U.S. Republican Party Politics

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Is Ted Cruz Ever Going to Learn New Tricks?

    We must give credit where credit is due: Sen. Ted Cruz is the best politician around when it comes to getting himself into the news cycle. You want an opinion on the Ukrainian mess? He's got one! You want a soundbite on Israel? Well, he's got one of those too! He'll talk about the border crisis and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Rand Paul Calls Ted Cruz on Bashing Their Party

    Lots of people in the Republican party are fed up with Sen. Ted Cruz, but Sen. Rand Paul is the guy who is doing something about it. On Monday, the conservative news website, Breitbart News, published an op-ed by Paul, where the senator from Kentucky took Cruz to task -- without ever actually namin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Ted Cruz, Most Powerful Texas Republican in the Primaries , Even Though He Wasn't Running

    When Texas kicked off primary season on Tuesday, the most powerful guy involved wasn't on the ballot. Yep, we're talking about Sen. Ted Cruz. Since taking office two years ago, the freshman Tea Party senator has made a name for himself with Dr. Seuss-ian pseudo-filibusters and a habit of bucking ag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Ted Cruz Has Been Spending A Lot of Time Iowa: Can He Win the Iowa Caucus?

    Ted Cruz wants to be President of these United States. While this is unlikely -- the party elites dislike him, view him as an electoral disaster waiting to happen and he would never emerge from the "invisible primary" as the GOP elites' choice -- Cruz dares to dream. Thus, he has been spending an in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Let Them Eat Cake: The Poverty of Libertarianism

    The GOP's ill-fated strategy to defund Obamacare via a government shutdown ended in a political defeat for the Republicans. But the Libertarian Party was happy: "Elected Republicans in the House can stimulate the productive private sector by slowing down Big Government," said Geoffrey J. Neale, cha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Tom DeLay is Off the Hook...For Now

    The Texas court of appeals for the Austin area ruled today that the evidence the State mustered against Tom DeLay was "legally insufficient" and reversed the jury's verdict and ordered that DeLay be acquitted of money laundering. Without delving into the weeds too much, the State's case was essenti ... 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

    May 1, 2013

    Rick Perry May Be Speaking Softly but Wielding a Veto Pen This Session

    The excitement was palpable as Governor Rick Perry strode into the House chamber just over two years ago to make his State of the State speech. Months before the four-term Republican governor declared his run for president, Capitol observers were parsing his every phrase and praising his uncanny po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Texas In 2016: Hillary Beats Rick Perry?

    At some point, Texas will give up its status as a GOP guarantee. That seems the consensus, at least. A burgeoning Hispanic population, increasing transplants from California and New York, and a youth bubble surpassed by only Utah -- all signs point toward an eventual purpling of this putative Republ ... More >>

  • Film

    October 11, 2012

    T for Textbooks

    A new doc explores the Texas Board of Education's fight against science, history.

  • 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

    May 15, 2012

    The Delicious Madness Of Ted Cruz's GOP Senate Campaign Ads

    All of Texas is feeling the excitement of the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate. It's really all that Texans are talking about, apart from everything and anything else. Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, a bland and boring pol, is facing Ted Cruz, a Tea Partier who has been endorsed by Sarah Palin. (The Te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Craig James Killed 5 Hookers, and...

    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, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Obama's Best Campaign Strategy: Keep Singing The Blues

    After President Obama crooning Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" at a Harlem fundraiser became an unlikely iTunes sensation, even topping the ringtone chart, history is now repeating itself with his version of "Sweet Home Chicago" caught on an episode of PBS' In Performance at the White House Tuesd ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 16, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Comment of the Day: A Rick Perry Supporter Baffled By Whole "Sarcasm" Concept

    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, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    President Perry Likes Big Butts, And You Other Brothers Can't Deny

    The website Go Animate is offering everyone a chance to create a brief animation for the GOP presidential field. You choose a backdrop, provide the lines, and your candidate is spouting whatever you say. You don't get the chance to say much, though, so we couldn't have President Rick Perry offer an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Rick Perry's Big Campaign-Cash Haul: Phil Gramm Redux?

    Connally: One very expensive delegate​The political world is abuzz today with word of Rick Perry's impressive fundraising. Right after he entered the GOP presidential primary, Perry hauled in $17.1 million. The cah grab could "counter the perception that his campaign his struggling," the AP s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Rick Perry the Gunslinger: Report Released from Brady Campaign on Perry's Gun Record

    Rick Perry the Gunslinger​Governor Rick Perry's love of guns has been well documented and he is more than happy to share his thoughts on the matter, particularly when it comes to killing a coyote on a morning jog and his affinity for laser sights on his weapons of choice. In Texas, loving you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Gun-Control Group Gives Rick Perry Great Boost (Among Gun Nuts)

    WHAT? Rick Perry opposes gun-control laws?​The Brady Campaign, perhaps the nation's most prominent gun-control group, has just given Rick Perry a big ol' helping hand in the GOP primaries. They've released a report called Gunslinger: Rick Perry's Reckless Record on Guns, highlighting his reco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Stephen Colbert's PAC Gets Its Rick Perry Ad Up

    Stephen Colbert had made clear he wants Rick Perry to be the Republican nominee, and his Super PAC is putting its money where his mouth is. Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow began running this ad in Iowa today, urging straw poll voters to write in "Rick Parry?" Parry? That's "a," we're tol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Rick Perry Gets The Colbert Treatment

