In popular "lore", Rick Santelli's infamous rant on the free-market schill network that is CNBC, was the spark that lit the fire creating the tea party. There is something to this, indeed there is a lot to this ("tea party" became the perfect rallying cry for disgruntled coservatives), but it is fai ... More >>
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 >>
Former Houston Press writer Mike Giglio, who is now a correspondent for Newsweek and the Daily Beast, retold the chilling story of being detained, beaten and ultimately released by Egyptian police during protests in the capital city of Cairo on Wednesday. Gigilio was one of a number of foreign journ ... More >>
Something we have in common?
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 >>
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 >>
Gov. Perry's Invitation to The Response from The Response USA on Vimeo.Rick Perry, the man who just might turn out to be the awesomest president ever if we can just convince him to run, would not win his home state against Barack Obama, a new poll shows. The survey by Public Policy Polling shows Ob ... More >>
Make his next one a ShinerHere's something we wouldn't have guessed: Texans give President Obama about as good a job approval rating as they do Governor Rick Perry. More surprising, both are over 50 percent. The Texas Lyceum has a new poll out, and it shows Obama with an approval rating of ... More >>
More, Parker. More.Hey, Mayor Parker! Drop those bacon-wrapped Cheetos. In fact, drop everything, and become a vegan. You're not doing anything else, are you? So supposes Dr. Neal Barnard, a nutritionist who's coming all the way from D.C. to fix Houston's lardy lifestyle with legumes. As p ... More >>
This weekend saw another thrilling right-wing rally in Austin, and in this one Rebecca Forest, a co-founder of an immigration group called Women on the Wall, offered a unique take on why Texas can't get hard-core legislation passed like Arizona and Alabama. If you want to know why we can't pass leg ... More >>
That truck is no doubt filled with dehydrated, oxygen-starved illegalsSure, Rick Perry can swagger about a meaningless "sanctuary bill" to keep the brown hordes out of Texas, but if you want real action on illegal immigration, the place to go is Alabama. That state's governor, faced with the ... More >>
Photo by Mandy OaklanderPaula Harris helmed an emergency HISD meeting this morning.This morning, an emergency meeting was called by HISD officials who are growing more desperate as severe budget cuts looms closer. About 10 parents sat in Pin Oak Middle School's cafeteria and listened to board ... More >>
James Rodriguez tells Hair Balls his concernsUnlike the movies, sparks don't always fly at city council meetings. It's not all Mr Smith Goes to Washington all the time. In fact, most of the time, proceedings there beat C-Span 2 in the insomnia-curing department. Yesterday was one of the dram ... More >>
Don't mess with Texas, Brady CenterIf 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 >>
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 >>
City council member Jolanda Jones says she acted as a lawyer at the meeting.Small white cards drifted around the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church on February 8, where the NAACP town hall meeting was being held to address Chad Holley's police beating."Know Your Rights With The Police," the ... More >>
Hola, TejasThe AP has gotten a preview of the census data to be released later today about Texas, and it shows what most everyone knows: The state has gotten more Hispanic. Data shows 38 percent of the 25.1 million people residing in Texas are Hispanic, 45 percent are Anglo and 11.5 percent ... More >>
Judge Kevin Fine: RejectedThe Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has permanently shut down district judge Kevin Fine's quixotic and headline-grabbing effort to examine the constitutionality of how Texas applies the death penalty. In an order issued this morning, the CCA says Fine had no busines ... More >>
What Would Comprehensive Immigration Reform Look Like If the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?
It's The AUSTIN Tea Party now, Sam AdamsLast night Keith Olbermann said Texas had "a Tea Party legislature The Nuge could be proud of." Today State Senator Dan Patrick proved him right. Patrick announced his Tea Party Caucus today, and it contains fully 47 members of the 150-seat House, and ... More >>
Damn those earmarks!! Except mineBrave, insightful, brilliant, not-at-all-crazy U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann founded the Congressional Tea Party Caucus to save America from Muslim presidents and stop federal spending by stopping earmarks, the modern term for pork-barrel projects. Republicans i ... More >>
Russell Pearce and Other Illegal-Immigration Populists Rely on Misleading, Right-Wing Reports to Scapegoat Immigrants and Terrify Penny-Pinched Americans.
Latest from the Heights: inaccuracies in the city council's "request for council action."It's been about three weeks since we last wrote about the Heights Walmart and a possibility of a missing 380 application from developer Michael Ainbinder. We still haven't gotten any clarification from the ci ... 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 City Council is set to vote this morning on a proposed 380 agreement with developer Michael Ainbinder, who plans to build a Walmart near the Heights. The vote could technically be delayed another week, but Mayor Parker said yesterday if a council member tries to do that, she'd overrule the ... More >>
The mayor says the Walmart vote can't be delayed any longer; City Council must decide tomorrow. The public had its last chance today to talk to the mayor and city council members about a proposed "380 agreement" between the city and developer Michael Ainbinder, who plans to build a Walmart near t ... More >>
At least one city council member asked Metro if it's time to re-evaluate certain plans. At a Houston City Council meeting that was supposed to clear up a few things about a planned Walmart development near the Heights, Metro, and its financial mess, ended up being the issue of the morning. Counci ... More >>
Inside the brutal world of America's kidnapping capital
Photo by umboodySome council members think money won't make the problems at HPD's fingerprint lab go away. The Houston City Council approved today -- despite concerns from several council members -- a contract to keep paying a consulting firm to basically run the police department's fingerprint l ... More >>
Gallegos is writing, but he's not hearing back from GrierState Senator Mario Gallegos has continued to dictate letters since calling for Houston ISD superintendent Terry Grier to leave in an earlier letter, saying Grier was going to ruin the lives of students here.In his latest set of letters -- ... More >>
The Humane Society and big agriculture slug it out over animal rights.
You can have your Daniel Webster rising in the Senate to give his storied Second Reply to Hayne; the La Marque City Council has set the bar for legislative contemplation far, far higher with its epochal Argument Over A Past-Due Library Book.As noted in the Galveston County Daily News, the ever-sq ... More >>
(Updated with Perry reaction)How do you know you're having a bad, momentum-killing day on the campaign trail?When you're forced to put out an official statement saying No, I don't believe 9/11 was an inside job.Debra Medina, who had been surging recently in polls of the GOP gubernatorial primary ... More >>
A Czech artist escapes his past in the Station's "Necessity."
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Ah, Peter Brown. You spent more than $3 million of your wife's cash, you put up dazzling ads that showed you jazzercising your way to Houston's future, you led the polls most of the way, as long as "Undecided" wasn't included.Yet you lost. Badly. Instead of making the runoff, you had to struggle ... More >>
Con man or super spook — either way, Roland Carnaby wasn't supposed to meet his death on a Houston highway in a high-speed chase with the cops.
Performance artists Nicolás Ramiro Valdez and Maria Alejandra Ibarra defend Mother Earth
It was the year 2000 and I was a young hungry reporter in Chicago covering a young hungry state legislator
The city is handing out grants to spruce up apartments near Hobby Airport. Unfortunately, a group of dilapidated Vietnamese condo units don't qualify
An ex-cop from East Texas decides to switch sides
Caught in a conservative council love triangle
A miffed Lanier makes common cause with the controller