Kay Bailey Hutchison

  • News

    October 24, 2013

    Packing Heat

    Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson wants to "normalize the sight of an armed citizen."

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Chron Moonwalks Away From Ted Cruz Endorsement

    Remember when the Houston Chronicle endorsed Ted Cruz for the U.S. Senate instead of "establishment" conservative David Dewhurst? You don't? Well, they want us to forget it too. They also told us Ted Cruz was "thoughtful." But they don't want you to remember that either. Yesterday, the editors pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    ESPN's Craig James to Run for U.S. Senate In Texas

    The next senator from Texas?​Great news if you're a fan of inept political campaigns, or if you just want less awful announcing on your TV. Craig James, ESPN college football analyst who was personally involved in two ugly college football scndals of varying degrees, is running to replace Kay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Tommy Lee Jones For Senate: New Poll Says He Could Kick Ass

    Is there a draft in here?​The movement to draft Tommy Lee Jones to run as a Democrat to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison is most likely doomed to failure, but a new poll shows Jones might be a viable candidate. Public Policy Polling released its survey today on the 2012 Senate race, and it shows ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Thank You, Lord: Dan Patrick May Run for Senate

    God is on line two, with a campaign contribution.​If you take as a given -- which you should -- that it's going to be awhile before a moderate ever gets elected to the U.S. Senate from Texas, then you want your troglodyte senatorial candidates to be as entertainingly fringe as possible. So lo ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Tommy Lee Jones For Senate: Congressman Gene Green Says Why the Hell Not?

    Senator Tommy Lee Jones?​Geoff Berg, host of KPFT's Partisan Gridlock show is leading the improbable battle to draft Tommy Lee Jones as a Democratic candidate for the Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison. They've got a Facebook page and everything, including a petition with an op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Kay Bailey Hutchison Retires: Five Career Highlights

    Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has announced she will not seek re-election to the Senate, probably a wise move after conservatives sensed blood in the water after her disastrous gubernatorial campaign. KBH's three terms in the Senate were somewhat odd in that she never made all that much of an impres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Willie Nelson's Pot Bust: A Milestone In Marijuana Policy?

    ​You gotta love a sumbitch like Willie Nelson who, unlike Bill "I-Never-Inhaled" Clinton, has always 'fessed up to using copious quantities of herb. Two days ago, in response to his pot bust last Friday at a Border Patrol checkpoint near Sierra Blanca (that's a Spanish geographical term for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Sheila Jackson Lee, We're Sorry (Really)

    Hair Balls regretfully posted this afternoon misleading information about a Washingtonian magazine survey concerning members of Congress.The blog item, which we've taken down, was supposed to be based on the survey the magazine published in its current September 2010 issue. However, the link on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Rick Perry, Great White Hunter: How Does He Stack Up?

    Rick Perry is getting a lot of Internet play today for manfully admitting to the Associated Press that he used a laser-sighted pistol with hollow-point bullets to kill a coyote that was threatening his dog while he was out jogging.Take that, dog predator. You should have known our governor never jog ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    The Big Secrets In Bill White's Tax Returns, Revealed

    ​You know things have gotten off on the wring foot challenging Rick Perry when the state's leading political writer compares your operation to Kay Bailey Hutchison's.Here's how things have gone in the Texas governor's race since the primaries: Rick Perry has been in Patton mode, ostentatiously "ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    Farouk Shami Is On Fire. His Campaign Song? Eh...

