by a Blinn College professor, or the Heartquake Party, which promise ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    The Early Scene at Obama HQ

    8:15 a.m.: At the busy Midtown intersection of Alabama and Travis, horns honk at placard-bearers on the corners bearing slogans such as “Vote Democratic, Be the Change” – though whether in support or derision is impossible to fathom. Inside the cozy gift shop and African-American art galler ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Election Eve With Fred

    Sisters of Mercy After seven solid nights of mostly incredible shows, Tina Turner through Los Skarnales, on the eighth Rocks Off rested. I even bought a freakin' bottle of milk. As it so often is, the XM receiver at Rocks Off HQ is tuned to Fred, so the Cure have been by several times. Morrissey, X ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Get Your Free Election Day Stuff (And Maybe Break the Law)

    Don't forget, Election Day is a great day for freebies. If you need a cab ride to the polls, it's free. Or at least the first $25 of the ride is. (Contrary to rumors, riding the bus or train is not free today, unless you live in Dallas or Austin or some other hippie town.) Then you can get a free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Your Election Night Soundtrack

    U2: Bono say vote! Say you're watching the election returns tonight and don't feel like listening to the chattering punditry - really, at this point, who does? All the information you need will be onscreen anyway, and if you must, there's a neat little thing called closed-captioning most TVs have t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Ain't No Party Like A Libertarian Party

    The Libertarian Party’s Harris County Chair for, Guy McLendon might feel a little lonely at the group’s Election Day Party later today. As of 4:45 p.m. today, the group’s meet-up site had only 18 people confirmed to attend the shindig, with another 7 folks saying “maybe.” That ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    Houston Astrologers Pick The Presidential Race

    Some of you nervously awaiting the presidential election are lying fetal, with some type of bottle in your mouth (Dems, most likely); some of you are side-swiping every car you see with an opposing candidate’s bumper sticker (Reps, you betcha). But I’m here to tell ya: You’re not going to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2008

    Whitney Casey's Glamour Collection

    We have long since given up trying to devote any time to the odd, gushing, almost-English ramblings of Whitney Casey, the former local talk-show host who is now writing a Houston Chronicle column on "relationships." Casey, you'll remember, is the self-promoter who turned a brief stint on an unwatch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2008

    The Early-Voting Rush Isn't Everywhere

    Early voting totals continue to astound political watchers in Harris County -- more than 314,000 folks have already gone to the polls, more than twice the pace of 2004. That's resulted in lots of lines...but not everywhere. County clerk spokesman Hector DeLeon says that a third of the early-voting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2008

    Texas Votes 2008: In Chart Form!!

    The 2008 election, which began sometime back in the late `90s, is finally coming to a close. Election Day is November 4, and everyone of voting age should get out there and cast a ballot. If you haven't registered, just contact your local ACORN office. (JK!!!) There are many down-ballot races that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2008

    It's Time To (Wait In Line And) Vote

    Regardless of their politics, there is one thing today’s early voters can agree on. “I didn’t want to do deal with the lines or the wait,” says Brooke Spence, who cast her early ballot at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, 1475 W Gray. Spence, along with other voters at the center, said ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Nice Try: Bob Barr Wants John McCain and Barack Obama Thrown Off the Texas Ballot

    Life’s tough for a third-party candidate. It’s even tougher when the big boys don’t play by the rules, which is what Libertarian presidential hopeful (doubtful?) Bob Barr is alleging. Barr has threatened “serious legal consequences” should Barack Obama and John McCain be allowed on the T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2006

    Chris Bell Is In Your Extended Network (?)

    Wanna be in his Top 120? Life can't be much fun on the Chris Bell campaign. You're the Democratic nominee and you're stuck trading jabs with goofball-named candidates like Kinky and Grandma, while Governor Rick Perry sips mai-tais and looks down on you from his 15-point lead. Meanwhile, you hav ... More >>