U.S. Politics

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    November 5, 2014

    Texas Was Hardly a "Battleground" Last Night

    Anyone hoping Texas' deep red days were behind us got a big fat wakeup call last night. The AP called the governor's race for Greg Abbott just an hour after the polls closed (not much of a surprise there), and as election results continued to trickle in, this much became clear: big, moneyed efforts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    The Tea Party Does Not Love Rick Perry

    Gov. Rick Perry has been a bit of a conservative darling of late. Yep, the Republicans have rallied round the man after he was indicted for corruption charges a few weeks back. It was a touching moment of unity in a party that has been remarkably divided in recent years. Well, that's all over or no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Wendy Davis' Chances Dismissed by Democrats

    It's one thing to have the opposing party saying a candidate doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell (or a Democrat's chance in Texas) but when the candidate's own party signals they aren't so sure, now that has got to be awkward. Case in point, state senator Wendy Davis became a political superst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Wendy Davis and Texas Primary Results: What We Know Now

    Wendy Davis v. Greg Abbott. Let me take the suspense out of this race: Abbott will win in convincing fashion. As I've noted before, there are simply not enough women and minority voters in Texas who will support Davis such that she can win. Indeed, setting aside gender, there aren't enough white D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    Ginsburg and Breyer: Liberals Seek to Replace Justices Before a Conservative President Does It For Them

    Liberal activists are calling on Justice Ginsburg, at least, and, hopefully, Justice Breyer to resign. Not because they're incompetent and unable to do their job, but because they are worried that if the 80-year old two-time cancer survivor Ginsburg and the 75-year-old Breyer cannot make through a h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    The Tea Party: Where Does it Go From Here?

    The Tea Party is best understood as the latest reactionary lurch to the right of the Republican Party during the past 60 years: the Birchers who saw the civil rights movement as a vehicle for communism, the Goldwater supporters who thought the 1964 Civil Rights Act was verboten, the election of the ... More >>

  • News

    November 21, 2013

    Even Though He Doesn't Smoke It Anymore, Marijuana Is at the Core of Kinky Friedman's Run for Public Office

    Political gadfly Kinky Friedman thinks winning the Agriculture Commissioner race is the key to legalizing marijuana in Texas.

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    What Did Tuesday's Elections Mean for the Tea Party?

    Tuesday night was not a good night for the Tea Party. Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate and Tea Partier, Ken Cuccinelli -- the guy who wanted to outlaw sodomy and make women have ultrasounds before terminating a pregnancy - lost. Cuccinelli lost moderate voters by 18 percent. Joining him in igno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    The Tea Party Does Not Care About Wall Street's Money

    Whatever else you might want to say about the tea party folks -- both the elected representatives and their citizen-supporters -- you cannot say that they are in hock to Wall Street the same way the establishment GOP and (much of) the Democrats are. (Including, yes, President Obama. It's true). If ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    From Santelli's Rant to Shutdown: A Short History of the Tea Party

    In popular "lore", Rick Santelli's infamous rant on the free-market schill network that is CNBC, was the spark that lit the fire creating the tea party. There is something to this, indeed there is a lot to this ("tea party" became the perfect rallying cry for disgruntled coservatives), but it is fai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Patrick Plots Path to Lieutenant Governor, Bashing Dewhurst in Opening Announcement

    In one of the worst-kept secrets in Texas, State Sen. Dan Patrick announced Thursday that he was throwing his hat in the ring for the 2014 election for Texas lieutenant governor. Patrick, the current Senate Education Chair, announced yesterday that he would be aiming for David Dewhurst's current pos ... More >>

  • News

    May 2, 2013

    Rick Perry: Mum's The Word

    Rick Perry has adopted a more behind-the-scenes approach this time around. That doesn't mean he hasn't been busy.

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Constitutional Right to Bear Arms Found in Only Three Nations -- Rest of World Smothered in Tyranny, Apparently

    We've known for some time that the American Constitution, that yellowed document containing all our inalienable and God-given rights, was a special slip of parchment. The first of its kind, we've been told. The example. The lodestar. The exceptional. But recent research, publicized last week in Blo ... More >>

  • News

    February 21, 2013

    Zack Kopplin, The 19-Year-Old Face of the Anti-Creationist Movement

    Having fought his battles in Louisiana, the Rice University student is now ready for Texas and any move to put faux science in the public schools here.

