John Cornyn

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    November 26, 2014

    Rep. Steve Stockman Gets His Own Climate Change Denial "Theory"

    Retiring Texas Congressman Steve Stockman is on his way out, but it looks like he's making one last swat at cementing a little Congressional recognition for himself with a climate denial bill. Stockman, a Republican, has been a fairly ardent denier of all things climate change for a while now. Just ... More >>

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    November 10, 2014

    5 Signs the Cruz-pocolypse is Upon Us

    It's finally happening. The time of the Cruz-pocolypse is nigh. We tried to pretend it wasn't going to happen. After all, the Republicans gained control of both the House and the Senate and there was talk that Congress might actually do things going forward, instead of just constantly fighting. Th ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    5 Texas Murderabilia Items: Charles Whitman's Gun Isn't Even the Creepiest Thing on the List

    People are oddly fascinated with horrible happenings. We get it. Some want to see the evidence and make contact with people who perpetrated the crimes. But it's still stunning to see the gun Charles Whitman used at the University of Texas Tower shootings up for auction. That is, until we saw all of ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    Lesser Prairie Chicken Listed as 'Threatened', Cornyn's Not Thrilled

    Why did the lesser prairie chicken cross the road? To get the hell out of Texas where a whole lot of people are not thrilled with the fact that the chicken, a Texas native, has been taken under the protective wing of the federal government and placed on the threatened species list by the folks over ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    Ready for Battle

    Wendy Davis and Texas Primary Results: What We Know Now.

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    February 24, 2014

    Don Imus Endorses Kinky Friedman Ag Commissioner Campaign

    Fox Business talk show host Don Imus has come out in support of Richard "Kinky" Friedman's campaign for Texas Agriculture Commissioner. He's also having some fun with it. Imus had a phone conversation with Friedman on his show Wednesday morning. Here's a transcript the show put on it's blog: 8:40: ... More >>

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    February 17, 2014

    The 10 Worst Roads in Houston (Right Now)

    When I recently asked people to give me their worst roads in Houston, I knew what I would be in for. Having already discussed the matter with others at the Press as well as friends and acquaintances, I could guess what people would say. The truth is, there are a ton of roads in Houston at the moment ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    Ted Cruz Part II: The Tea Party is Going to "Primary" Senator Cornyn

    Senator John Cornyn is no one's idea of a liberal. Senator Cornyn is no one's idea of a RINO or a squish. Indeed, the non-partisan Nation Journal ranked Cornyn the second most conservative member of the U.S. Senate. As Talking Points Memo reports on Cornyn's conservative bona fides: He has an "A" r ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Denies Duane Buck a New Sentencing Hearing

    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 >>

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    November 11, 2013

    ENDA, Cruz/Cornyn and the Wrong Side of History

    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 >>

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    September 23, 2013

    Sen. John Cornyn Is Out To Stop "Murderabilia"

    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 >>

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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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    June 26, 2013

    The Winners and Losers of the Great Texas Abortion Filibuster

    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 >>

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    June 12, 2013

    Was Duane Buck Sentenced to Death Because He's Black? Will It Matter?

    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 >>

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    June 4, 2013

    Ten Months Later, TXANG Lieutenant Can Finally Contact Woman Who Poses No Threat to Military

    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 >>

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    March 21, 2013

    Former Texas Governor Mark White Joins Others Calling For a Proper Sentence for Duane Buck, Since the Last One was a Tad Bit Racist

    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 >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Facebook's Top Recipients of Campaign Donations Includes...Ted Cruz?

    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, the top recipient of campaign funds from individuals connected to Facebook is Barack Obama, not surp ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    Lost Boys: Senate Bill 596

    Village Voice Media asks for your support

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    September 23, 2010

    Money Rains From the Skies For HISD

    Photo by Margaret DowningTerry Grier: Always nice to announce new money coming in​Houston 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 >>

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    September 16, 2010

    John Cornyn To Meet With Gays Because...They're Like Fetuses?

