Elections and Voting

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    March 13, 2014

    Reliant Stadium May Be Changing Names, But Texans Still Lining Pockets With Naming Rights Fees

    For over a decade, Bob McNair has been given the benefit of the doubt when it comes to his ownership of the Houston Texans. "He brought football back to Houston and he spent a billion dollars to do it," is the familiar refrain. Part of that sentence is true. After the Oilers left, he most certainly ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    Wendy Davis isn't Running from Obama

    Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has been walking a fine line since she became a political star last summer. Davis is trying to become the first Democrat to be elected to statewide office since 1994, and that's no easy task. But if you think Davis plans on steering clear of the president wh ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    Saving the Astrodome: Will Those Who Wouldn't Support Stadium Financing in the Past Advocate for the Dome?

    On November 5, voters in Houston might have extra incentive to hit the voting booth in an off-year election. For years, the Astrodome has sat, falling into disarray and becoming an eyesore and an embarrassment to a city that used that building to define progress decades ago. Plans have been suggeste ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    John Cornyn Insists Voter ID=Voter Equality, The Right Side of Texas Nods Its Amens

    While President Obama and many others see the Supreme Court's June ruling on the Voter Rights Act as the complete knee-capping of minority election rights, our own Senator John Cornyn says everything is a-OK and it's about time. Continuing his appeal to the right wing people of Texas, says the SC ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012

    Senator Rodney Ellis Joins Chorus Questioning the Statewide Voter Purge

    Amid the increasing uproar over the state of Texas purging its voter rolls and notifying people that their names will be expunged from the rolls because they are dead -- who aren't -- State Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) asks a good question. Why now? Why is House Bill 174 calling for a check of ... 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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    May 9, 2012

    Keith Judd: Texas Prisoner/Presidential Candidate Does Shockingly Well in West Virginia Primary

    Majestically mulleted Texas prisoner-cum-presidential candidate Keith Judd has picked up 41 percent of the vote in West Virginia's Democratic primary. (We examined the Keith Judd phenomenon back before he was just a gleam in West Virginia's eye.) The Associated Press reports that Judd, serving time ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Feds Block Texas's Voter ID Law: Unfair to Hispanics, They Say

    Texas's strict new voter ID law, put in place by this past session's Tea Party legislature to stem the tidal wave of voter fraud that is actually not happening at all, has been blocked by the U.S. Department of Justice. The new law unfairly targets Hispanic voters, the feds said. "[T]he state has ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    10 Rock Stars the GOP Should Nominate for President

    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 >>

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    November 4, 2011

    The City Elections Are Coming (You Knew That, Right?) Take Our Quiz

    Be proud​You were aware there's a citywide election Tuesday, right? You get the chance to elect a new mayor, councilmembers AND weigh in on vitally important proposed state constitutional amendments like whether El Paso County should be added to the list of counties authorized to create conser ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    July 6, 2011

    And Back Come the Red-Light Cameras, Starting...NOW!!

    Back in business​Mayor Annise Parker announced today that the city will go back to enforcing red-light camera tickets immediately. Voters had tossed out the cameras in a referendum, but the company that operates them said they had a contractual deal to make their dirty cash from people who ev ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Kay Bailey Hutchison Retires: Five Career Highlights

    Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has announced she will not seek re-election to the Senate, probably a wise move after conservatives sensed blood in the water after her disastrous gubernatorial campaign. KBH's three terms in the Senate were somewhat odd in that she never made all that much of an impres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    King Street "Patriots": Voter Intimidation Continues At Polling Stations Around Houston

    Photo by Chasen MarshallIf the signs don't sway you, the poll watchers might.​Polling stations around Houston have turned into bastions of controversy this week: Fourteen reported incidents Monday and another that Hair Balls heard about on Wednesday in south Houston near Gulfgate. There are few d ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    Electronic Voting: Harris County Is Scrambing After Warehouse Fire

    R.I.P, little buddy​When Harris County Clerk Beverly Kaufman got a call from the fire department a little after 4 a.m. today telling her a giant warehouse holding nearly all of the county's voting machines had burned to the ground, she couldn't believe her ears."It's like losing a member of the fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    You Won't Be Waiting Long If You Vote Today

    ​This item is by Chris Vogel, Craig Malisow and Blake Whitaker.It's 11 a.m. at the Third Ward Multi-Service Center. The expansive, modern facility is spotless, the voting computers are shiny new, and poll workers are lined up behind a rectangular table, organized and ready for action.Only thing is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Rejoice, Michael Jackson Fans: Sheila Jackson Lee Might Not Be As Vulnerable As She Appears

