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U.S. House of Representatives

  • 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

    December 3, 2013

    Another Reason Ted Cruz or Rand Paul Won't Win the GOP Primary in 2016

    It's long been known by political scientists that the longer a party has been out of power -- that is, has not held the presidency -- the more likely it is to nominate a moderate. This is one reason, out of many, that we can expect Chris Christie to emerge as the Republican standard bearer in 2016. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Texas Abortion Law

    Judge Richard Posner, the leading judicial-scholar of our generation (think Oliver Wendell Holmes and Learned Hand), recently said in an interview: "Well, I don't like the Supreme Court. I don't think it's a real court. I think of it as basically . . . it's like a House of Lords. It's a quasi-polit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    The Power of Fox News: Republicans are More Republican, and Democrats are Too

    We know that most people don't watch partisan political cable TV news. But that's not what I'm talking about here. I'm talking about the effect of Fox News on elected representatives, both Republican and Democratic. There has been some research that Fox News made GOP voters more conservative, but th ... More >>

  • News

    October 10, 2013

    Loving Obamacare

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

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Five Ways the Government Shutdown Will Screw Up Your Life

    With the Affordable Care Act tied to the federal budget, and the Senate and House of Representatives about as cooperative as a herd of sugared-up, nap-free toddlers, it seemed inevitable that the government would shut down at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday...and it did. A government shutdown hasn't happene ... 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

    May 23, 2013

    Tribal Chiefs Walk Out of Keystone Talks, Demand Presidential Meeting

    If you're the leader of a sovereign nation meeting with another sovereign nation to discuss a pipeline that will tote thick, sticky tar sands oil through your land if the project is approved, you might be just a little put out when the head of the other nation doesn't make time to sit down and talk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    State Rep Wants to Force Universities to Allow Faculty to Research Intelligent Design, Thousand-Head Giants, and Earth-Creating Ravens

    The current legislative session has been, as far as we can tell at Hair Balls, a series of marginal victories for the state's education system. The voucher system State Sen. Dan Patrick attempted to instill -- the same kind that's beset Georgia in corrupt conflicts; the same sort that's hollowed Lou ... 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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    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 29, 2012

    Cornbreadd Goes To Washington: Maurice Duhon Talks U.S. House Campaign

    Cornbreadd - make that Maurice Duhon Jr. - is, to use a term of the trade, good copy. He's articulate, opinionated and effervescent, a tireless self-promoter with a genuine concern for and interest in the welfare of others - first his fans as the rapping front man of Houston Press Music Award winne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Funny HPMA Nomination Ballot Fails

    ​It does Rocks Off's heart good to see that our Music Award nominations have stirred up so much debate. As we mentioned Tuesday, according to our Web people, there were some 9,000 nominations submitted across our 43 categories. Of course there's no way for us to really know, but as far as we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    8 Memories from Congressional Page Land: Sandwiches with the Speaker, Shaking Bill Clinton's Hand and Stealing KFC Decals

    Qui-Gon in your room?​Today, it was announced that the House of Representatives Page Program, a program both steeped in history and marred by scandal, is coming to an end. According to USA Today, House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi cited the $5 million annual expenditu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    It's Pi Day, Pi Day, Gotta Get Down on Pi Day

    ​In keeping with Rocks Off's latest obsession, compiling soundtracks for oddball holidays, we were tickled pink as a chorus girl's nipple to learn that this Friday is Pi Approximation Day. The holiday was first in 1988 by a physicist named Larry Shaw, who made everyone march in a circle then ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    10 Politician Photos Sexier Than Anthony Weiner's Shots (NSFW)

    If you've ever had any curiosity about how photogenic Anthony Weiner's crotch is, you're having a great week or so. (The answer, by the way, is "Not one-on hundredth as photogenic as he seems to think it is.") Weiner, who's taken a leave of absence from the U.S. House of Representatives to deal wit ... More >>

  • 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

    May 23, 2011

    Legislature Makes Western Swing Official Texas Music

    News Flash: Hank Williams still not a Texan nodepression.comBob "Willis" & His Texas Playboys​It appears Rocks Off's efforts of a few weeks ago were all for naught. Despite presenting what we thought was a fairly persuasive San Jacinto Day argument to the contrary, earlier today the Texas L ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Scott Hochberg: Politically Extinct Due To Redistricting?

