Ignored by the state Democratic establishment like he was an Al-Qaeda terrorist wearing a bomb coat, Richard "Kinky" Friedman still managed to garner about 185,000 votes in the Democratic primary March 4. Friedman's vote total put him in second place with 37.7 percent of the vote and forced a late M ... More >>
White conservatives who tweaked an election in The Woodlands were just what Greg Abbott needed to prove he doesn’t prosecute only minorities for voter fraud.
The George W. Bush DOJ went after voter fraud hard. It became a mantra in right-wing talking circles that voter fraud was rampant, perhaps swinging elections. The problem with this narrative was that there simply wasn't much evidence to support it. Undeterred by the lack of evidence, right-wing acti ... More >>
Early voting for the Houston city council run-off races starts Wednesday. Two years ago, this was the arena where Helena Brown managed to unseat her incumbent rival, and the upcoming run-off is pretty much a blast from the past when it comes to the District A seat. The turnout for the run-off elect ... More >>
The spate of voter ID laws that have been churning out of conservative controlled legislatures and governors' mansions over the past number of years -- and especially since the Supreme Court's ruling in Shelby County -- are nakedly partisan in nature. Indeed, when the Bush DOJ spent five years tryin ... More >>
As the referendum on the Astrodome gets closer, I thought it might be worth taking a look back at the last 20 years of stadium history in Houston. Thought 20 years isn't a lot of time in the grand scheme of things, a lot has happened. Would you believe that, at one point, there was a better-than-ave ... More >>
Thanks a lot Christians, for not showing up.You disgust me.— Victoria Jackson (@vicjackshow) November 7, 2012 Amidst the pundits and the graphics and the touch screen monitors and the iPads strapped to the arms of The Daily Show's John Oliver, probably the most watched network on election ni ... More >>
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 >>
New laws in dozens of states could take out Barack Obama this fall.
As the 2012 presidential race begins to heat up in earnest, Rocks Off can't help but feel that the front-runners for the Republican nomination are lacking a certain je ne sais quoi. Call it star power. Call it sex appeal. Whatever it is, these guys ain't got it. If the GOP is serious about wresti ... More >>
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 >>
Perhaps 60 percent of the Harris County vote has already been castHarris County clerk Beverly Kaufman's office is warning that it might take a little longer than usual to count the vote tomorrow, because of the fire that wiped out the county's electronic-voting machines.The speed of the vote coun ... More >>
The Harris County ballot is about as long as this, and not was grippingEarly 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 >>
The Humane Society and big agriculture slug it out over animal rights.
Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison are locked in a pitched battle over the soul of the GOP. They are also running for governor.
There's been no signs of a slowdown in the early-voting pace in Harris County, the clerk's office reports. Voting today -- and for the four-day period so far -- has been about double that of 2004. Says the clerk's office: As of 4:52 pm on Oct. 23nd 2008, the County Clerk's early voting statistics ... More >>
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 >>
Early voting in Texas doesn't start until October 20, but if you are one of the people who tried to early-vote at the West Gray Multi-Service Center in 2004, you're probably thinking of getting on line now. Waits were long and tedious at the center, located near downtown close to West Gray & Waugh. ... More >>
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 >>
It was the year 2000 and I was a young hungry reporter in Chicago covering a young hungry state legislator
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 >>
Galveston politics may get even more out of hand soon
A candidate plays a subtle race card
Democrats sift pre-election portents for the answer
Democrats get their ticket. But can they get the votes?
Some pols count blessings; others keep on running
With a battle looming, gays and their supporters seek high ground
Why did so many Houston Hispanics punch twice for president?
Cary Rasberry, 19, wants to be mayor. Why won't Tomball let him run?
The Olympic vote is hush-hush at the Chronicle
Absolutely nothing! Yarbrough proves it again.
Campaign cash carries a retired judge around the world
Learning to love the one-party state
The Port referendum means lots of jobs -- for consultants
The Main Train and selling pets to labs have nothing in common. Until it comes to referenda, that is.
Karl Rove has masterminded all of Bush's political victories. Now he faces his toughest challenge: convincing you that the presidential front-runner owns his own soul.
Debra Danburg swears she'll defend your right to open government. But when it comes to Internet campaign finance reports, ignorance is bliss.
Money may be the root of all evil, but it's fueled Steven Hotze's rise from a fringe player on the religious right to kingmaker in the local Republican Party. Now he's trying to stretch his influence further afield.
Thank the Lord, Jesus Christ above, this is Bob Lanier's last term as mayor of Houston. Now that he's bankrupt every city service, he's leaving the whole mess to somebody else. But who?
Who gave Lanier & Co. permission to loot Metro? They did.
Mail-in ballots are a convenience for voters and those who would misuse the system
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