    The Colbert ReportGet More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video ArchiveStephen Colbert may have found the GOP candidate of his dreams -- Rick Perry. Colbert sounded very enthusiastic about Perry's platform and it looks like he really wants him to ru. Because it would be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Sarah Palin Sneak Preview: The Agony of The Undefeated

    That word you keep using...​There was an advance screening last night of The Undefeated, the new film by Stephen K. Bannon that traces the rise of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin from her early years as mayor of Wasilla to John McCain's 2008 Vice-Presidential candidate to her new status as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Here's Something: Obama Polls As Well As Perry In Texas; Both Over 50 Percent

    Make his next one a Shiner​Here's something we wouldn't have guessed: Texans give President Obama about as good a job approval rating as they do Governor Rick Perry. More surprising, both are over 50 percent. The Texas Lyceum has a new poll out, and it shows Obama with an approval rating of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Rick Perry v. Sarah Palin 2012: The Scorecard In Five Key Areas, Including Wildlife-Killing Methods

    Sarah Palin kills moose from helicopters​Can you feel the excitement, people? It just might be possible that the 2012 GOP primary will feature a cagematch showdown between Rick Perry and Sarah Palin for the off-the-wall Tea Party constituency that can make or break a Republican candidate. Per ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    John Culberson: I'm Just Like The Brave Iranian Protesters

    Among the heroic people fighting for freedom these days -- the protesters clogging Iranian streets, taking life-threatening risks to urge democracy in a repressive regime; and, ummm, House Republicans.At least according to one House Republican, Houston's John Culberson.The Twitter-addicted rep h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    Why Texas Should Split Into Five States: The Chart

    Rick Perry, forget all this crap about Texas seceding from the Union. That may play with the nutso base you need during the GOP primary, but the mouth-breathers ain't gonna carry you to another term, Mr. Thirty-Nine Percent.You shouldn't secede - you should split.Texas has the right, since it came i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    A Country Requiem for the GOP

    Little Jimmy Dickens As the Willie Nelson-quoting Don Merideth used to sing on Monday Night Football, turn out the lights, the party's over. While last night's electoral bloodbath isn't the end of the Republican Party - particularly way down Texas way - the GOP is in shambles, and Barack Obama's ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2008

    McCain Supporters to Meet in Some Kingly Digs

    A first meeting of "The Houston John McCain Supporters Group" has been announced, an invitation-only event where fans of the GOP candidate can discuss the race. Where will it be held? The Vietnam Elvis Museum, of course. Or maybe not "of course"; we really don't know. But that's where it's being ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2008

    John McCain in Houston

    The presumptive Republican nominee and his backers came to the downtown Hilton earlier today to talk energy policy. McCain got plenty of applause when he called for more offshore drilling (big surprise here in Houston) and when he compared his opponent's policies to those of Jimmy Carter. We got pho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2008

    Early Voting in Fort Bend County

    Out in Fort Bend County, usually a stronghold of Republicans, the polling place at Hightower High School meant a wait of about 25 minutes mid-day – if you were a Democrat. There was no wait on the Republican side because no one was there other than a lone poll worker and the precinct election judg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2006

    A Date with Dubya'

    Mamas, line up your babies now... Breaking news from the Republican Party of Fort Bend County, Texas (no Tom DeLay didn't switch hairsprays). This, from Gary Gillen, FB's chairman: I am very pleased to inform you that the President of the United States will visit Fort Bend County on the afternoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2006
  • News

    July 27, 2006

    Changes in Attitude

    When voters elected Martha Wong, they thought they were sending a moderate Republican to Austin. Critics say once there, she took a right turn. Now her district is rethinking its representation.

  • News

    June 17, 2004

    Sign Language

    Traffic problems? One woman's novel guide to getting city action

  • News

    October 2, 2003

    A Little Jump to the Right

    Can a ballot triple shift win City Hall for the GOP?

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best New Republican

    Houston City Councilman Gabe Vasquez

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Republican

    Political consultant Allen Blakemore

  • News

    December 20, 2001

    All I Want for Christmas Is...

    Some pols count blessings; others keep on running

  • News

    October 25, 2001

    Gunning for a Runoff

    Can Bell avoid being the odd man out?

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Judges

    14th Court of Appeals Chief Justice Paul Murphy and Justice John Anderson

  • News

    March 9, 2000

    Justice on the Block

    Is the D.A.'s office for sale to the highest bidder?

  • News

    June 17, 1999

    The Man Who Would Be Kingmaker

    Karl Rove has masterminded all of Bush's political victories. Now he faces his toughest challenge: convincing you that the presidential front-runner owns his own soul.

  • News

    June 10, 1999

    Campaign Appearances

    For Bush, the legislative session shows it's better to look good than do good

  • News

    March 25, 1999
  • News

    October 29, 1998

    Easygoing George W. Bush

    With help from Democrats Pete Laney and Bob Bullock, Bush has been a Republican governor Texans love. But who'll be his pals if he sets his sights on the presidency?

  • News

    May 8, 1997
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    December 14, 1995
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    December 29, 1994

    Condoms! Homosexuals! Lesbian Adoption!

    After a vicious campaign, the religious right is poised to push its agenda on the State Board of Education

  • News

    October 13, 1994


    With big bucks and blessings from on high, Eugene Fontenot comes out from behind his wall to buy a seat in Congress

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