Government and Politics

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    ICE Sweep Nets 74, Including Child Molesters, in Houston Area

    A nationwide sweep of convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and "egregious" immigration violators resulted in almost 100 arrests out of the Houston field office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE took in 3,100 people nationwide in its six-day "Cross Check" operation, with 74 com ... More >>

  • News

    March 15, 2012

    Breaking It Down

    It may not be PTSDs or brain injuries that pose the most long-term danger to our surviving vets from their Middle East tours.

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    February 16, 2012

    Blood Money

    More than 200 soldiers are suing KBR for knowingly exposing them to toxic chemicals in Iraq, whose effects started with nose bleeds and could end with cancer. KBR says that didn't happen. But even if it did, the company isn't responsible. Taxpayers are.

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Pop Rocks: A Few (Updated) Non-Pokemon Speeches for Herman Cain

    "Over?"​It was fun (to watch) while it lasted, but Herman Cain officially "suspended" his Presidential campaign last weekend. The former Godfather's CEO had long been dogged by accusations of sexual harassment (to say nothing of his unfamiliarity with the Libyan crisis or how to pronounce "Uzb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Clear Lake Shores Mixers City Council Meetings Feature Alleged Boozing, Personal Attacks and One-Fingered Salutes

    Clear Lake Shores residents say some are enjoying a certain Rocky Mountain flavor at city council meetings.​The people who attend Clear Lake Shores's city council meetings get started early...and we're not talking about the recitation of the pledge of allegiance. Last week, Hair Balls was co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    The 6 Worst Air-Show Disasters: A Video Collection, Just In Time For Wings Over Houston

    Things can go wrong​Next time you go to an air show, take a look at the fine print on the ticket. Besides the usual stuff about acts of God and "Promoter not responsible if the frontman doesn't show due to injecting Drano into his balls," there's something else. It says they're really, really ... More >>

  • News

    October 6, 2011

    Miracle Faker

    Rick Perry is right: America can learn from Texas. He's just wrong about what the lesson is.

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Gun-Control Group Gives Rick Perry Great Boost (Among Gun Nuts)

    WHAT? Rick Perry opposes gun-control laws?​The Brady Campaign, perhaps the nation's most prominent gun-control group, has just given Rick Perry a big ol' helping hand in the GOP primaries. They've released a report called Gunslinger: Rick Perry's Reckless Record on Guns, highlighting his reco ... More >>

  • 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 3, 2011

    City Hall Packed for Red-Light Camera Showdown

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderPaul Kubosh addressed city council yesterday. ​As far as city hall meetings go, yesterday's was raucous. Members of the National Black United Front, Houston Ministers Against Crime, city council hopefuls, and Citizens Against Red Light Cameras filled the hall to standin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Obama Beating Perry In Texas Match-Up, But Not Michelle Bachmann

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Rebecca Forest: Tea Party Leader Tells Austin Rally There's Too Many Hispanics in Legislature

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Alabama Illegal Immigration Law: Texas Tea Partiers Can Only Look On In Awe

    That truck is no doubt filled with dehydrated, oxygen-starved illegals​Sure, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Gun Control: Texas Is A Namby-Pamby Liberal State, New Study Shows

    Don't mess with Texas, Brady Center​If 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    May Day Immigration Rally Draws Thousands (and Opponents) in Houston

    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 >>

  • Culture

    March 31, 2011
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    March 31, 2011
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    February 23, 2011

    City Council Member Jolanda Jones Distributes (Possibly) Anti-Police Pamphlets at NAACP Meeting

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Census: Texas Is a Whole Lot More Hispanic

    Hola, Tejas​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Death Penalty Hearing: Judge Kevin Fine Gets Slapped Down By Appeals Court

    Judge Kevin Fine: Rejected​The 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 >>

  • News

    December 23, 2010

    Return to Sender

    What Would Comprehensive Immigration Reform Look Like If the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Tea Party Rule: Almost One-Third Of Texas House Signs Up With Dan Patrick

    It's The AUSTIN Tea Party now, Sam Adams​Last 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Tea Party Congressmen From Texas Love Their Earmarks

    Damn those earmarks!! Except mine​Brave, 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 >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    FAIR-y Tales

    Russell Pearce and Other Illegal-Immigration Populists Rely on Misleading, Right-Wing Reports to Scapegoat Immigrants and Terrify Penny-Pinched Americans.

