U.S. Congress

  • Film

    March 13, 2014

    Speaking Truth to the Choir

    The Anita Hill doc doesn’t bother making a case.

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Rankings Are Out: How Texas's Members of Congress Fared

    The National Journal's newest rankings are out. What the NJ does is determine who the most conservative/liberal/moderate senators and representatives are (it's a non-partisan D.C. magazine). Let's see where Texas's elected officials rank. We'll start with the two esteemed senators: Cruz and Cornyn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Five More Musical Texas Politicians

    In this week's Houston Press cover story, you can read about Kinky Friedman's completely serious campaign to become Texas' next Agriculture Commissioner in the November 2014, a position he hopes will allow him to be the state's leading advocate for marijuana legalization. This is not the first time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    Rep. Steve Stockman Somehow Renews His Tim Fleck Feud

    Tim Fleck, a former reporter for the Houston Press and KTRH before moving to the editorial board of the Houston Chronicle, had a somewhat odd relationship with Steve Stockman, an occasionally successful GOP candidate for the U.S. House. At various times events involved sheriff's deputies and a laws ... More >>

  • News

    October 10, 2013

    Loving Obamacare

    Despite glitches, Houstonians flock to sign up to be covered by the new insurance plans.

  • News

    July 11, 2013

    A Fixer-Upper

    West sues fertilizer company while Senate cries phooey on EPA, wants changes.

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    UPDATED: Wendy Davis's Abortion Filibuster Brings Laughter from Republicans, and History to Capitol

    UPDATED: After 12.5 hours of filibuster, a trio of controversial points of order, and one of the most sustained shows of political passion the state has seen in years, the Texas Senate failed to pass Senate Bill 5 Tuesday night. After departing shortly after midnight without a clear ruling, Lt. Gov. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Perry Wants to Save Water, Keep the Railroad Commission Unreformed

    After all of the hubbub that surrounded the passing of the state water plan, Gov. Rick Perry signed some water conservation legislation into law last Friday with nary a ripple in the political waters. Water companies will have to audit water lines to check for leaks that could be losing water, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    NASA's New Astronauts: Half Women, None Alive for the Moon Landing

    There was a generation of kids who grew up idolizing the astronauts. The men of the Mercury missions, the Apollo crews -- the guys who risked everything, put it all on the line to beat the Russians and launch into outer space. John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong -- these guys were national he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Puerto Rican Violence Affects Houston as Population Continues to Swell

    Don Teo has lived in Houston since 1959. He still maintains a slight Puerto Rican accent, but his life -- now in retirement, five years after selling the Tex-Chick restaurant he founded 33 years ago -- is here in Texas. But even Teo, much like the employees still working at Tex-Chick, cannot escape ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Early Victorian Houston and Texas: Suicide City for the Elite

    Houston Babylon, the feature coming out this week, dissects a few of the creepiest and most chilling events in Houston history. In coming up with four of those tales, we stumbled over many more -- too many to fit the print edition. All this week we'll bring you some extra, online-only stories. Che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    As Presidential Campaigns Rage And Famous Mayors Stump, Where's Annise Parker?

    Last weekend, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was a busy guy. He was all over California, meeting with President Barack Obama, hanging with George Clooney, and getting loads of national face time. Across the country, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg poured loads of money into the U.S. Senate candi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Six HPD Officers To Be Honored By Governor For Above-And-Beyond Services Rendered

    Governor Rick Perry will honor six Houston police officers tomorrow for the service they gave the public, service that left them wounded from gunshots or other actions. The officers will receive the Star of Texas Award, which "were created to honor and commemorate selected first responders who made ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Rick Perry Has Message For Schools: Tea Party Favorite Michael WIlliams To Head TEA

    Governor Rick Perry didn't go safe and sound when picking a new commissioner of the Texas Education Agency -- instead he's installed bomb-throwing Tea Party favorite Michael Williams. The former Railroad Commission chair has been nosing around a few political options in the past couple of years -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    City CM Helena Brown Never Visited Any South Korean Airlines On Publicly-Funded Trip To Asia

    Houston City Council Member Helena Brown issued a press release Wednesday touting her recent trip to Asia, which she funded with $11,000 in public money, as a "successful business trip" -- but it's become clear her journey to Asia was anything but, and, in fact, completely different than the city's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Parental Advisory! Another Look at the PMRC's "Dirty 15"

    In 1985, the Parental Music Resource Center was formed as basically a watchdog group over popular music. Essentially, their goal was censorship. However, there was one big problem: The group was made up of the likes of Tipper Gore (wife of then-Senator and future Vice President Al Gore), Susan Bake ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Louisiana Senate Votes to Beg Roger Goodell to Unsuspend Saints Players and Coaches

    Let me preface what I am about to say by noting that I love the State of Louisiana. I don't think I've ever had a bad trip to the state. It's one of my favorite places to visit, complete with otherworldly cuisine, ultra-accessible alcohol and gambling, and unintentional comedy galore. In short, I a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    7 Little-Known (And Completely Unverified) Facts About U.S. Presidents

    Today, the nation celebrates Presidents' Day, the most important holiday of all time. No other national holiday has such a clear purpose or overall popularity. Therefore, why not recognize this momentous occasion with a look back at some of our greatest presidents, and learn some facets of their bio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Craig James for Senate: To Know Him Is to Not Like Him, Polls Say