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    George Prescott Bush, Yes, ANOTHER One, Considering Run for State Office

    Honestly, I thought George Foreman had a lot of Georges in his family, but now I'm beginning to wonder if the Bush clan doesn't have him beat. First there was George H.W. Bush, then George W. Bush. Now, there's George P. Bush (maybe even P.G. if you count his second middle name), son to Jeb and gran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Rick Perry: Whatchya Gonna Do With All That $$$?

    Since Gov. Rick Perry abandoned the fetid remains of his failed presidential bid last January, he has socked away $1.94 million in political contributions, bringing the total amount of ching deposited with Texans for Rick Perry, his political action committee, to $3.4 million, according to recent ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Eerily Familiar: KPRC, KTRK and KHOU Getting Dinged by Same AP Headline

    It was a pretty safe bet that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney would face what Rodney Dangerfield called a "tough crowd" at the NAACP annual convention being held at the George R. Brown Convention Center this week. Romney's platform of repealing Obamacare and tax cuts for the "job creators" ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Whitest Man Alive Tries To Curry Favor With Blacks, Somehow Doesn't Succeed

    Mitt Romney, the whitest Republican presidential nominee since every single Republican presidential nominee before him, informed an auditorium of black people at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People conference in Houston today that he, stilted awkward whiteness aside, knows ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Two Choice Idiocies in the 2012 Texas GOP Platform

    The 2012 Texas Republican Platform has been released, and reading briefly through it there is an interesting mixture of solid conservative thought, some common sense points, and at least two of what appears to be a complete and utter disconnect from even manufactured reality. As Houston Press's resi ... More >>

  • News

    July 5, 2012

    Phone Yawns

    Checking your cell.

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    What If Rick Perry Wasn't Rick Perry? He'd Be Kicking Obama's Ass, For One Thing

    What if Rick Perry had never said, "Oops"? What if he could have, for Christ's sake, just remembered that he had wanted to gut the Department of Energy? What if he hadn't climbed into a tan coat and Brett Favre jeans and released that abominable Youtube video -- you know, the gay one. &nbs ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 17, 2012
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    March 12, 2012

    Feds Block Texas's Voter ID Law: Unfair to Hispanics, They Say

    Texas's strict new voter ID law, put in place by this past session's Tea Party legislature to stem the tidal wave of voter fraud that is actually not happening at all, has been blocked by the U.S. Department of Justice. The new law unfairly targets Hispanic voters, the feds said. "[T]he state has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    The Rick Perry Comeback Continues: A Shocking Update to the Chart Mitt Romney (& Abortion-Lovers) Doesn't Want You to See

    The pundits have declared that there was no clear winner Super Tuesday, except for President Obama. This so-called "analysis" ignores the reality that yesterday's vote demonstrates: The Rick Perry Comeback continues to soar. We showed you the amazing chart indicating Perry's dramatic momentum afte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Fear Not: Rick Perry Is Considering Running Again for President in 2016

    The GOP presidential primary has had a lot less laughs since Texas governor Rick Perry dropped out. Sure, the idea of Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum being president is pretty funny, but without Perry there's just something missing. Great news, then: Perry has told ABC News he is considering running ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Jack Donaghy Backs Romney: Our Favorite TV Characters Vote

    The Republicans are whittling down now to the bare bones. Not to discredit anyone, but the race is basically Rom vs. Newt for the win. While we don't really miss the circus show that was the Republican Party just a few short months ago, at least we had more options. Now that we are getting down to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Is Texas Going to Have a Primary? Redistricting Maps Go Back to Drawing Board

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Pop Rocks: A Few (Updated) Non-Pokemon Speeches for Herman Cain

    "Over?"​It was fun (to watch) while it lasted, but Herman Cain officially "suspended" his Presidential campaign last weekend. The former Godfather's CEO had long been dogged by accusations of sexual harassment (to say nothing of his unfamiliarity with the Libyan crisis or how to pronounce "Uzb ... More >>

  • News

    October 6, 2011

    Miracle Faker

    Rick Perry is right: America can learn from Texas. He's just wrong about what the lesson is.

