U.S. Republican Party Politics

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Right Wing Valentine to Vlad

    The Conservatives recent love affair with Russia's Vladimir Putin is a mysterious contagion from a fever swamp; an odd combination of My Funny Valentine and Jungle Fever, rebranded as To Russia, With Love. It's an odd reversal of the McCarthy era, sixty years later. Sarah Palin seems deeply enamor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Lou Dobbs Calls Out Louie Gohmert Over 'Political Theater' on the Debt Ceiling

    Congressman Louie Gohmert probably expected a warm and cuddly welcome when he turned up on the Fox Business Network last week. Instead, the Tea Party darling from Texas got a stern talking to from Lou Dobbs over Gohmert's efforts to block a deal on the debt ceiling. In case you missed it, Gohmert w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    Raising the Minimum Wage Would Reduce Poverty, the GOP Thinks "Tough Love" Is Better

    If you've been driving around in just about any major American city, you have probably seen strikes (of a sort) by fast-food workers -- who generally make minimum wage which is currently $7.25 per hour -- asking for a raise. And, inevitably, this has set off a political debate about whether we shoul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    Study: Voter Fraud Non-Existent, Partisanship at Heart of Voter Laws

    The George W. Bush DOJ went after voter fraud hard. It became a mantra in right-wing talking circles that voter fraud was rampant, perhaps swinging elections. The problem with this narrative was that there simply wasn't much evidence to support it. Undeterred by the lack of evidence, right-wing acti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    Deconstructing the Liberal Myth of What's the Matter with Kansas

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    Follow the Money: Financial Reports Released on Alvarado, Garcia on Eve of Runoff

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Grading Ted Cruz on Meet The Press: Meh

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Ted Cruz Is Here to Protect Texas from the UN

    Texas Republican voters finally jumped to their senses Tuesday and followed the clarion call of Sarah Palin by electing Ted Cruz to the U.S. Senate over pallid insider David Dewhurst. The upset was the latest bit of rebellion from the Tea Party, adding to the footnotes that will be written in poli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Comment of the Day: It Was Those Crafty Zionists Who Kept Rick Perry Down!

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Facebook's Top Recipients of Campaign Donations Includes...Ted Cruz?

    With Facebook in the news for all types of political and financial reasons, different groups are looking at where the social-media giant spends its campaign cash. According to, the top recipient of campaign funds from individuals connected to Facebook is Barack Obama, not surp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Mitt Romney, American Parasite: A Look at Bain Capital

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Rick Perry, Singing at the Urinal: There's Something Wrong with This Anecdote

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Gay Rick Perry: The Rumors Resurface

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Rick Perry "Brothers" Up Herman Cain

    We watched the GOP debate last night, all of its glorious jaw-dropping moment after jaw-dropping moment. Analysis seems to indicate Rick Perry did better, but to us he came across as peevish, ill-prepared and flailing. In other words, like Rick Perry in a debate. We did love his criticism of Herma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Rick Perry: Maybe "Ponzi Scheme" Isn't the Slogan to Win the White House

    New poll suggests the answer is "no."​Yes, Public Policy Polling is a Democratic outfit, but nevertheless their new poll released today has some interesting tidbits. "In just three weeks Barack Obama has nearly doubled his lead over Rick Perry," said Dean Debnam, PPP president. "That would se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Redistricting GOP Was "Very, Very Clever" in Limiting Minorities' Voting Power, Expert Testifies

    Richard Murray talks of the GOP, blacks and the Tea Party.​Republicans found "very, very clever ways" to minimize minority voting opportunities in new Congressional and House maps passing in June, University of Houston professor Richard Murray told a three-judge panel during the redistricting ... More >>

  • Film

    June 11, 2009


    Kirby Dick outs closeted pols and the media that protect them.

