Pundits and talking heads really like to blame gerrymandering -- here's a short history of the term -- as a/the reason for political polarization. This CNN news report blames gerrymandering for some of our political ills. Liberal media watch-dog Media Matters partially blames gerrymandering for the ... 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 >>
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 >>
In his first national, mainstream media appearance since the Republican Senate nominee won the runoff election late last month, Ted Cruz displayed on Meet The Press yesterday what propelled him past Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst last month in the runoff: An ability to say pretty things, and make everyone ... More >>
Mitt Romney has survived the serial challenges by circus clowns that was the GOP primary, and now he is out to sell the American public on his vision for the country. Some workers who have experienced that vision have some qualms about it. Romney ran Bain Capital, an investment company. As Village ... More >>
Gawker has an exclusive excerpt from a Politico e-book on the 2012 GOP primaries. Their excerpt focuses on Rick Perry's bathroom habits, but we doubt something in the story. The manager of a rival campaign was at a urinal in an empty bathroom in Hanover, New Hampshire, before the Bloomberg News de ... More >>
Ready for your Kindle.Kick a man while he's down, why don't you? Rick Perry has effectively taken himself out of the GOP nomination race, it seems, and he did it by his performance on the stump, not by skeletons in the closet coming out. But now that he's seemingly buried, former state rep ... More >>
Blood suckersWhen your historic drought is temporarily broken by some welcome rain, you're gonna get mosquitoes coming to life. This past weekend was a slap-happy affair, as the so-called "floodwater mosquitoes" broke out of their eggs and tried to feast on human flesh. Five ways you can su ... More >>
Rick Perry and "George"It really hasn't been a secret in Texas that the Bushes don't really like Rick Perry -- after all, George H.W. Bush came out for Kay Bailey Hutchison in the 2010 guv race -- but all of a sudde ntalk of it has bubbled up again. Kevin D. Williamson, a writer for the ultr ... More >>
The Most Important Event Ever....Will Be Twittered!!!!Our colleagues at West Coast Sound, the music blog of our sister paper L.A. Weekly, will be in attendance when The Nation Stops at noon tomorrow (Houston time) to give a final send-off to Michael Jackson at Los Angeles' Staples Center. So far St ... More >>
Kirby Dick outs closeted pols and the media that protect them.
Amnesty International has just begun a 200-minute vigil outside the Harris County Criminal Courthouse to protest the upcoming 200th execution under Governor Rick Perry.The original rally title, "Help Rick Perry Win The GOP Primary," was apparently discarded.But holding an anti-death-penalty vigil in ... More >>
Photo through wikimedia commonsHouston has always been a big Rush Limbaugh town -- it was one of the first to sign on to his show, when a small Tomball station run by Dan Patrick picked it up. (Patrick rode that rocket to KPRC and eventually a state-senator gig, much to the chagrin of people who don ... More >>
Photo courtesy Marshall WiceSusan Wright, the woman who killed her husband and whose trial featured a prosecutor tying another to a bed and pretending to stab him 200 times, may get a new sentence.Wright stabbed her husband for real and then tried to hide his body; her attorney argued that she had s ... More >>
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