Political fights can get ugly, but the grappling over who will get the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor got particularly unsightly last Friday. Up until then, both the remaining candidates, State Sen. Dan Patrick and current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, had done their best to embarrass and ... More >>
The cruel world the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act is trying to shut down.
Just as we predicted in our cover story on the Texas Agriculture Commissioner race last November, it has turned into one of the best political circuses since Claytie Williams went on his dove hunt, opened his arrogant, chauvinistic pie-hole, and handed Ann Richards the last statewide Democratic vict ... More >>
Ignored by the state Democratic establishment like he was an Al-Qaeda terrorist wearing a bomb coat, Richard "Kinky" Friedman still managed to garner about 185,000 votes in the Democratic primary March 4. Friedman's vote total put him in second place with 37.7 percent of the vote and forced a late M ... More >>
Despite -- or, more likely, because of -- the past two elections that have gone the Democrats' way, public opinion is the most conservative it has been in over 50 years. Surprised? Well, it's true. Political scientist Larry Stimson has shown that public opinion is as conservative as it's been since ... More >>
"The market is the best mechanism ever invented for efficiently allocating resources to maximize production . . . I also think there is a connection between the freedom of the marketplace and freedom more generally." -President Barack Obama We live in an era where income inequality is its grea ... More >>
Remember back in 2008 when then-candidate Obama said this at a fund-raiser in San Francisco: You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administr ... More >>
Mom always said you are known by the company you keep, but in the world of politics you're known by the contributors who keep you. Texans for Public Justice was out with that contributors list in that run-off duel between former Rep. Carol Alvarado and former Commissioner Sylvia Garcia for the late ... More >>
Party leaders want to throw out District Attorney candidate Lloyd Oliver and the donkey he rode in on.
The quixotically optimistic Texas Democrats -- who haven't won a statewide election since 1994 -- bellowed a lot of things at the Texas Democratic Convention last weekend, but, really, most of it seemed to translate to one refrain. All together now: The Hispanics are going to save us! The Hispan ... More >>
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 >>
Majestically mulleted Texas prisoner-cum-presidential candidate Keith Judd has picked up 41 percent of the vote in West Virginia's Democratic primary. (We examined the Keith Judd phenomenon back before he was just a gleam in West Virginia's eye.) The Associated Press reports that Judd, serving time ... More >>
Panama Canal expansion will bring boonUrban expert Joel Kotkin has always been bullish on Houston, and now he's not even more bullish, he's spreading the love. Kotkin has a piece on the Forbes magazine blog saying the U.S. Gulf Coast -- including, of course, Houston -- is ready to soar, and ... 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 one's going to be getting much work done around 11 a.m. Houston time tomorrow.That, of course, is when John McCain will be sworn in as the nation's first old-white-guy President; assuming you're down from the amazing high of Sunday's Lee Greenwood/Hank Williams Jr. concert at the Mall, you'll wan ... More >>
Sarah Palin has become an instant celebrity in the political world, a phenomenon that has shaken up the presidential race. A beehived governor from a huge oil state with a sharp accent and a tart tongue? We’ve been there. Ann Richards lit up the 1988 Democratic convention much as Palin did the G ... More >>
Our old buddy Matt Sonzala just forwarded us this picture of Bun B representing at Denver's Pepsi Center, site of this week's Democratic National Convention, fresh from the King of Trill's own iPhone. We're going to have to talk to Bun about that Rangers hat, though... - Chris Gray
Out in Fort Bend County, usually a stronghold of Republicans, the polling place at Hightower High School meant a wait of about 25 minutes mid-day – if you were a Democrat. There was no wait on the Republican side because no one was there other than a lone poll worker and the precinct election judg ... More >>
And now we present OutSmart contributor Josef Molnar's take on last night's GLBT forum for Democratic presidential candidates. As stage personnel and security people swarmed The Production Group Studios in Hollywood last night, busily touching up the stars of the two-hour Visible Vote 2008 Presiden ... More >>
Doctor Dean's specialty: political anger management
Democrats' dilemma: the difference between antiwar and anti-U.S.
When Democrats try to impersonate Republicans, the results ain't pretty
Democrats sift pre-election portents for the answer
Carroll Robinson has been running for something ever since he arrived in Houston. Now he may be nearly out of track.
Plus: Courting the Vote, Taking Aim
A Galveston D.A. candidate comes out for cannabis
WorldPeace wages telemarketing terror in his quest for office
Refusing to switch, Andell fights for his bench
Texas Motorcycle Rights Association
The queen of Texas liberals hands over her reign
Learning to love the one-party state
From the week of January 27, 2000
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Outgunned county Dems feast before famine in 2000
With help from Democrats Pete Laney and Bob Bullock, Bush has been a Republican governor Texans love. But who'll be his pals if he sets his sights on the presidency?
Enron fuels Republican soft money machine
Politics pulls out the hard "soft" cash, Houston-style
Ruben Guerrero's plans to be a judge again are dashed, as local Democrats continue their inept ways
But now that he's arrived, can Victor remain Victor?
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