U.S. Senate

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    September 12, 2014

    Ted Cruz: The Heckler of the Senate Gets Heckled Over Israel

    The champion heckler of the U.S. Senate was finally heckled right off stage. Yes, shocking as it is, it's finally happened. Houston's own Sen. Ted Cruz has proved impervious to censure, to disapproval and even to heckling since his big leap onto the national political stage back in 2012. This is th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Ted Cruz in a Psychedelic Video Reading Dr. Seuss

    If you liked -- or at least couldn't stop watching -- Sen. Ted Cruz read Dr. Seuss in the U.S. Senate, have we got a video treat for you. Before he was influencing the Texas primary without even being on the ballot, he was already irritating his fellow Republicans with a fake filibuster that allowed ... 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 >>

  • News

    October 24, 2013

    Packing Heat

    Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson wants to "normalize the sight of an armed citizen."

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    October 17, 2013

    Chron Moonwalks Away From Ted Cruz Endorsement

    Remember when the Houston Chronicle endorsed Ted Cruz for the U.S. Senate instead of "establishment" conservative David Dewhurst? You don't? Well, they want us to forget it too. They also told us Ted Cruz was "thoughtful." But they don't want you to remember that either. Yesterday, the editors pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    West Moves Forward (Sues) As Senate Tells EPA Just How Much They Screwed Up

    It's been more than two months since the explosion at the West, Texas fertilizer factory left the little town looking like a nuclear bomb had been dropped on it. Since then, the hits have kept on coming. The townspeople have gone about trying to rebuild their home without the help of disaster reli ... More >>

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    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Rats Needed to Keep the Keystone Pipeline Rolling

    The Keystone Pipeline people just can't seem to win. First there are the landowners and environmentalists down this way objecting to the pipeline hauling the sticky black tar sands through their property. Then the Native Americans are furious because they feel the federal government isn't negotiatin ... 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

    April 11, 2013

    Are You There, Senate? It's Me, the National Rifle Association's Legislative Dude

    Figuring that the pen is mightier than the, uh, firearm, the National Rifle Association's legislative director has sent an open letter to the U.S. Senate, stating the association's stance against a Senate bill that would regulate private gun transfers and expand background checks. Senate Bill 649, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Rick Perry Has Message For Schools: Tea Party Favorite Michael WIlliams To Head TEA

    Governor Rick Perry didn't go safe and sound when picking a new commissioner of the Texas Education Agency -- instead he's installed bomb-throwing Tea Party favorite Michael Williams. The former Railroad Commission chair has been nosing around a few political options in the past couple of years -- ... 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

    July 16, 2012

    GOP Senate Candidate Ted Cruz, In Fact, Rich As Sh*t

    Last week, after it came out that Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is worth an astonishing $177 million and would become the third-richest member of the U.S. Senate if elected to a body that has at least 54 millionaires, there was one word local media employed to describe his competitor Ted Cruz's fina ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2012

    Presidents' Sons at War: 13 Service Records, from the Mediocre to the Ultimate Sacrifice

    Being the parent of someone fighting in a war is no picnic, even if you're a president. In the modern era, several future or incumbent presidents had sons in the military in wartime. Some of those sons did much, some very little, one paid the ultimate price. Let's look, building up to that ultimat ... 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 >>

  • Culture

    February 16, 2012
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    January 20, 2012

    Craig James for Senate: To Know Him Is to Not Like Him, Polls Say

    A new poll for Texas's open U.S. Senate seat has bad news for Houston's Craig James, former SMU star and ESPN analyst. Most people don't know the guy. Those that do, don't like him. James had the biggest gap between "favorable" and "unfavorable" ratings, a whopping 15 percent. Two-thirds of those ... More >>

  • News

    November 3, 2011

    Lost Boys: Senate Bill 596

    Village Voice Media asks for your support

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Dan Patrick Says He's Polling Great For U.S. Senator

    Dan Patrick inches closer to US Senate race​Tomball's favorite state senator, Dan Patrick (R-Tea Party), has weighed in on the polling landscape for his possible run for the United States Senate. And he likes what he sees. Patrick says the recent Texas Lyceum poll (the one that showed Presid ... More >>

  • News

    June 9, 2011
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    May 27, 2011

    Thank You, Lord: Dan Patrick May Run for Senate

    God is on line two, with a campaign contribution.​If you take as a given -- which you should -- that it's going to be awhile before a moderate ever gets elected to the U.S. Senate from Texas, then you want your troglodyte senatorial candidates to be as entertainingly fringe as possible. So lo ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010
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    October 22, 2010

    Voodoo Lady: Christine O'Donnell's Halloween Playlist

    ​Christine O'Donnell's "I Am Not a Witch" ad gave us truckloads of comedy during a rather boring election season. Thanks to that unintentionally hilarious ad and the upcoming election, Christine has been on our minds lately. To better understand what drives the Teabag candidate, we stole her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    They Were Kinky Before Kinky Was Kinky: Musicians Who Have Held Public Office

    From Ted Nugent to Bruce Springsteen to those adorable Dixie Chicks, "Masters of War" to "George Bush doesn't care about black people," musicians have never been shy about voicing their political opinions. But when it comes to putting their money where their mouths are and filing the necessary pape ... More >>

  • News

    February 18, 2010

    Teen Porn 101

    If they're taking their laptops and cell phones to bed with them, it's probably not to do homework.