    A new poll for Texas's open U.S. Senate seat has bad news for Houston's Craig James, former SMU star and ESPN analyst. Most people don't know the guy. Those that do, don't like him. James had the biggest gap between "favorable" and "unfavorable" ratings, a whopping 15 percent. Two-thirds of those ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2012

    Brinson's "Tebowin'" Puts Christianity Under Center

    Rocks Off is fascinated by Tim Tebow for the simple fact that he is one of the most divisive figures we have seen in the last decade. He parts the Red Sea of public opinion, like Obama does the U.S. House of Representatives.  One doesn't need to live in Denver to understand this. Simply, scro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Craig James for Senate! The Campaign Begins (w/ VIDEO)

    He does have one very good reason to vote for him...​I'm not a big politics guy. I don't like to talk politics on my radio show (EVER), I don't like to talk politics in social situations (People take it too personally), and I don't spend any of my free time studying the issues (I spend my free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    12 Music Business Predictions for 2012

    Photo by Robert Bejil​Where were we? Oh yeah, crystal ball and prophesies. You ready for this? OK. What follows is a list of events we expect to befall the music industry in 2012. Yes, these are etched in stone and should be regarded as gospel. Full prophetic titillation ahead.

  • 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

    July 12, 2011

    You Won't Have Ron Paul to Kick Around Anymore (Unless He Wins the White House)

    Ron, we hardly knew ye.​Will the U.S. be able to survive without Ron Paul in the House of Representatives? We're about to find out. Paul's district newspaper, the Brazosport Facts, reports today that Paul will not seek re-election after almost a quarter-century in Congress. Instead, the 75-y ... More >>

  • News

    June 9, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    Life After Rock Stardom: 7 Artists' Post-Musical Careers

    naylandhouse.comFuture ordained minister MC Hammer wasn't kidding on his 1990 hit single "Pray."​Let's face it. Not everyone is cut out for - or interested in - being a sixtysomething rock star. But what type of careers awaits a retired musician? Many rock stars stay in the music industry real ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Legislative Victory for Texas Beer

    kMatherlyCheers indeed. Local breweries celebrate a win in the House of Representatives.Just as we were bemoaning the huge, wet bite the IRS took out of our savings account, along comes an example of tax dollars being put to good use. On April 21 the office of State Representative Jessica Farrar (D, ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 10, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Tom DeLay Gets Jail Time

    The Hammer gets the slammer​Tom DeLay's sentence has been handed out, and it's not a slap on the wrist: He's going to prison for three years with no probation on the conspiracy charges. DeLay was also sentenced by judge Pat Priest to 10 years' probation on a money-laundering charge, according ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Top Ten Celebrities This Decade Who Crashed and Burned with Video Evidence

    And a partridge in a pear tree...​Last week, we gave you our list of celebrities who manage to save their careers after difficult times. This week, we go a different direction. If we have learned anything from TMZ, it's that people love celebrity scandals and the more salacious it is, the more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Just What America Needs: Four More Texas Votes In The U.S. House Of Representatives

    Texas is a big winner​Republicans in the Texas Legislature have already been salivating over the opportunity to redraw Congressional districts with little to no interference from those annoying Democrats. The U.S. Census just handed them another gift: Four more seats to mess with. A 20 perce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    DJ Premier: A Pillar Of Hip-Hop History

    ​Maybe it's leaving behind our twenties and embracing our thirties, but we've been so concerned with the past lately... history, that is. We've been talking to our grandmother in the last few months about her life as a young child growing up on the Texas border. You truly don't know someone b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Voodoo Lady: Christine O'Donnell's Halloween Playlist

    ​Christine O'Donnell's "I Am Not a Witch" ad gave us truckloads of comedy during a rather boring election season. Thanks to that unintentionally hilarious ad and the upcoming election, Christine has been on our minds lately. To better understand what drives the Teabag candidate, we stole her ... More >>

  • News

    September 16, 2010

    Beauty School Dropouts

    HISD might close cosmetology program.

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Greenpeace Says Dow's Freeport Chemical Plant Has Lousy Security

    You won't be smiling when the leak comes‚ÄčThink all those toxic chemicals stockpiled at industrial plants around Houston are safe and secure? Well, think again.According to Greenpeace, the giant holding tanks and railroad cars full full of hazardous materials are ripe for disaster -- be it by terro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): The Name Of This Blog Is I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat)

    Hair Balls was glad to learn that one of our musical heroes, David Byrne, is taking on The Man; namely, Florida Governor Charlie Crist, for using the Talking Heads song "Road to Nowhere" in his U.S. Senate campaign without permission. (Crist is running as an independent, but historically has belonge ... More >>

  • Film

    May 6, 2010

    Built to Last

    Iron Man 2 will lead to 3 and probably 4, but that doesn't mean it's good.

  • Film

    February 18, 2010

    Out of the Past

    Stuck in the asylum with Martin Scorsese — head-trip Shutter Island is the good kind of insane.

  • News

    February 18, 2010

    Teen Porn 101

    If they're taking their laptops and cell phones to bed with them, it's probably not to do homework.

  • 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

    August 14, 2008
  • News

    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.

  • News

    December 7, 2006
  • Blogs

    October 31, 2006
  • News

    March 9, 2006

    Bring It On

    Why Houston should want a nuclear power plant

  • News

    June 24, 2004
  • News

    February 22, 2001

    Like It's 1999

    A not-exactly-original idea (at 7 a.m., 4, 5 and 10 p.m.)

  • News

    November 25, 1999
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    August 28, 1997
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    August 24, 1995
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