Local Politics

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    November 19, 2014

    Fed Up With City Council, Montgomery Mayor Posts Official Resignation on Facebook

    Fed up with his city council's "fear" and "arrogance" over a proposed grocery store in his town, the mayor of Montgomery, Texas took to Facebook to post his official resignation last week. In a rant worthy of a thousand "likes," Montgomery Mayor John L. Fox aired the city's dirty laundry on the soc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    The Fight For Pride Week (Part 4)

    Part four in a series for Houston Pride Week. Once formed, "The Caucus" as the Houston LGBT Political Caucus became known quickly organized a series of actions that would see the political power of the LGBT community expand exponentially. By the end of the decade, even straight candidates would see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Equal Rights Ordinance Gets Some Agreed-On Changes

    Update: The mayor's office released the following information this morning about today's planned announcement: Supporters of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance will make an announcement regarding an agreed upon change in the proposed ordinance and release a letter of support signed by clergy. Expect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Copper Crooks Are Destroying Little League Season in Northeast Houston

    Robert Dejean came to yesterday's City Council meeting to express his frustration at not being able to carry out the remainder of the Little League season with proper lights at Smokey Jasper ball field. See vandals, he said, ripped the copper out of the light poles some time ago and the city has yet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Mayor Annise Parker and Kathy Hubbard Are Married in California

    Today, on the 23rd anniversary of the start of their lives together, Mayor Annise Parker and Kathy Hubbard got married in Palm Springs, California. The marriage had been anticipated for several days, but it wasn't known exactly when it would happen. In a statement released by the mayor's office, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Kill Us Now: We Covered the Houston City Council Today

    Things at a Houston City Council meeting can get pretty dull. And by dull, we mean crushingly boring. As in, it was so lifeless today that matters got desperate for several reporters listening to the council members drone on and on. And on. One TV reporter -- an exceedingly friendly fellow -- took ... 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 >>

  • 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

    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

    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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    She's Suing To Make Sure Prayers Get The Hell Out Of City Council Meetings

    ​To Houston realtor Kay Staley, religion and organized government mix about as well as tequila and jagermeister. That is to say, not very well. And so she has launched a federal lawsuit against the City of Houston and city council member Anne Clutterbuck in an attempt to sever the two incompatible ... More >>

  • News

    August 20, 2009

    Gay Panic in Cowtown: Houston Pride

    This city's gay community pushed back hard.

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    A Bit Of A Slowdown In The Rush To Approve BARC's Change Agent

    Photo by wsilver​City Council did not vote on BARC interim chief Gerry Fusco's contract because it was not completed in time for the meeting, according to the mayor's agenda director."The documents weren't in," Marty Stein told Hair Balls. "....In this case, what happened was, because this is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    Timing Of Vote For BARC's "Change Agent" Contract Surprises Some, Like Councilmembers

    Photo courtesy GHCVB​Silly fuckin' us.We thought that when a Houston City Councilman says something, we're supposed to take him at his word. But sometimes we forget that this is Houston, and things are done a little differently.At the August 3 Human Services Committee meeting on Gerry Fusco's BARC ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    The BARC Survey The City Should Be Conducting

    Photo by Daniel KramerBARC is asking for the public's input on how to improve the shelter by completing an online survey. According to the preamble, the Mayor's office is ready to roll up its sleeves and get to the bottom of the "complexity" of BARC's problems. (Apparently, the 2005 Mayor's Task For ... 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

    October 7, 2008
  • News

    June 12, 2008

    Hippie Cops and Loan Sharks

    No beards allowed at HPD

  • Blogs

    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?

  • News

    March 29, 2007

    Thai Xuan Village

    The city is handing out grants to spruce up apartments near Hobby Airport. Unfortunately, a group of dilapidated Vietnamese condo units don't qualify

  • News

    December 25, 2003

    Food for Political Thought

    White becomes Houston's big tuna -- and that's no yolk!

  • News

    December 18, 2003

    The Six-Year Itch

    City Hall reality series: Who survives on Bill White's island?

  • News

    December 11, 2003

    Why Can't They Be Friends?

    Bill and Annise confront a City Hall curse

  • News

    November 13, 2003

    Send in the Election Clowns

    Don't worry, they're here

  • News

    October 23, 2003

    Cockeyed Campaign Gambits

    A Republican runs on Lee Brown's coattails

  • News

    October 2, 2003

    A Little Jump to the Right

    Can a ballot triple shift win City Hall for the GOP?

  • News

    August 28, 2003

    Running Mates

    Michael and Nandy Berry are world-class charmers. But what's really behind those two smiles?

  • News

    June 19, 2003

    Dueling Docs

    The city's top MDs collide, but the mayor sides with Shelley

  • News

    May 15, 2003

    The Highs and Lows of Life with Lee

    The best and worst from the Brown days

  • News

    May 15, 2003

    Parting Shots

    Foes of Mayor Lee Brown can't wait to see him gone. And a lot of his friends feel that way, too.

  • News

    March 13, 2003

    We Know You Like to Watch!

    An Internet fishing expedition titillates City Hall

  • News

    February 20, 2003

    Mayoral Field of Dreams

    If you pay them, they will come

  • News

    December 12, 2002

    The Schmooze Returns to City Hall

    Facing an out-of-control council, Brown recalls a veteran vote saver

  • News

    December 5, 2002

    Do the City Hall Shuffle!

    Term limits and raw ambition send local politicos on holiday shopping sprees

  • News

    November 7, 2002

    Oliver's Story

    Houston's former parks director tried to expand his résumé with a political job. He may have torched it instead.

  • News

    October 24, 2002

    Food Fight Indigestion

    A losing lobbyist claims a councilman switched after failing to get his pals in on the deal

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002
  • News

    August 22, 2002

    Don't Rock My Boat!

    A port commission opening fuels a three-way Hispanic fight

  • News

    August 22, 2002


    Dr. Shelley's new operating room reveals the worst and best of a City Council under term limits

  • News

    August 15, 2002

    Trading Places

    Who wants to be interim city controller?

  • News

    July 18, 2002

    Midsummer Night's Political Dreams

    Mirth and anger follow Berry's decision to run for mayor

  • News

    July 4, 2002

    Getting Lonely at the Top

    A recycled city official comes home to roost

  • News

    June 27, 2002

    From the Grass Roots Up

    A new Houston voting bloc reaches toward empowerment

  • News

    May 2, 2002

    Barry, Barry, Quite Contrary

    A fired investment banker ignites a City Hall rumble

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