    Scott Hochberg has a target on his back​A marathon session in the state House of Representatives has produced a proposed redistricting map, and it's bad news for two Houston Democrats: Scott Hochberg and Hubert Vo. Houston loses one district under the map, and in the game of musical chairs, i ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 10, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Sheila Jackson Lee in the Muslim Hearings: YouTube Hit

    The U.S. House's bizarre hearings on Muslims (sorry, "radical" Muslims) included a noteworthy speech by Rep. Keith Ellison, the only Muslim member of Congress, who teared up while remembering a Muslim first responder who died on 9/11. And then there was Sheila Jackson Lee. Love her or hate her, she ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Lack Of Social Safety Net Tying Many Musicians To Day Jobs

    "I fantasize sometimes that my musical career would hit gold and help us escape these grim realities, but it's not something I really expect to happen." ​There are few issues in the current political climate more fraught with contention than whether or not the U.S. government will take a more ... More >>

  • 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

    January 7, 2011

    What To Do When The Crowd Yells "Free Bird!"

    ​Sooooooo.... Thursday, the U.S. Constitution was read aloud on the floor of the House of Representatives, an act that Rocks Off views as the government equivalent of doing your homework on the morning bus, but whatever. Just as Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J. was reading the bit about the eligibi ... 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 28, 2010

    "Auld Lang Syne," In All Its Many Colors

    ​Harry: What does this song mean? My whole life, I don't know what this song means. "Should old acquaintance be forgot" - does that mean we should forget old acquaintances, or if we happen to forget them, that we should remember them, which is not possible because we've already forgotten them? ... More >>

  • News

    December 23, 2010

    Return to Sender

    What Would Comprehensive Immigration Reform Look Like If the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?

  • 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

    December 14, 2010

    What's So Damn Controversial About Cleaner, Safer Food?

    ​The plant was filthy and infested with vermin, with holes as large as 2 ½ feet in the ceilings leaking water and runoff from the air conditioner units onto the finished product stored below. Records posted on the web by attorney Bill Marler show that executives at Peanut Corporation of Ameri ... 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 >>

  • News

    September 16, 2010

    Beauty School Dropouts

    HISD might close cosmetology program.

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    They Were Kinky Before Kinky Was Kinky: Musicians Who Have Held Public Office

    From Ted Nugent to Bruce Springsteen to those adorable Dixie Chicks, "Masters of War" to "George Bush doesn't care about black people," musicians have never been shy about voicing their political opinions. But when it comes to putting their money where their mouths are and filing the necessary pape ... More >>

  • 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

    November 26, 2009

    Turkeys of the Year

    In a highly competitive 2009 field, Governor Rick Perry is the biggest gobbler of them all.

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Stranger Musical Pairings Than Dancing With the Stars' Tom DeLay and Cheryl Burke

    ​Dancing With the Stars announced the pairings for its upcoming season Monday - like you care - and while some out there are no doubt crunching the odds of Debi Mazar and that Russian guy squaring off with Chuck Liddell and...that Russian chick in the finals, local interest is still focused on fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Tom DeLay to Debut the "Bitch Slap" on Dancing With the Stars Next Month

    News is leaking out of Hollywood that former U.S. House Majority Leader and mugshot model Tom DeLay will be part of the cast of next season's ABC hoofer ratings smash Dancing With the Stars. What hasn't come out yet is DeLay's plans to debut a new dance called the "Bitch Slap," an arm-movement-heav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Ron Paul, Crusading Against All Pork But His

    Photo courtesy Ron PaulOf all the Republicans in the US House of Representatives, who do you think has the most earmarks in the omnibus spending bill? Some RINO from up north?Nah. It's our own Ron Paul, stalwart criticizer of government spending (that's not in his district.)Fox News is touting the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008
  • News

    December 23, 2004

    Rapping on Heaven's Door

    Can Christian hip-hop save Enock from his demons?

  • News

    February 19, 2004

    Race for the House

    Chris Bell finds it's lonely being white on this campaign trail

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Role Model

    Terry Hershey

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Republican

    State Representative John Culberson, winner of the GOP nomination in the Seventh Congressional District

  • News

    July 15, 1999
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    August 20, 1998
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    January 1, 1998
  • News

    April 6, 1995

    The Wendy Card

    Wendy Gramm's all-American success story is a centerpiece of her husband's fledgling presidential bid. But there's more to the story than what's being packaged and sold by the Phil Gramm campaign.

  • News

    December 29, 1994

    The Year of Living Anxiously

    Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?

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