U.S. Republican Party Politics

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    November 6, 2014

    Backstory: The Fifth Circuit Wasn't Always the Most Conservative Court Around

    These days the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals can generally be counted on for issuing decisions that are so far right they're practically left. They've made headlines in the last three months alone for their decisions on abortion law alone. There are conservative courts in the United States, but the ... More >>

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    August 13, 2014

    5 Tips for Rick Perry if He Insists on a 2016 Run

    Fish swim and birds fly and politicians run for political office - these truths are pretty self-evident. But it still comes as a faint shock that Gov. Rick Perry popped up in Iowa this week lambasting President Obama. He's been sharing his views on troops in Iraq, he's been spouting off opinions on ... More >>

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    February 7, 2014

    History and Immigration Reform: The Tea Party Gets It Wrong Again

    As I predicted, some form of immigration reform is getting closer to passing. It likely won't be comprehensive, but the establishment GOP is feeling like they aren't beholden to the crazies in the Tea Party who only know one thing about "illegals": let's build a big fence and kick them all out. Thi ... More >>

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    January 13, 2014

    Bridgegate: Let's Take The Long View

    Last week, the major political story was Bridgegate, shorthand for the revelation that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's top political aides, along with his high school buddy at the Port Authority, intentionally created traffic interruptions for commuters from Fort Lee, New Jersey because their m ... More >>

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    December 18, 2013

    Harris County GOP Sues to End Same-Sex Benefits for Legally Married Couples

    On Tuesday, the Harris County Republican Party decided to give an early Christmas gift to a bunch of attorneys and drop a giant lump of coal into the stockings of legally married same-sex couples by suing the city to prevent the enacting of a policy that would extend health and live insurance benefi ... More >>

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    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Ted Cruz Part II: The Tea Party is Going to "Primary" Senator Cornyn

    Senator John Cornyn is no one's idea of a liberal. Senator Cornyn is no one's idea of a RINO or a squish. Indeed, the non-partisan Nation Journal ranked Cornyn the second most conservative member of the U.S. Senate. As Talking Points Memo reports on Cornyn's conservative bona fides: He has an "A" r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    It's Never Too Early: 2016 GOP Presidential Frontrunners

    It is, after all, almost 2014. And we know that the beginnings of what political scientists call the "invisible primary" are well underway -- i.e., the GOP (and the Dems, but more on that in another post) elites are already deciding who is a viable presidential candidate and ideologically trustworth ... 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 2, 2013

    Abbott Leads Davis in Early Governors Race Poll

    Wendy Davis hasn't even announced she's running yet (that will come tomorrow), but she is already lagging behind GOP candidate Greg Abbott by 8 points according to a Texas Lyceum poll reported in the Houston Chronicle. The feisty, filibustering Davis trails 21 percent to Abbot's 29 percent in the po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Republicans and the Farm Bill: Socialism for the Rich, Bootstraps for the Poor

    One thing that has been a staple of congressional compromise over the past three decades or so was the farm bill. The Democrats would -- generally speaking -- hold their nose and vote for the bill, which included agricultural subsidies to "farmers" ( the policy actually largely benefits Big Agricult ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Billboards Say MLK Was GOP. Who Would've Thunk It?

    Billboards in Austin proclaiming that Martin Luther King Kr. was a Republican are raising more than a few eyebrows. The billboard campaign was funded by Houston conservative activist Claver Kamau-Imani, who told Hair Balls that, despite many people's assumptions to the contrary, King was a GOP man, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    One Year Ago, Rick Perry Entered The Presidential Race. How'd That Go?

    It seems like several lifetimes ago, but in fact it was exactly one year ago today that the world got its first full day of Rick Perry, presidential candidate. With all the pomp, not to mention circumstance, attendant on such an august occasion, the governor of Texas deigned to allow voters to elev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    10 Rock Stars the GOP Should Nominate for President

    As the 2012 presidential race begins to heat up in earnest, Rocks Off can't help but feel that the front-runners for the Republican nomination are lacking a certain je ne sais quoi. Call it star power. Call it sex appeal. Whatever it is, these guys ain't got it. If the GOP is serious about wresti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    November 5, 2008

    Harris County Becomes Democratic

    Many predicted it would happen, either this election cycle or next, but it was a close-run thing. In the end, though, Harris County turned Democratic. For the first time since LBJ, the county did not go for the Republican presidential candidate. Democrats pretty much swept the judicial races, alth ... More >>

  • News

    December 29, 2005

    Dragon Slayer

    A new Republican challenger steps forth to take on Tom DeLay

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Democrat

    District 137 state Representative Scott Hochberg

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    March 20, 2003

    Banana Republicans

    A Hispanic GOP confab leaves delegates yelling foul

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    June 6, 2002

    Elephants Versus RINOs

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

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    November 22, 2001

    Why This Hound Won't Hunt

    The Texas Ethics Commission lacks eyes, ears and teeth

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Republican

    Paul Bettencourt, Harris County tax assessor-collector

  • News

    May 24, 2001

    GOP Mayoral Pipe Dreams

    West U rejected them, so how will they ever win Houston's City Hall?

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    April 19, 2001

    An Open Mike

    He wants to castrate pedophiles and purge the courts of politics. He has assailed fellow jurists, lawyers and lawmakers. He's maverick Mike McSpadden, a tennis ace with a tomahawk tongue.

  • News

    November 2, 2000

    Lonesome Donkey

    Refusing to switch, Andell fights for his bench

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    August 10, 2000

    Subpoena Envy

    A legislative panel summons local GOP leaders to a show-and-tell

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    July 20, 2000

    GOP Inc.

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

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    March 23, 2000

    The Day the Democrats Died

    Learning to love the one-party state

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    March 2, 2000

    Bush vs. McCain

    A shot of Texas Shrub with a Budweiser chaser

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    February 24, 2000

    The Insider

    Prayer Lunch Indigestion. A conservative kingmaker meets his match in "Mama Bear"

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    January 13, 2000

    Political Sex Change

    Guess who's embracing GOP family values?

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    January 6, 2000

    The Insider

    The Talented Mr. Stockman. A defeated politician resurrects himself in Seventh District heaven with a stash of campaign cash

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    December 2, 1999

    Bishop's Endgame

    An early GOP force could be savoring party triumphs -- from prison

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    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?

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    November 12, 1998

    GOP Sweeps Week

    Republicans complete Texas political reconstruction

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    September 3, 1998

    Rogue Elephant

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

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    September 3, 1998
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    July 9, 1998

    GOP Lay-Ups

    Enron fuels Republican soft money machine

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    March 19, 1998
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    March 5, 1998
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    November 20, 1997
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    April 17, 1997
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    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

    April 18, 1996
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    March 14, 1996

    The Avenging Exterminator

    Why the House majority whip got involved in the Fort Bend sheriff's race

  • News

    November 23, 1995

    The Exterminator

    Tom DeLay, the bug man from Sugar Land, has always despised environmental regulation. Now, as House majority whip, he's in a position to do something about it.

  • 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!

  • News

    October 6, 1994

    Log Cabin Fever

    Gay caucus endorsements draw out profiles in political courage -- and cowardice

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