    John Cornyn: Affirming "basic human dignity" in odd ways​Texas 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    October 7, 2009

    John Cornyn Has KBR's Back In Any Future Rape Cases

    ​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 >>

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    April 7, 2009

    Time Grudgingly Credits The Chronicle For Its Work On Army-Recruiter Suicides

    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 >>

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    April 1, 2009

    A Pardon For Galveston's Jack Johnson? McCain's On It

    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 >>

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    March 31, 2009

    T. Boone Gets Ready For His Million-Megawatt March

    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 >>

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    February 17, 2009

    Allen Stanford And John Cornyn: Best Buds For Sun-Drenched Road Trips

    Who likes to travel with Houston's newest financial-meltdown icon?Senator John Cornyn, that's who.Talking Points Memo has the goods, via, on a "fact-finding trip" (quotes federally mandated by the US Department of Air Quotes) that Cornyn took on Allen Stanford's dime to Antigua and Bar ... More >>

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    November 11, 2008

    Veteran's Day In Houston

    It was a thin crowd at the Veteran's Day program on the steps of City Hall this morning. Maybe it was the steady drizzle of rain that kept folks away, maybe it was the country's current anti-war sentiment. Some politico types were there including John Cornyn, Anise Parker and Shelia Jackson Lee. But ... More >>

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    October 29, 2008

    The 2008 Voting Charts: U.S. House District 22

    Congressional District 22, even after a few years, still contains the strong stench of Tom DeLay. Not to mention his hapless successor, Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, known forever to readers of the popular Wonkette blog as "Dracula Cunt" after we noted how she had received a write-in vote (that counted!) un ... 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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    July 15, 2008

    Cornyn's Killing Noriega, Money-Wise

    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Noriega, from Houston, isn’t doing so well in the fundraising department, the Republican Party of Texas is happy to inform us. With a little more than three months remaining in the race, Sen. John Cornyn reportedly raised $1.7 million from some 8,000 contribut ... More >>

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    June 20, 2008

    Big Bad John Cornyn Is One Tough Cowboy, Apparently

    Last week at the Republican Party of Texas State Convention here in Houston, U.S. Senator John Cornyn, who is seeking reelection, was introduced to the crowd with a new campaign video and rhyming ditty that uses classic Texas tough guy, cowboy imagery. “As the sun rose on the Pecos The big clo ... More >>

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    June 19, 2008

    The DREAM Act Might Be Dead, But These Kids' Hopes Are Not

    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.

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    May 31, 2007

    Border Fence May Destroy Wildlife Habitat

    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.

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    September 22, 2006


    For our next FOIA request, we'd like to know where he got that lovely tie. When Senator John Cornyn isn't busy making sure the Prez can torture anyone he wants, he's doing some good stuff for government transparency. Along with Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Cornyn sponsored the OPEN Governme ... More >>

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    September 18, 2006

    Dear John

    Cialis pale moonlight John Cornyn river run dancing lightly cheap Viagra chipmunk dreams shotgun cake This week all eyes — okay, all pundit eyes — are on the Senate, where three Republican senators with military records are going to battle against President Bush over whether to forgo ... More >>

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    April 13, 2006

    Horse Flesh

    Texas struggles with what to do with its overabundance of Equus caballus, while Europeans wait with open mouths

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    July 22, 2004

    Got It, Flaunt It

    Those campaign donations aren't buying yard signs and pamphlets

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    November 28, 2002

    Food Fight Hiccup

    Will four felonies spoil Four Families' Hobby deal?

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    October 31, 2002

    Dream Team or Bad Dream?

    Democrats sift pre-election portents for the answer

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    April 18, 2002

    Over the Rainbow

    Democrats get their ticket. But can they get the votes?

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    October 11, 2001

    Paying the Price

    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.

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    September 6, 2001

    A Night in the Tub

    An angel named Grace, a doctor who's a real Trip and fresh gore flooding the ER -- the new Ben Taub gets old quick

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    August 23, 2001

    War Dance

    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.

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    August 24, 2000

    Home Again

    Ten years brings the Texas justice system to its senses. Roy Criner's free.

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    July 20, 2000

    Suck-Up Time

    Court on a hot tin roof

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    July 13, 2000

    Sand in Your Craw?

    Make yourself heard

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    July 13, 2000

    This Sand is Your Sand

    At the Village of Surfside, it's not just the beaches that are eroding. It's the Open Beaches Act.

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    December 16, 1999

    Zoned Out

    An A.G.'s opinion only adds to the questions over Houston's special tax districts

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    August 5, 1999

    Dubious Deal

    Special tax zones are already stimulating growth-a thriving cottage industry of attorneys, lobbyists, high paid consultants, developers and questionable financial projections

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    April 29, 1999

    Border Bound

    Is Elton Bomer the bully who's needed to help colonias -- or just another political grandstander?

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