First Amendment

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    Christians Freak Out After City Subpoenas Sermons in Anti-HERO Lawsuit

    In a tone-deaf moment of legal strategy, the City of Houston last month sent local pastors critical of the city's anti-discrimination ordinance sweeping subpoenas for notes and sermons. The move comes in a lawsuit challenging the City of Houston for throwing out a petition from anti-HERO (Houston E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Judge Hears Motions in Facebook "Threat" Case

    The charge against Justin Carter, the New Braunfels teen accused of making a terroristic threat on Facebook, should be dropped because a detective lied in an affidavit, Carter's lawyer argued in Comal County District Court Tuesday. Carter made international headlines when Carter, then 18, was charg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Midtown Properties Apartments: Nice Digs, But You Might Get Evicted if You Express an Opinion

    Midtown Properties operates 13 boutique apartment complexes in Montrose -- they're some of the loveliest places you can find inside the loop. Tenants pay a higher than average rent, and in exchange they get clean, well-kept and stylish digs with a charm that distinguishes them from neighboring cooki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    'The Homosexual Playground of the South' (Part 3)

    Part three in a series for Houston Pride Week. The trials, tribulations, and awakenings during the war against fascism led to a spate of coming-out items in the immediate postwar years. In 1944, poet Robert Duncan published The Homosexual in Society, the earliest attempt to formulate a gay rights a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    The 10 Best Reasons Rick Ross Won't Play Houston

    Good ol' Rick Ross didn't bother to show up for a Houston concert -- yet again. This time it was at Houston Beer Fest. Last time? Bayou Music Center. The time before? Hell, does it even matter? The bottom line is Ross must have some sort of reason he keeps canceling tour dates here, right? After al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    Judge Denise Pratt in Runoff -- But What of Her Peculiar "Gag Order"?

    Now that incumbent Harris County Family Court Judge Denise Pratt is in a runoff, we thought it would be a good time for another look at Pratt's bizarre gag order of January 2013. It appears to be a blanket order barring any party or attorney with such a pending case from talking to the media, or ev ... More >>

  • News

    February 13, 2014

    A Young Man's Violent Threat on Facebook Lands Him in Jail, and Limbo

    Justin Carter said he would "shoot up a kindergarten," but is that a "terroristic threat" according to Texas law?

  • News

    February 6, 2014

    Perfect Timing: How Malcontent Wiseasses Tried to Prove a Point About Politics and Ended up Charged as Felons

    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.

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Polygamists Rejoice: Federal Court Hands Win to "Sister Wives"

    Sister Wives is a reality television show on TLC which depicts (totally unscripted, I'm sure) the joys, trial and tribulations of plural families, i.e., polygamists. While I have never watched the show, nor do I have much of a desire to, what is of interest, beyond the cloistered world of polygamist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Corporations Are People, My Friend, But Can They Have Religious Beliefs Too?

    Mitt Romney caught a lot of flak for saying "corporations are people, my friend" when responding to a heckler on the campaign trail last year. Many people -- mostly liberals -- were incensed, noting that this showed Romney's solicitude for big business over the "little guy." Set aside the fact that ... 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 >>

  • News

    May 23, 2013

    The "Ag-Gag" War: Big Ag Declares War on Whistleblowers

    Behind the scenes of the death match between Big Ag and undercover animal-rights activists.

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    UPDATED: At West Texas High School, One Student Pushes Against Principal to Bring Discussion of Gay Rights to Campus

    Updated with comments from Sundown Superintendent Mike Motheral and Murray Lipp, who runs Gay Marriage USA's Facebook site. On Wednesday morning, an eighth grader at Sundown Middle School approached Morgan Sisk, a senior at Sundown's high school. The 1,400-strong town, located just west of Lubbock, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Royce White Trash Tweets Kevin Durant

    When you have an NBA roster of fifteen players, and it's playoff time where the rotation shortens up and minutes become more precious, it's still up to every player on the roster to do their part to help the team bring home a win, night in and night out. Each guy needs to do what he does best. Jam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Guess Who Is Bringing Ted Nugent to the State of the Union Address?

    Texas Rep. Steve Stockman, arguably the Tea Party's No. 1 advocate on Capitol Hill, has already had an eventful first term his second time in Washington. About three weeks ago, Stockman said he was ready to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama if Obama's proposed gun-contr ... More >>

  • News

    October 25, 2012

    Game Changer

    Chris Kluwe is prying open America's last closet: major league sports.

  • Film

    October 11, 2012

    T for Textbooks

    A new doc explores the Texas Board of Education's fight against science, history.

