The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has denied Duane Buck's appeal for a new sentencing, meaning an execution date can be set if the Harris County District Attorney's Office chooses to seek an execution date. Buck was sentenced to death by lethal injection in 1997 for the murders of his ex-girlfrie ... More >>
Yesterday, the Senate, in a rare show of bi-partisanship, passed ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) 64-32. The bill would ban anti-gay discrimination in the workplace. This highlights that a civil rights struggle we have all been watching slowly but surely come to an end. Of course, not ever ... More >>
Sen. John Cornyn has had some interesting notions, but his latest move -- a law to ban "murderabilia," aka the move to ban the sale of artwork, letters or any other stuff that is valuable because of an association with a mass murderer/serial killer/someone-who-committed-any-other-heinous-crime -- j ... More >>
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 >>
If you were anywhere near a computer, a phone, or the Hill Country over the past 24 hours, you'll know that Texas witnessed one of the most memorable, remarkable displays of political will it's ever known. In lieu of allowing nearly 90 percent of the abortion clinics across the state to shutter, Sen ... More >>
During Duane Buck's 1997 murder trial in Harris County, a psychologist told the jury that Buck was more likely to be a danger to society because he was black. This would be a huge deal in pretty much any legal situation, but the statement had more direct life or death ramifications in Buck's trial ... More >>
Ten months after the Texas Air National Guard initially opened an investigation into his activities, First Lieutenant Ian MacLeod -- not his real name -- will finally see a bit of reprieve from the cumbersome constraints and frustrating runaround he's received from his superiors. As detailed in the ... More >>
The Alabama-Coushatta want their casino back. The Texas horse tracks say betting on races isn’t enough. Both see expanded gambling in the state as their ticket to solvency.
During Duane Buck's 1997 hearing for shooting and killing his girlfriend, a psychologist claimed that Buck was more of a danger because he was a black man. He was spared from lethal injection in 2011, because of that claim. Enter former Texas Governor Mark White, who thinks that the racist claims a ... More >>
With Facebook in the news for all types of political and financial reasons, different groups are looking at where the social-media giant spends its campaign cash. According to influenceexplorer.com, the top recipient of campaign funds from individuals connected to Facebook is Barack Obama, not surp ... More >>
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New research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker — and sparks an outbreak of denial among child-sex-trafficking alarmists nationwide.
Photo by Margaret DowningTerry Grier: Always nice to announce new money coming inHouston ISD got a double dose of good news today when it learned it's getting $31.5 million in Teacher Incentive Fund grant money (spread out over five years) to help enable it to continue paying bonuses to teachers ... More >>
John Cornyn: Affirming "basic human dignity" in odd waysTexas Senator John Cornyn has scheduled a meeting with Log Cabin Republicans, those GOP stalwarts who care so much about fiscal policy they're willing to ignore who they're associating with.To the surprise of no one, a "family values" preach ... More >>
If the HCC board room is rockin', don't come a knockin'Things seem to keep getting uglier over at Houston Community College. On Thursday, the board of trustees reportedly held a closed session to discuss an investigation into possible conflicts of interest by trustee Yolanda Flores and former t ... More >>
Photos by Christopher Patronella, Jr.Moveon.org, throwing signs. See a slideshow from yesterday's protest.Local members of MoveOn.org 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 >>
We've written several items about Jamie Leigh Jones, the local woman who is suing KBR over a gang-rape she says happened while she was working for the company in Iraq.The company put up roadblocks to her attempts to resolve the situation and her claims of rampant sexual harassment in KBR camps, b ... More >>
Time magazine has done a comprehensive report on the suicides among Army recruiters, a massive piece with plenty of attention paid to the troubles in Houston.As we read it, we wondered -- more and more as it went on -- how they were not giving any credit to the Houston Chronicle, which has been doin ... More >>
Senator John McCain is announcing today that he wants President Obama to issue a pardon for Jack Johnson, the "Galveston Giant" who ruled boxing's heavyweight division in the early 20th Century and was convicted of transporting a woman across state lines to get him some.Because McCain is all about t ... More >>
General T. Boone Pickens is invading Washington, D.C. tomorrow. Well, virtually. Members of his New Energy Army, numbering somewhere between 1.5 and 3 million strong, are planning to bombard Congress with emails and phone calls urging lawmakers to pass legislation favorable to Pickens' plan to ... More >>
Photo by Z_deadWho likes to travel with Houston's newest financial-meltdown icon?Senator John Cornyn, that's who.Talking Points Memo has the goods, via legistorm.com, on a "fact-finding trip" (quotes federally mandated by the US Department of Air Quotes) that Cornyn took on Allen Stanford's dime to ... More >>
Post-9/11 worries target South Texas
They are American in everything but name. They can go to college in Texas and improve themselves. Doesn't matter. At the end of the day, they're just illegal immigrants without social security numbers or futures.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife services spent $80 million to reclaim wildlife habitat in South Texas. Now Homeland Security is ready to wipe that out.
Texas struggles with what to do with its overabundance of Equus caballus, while Europeans wait with open mouths
Bob Perry writes a lot of checks to politicians, and wields a lot of influence as a result
HISD kills a reality show on high school dancers
Those campaign donations aren't buying yard signs and pamphlets
Will four felonies spoil Four Families' Hobby deal?
Democrats sift pre-election portents for the answer
Democrats get their ticket. But can they get the votes?
Hospital district officials wanted a simple one-sentence policy on immigrant health care. What they got instead was a criminal probe and plenty of politics.
An angel named Grace, a doctor who's a real Trip and fresh gore flooding the ER -- the new Ben Taub gets old quick
Alabama-Coushatta Indians are shedding their passive ways in big bets on land claims and casinos. But some fear they could be gambling away their great tribal heritage.
A new law hastens a Brown official's departure
Ten years brings the Texas justice system to its senses. Roy Criner's free.
Court on a hot tin roof
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At the Village of Surfside, it's not just the beaches that are eroding. It's the Open Beaches Act.
An A.G.'s opinion only adds to the questions over Houston's special tax districts
Special tax zones are already stimulating growth-a thriving cottage industry of attorneys, lobbyists, high paid consultants, developers and questionable financial projections
The city of Houston is being carved into special taxing districts, promising windfalls for some, financial burdens for others
Is Elton Bomer the bully who's needed to help colonias -- or just another political grandstander?