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    Bill White Switching To The Governor's Race, Chron Reporting

    ​The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Mayor Bill White is about to switch his future plans from not being elected to the U.S. Senate to not being elected Texas governor.White's move comes as Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's laughably inept run for the governorship continues to implode. Sooner or ... More >>

  • News

    November 19, 2009

    The Tug of War

    Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison are locked in a pitched battle over the soul of the GOP. They are also running for governor.

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    Bill White Swears His Campaign Donations Won't Be A Loan

    Supporters of Bill White's Senate campaign -- or at least people he hopes are supporters -- are getting a special one-time offer these days.White says he'll match every donation he gets with one of his own! Limited time only!! And that's not all.....Actually, that is all.Says the e-mail from the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    The Web Conducts Yet Another Calm, Reasonable Discussion

    The Houston Chronicle reported today that the burgeoning problem of jail overcrowding may be dealt with by releasing low-risk offenders. They are also, as we mentioned today, eventually creating a mental-health court that will aim to treat the ill instead of simply repeatedly sending them to jail.Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Is 1986 Coming Again to Houston?

    The ever-cheerful blogger Lou Minatti, by way of warning everyone about Houston's coming fiscal apocalypse, has unearthed a 1986 Time article largely comparing booming Massachusetts and oil-bust Texas.Houston plays a part: Houston is the big city hardest hit. The town once giddily expansive on oil m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Campaign Finance Shenanigans -- Maybe Fiction, Maybe Not

    With the recent news of Barack Obama's record-breaking $750 million campaign fundraising efforts, it's an interesting time to release a novel about greed and deception in the field of political moneymaking. Especially if you, the author, were part of the team that helped secure Obama's three-quarter ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 11, 2008

    The Candidate Conspiracy author John Odam

    This Texas lawyer/novelist uses experience in campaign finance to keep you on the edge of your reading glasse

  • News

    June 19, 2008

    The DREAM Act Might Be Dead, But These Kids' Hopes Are Not

    They are American in everything but name. They can go to college in Texas and improve themselves. Doesn't matter. At the end of the day, they're just illegal immigrants without social security numbers or futures.

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2008

    Cover Story: Barack Obama and Me

    I used to talk to Barack Obama on a regular basis back when he was a rank-and-file state legislator in Illinois and I worked for a pair of community newspapers there. I lived two blocks away from him and worked in the same building that housed his favorite barbershop. Obama’s rise from political ... More >>

  • News

    February 28, 2008

    Barack Obama and Me

    It was the year 2000 and I was a young hungry reporter in Chicago covering a young hungry state legislator

  • News

    July 22, 2004

    Got It, Flaunt It

    Those campaign donations aren't buying yard signs and pamphlets

  • News

    October 2, 2003

    Bad Blood on the Tracks

    Metro's consulting becomes insulting for some Hispanic leaders

  • News

    April 17, 2003

    Dumb and Dumber

    Rod Paige does no better when he doesn't have an answer than when he does

  • News

    March 21, 2002

    Nice Guy, Wrong Color

    How Ken Bentsen got run over by a rainbow

  • News

    January 10, 2002

    Political Flights of Fancy

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

  • News

    May 17, 2001

    Rush to Judges

    Texans long to secure seats on the bench

  • News

    February 8, 2001

    No Contest

    KPRC uses the IRS for this month's sweeps giveaway

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    December 10, 1998
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    January 22, 1998
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    December 18, 1997

    A Family Affair

    Roland Garcia has the political backing to be the U.S. Attorney for South Texas. He also has a brother imprisoned for murder and drug trafficking -- a fact he somehow forgot to tell his congressional sponsors. That may not be enough to disqualify him, but

  • News

    March 28, 1996
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    March 28, 1996

    Victor's Big Adventure

    He's a nice guy. He drives a pickup truck. But what would Victor Morales do in the U.S. Senate? He'll get back to you on that one.

  • Calendar

    February 15, 1996
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    March 2, 1995

    Angry White Male

    Kicking liberal ass in Aggieland with Professor Gramm

  • News

    January 20, 1994
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