For those under 30, it's a distinct reality that much of what we've known of organized religion is one sex scandal after another. Granted, those of us raised in the Catholic Church had a closer look than most -- I'm still unsure if the Father Nguyen to whom I once confessed, and who was later defroc ... More >>
Texas claims three of the top spots.
For people who've been losing Texas elections pretty consistently since the `80s, Democrats at the Democratic State Convention officially kicking off today in downtown Houston are surprisingly upbeat. That's because many of them are expecting the tide to turn in Texas politics, maybe not today or to ... More >>
The Texas primary is allegedly a little more than two months away, but some people still don't know what congressional or state-legislature district they're in, and the people running for those seats don't know who to court. The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected a redistricting map drawn up by a pa ... More >>
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 >>
It's a stampede!!The upcoming legislative session in Austin might get pretty wild and entertaining -- if not beneficial to anyone who fears the GOP/Tea Party agenda -- thanks to a move today. State Rep. Aaron Pena, a Democrat from Edinburg, is about to announce he is now Aaron Pena, Republic ... More >>
Voter intimidation: everyone wants to shift the blame.No one seems to want to play nice at the voting polls this year. And new names and organizations keep getting involved in the already over-crowded, controversial fray.King Street Patriots/The Tea Party. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. The Te ... More >>
Photo by Chasen MarshallIf the signs don't sway you, the poll watchers might.Polling stations around Houston have turned into bastions of controversy this week: Fourteen reported incidents Monday and another that Hair Balls heard about on Wednesday in south Houston near Gulfgate. There are few d ... More >>
Debates over debates are so funThe finger-pointing continued Wednesday as the great gubernatorial debate over who's at fault for not having a gubernatorial debate came to Houston.Republican Governor Rick Perry has given Democrat candidate Bill White until midnight tonight to release tax returns f ... More >>
Comic sans to the rescue!We have stayed away from the ongoing battle over voting-fraud allegations in Harris County because it reminds us of that quote about college-faculty infighting: "Academic infighting is so vicious because the stakes are so low." But bring comic sans into the conversation, ... More >>
Photo by Burnt Orange ReportAn elephant, a chicken, a generator: Political Theater!This year's gubernatorial campaign has been missing some things.Debates, for one.A guy in a chicken suit, for another.Those two things intertwined yesterday when, for some reason, Rick Perry campaign spokesman Mark ... More >>
No broadband?!More than a quarter-million Texans have no access to broadband service, according to figures and a new map put out today by Texas Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples.Two questions: First, how do these people live without viral videos like "BP Execs Spill Coffee"? Second, the Agri ... More >>
Accountants, revel in the dataFormer Houston Mayor Bill White, after months of getting pounded by Governor Rick Perry on the subject, has released his income tax forms for the time he headed the city.Click here to see the data in all its glory. Bottom line: He makes a lot more money than yo ... More >>
Go to the 35-second mark to hear what Nick Saban thinks of Rick Perry's decorating ideas. Finally, the Texas Democratic Party has weighed in on the single biggest issue of the day: Rick Perry's decorating and entertaining lifestyle. The Associated Press reported that Perry has spent more than $60 ... More >>
Governor Rick Perry, in a valiant bid to be talked about approvingly on Fox News and Rush Limbaugh's show, came to Houston today to announce he will be rejecting $700 million in federal stimulus funds for education.Because, you know, Texas has the whole education thing covered."Texas is on the ri ... More >>
It stands to reason that when a socialist, fascist-dominated communist organization plans a big meeting, they're going to hold it in a place that so hates America its governor has expressed a desire to leave it.No, not Alaska -- it was the governor's Husband, not the governor, who belonged to a grou ... More >>
No big surprise: Chris Bell has lost another political race.The perpetual candidate lost a runoff yesterday to former judge Joan Huffman for a State Senate seat, with Huffman taking a comfortable 56 percent of the vote.If you were expecting the Democratic Party of Texas to take it well, be a graciou ... More >>
The Democratic Party of Texas caught some grief this year for its strange method of choosing delegates to the national convention, an odd and confusing hybrid of a primary and a caucus. The system ended up favoring urban, liberal parts of the state this year -- Hillary Clinton won the popular v ... More >>
Bill White steps into his own political spotlight
Mirth and anger follow Berry's decision to run for mayor
Who can avert the 2003 runoff from hell?
Metro's incoming chairman loves to tell stories. Can Houstonians cotton to his next one?
Democrats get their ticket. But can they get the votes?
Carroll Robinson has been running for something ever since he arrived in Houston. Now he may be nearly out of track.
WorldPeace wages telemarketing terror in his quest for office
If her capers as comptroller don't catch her, Carole Rylander is ready to ride the Internet to greater political fame
Outgunned county Dems feast before famine in 2000
A Gore vote in 2000 could send Brown back to D.C.
Former Bellaire High School student shakes things up in the Capitol
He owns a baseball team, he's spent millions to wipe out a devastating Third World disease, and now he's out to save pro football for Houston. But what does John Jay Moores really want?
He's a nice guy. He drives a pickup truck. But what would Victor Morales do in the U.S. Senate? He'll get back to you on that one.
In a '50s rerun, all-white grand juries return to Harris County
The boys are back, as Bush and Bullock usher in the age of transpartisan politics