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  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Is Jim Hogan a Trojan Horse in Democratic Run-off?

    Just as we predicted in our cover story on the Texas Agriculture Commissioner race last November, it has turned into one of the best political circuses since Claytie Williams went on his dove hunt, opened his arrogant, chauvinistic pie-hole, and handed Ann Richards the last statewide Democratic vict ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Texas Isn't All Rednecks and Bible Thumpers as Gay Marriage Ban May Suggest

    In the 2000 Bush/Gore presidential election, George W. Bush carried the state of Texas, which came of little surprise to anyone. Texas is, after all, as red as red states can be on most socio-political issues and the former governor was a poster boy for socially conservative politics. But, here in H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Don Imus Endorses Kinky Friedman Ag Commissioner Campaign

    Fox Business talk show host Don Imus has come out in support of Richard "Kinky" Friedman's campaign for Texas Agriculture Commissioner. He's also having some fun with it. Imus had a phone conversation with Friedman on his show Wednesday morning. Here's a transcript the show put on it's blog: 8:40: ... 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

    February 7, 2014

    History and Immigration Reform: The Tea Party Gets It Wrong Again

    As I predicted, some form of immigration reform is getting closer to passing. It likely won't be comprehensive, but the establishment GOP is feeling like they aren't beholden to the crazies in the Tea Party who only know one thing about "illegals": let's build a big fence and kick them all out. Thi ... More >>

  • News

    February 6, 2014

    Perfect Timing: How Malcontent Wiseasses Tried to Prove a Point About Politics and Ended up Charged as Felons

    White conservatives who tweaked an election in The Woodlands were just what Greg Abbott needed to prove he doesn’t prosecute only minorities for voter fraud.

  • News

    January 30, 2014

    'Plumbing' Problems

    Louie Gohmert makes his latest argument against gay marriage and it's a doozy.

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Appeals Court Reinstates Part of Texas Abortion Law

    Days after U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel issued an injunction blocking parts of the new Texas abortion law, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has reinstated the portion of the law requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of the clinic. The le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    The Problem With Justice Scalia

    Insofar as a member of the federal judiciary has a "rock star" it is almost certainly Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia is feted at Federalist Society gatherings and he enjoys giving speeches at law schools and to civic organizations across the country. He is beloved by conservatives for his acid pen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    October 15, 2013

    California, Bucking Other States, Expands Access to Abortion

    As you can see from this chart, since the 2010 mid-term elections there has been a significant uptick in abortion restrictions. State legislatures in Texas, Ohio, North Dakota (overturned in Court), Wisconsin (also blocked in court) and Pennsylvania (among others) have all enacted restrictions on ab ... More >>

  • News

    August 29, 2013

    Making the Case for Keenum

    The former UH STAR could become the number two QB for the Texans this season.

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Bloodhound Gang vs. Russia: No Contest, Comrade Putin

    It's not quite the Cold War, but the current relationship between the U.S. and Russia is especially frosty these days. From Syria to Snowden, we can't seem to see eye to eye across the globe, or even the Bering Strait, as Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency seems like regression to authorita ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Gunning for Theocratic Vote, Dan Patrick Bent on Forcing Christ Back Into Texas Politics

    There's a saying, often attributed to novelist Sinclair Lewis, that can sum certain strains on the American right: "When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and waving a cross." And while the phrase always comes across as a bit screechy -- we've spent 237 years swearing in on a B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    The Winners and Losers of the Great Texas Abortion Filibuster

    If you were anywhere near a computer, a phone, or the Hill Country over the past 24 hours, you'll know that Texas witnessed one of the most memorable, remarkable displays of political will it's ever known. In lieu of allowing nearly 90 percent of the abortion clinics across the state to shutter, Sen ... More >>

  • 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

    November 2, 2012

    Billboards Say MLK Was GOP. Who Would've Thunk It?

    Billboards in Austin proclaiming that Martin Luther King Kr. was a Republican are raising more than a few eyebrows. The billboard campaign was funded by Houston conservative activist Claver Kamau-Imani, who told Hair Balls that, despite many people's assumptions to the contrary, King was a GOP man, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    The Bible Bandwagon's Getting Crowded: Rick Perry, Greg Abbott Grab A Piece Of The Kountze Limelight

    Don't worry, Jesus: You will not be fighting Your epic battle against Satan on the battlefields of Kountze High School alone. By Your side will be Governor Rick Perry and state Attorney General Greg Abbott, both of whom have somehow decided to intervene in a red-meat, hot-button issue sure to pleas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Wait A Second, Did Mitt Romney Just Mess With Texas? (He did.)

    For all the analysis that has sprung from Mitt Romney's stoopid rather imprudent comments, which magazine Mother Jones captured and released earlier this week, it's possible one thing has been lost in the tumult. Mitt Romney just messed with Texas. He just messed with it but good. According to Tax ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Feds Toss Out Texas's Redistricting Maps: Biased Against Minorities, Panel Says

    The Texas GOP's lengthy effort to create redistricting maps that federal judges say don't discriminate against minorities hit another snag today when a three-judge panel in D.C. threw out the latest plan. The judges said the proposed maps failed to meet fairness standards using various tests and an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    One Year Ago, Rick Perry Entered The Presidential Race. How'd That Go?

    It seems like several lifetimes ago, but in fact it was exactly one year ago today that the world got its first full day of Rick Perry, presidential candidate. With all the pomp, not to mention circumstance, attendant on such an august occasion, the governor of Texas deigned to allow voters to elev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Bye, Bye Rick Perry: How Ted Cruz Became Texas' Most-Important Republican -- and He's Not Even Elected!