    ​The United States Congressional District 18 race just got a bit more exciting after Jarvis Johnson, the District B Houston City Councilmember, officially filed on Monday at Harris County Democratic Party Headquarters. Not to be outdone, Attorney Sean A. Roberts also decided to jump into the race ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Harris County Becomes Democratic

    Many predicted it would happen, either this election cycle or next, but it was a close-run thing. In the end, though, Harris County turned Democratic. For the first time since LBJ, the county did not go for the Republican presidential candidate. Democrats pretty much swept the judicial races, alth ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    October 22, 2008

    Tunnel Mole Hops On The Early-Voting Train

    This time of year, you tend to think about those who welcome you with open arms, ready to share their abundance. And if you think I'm talking about Thanksgiving family gatherings, you really must have just come in on a pumpkin truck. I'm referring instead to the Harris County Administration Buildin ... More >>

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    October 10, 2008

    E-Voting Doesn’t Get Computer Scientist’s Vote

    Just in time for Halloween and Election Night Fever, a professor at Rice is scaring the crap out of us … well, kind of. Dan Wallach, an associate professor and Director of Rice’s Computer Security Lab, is an e-voting expert who specializes in what-could-go-wrong scenarios. He’s headed to A ... More >>

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    July 21, 2008

    He's Baaack

    It just wouldn't be an election cycle without former U.S. Rep and city councilman Chris Bell running for (and probably losing) a race. Bell fans (and there are a few) faced the awful prospect of not seeing him run in 2008. They despaired of not being able to hear once again how this time, he would ... More >>

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    July 17, 2008

    More Campaign-Finance Stuff Gets Online

    Good news for political junkies -- Harris County Clerk Beverly Kaufman announced today that the county is joining the city and state by putting candidates' campaign-finance forms online. "The public can now view information pertaining to campaign contributions to local county officeholders and cand ... More >>

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    April 16, 2008
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    March 5, 2008

    Do We Finally Have a Republican Candidate Who Can Cure Bird Flu?

    Yesterday’s GOP presidential primary was a snoozer, but it did reveal this: 143 people thought Hoa Tran would make a good president. Or at least a good Republican candidate for president. Tran more than doubled the Harris County vote of wacko Hugh Cort, dealing a likely knockout blow to Cort’s ... More >>

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    February 29, 2008

    Early Voting in Fort Bend County

    Out in Fort Bend County, usually a stronghold of Republicans, the polling place at Hightower High School meant a wait of about 25 minutes mid-day – if you were a Democrat. There was no wait on the Republican side because no one was there other than a lone poll worker and the precinct election judg ... More >>

  • News

    March 16, 2006

    Displaced in the Diaspora

    New Orleans mayoral candidates are looking for votes -- and finding them in Houston

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    December 29, 2005

    Dragon Slayer

    A new Republican challenger steps forth to take on Tom DeLay

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    September 23, 2004
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    October 9, 2003

    In Search of Bogus Bill

    How a would-be dirty trick became campaign comedy

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    August 28, 2003

    All Aboard the Love Train

    Brown's last-minute signal keeps rail on track

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    November 14, 2002

    Bush Envy

    When Democrats try to impersonate Republicans, the results ain't pretty

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    October 31, 2002

    Bye to the Good Ol' Boys?

    The commissioner's race that could break the county mold

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    November 15, 2001

    Runoff Worries

    Brown duplicates 1997 showing, but Sanchez has the momentum

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    August 9, 2001

    Punched Out

    Have patience: From the wrath of dangling chads comes computerized dial-a-voting

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    June 21, 2001

    Does Not Compute

    Loopholes still hamper electronic reporting of campaign finances

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    May 24, 2001

    GOP Mayoral Pipe Dreams

    West U rejected them, so how will they ever win Houston's City Hall?

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    February 8, 2001

    First Out of the Gate

    Now that he's got Mayor Lee Brown's attention, can Chris Bell win your support?

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    January 25, 2001

    Fixing the Vote

    After the election from hell, Texas lawmakers offer remedies (serious and otherwise)

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    August 24, 2000

    Arena Wars

    "Environmental Darth Vader" pushed as campaign consultant

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    August 19, 1999

    Ross Tossed

    Perot inspired his legions to throw the hypocritical rascals out of politics. He just never thought he'd get the boot, too

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    November 20, 1997
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    November 13, 1997
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    July 31, 1997
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    November 14, 1996
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    July 11, 1996
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    March 21, 1996
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    February 10, 1994

    Betting on Seabrook's Future?

    The city's mayor has a master plan to stop local gambling -- but he may be behind the tide

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