    One of the benefits of writing for a music blog is you don't have to follow politics unless you just want to, or unless some politician is so desperate they think commissioning a campaign song Auto-tuned up the yin-yang and with lyrics that went out of style when disco did is going to improve their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Campaign Shocker: Rick Perry (All But) Admits He's Gay

    Maybe we spoke too soon with that pre-bituary of Kay Bailey Hutchison's gubernatorial hopes.Because we just don't know how Texans are going to cotton to the fact that their governor appears to be an ABBA fan.Rick Perry's campaign has released a new video entitled "Earmark Queen," which is all about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    The Death Of The Kay-For-Governor Effort, In Five Telling Moments

    ​The campaign of Governor Rick Perry has been gleefully sending out "pre-bituaries" -- in other words, stories analyzing what went wrong with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's gubernatorial race.Barring an upset of Truman-like proportions, the only question remaining in tomorrow's primary will be whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Dems' Farouk Shami Tries To Out-Nut GOP's Debra Medina

    ​The gubernatorial primaries in Texas have featured one outrageous statement after other -- Texas should secede, 9/11 was an inside job, Kay Bailey Hutchison knew what she was getting into -- but we have a new contender for top prize.Democratic candidate Farouk Shami met with the Houston Chronicle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    Bad Day On The Political Trail: When Glenn Beck Sounds Saner Than You

    ​(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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Latest Poll: Is Kay Bailey Hutchison Headed For Third Place?

    ​The latest poll on the GOP gubernatorial primary has just been released, and it's got some surprising stuff in it.Rick Perry still leads the field, albeit with an uninspiring 39 percent. After that, though, is where the surprise comes in -- Kay Bailey Hutchison leads tea party favorite Debra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    Right-Wing Bloggers: Armed, Dangerous And With The Governor

    Governor Rick Perry spent the weekend holding a summit for conservative bloggers and social-media types. It included a trip to the gun range, because Rick Perry is a Texan, dammit, and you'll pry his firearms from his cold, dead etc. etc.We know bupkis about guns, but the Come and Get It blog notes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Kay Bailey Hutchison Continues To Nail Down The Inside-The-Beltway Vote So Important To The Texas GOP This Year

    ​Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison rolled out the big guns today as President George H.W. Bush endorsed her. Coming on the heels of the recent endorsement of former Secretary of State James Baker, Hutchison has ably demonstrated what it takes to win the GOP gubernatorial primary. If it were being run i ... More >>

  • News

    November 26, 2009

    Turkeys of the Year

    In a highly competitive 2009 field, Governor Rick Perry is the biggest gobbler of them all.

  • News

    November 19, 2009

    The Tug of War

    Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison are locked in a pitched battle over the soul of the GOP. They are also running for governor.

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Hutchison Staying In Senate Until She Wins The GOP Gubernatorial Primary (If She Does Win)

    ​More stumbles for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in her attempt to take out Governor Rick Perry: After saying for months that she would quit the Senate around now to go all in on the gubernatorial race, she has just announced she won't leave until after the GOP primary.Why? Bad poll numbers leading ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    The Dallas Observer Learns About Interviewing Bill White

    Photo by Sam Merten​Our sister paper the Dallas Observer tagged along recently as Houston mayor Bill White visited a suburban deli and learned what it's like to deal with the generic, content-free answers the big man uses when he doesn't want to reply to what you're asking.The headline? "Will Sena ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Gubernatorial Candidate Kinky Friedman: My Dog Could Run This State As Well As Rick Perry

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​ "Going from musician to politician is definitely a step down," says Kinky Friedman, who announced his Texas gubernatorial candidacy Tuesday morning. "But I'll take it for Texas." Of course, it's a step that Friedman, author of songs such as "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Gubernatorial Candidate Kinky Friedman: My Dog Could Run This State As Well As Rick Perry

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​ "Going from musician to politician is definitely a step down," says Kinky Friedman, who announced his Texas gubernatorial candidacy Tuesday morning. "But I'll take it for Texas." Of course, it's a step that Friedman, author of songs such as "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Hey Texans -- You Can't Disappoint Us If We Don't Have High Hopes

    ​In our cover story this week, we take a look at the Houston Texans' brief-but-tangled history of breaking our hearts. A franchise that seems to begin each year riding on seemingly reasonable hopes of improvement consistently ends it with waves of disappointment.We also rounded up some predictions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas: "Palo Duro"

    View Five States of Texas in a larger map As any proud Texan can tell you, the Lone Star State is entitled constitutionally to split into five states if it so wishes. The scenario has rarely been more in the news than it has relatively recently, when Gov. Rick Perry played to the wingnut gallery in ... More >>

