Everything is bigger in Texas and corruption is no exception. Fraud, bribery, exploitation and plain old dishonesty are getting to be like a severe Texas case of cockroaches. For every one you see in the daylight, there are 800 or so hiding in the darkness. Cockroaches prefer the darkness and they ... More >>
White conservatives who tweaked an election in The Woodlands were just what Greg Abbott needed to prove he doesn’t prosecute only minorities for voter fraud.
State supreme courts don't get nearly the attention the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) does. State supreme courts decide more mundane issues related to contract, tort and state procedural law, while SCOTUS decides the hot-button/culture war issues surrounding abortion, guns, the death penalty ... More >>
The Texas court of appeals for the Austin area ruled today that the evidence the State mustered against Tom DeLay was "legally insufficient" and reversed the jury's verdict and ordered that DeLay be acquitted of money laundering. Without delving into the weeds too much, the State's case was essenti ... More >>
Houston's own State Sen. Dan Patrick has let it be known that he is, of course, against abortion in all forms, but it turns out the good senator -- who is taking a run at being becoming Texas lieutenant governor -- held stock in the company that makes Plan B, the "morning after" pill, one of the man ... More >>
One of Houston's Fifty Most Influential Women?
We had a major WTF moment when we saw that Houston Woman Magazine had named conspiracy theorist/elected leader Helena Brown as one of the city's "50 Most Influential Women" of 2012. According to a statement by publisher Beverly Denver, "Influential people are often charismatic individuals with a v ... More >>
State District Judge Alexandra Smoots-Hogan, who's helping decide the search committee to find the next pastor of Christian Faith Missionary Baptist Church, may not be quite the pristine moral authority parishioners have sought in state court. Though it's apparently not an outright violation of st ... More >>
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>
Jerry Eversole's long-awaited indictments: Today's the day, reportedlyJerry Eversole, the longtime County Commissioner who's ruled his fiefdom with an exceedingly relaxed take on campaign-contribution laws and work ethics, has been indicted by the federal government, according to the Houston ... More >>
Running for....somethingIf you've seen these signs around the Heights and were wondering who is Michael Williams and what is he running for, you're not alone.So far, we at Hair Balls have figured out the first of these two questions.The Michael Williams putting up campaign signs is better known a ... More >>
If you missed last night's debate then you missed a good one. In fact, it was the best one to date. Check the live-blog coverage to catch up on the juicy details.Gene Locke's background and possible conflicts of interests were brought up midway through the debate via a question submitted by a viewer ... More >>
Steven Hotze uses a warm, easygoing manner to peddle natural hormones to women, at thousands of dollars a pop. So who cares about credentials or documented results?
The D.A. shares something with those he's supposed to be probing: campaign support
Sunset report calls for an ethics commission with teeth
Ex-GOP chair's affidavit contradicts earlier slush-fund remarks
The Texas Ethics Commission lacks eyes, ears and teeth
While a party chair guards his rear, Vision America makes judges nervous
A Wave of Laughter, Strip Search Horrors, Fine Frye
Loopholes still hamper electronic reporting of campaign finances
As part of the Bush legacy, a special law can hide polluting industries
We pay for the arena; they'll finance the campaign
Rolling the Credits on Council's "B" Movie: The dynamic duo of Yarbrough, Johnson leave a legacy of campaign high jinks
GOP chair's super slush fund helps sink arena deal
In the Southwestern Bell and AT&T slugfest over supposed consumer savings, the biggest sucker punch of all is headed your way
Debra Danburg swears she'll defend your right to open government. But when it comes to Internet campaign finance reports, ignorance is bliss.
Bank on it: The Rangers sale will haunt the governor's run for president in 2000
In the battle to privatize welfare services in Texas, corporate bidders have enlisted some inside help
... at least before you lend any campaign funds to Buster Brown
Money may be the root of all evil, but it's fueled Steven Hotze's rise from a fringe player on the religious right to kingmaker in the local Republican Party. Now he's trying to stretch his influence further afield.
Buster Brown's financial disclosure includes an interesting omission -- and addition
State Senator Buster Brown wants to make Lake Jackson safe for development. Guess who's one of the developers.