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    December 2, 2010
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    November 17, 2010

    Heights Walmart: That Mysterious 380 Agreement Continues Being Mysterious

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    County Officials: Vote-Counting May Be Slow; Majority Of Votes Already Cast

    Perhaps 60 percent of the Harris County vote has already been cast​Harris 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 >>

  • 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

    September 22, 2010

    Liveblogging the Walmart Vote

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Heights-Area Walmart Gets its Public Hearing

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Walmart Tagged, Metro Gets Spotlight At City Council

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    No Changes Needed At Houston's Messed-Up Fingerprint Lab, City Council Decides

    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 >>

  • News

    April 15, 2010

    Down on the Farm

    The Humane Society and big agriculture slug it out over animal rights.

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    March 23, 2010

    Great Moments In Political Debate, La Marque Style

    ​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 >>

  • Culture

    January 21, 2010

    Free Martin Zet

    A Czech artist escapes his past in the Station's "Necessity."

  • News

    September 17, 2009

    Spy Story

    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.

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    One Man's Fight To Legalize It

    As lawmakers scramble to address the surge of violence spawned by Mexican drug cartels seeping into our borders, the question of legalizing drugs has once again been raised -- and not just by a bunch of hippies.  Russ Jones, a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), tells Hai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Tense Times In La Marque

    We have one question for La Marque: What the hell is going on down there?There's a crime spree, the City Manager might or might not be keeping his job, and the Mayor resigned. That's just this week. No telling what's gonna happen next. La Marque is the kind of small town where the city council membe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    A Handy Guide To Terror Targets In Houston

    Sometimes it seems like organizations that want to protect Americans from terrorism end up doing all the terrorists' research for them. The Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank headed by John Podesta, formerly Bill Clinton's Chief of Staff, has compiled a handy guide to the nation' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008

    Early Voting Still Shattering Records

    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 >>

  • 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 26, 2008

    It May Be Easier To Early-Vote In Montrose This Year

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2008

    ICE Won't Be Nabbing Illegals At Hurricane Shelters

    Safety first. That’s the message from federal immigration authorities this morning who say illegal immigrants needing to evacuate or use public shelters during Hurricane Ike should feel safe to do so without fear of being detained and possibly deported. “It shows the nature of the business,” ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    Crabby Thai Judiciary Fires Food Critic PM

    Mixing politics and food criticism is asking for trouble. And if you don’t believe me, go ask the embattled Prime Minister of Thailand. He got fired on Tuesday for moonlighting on a television food show. According to the New York Times, Samak Sundaravej had been the host of “Tasting and Compl ... 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 29, 2008

    Shipley's Gets Slapped (Somewhat) On Illegal Immigrants

    The Shipley Do-Nut company and its president today received a stern slap as both pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to employing and housing illegal immigrants. Lawrence Shipley III, who took the helm of his family’s Houston-based company in 2005, pled guilty to a misdemeanor char ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2008

    Shipley's Gets Slapped (Somewhat) On Illegal Immigrants

    The Shipley Do-Nut company and its president today received a stern slap as both pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to employing and housing illegal immigrants. Lawrence Shipley III, who took the helm of his family’s Houston-based company in 2005, pled guilty to a misdemeanor char ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 3, 2008
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    May 14, 2008

    Mister Beebe Goes to Marfa

    It's official, the votes are in, and David Beebe is the newest member of Marfa City Council. He won by a razor-thin two-vote margin. Anyone want to bet on how long it will be before he's the mayor?

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