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    August 3, 2009

    Feeling The Sweet Flow Of Freedom With Sean Hannity

    Photo by Pete Vonder Haar​Conservative radio/TV host Sean Hannity began hosting his "Freedom Concert" series, benefiting Oliver North's Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund for the children of soldiers killed or disabled in action, back in 2003. Last Saturday the 2009 incarnation kicked off at the Cy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Amazingly, There Are Some Flaws In Rick Perry's Plan To Secede

    As the whole blogosphere knows by now, Rick Perry -- the only governor Texas has at the moment -- has talked of the possible need to secede from the United States.This apparently counts as pro-America rhetoric at a tea party; the logic of that escapes us. (Oh yeah, it's no longer "America" when ther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    March 5, 2009

    Is Casino Gambling in the Cards for Galveston?: Getting Up a Game

    Bringing casinos to Texas would require a state constitutional amendment

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    R.I.P. Texas, Says Best-Selling Author (A Non-Texan)

    Texas, your day is done.That's according to Bryan Burrough, the Vanity Fair contributor and author of The Big Rich, a best-selling look at the oilmen who ruled the state and beyond for much of the 20th century.Burrough writes in an op-ed column in the Washington Post that, with the farewell of Georg ... More >>

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    January 28, 2009

    Texas Monthly, Bound for the Recycle Bin?

    There's an interesting supplement in the new issue of Texas Monthly, the one with all-but-declared gubernatorial candidate Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on the cover. It's a 32-page mini-mag called Texas Bound for Music, and appears to be TM's attempt at... well, it's not really clear exactly what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    Bill White Is In The Senate Race -- Obama Style!

    It's not much of a surprise after leaks began coming out last week, but Houston Mayor Bill White formally announced today he's in the race for Kay Bailey Hutchinson's senate seat.He did it Obama-style: via a video on his website. In front of what look like sagging bookshelves, White describes a Hous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Texas Governor's Race: The Fun Is Beginning

    As you've no doubt heard, Kay Bailey Hutchison yesterday took the first steps to enter what would be a highly, highly entertaining GOP primary for the governorship next year (Just think of the hair-care budgets alone between her and Rick Perry).What about the not-so-boy wonder from Houston, Mayor Bi ... More >>

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    August 27, 2008

    Our Congresspeople: The Best & Worst

    Tuesday, The Washingtonian came out with its annual Best and Worst of Congress issue. The magazine polls 1,700 “administrative assistants, press secretaries, legislative directors, and chiefs of committee staffs to get their take on the best and worst members of Congress. Who’s smart? Who’s ... More >>

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    November 27, 2007

    Miss MASH: Dr. Michael E. DeBakey Awarded Congressional Gold Medal

    Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison sends over missives on a pretty regular basis - Senator Kay did this, Senator Kay did that. They are usually pretty boring. Today’s press release details the fact that Senator Kay presented Dr. Michael E. DeBakey with the signed bill she pushed through Congress awardin ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 23, 2005

    Kinky Politics

    Gubernatorial hopeful Friedman knows when to Hold 'Em

  • News

    January 8, 2004

    Training Day

    Light rail's first day brings one high after another

  • Music

    August 1, 2002

    A Rave Mistake

    Apparently the U.S. Senate has little better to do than hassle the pacifier-and-glow-stick set

  • News

    June 28, 2001

    Judicial Show and Tell

    Senators Gramm and Hutchinson dig deep into applicants' political pasts

  • News

    February 8, 2001

    No Contest

    KPRC uses the IRS for this month's sweeps giveaway

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    July 9, 1998

    GOP Lay-Ups

    Enron fuels Republican soft money machine

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    May 9, 1996
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    June 8, 1995
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    December 29, 1994

    The Year of Living Anxiously

    Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?

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    July 7, 1994
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    June 23, 1994

    The Case Against Kay

    Last year, a grand jury was told tales about Texas' junior senator. Here's what they heard.

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