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    Amnesty International Begins 200-Minute Vigil Against The Death Penalty

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Woman Who Stabbed Husband 200 Times May Get New Punishment Hearing, This Time Without A Dramatic Re-Enactment

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    Rebuilding The Republican Party Without Telling Them

    Some Republicans are still licking their wounds after Obama's big win last month. Others are planning for 2010. One of the "Let's get ready for 2010" groups that has popped up is Rebuild the Party. Founded by Patrick Ruffini and Mindy Finn, both new media activists, Rebuild the Party went live less ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Texas Governor's Race: The Fun Is Beginning

    As you've no doubt heard, Kay Bailey Hutchison yesterday took the first steps to enter what would be a highly, highly entertaining GOP primary for the governorship next year (Just think of the hair-care budgets alone between her and Rick Perry).What about the not-so-boy wonder from Houston, Mayor Bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Battle Of The Feisty Governors: Sarah Palin vs. Ann Richards

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2008

    Cornyn's Killing Noriega, Money-Wise

    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Noriega, from Houston, isn’t doing so well in the fundraising department, the Republican Party of Texas is happy to inform us. With a little more than three months remaining in the race, Sen. John Cornyn reportedly raised $1.7 million from some 8,000 contribut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2008

    Ron Paul, the Jason Voorhees of Presidential Candidates

    Like a disgustingly rich, misanthropic cancer-ridden nonagenarian clinging on his hospital bed to what few remaining brain cells haven’t atrophied, just to spite all his would-be heirs, Ron Paul’s presidential campaign just won’t freaking die already. Apparently unfamiliar with the terms “g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2008

    Do We Finally Have a Republican Candidate Who Can Cure Bird Flu?

    Yesterday’s GOP presidential primary was a snoozer, but it did reveal this: 143 people thought Hoa Tran would make a good president. Or at least a good Republican candidate for president. Tran more than doubled the Harris County vote of wacko Hugh Cort, dealing a likely knockout blow to Cort’s ... More >>

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    February 15, 2008
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    February 13, 2008
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    June 7, 2007



  • Blogs

    March 26, 2007

    EVERGREEN Rice Professor book on Polarization of American electorate

    Rice University Office of News & Media Relations Press Advisory CONTACT: Franz Brotzen PHONE: 713-348-6775 E-MAIL: "Divided America" looks at political polarization in U.S. HOUSTON — (March 19, 2007) — Rice University Political Science Professor ... More >>

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    January 16, 2007
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    September 18, 2006

    Dear John

    Cialis pale moonlight John Cornyn river run dancing lightly cheap Viagra chipmunk dreams shotgun cake This week all eyes — okay, all pundit eyes — are on the Senate, where three Republican senators with military records are going to battle against President Bush over whether to forgo ... More >>

  • News

    May 18, 2006

    A Fallen Star Is Born

    Tom DeLay's scandals are a gold mine for two Texas filmmakers

  • News

    December 5, 2002

    If You See Them, Say Hello!

    Defeated candidates face different lifestyles

  • News

    November 14, 2002

    Bush Envy

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

  • News

    October 31, 2002

    Dream Team or Bad Dream?

    Democrats sift pre-election portents for the answer

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Polling Place

    Minute Maid Park

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Republican

    State Representative Kyle Janek

  • News

    January 17, 2002

    War on bin Laden -- or Unions?

    Bush's battle against terrorism now bars some federal labor activities

  • News

    January 10, 2002

    Political Flights of Fancy

    Dem Hispanic stars collide while a resigning judge targets the county attorney

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Democrat

    Eric Andell, Visiting judge

  • News

    June 8, 2000

    Political Winds of Change

    A new county study predicts an explosive minority population increase

  • News

    April 6, 2000

    Kissing Off a Kingmaker

    In District 7, is the real conservative behind door No. 1 or door No. 2?

  • News

    October 7, 1999

    Double Image

    Does selling George W. Bush mean Mark McKinnon has sold out?

  • News

    September 2, 1999

    Law and Disorder

    In Janice Law's quests for a judgeship, the fourth time was a charm -- and now an alarm for the rest of the courthouse

  • News

    August 26, 1999
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    September 17, 1998
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    July 2, 1998
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    May 23, 1996
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    March 7, 1996

    Truth or Consequences

    Jon Lindsay is an admitted liar and an accused perjurer. Should Harris County voters take him at his word - again?

  • News

    November 10, 1994

    Too Pharr-out?

    The GOP tried to peddle a story about Ann Richards' own "Willie Horton," but the state's press corps wasn't buying

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