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    April 27, 2011

    Carl Lewis' N.J. State Senate Run Going As Smoothly As His Anthem Singing

    The political career of UH's Carl Lewis has, so far, proven to be as successful as his "Star-Spangled Banner"-singing sideline. In other words, not very successful at all. Lewis, who is trying to run for the state senate from his hometown New Jersey district, has been thrown off the ballot for no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Tea Party Rule: Almost One-Third Of Texas House Signs Up With Dan Patrick

    It's The AUSTIN Tea Party now, Sam Adams​Last night Keith Olbermann said Texas had "a Tea Party legislature The Nuge could be proud of." Today State Senator Dan Patrick proved him right. Patrick announced his Tea Party Caucus today, and it contains fully 47 members of the 150-seat House, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Tea Party Congressmen From Texas Love Their Earmarks

    Damn those earmarks!! Except mine​Brave, insightful, brilliant, not-at-all-crazy U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann founded the Congressional Tea Party Caucus to save America from Muslim presidents and stop federal spending by stopping earmarks, the modern term for pork-barrel projects. Republicans i ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010
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    November 19, 2010

    District Judges Susan & Marc Brown: Two Big King Street Patriot Fans

    Harris County criminal court judge Marc Brown, a proud supporter of the King Street Patriots. ​Reports recently surfaced about a police chief and police officer in East Texas being fired for an affiliation with their local Tea Party group, and the whole thing has caused quite the uproar in the tin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    King Street Patriots Party Hardy At The Rice Lofts

    Finding a watch party in Houston for election night was a bit of a chore. About the only thing in town was Bill White's, and since Hair Balls already had that covered, we had to look elsewhere. Even the New Black Panthers can't stop us​We decided on the King Street Patriots' bash at the Rice Lofts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Watch Out Muslims: State Senator Dan Patrick Creates "Tea Party Caucus" In Legislature

    Dan Patrick: FINALLY the Tea Party will be heard in Texas​Right-wing radio guru Dan Patrick has announced the creation of a Tea Party Caucusfor the upcoming Texas legislative session.And no, "Tea Party Caucus" is not necessarily a synonym for "Texas Legislature," at least not yet."The Tea Party ha ... More >>

  • News

    October 21, 2010

    Grinding Justice

    Operation Streamline costs millions, tramples the Constitution, treats migrants like cattle and doesn't work.

  • News

    October 29, 2009

    No Justice

    We've bailed out the banks. When do we go after the crooks behind our financial collapse?

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2007

    A Dispatch from the Streets of Houston

    We got a call yesterday from a homeless fellow named Satch who asked us for advice on how to stage a protest against the City of Houston. Satch figures his First Amendment rights are being violated every time a cop tells him to move along when he’s trying to get along. So we placed a call on his b ... More >>

  • News

    November 14, 2002

    Bush Envy

    When Democrats try to impersonate Republicans, the results ain't pretty

  • News

    June 6, 2002

    Elephants Versus RINOs

    Party veterans sound alarms at the proposed GOP political-purity rules

  • News

    November 22, 2001

    Why This Hound Won't Hunt

    The Texas Ethics Commission lacks eyes, ears and teeth

  • News

    July 20, 2000

    GOP Inc.

    How "Scary" Gary Polland turned his party apparatus into a political slot machine

  • News

    November 11, 1999

    The Deal Busters

    GOP chair's super slush fund helps sink arena deal

  • News

    January 7, 1999

    Which Bug Gets the Gas?

    Will the next house DeLay fumigates be that big White one or his own?

  • News

    September 3, 1998

    Rogue Elephant

    Log Cabin Republicans want to be part of the GOP, which wants no part of them

  • News

    July 9, 1998

    GOP Lay-Ups

    Enron fuels Republican soft money machine

  • News

    December 5, 1996

    Crashing the Grand Old Party

    Dolly McKenna is the GOP candidate for the 25th District. But will Republicans vote for her?

  • News

    October 3, 1996

    The Kingdom and the Power

    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.

  • News

    November 3, 1994

    Turkeys (and Other Creatures) On the Ballot

    Quick! It's almost Election Day!! Do you know who your candidates are? Check this guide to the mother of all ballots!

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