    Rick Perry, it's so over. Sure, you've been fun. Hell, you've been great to us here at Hair Balls. Like that time you thought Solyndra, a solar company, was a country? Or, when you applauded George W. Bush for all his work defending us from freedom? Oh, man. That was a good one. And just recently wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    GOP Senate Favorite, David Dewhurst: Worst. Campaigner. Ever.

    Things have not gone as planned for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. This was supposed to be easy. He had the experience, he had the supporters and he had the money. Lots and lots of it. Not to mention, he was running against some guy named Ted Cruz in the primaries -- who? By all accounts, Cruz doesn't eve ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    May 9, 2012

    Keith Judd: Texas Prisoner/Presidential Candidate Does Shockingly Well in West Virginia Primary

    Majestically mulleted Texas prisoner-cum-presidential candidate Keith Judd has picked up 41 percent of the vote in West Virginia's Democratic primary. (We examined the Keith Judd phenomenon back before he was just a gleam in West Virginia's eye.) The Associated Press reports that Judd, serving time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Forget Etch-a-Sketch: Vintage `60s Toys For Newt, Obama & Rick

    A spokesman for Mitt Romney stepped in it this week when he cited the 1960s toy Etch-a-Sketch when discussing how easy it would be for his candidate to pivot, issues-wise, from appealing to the rightwingers of the GOP primary to the more centrist voters in the general election. It was a bad metapho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    10 Rock Stars the GOP Should Nominate for President

    As the 2012 presidential race begins to heat up in earnest, Rocks Off can't help but feel that the front-runners for the Republican nomination are lacking a certain je ne sais quoi. Call it star power. Call it sex appeal. Whatever it is, these guys ain't got it. If the GOP is serious about wresti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Rocks Off Picks The GOP Theme Songs

    ​Now that the Iowa Caucus has narrowed down the field a bit, we would like to take this opportunity to offer some advice to the remaining candidates for the Republican nomination to vie with president Obama in the November election. What you guys need is some catchy theme songs, and we have so ... More >>

  • News

    December 15, 2011

    Down the Hatch

    The Texas Attorney General's Office says a drugmaker lied in order to push an antipsychotic on foster children. So why are kids as young as three still taking the drug?

  • 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

    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 13, 2011

    Rebecca Forest: Tea Party Leader Tells Austin Rally There's Too Many Hispanics in Legislature

    This weekend saw another thrilling right-wing rally in Austin, and in this one Rebecca Forest, a co-founder of an immigration group called Women on the Wall, offered a unique take on why Texas can't get hard-core legislation passed like Arizona and Alabama. If you want to know why we can't pass leg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Rick Perry Wades into Foreign Policy

    But he can't see Russia from his front porch.​Governor Rick Perry has told reporters he's too busy with the legislative session to think about running for the presidency, but luckily -- news flash!! -- the legislative session is dealing with American foreign policy. Apparently. Perry's office ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Comment of the Day: The Tea Party and Secession

    ​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 involv ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    FAIR-y Tales

    Russell Pearce and Other Illegal-Immigration Populists Rely on Misleading, Right-Wing Reports to Scapegoat Immigrants and Terrify Penny-Pinched Americans.

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    GOP Is the New Black, Billboard Wrongly Claims

    How much more hip can the GOP get?​Raging Elephants, the cutting-edge black Republican group that gets invited to all the best Tea Party events, and will no doubt be shown on camera often during speech cutaways at the 2012 GOP Convention, is proudly proclaiming conservative hipness on a South Loop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Voter Intimidation Victim and Witness Come Forward, And Nov. 2 Looms Closer

    Voter intimidation: everyone wants to shift the blame.​No one seems to want to play nice at the voting polls this year. And new names and organizations keep getting involved in the already over-crowded, controversial fray.King Street Patriots/The Tea Party. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. The Te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    New Anti-Perry Ad: Can The Return Of The Chicken Suit Be Far Behind?

    Subtle.​Back to Basics, a PAC supporting Texas gubernatorial candidate Bill White, has unleashed a new anti-Rick Perry ad. We're not sure, but we think they're questioning the current governor's manhood. Tell Rick Perry to stop cowering and face Texans like a man. White's supporters are cont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    TCEQ & The Sunset Commission: Texas Environmental Groups Try Working Together

    Coming together vs. TCEQ​The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, made up of 12 state legislators who evaluate state agencies every dozen years, is examining the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and will make a recommendation during the next legislative session whether to renew, tweak, or ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    A Day At Discovery Green With The Tea Partiers

    Photo by Marc Brubaker​The noise leading into the November election is only getting louder, as the dissent on the right side of the nation grows deafening. Yesterday on Discovery Green, a group of at least 1,000 Houston Tea Party supporters and some from other spaces in Texas converged to hold a T ... More >>

  • Music

    February 18, 2010
  • News

    August 6, 2009

    A Darker Look at Che's Revolution

    After Guevara destroyed his family and his fortune, Gustavo Villoldo hunted the revolutionary leader to his grave.

  • Calendar

    January 15, 2009

    MLK Grande Parade

    Houston salutes the man with a dream

  • Calendar

    September 20, 2007

    John W. Dean

    Former Nixon White House counsel calls out Bush … yup, you heard that right

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2007
  • News

    May 31, 2007

    Border Fence May Destroy Wildlife Habitat

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife services spent $80 million to reclaim wildlife habitat in South Texas. Now Homeland Security is ready to wipe that out.

  • Music

    February 7, 2002

    Low Fidel-ity

    There's more than just the Gulf of Mexico between musicians in Cuba and those from Cuba

  • News

    February 20, 1997

    What's Driving Miss Shelia?

    With her frenetic grandstanding, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has irritated her staff, her colleagues, and even the president. she says she speaks for her constituents. But will anyone listen?

  • News

    January 5, 1995
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