Anyone hoping Texas' deep red days were behind us got a big fat wakeup call last night. The AP called the governor's race for Greg Abbott just an hour after the polls closed (not much of a surprise there), and as election results continued to trickle in, this much became clear: big, moneyed efforts ... More >>
Gov. Rick Perry has been a bit of a conservative darling of late. Yep, the Republicans have rallied round the man after he was indicted for corruption charges a few weeks back. It was a touching moment of unity in a party that has been remarkably divided in recent years. Well, that's all over or no ... More >>
It's one thing to have the opposing party saying a candidate doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell (or a Democrat's chance in Texas) but when the candidate's own party signals they aren't so sure, now that has got to be awkward. Case in point, state senator Wendy Davis became a political superst ... More >>
Wendy Davis v. Greg Abbott. Let me take the suspense out of this race: Abbott will win in convincing fashion. As I've noted before, there are simply not enough women and minority voters in Texas who will support Davis such that she can win. Indeed, setting aside gender, there aren't enough white D ... More >>
Liberal activists are calling on Justice Ginsburg, at least, and, hopefully, Justice Breyer to resign. Not because they're incompetent and unable to do their job, but because they are worried that if the 80-year old two-time cancer survivor Ginsburg and the 75-year-old Breyer cannot make through a h ... More >>
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 >>
Political gadfly Kinky Friedman thinks winning the Agriculture Commissioner race is the key to legalizing marijuana in Texas.
Tuesday night was not a good night for the Tea Party. Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate and Tea Partier, Ken Cuccinelli -- the guy who wanted to outlaw sodomy and make women have ultrasounds before terminating a pregnancy - lost. Cuccinelli lost moderate voters by 18 percent. Joining him in igno ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Something we have in common?
Rick Perry has adopted a more behind-the-scenes approach this time around. That doesn't mean he hasn't been busy.
We've known for some time that the American Constitution, that yellowed document containing all our inalienable and God-given rights, was a special slip of parchment. The first of its kind, we've been told. The example. The lodestar. The exceptional. But recent research, publicized last week in Blo ... More >>
Having fought his battles in Louisiana, the Rice University student is now ready for Texas and any move to put faux science in the public schools here.
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 >>
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 >>
Marking yet another strange turn involving City Council Member Helena Brown's recent trip to Asia, Brown stayed at a series of luxury hotels in Beijing and Seoul, charging the city more than $2,000 in six days of lodging expenses, according to her expense report. A Brown spokesman wrote in e-mail to ... More >>
It was a pretty safe bet that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney would face what Rodney Dangerfield called a "tough crowd" at the NAACP annual convention being held at the George R. Brown Convention Center this week. Romney's platform of repealing Obamacare and tax cuts for the "job creators" ar ... More >>
Mitt Romney, the whitest Republican presidential nominee since every single Republican presidential nominee before him, informed an auditorium of black people at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People conference in Houston today that he, stilted awkward whiteness aside, knows ... More >>
The 2012 Texas Republican Platform has been released, and reading briefly through it there is an interesting mixture of solid conservative thought, some common sense points, and at least two of what appears to be a complete and utter disconnect from even manufactured reality. As Houston Press's resi ... More >>
Checking your cell.
What if Rick Perry had never said, "Oops"? What if he could have, for Christ's sake, just remembered that he had wanted to gut the Department of Energy? What if he hadn't climbed into a tan coat and Brett Favre jeans and released that abominable Youtube video -- you know, the gay one. &nbs ... More >>
The pundits have declared that there was no clear winner Super Tuesday, except for President Obama. This so-called "analysis" ignores the reality that yesterday's vote demonstrates: The Rick Perry Comeback continues to soar. We showed you the amazing chart indicating Perry's dramatic momentum afte ... More >>
The GOP presidential primary has had a lot less laughs since Texas governor Rick Perry dropped out. Sure, the idea of Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum being president is pretty funny, but without Perry there's just something missing. Great news, then: Perry has told ABC News he is considering running ... More >>
The Republicans are whittling down now to the bare bones. Not to discredit anyone, but the race is basically Rom vs. Newt for the win. While we don't really miss the circus show that was the Republican Party just a few short months ago, at least we had more options. Now that we are getting down to t ... More >>
The Texas primary is allegedly a little more than two months away, but some people still don't know what congressional or state-legislature district they're in, and the people running for those seats don't know who to court. The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected a redistricting map drawn up by a pa ... More >>
"Over?"It was fun (to watch) while it lasted, but Herman Cain officially "suspended" his Presidential campaign last weekend. The former Godfather's CEO had long been dogged by accusations of sexual harassment (to say nothing of his unfamiliarity with the Libyan crisis or how to pronounce "Uzb ... More >>
Rick Perry is right: America can learn from Texas. He's just wrong about what the lesson is.
And Is Mexico a Tea Party Paradise?
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 >>
It's The AUSTIN Tea Party now, Sam AdamsLast night Keith Olbermann said Texas had "a Tea Party legislature The Nuge could be proud of." Today State Senator Dan Patrick proved him right. Patrick announced his Tea Party Caucus today, and it contains fully 47 members of the 150-seat House, and ... More >>
Harris County criminal court judge Marc Brown, a proud supporter of the King Street Patriots. Reports recently surfaced about a police chief and police officer in East Texas being fired for an affiliation with their local Tea Party group, and the whole thing has caused quite the uproar in the tin ... More >>
Finding a watch party in Houston for election night was a bit of a chore. About the only thing in town was Bill White's, and since Hair Balls already had that covered, we had to look elsewhere. Even the New Black Panthers can't stop usWe decided on the King Street Patriots' bash at the Rice Lofts ... More >>
Dan Patrick: FINALLY the Tea Party will be heard in TexasRight-wing radio guru Dan Patrick has announced the creation of a Tea Party Caucusfor the upcoming Texas legislative session.And no, "Tea Party Caucus" is not necessarily a synonym for "Texas Legislature," at least not yet."The Tea Party ha ... More >>
Operation Streamline costs millions, tramples the Constitution, treats migrants like cattle and doesn't work.
La Migra, NAFTA and one piece at a time
We've bailed out the banks. When do we go after the crooks behind our financial collapse?
Photo by closelyobserved.comAuthentic Irish weather greeted this weekend's St. Patrick's Day Parade, but the chilly rain didn't deter over 150 entrants from promenading down Caroline and San Jacinto streets in honor of Ireland's patron. According to information we received, it may be that some of th ... More >>
For Cubans fleeing their country, the main entrance into the United States shifted to Texas a couple years ago, after traveling through Mexico became a safer bet than floating to the guarded Florida coast. (The U.S. policy on Cubans allows undocumented immigrants to stay once they reach dry land.) ... More >>
Mixing politics and food criticism is asking for trouble. And if you don’t believe me, go ask the embattled Prime Minister of Thailand. He got fired on Tuesday for moonlighting on a television food show. According to the New York Times, Samak Sundaravej had been the host of “Tasting and Compl ... More >>
Oil is slick stuff. The oil business can be even slicker. And within the industry, Houston-based Weatherford International may be the slipperiest of all. Yep, that Sudan. According to Fortune Magazine, the oil giant is drilling in Sudan, despite the fact that the US Congress has prohibited Ame ... More >>
We got a call yesterday from a homeless fellow named Satch who asked us for advice on how to stage a protest against the City of Houston. Satch figures his First Amendment rights are being violated every time a cop tells him to move along when he’s trying to get along. So we placed a call on his b ... More >>
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