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2012

    Local Activist Aaron Brown Arrested at Cruz/Palin Event in Woodlands, Doesn't Even Get to Show His Signs

    Local activist Aaron Brown, one of the organizers of protests against Westboro Baptist Church, was arrested by a Montgomery County Sheriff's deputy Friday while walking to the Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion to protest Sarah Palin's appearance at an event supporting Republican senatorial candidate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    Representative Louie Gohmert's Remarks On the Colorado Shooting: Is His "Apology" Enough?

    If you're not familiar with Representative Louie Gohmert, we kind of envy you. Scant hours after last weekend's horrific mass murder in Aurora, Colorado, Gohmert called in to a Heritage Foundation morning radio show called "Istook Live" and, when asked his opinion on the shootings, gave an off-the-c ... More >>

  • News

    April 26, 2012

    State and EPA Battle Over Fracking, Flaming Well Water

    When Steve Lipsky blamed fracking for turning his water well into a flamethrower, he set off an epic battle between the EPA and Texas.

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    City of Houston to Vote on Charitable Feeding Ordinance

    Every Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m., volunteers for Noah's Kitchen gather at Jenni's Noodle House in the Heights and begin prepping for their day ahead. Since 2010, the charity's mission has been to feed Houston's homeless one meal at a time. In their first year, Noah's Kitchen volunteers fed 5,000 p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Animal-Mutilation Film Screens Tonight Near Rice U.​Just in case the online version of Farm to Fridge - The Truth Behind Meat Production wasn't enough for you, go check out the animal-abuse document on giant screens tonight (Friday). We'll be waiting here with barf bags. As was previously reported by Hair Balls, Mercy for A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Rappers Vs. Uncle Sam: N.W.A., Eminem, Kanye...

    ​Mike Myers will probably go down in history as the most uncomfortable white guy next to a black guy in TV history, thanks to Kanye West's unscripted outburst during that infamous Hurricane Katrina telethon. It began with Myers reading his part of the script verbatim. Two-thirds into the PSA, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Steve Mostyn, Anti-Perry Attorney, Tries To Subpoena Reporters' Notes

    Steve Mostyn wants to see Texas Watchdog's notes​We've seen some idiotic legal filings over the years, but there's something especially mind-boggling when a lawyer files a stinker on his own behalf. Houston's own Steve Mostyn has just done that -- and while he was at it, he decided ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010 Throws a Little Protest in Houston

    Photos by Christopher Patronella,, throwing signs. See a slideshow from yesterday's protest.​Local members of held a rally Tuesday taking aim at corporate control in Washington, delivering petition signatures to the Heights office of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and ur ... More >>

  • News

    February 18, 2010

    Teen Porn 101

    If they're taking their laptops and cell phones to bed with them, it's probably not to do homework.

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    Don't Try To Photograph An HPD Officer, Dude

    Don't try to photograph a Houston cop or tape record him - a lesson local mechanic Michael Haven claims one officer tried to teach him the hard way.According to a lawsuit recently filed in Houston federal court against the City of Houston and HPD officer Glen Dickerson, Haven claims he was falsely p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    The Judicial Conduct Commission Actually Moves Against "Killer Keller"

    No one gave State Rep. Lon Burnam much of a chance with his call to impeach Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Sharon Keller -- they still don't -- but he may have spurred some action.In what is either the biggest coincidence of all time or, well, the biggest coincidence of all time, the state Commissi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2009

    Our Man Reports From The Sundance Film Festival

    Former Houston Press reporter Steve McVicker is reporting from the Sundance Film Festival: Despite the economy being in the crapper, and competition for A-list stars from the Obama inauguration, the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, with its film lovers, business types, and members of the press, has ... More >>

  • News

    September 11, 2008

    Gangsters in Bacliff

    The unincorporated town is up to its elbows in youth gangs, poverty and crime

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2007

    Solidarity, Baby

    Last week we told you how Michael Lacey, the executive editor of Village Voice Media, our parent company, was tossed in jail along with Jim Larkin, the chairman and chief executive officer. The case against them has been dropped. Completely. You can get the nitty-gritty here. In a show of solidar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2007

    Getting Authentic

    Craig Larotonda Today's cover story is based largely on court documents and internal government memos, most of which can be found at The NarcoSphere, an online project of the Narco News bulletin. Unlike other publications which have covered the House of Death story, Narco News has not ignored th ... More >>

  • News

    July 21, 2005

    Doctor Nice

    Steven Hotze uses a warm, easygoing manner to peddle natural hormones to women, at thousands of dollars a pop. So who cares about credentials or documented results?

  • Dining

    August 16, 2001

    Bagels Rip My Flesh

    New York Coffee Shop offers authentic East Coast fare -- complete with attitude