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    July 1, 2014

    Texas Republican Thinks Cutting Aid to Central America Will Cut Immigration Influx Problem

    With an influx of women and children coming to the United States illegally from Central America, more money might soon be spent domestically while cutting down foreign aid. United States Representative Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) on Monday introduced H.R. 5014, the Illegal Entry Accountability Act ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    Greg Abbott's Spanish Campaign Ad Kicks Off General Election Campaign Ad Season

    Perhaps it was just a big coincidence that Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott then turned around and premiered his first campaign commercial on Tuesday and it was all in Spanish and set to first air during the Mexico-Brazil match of the World Cup. Maybe. It's a popular technique these da ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • News

    January 30, 2014

    'Plumbing' Problems

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

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Has "Nut Country" (Dallas) Been Rehabilitated Since the JFK Assassination?

    "We're heading into nut country today," President John F. Kennedy said to Jackie on the morning of November 22, 1963 -- 50 years ago today. Nut country was Dallas, Texas. The city had gained a reputation as "nut country" because of incidents like: In the years and months before Kennedy was assassi ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Abbott Leads Davis in Early Governors Race Poll

    Wendy Davis hasn't even announced she's running yet (that will come tomorrow), but she is already lagging behind GOP candidate Greg Abbott by 8 points according to a Texas Lyceum poll reported in the Houston Chronicle. The feisty, filibustering Davis trails 21 percent to Abbot's 29 percent in the po ... More >>

  • 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

    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

    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

    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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    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 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

    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 >>

  • 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 23, 2011

    75 MPH Speed Limit Passes: Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

    The Texas Senate has sent to the governor's desk a bill allowing 75 mph speed limits in semi-deserted parts of Texas. Assuming that the Tea Party is not against, Rick Perry is expected to sign it. So get ready to put the pedal to the metal, Texas, and try to imagine what it must have been like in t ... 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 23, 2010

    Return to Sender

    What Would Comprehensive Immigration Reform Look Like If the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Rep. Aaron Pena: GOP Gets Its Supermajority In Texas House: Now It Begins

    It's a stampede!!​The upcoming legislative session in Austin might get pretty wild and entertaining -- if not beneficial to anyone who fears the GOP/Tea Party agenda -- thanks to a move today. State Rep. Aaron Pena, a Democrat from Edinburg, is about to announce he is now Aaron Pena, Republic ... 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

    November 9, 2010

    King Street Patriots Ready To Go National

    The King Street Patriots have plans. Big plans. ​At a King Street Patriots meeting Monday night, the group proved, at least for one week, that it's doing what Democrats and liberals couldn't after riding a wave of emotion to Election Day victories in 2008: still showing up. The group's founder, Ca ... More >>

  • 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

    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

    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
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    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.

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Miguel Tejada Offers Scant Contrition, Scurries Away Like Scalded Dog

    Miguel Tejada faced the press yesterday and took the coward's way out. Crying and stumbling over his words, Tejada confessed his sorrow for not telling Congressional investigators that he knew of another player that took steroids. Tejada and his posse, including his attorney Mark Tuohey, refused t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 15, 2009

    MLK Grande Parade

    Houston salutes the man with a dream

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    A Hold-Out In The Obama-McCain Election

    The morning commute into town left me near a late-model Range Rover, bottle-blonde, soccer-mom Tanglewood type at the wheel.The luxury car featured two bumper stickers: One, a small decal with the McCain logo and a big drawing of kissy lips that said "Read My Lipstick." Sort of clever, if you're the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    All Political Roads Lead Back To Bob Lanier

    Via Lone Star Times, we got word of the latest musings of Ana Marie Cox (the original Wonkette) in The Daily Beast. (Enough links for one sentence?)Cox writes about unlikely partnerships in the DC political world.And the top one in her list of five is....the unlikely crew of current Washington power ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2008

    The Straight-Ticket Voting E-Mails: Ignore Them

    Election season brings crazy e-mail time, and we don't just mean all those Obama-worships-the-Koran things your grandmother forwards. This year a big trend locally seems to involve straight-ticket voting. The assumption seems to be that a lot of first-time voters (read: blacks) will want to cast an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    100th Predator Gets Sentenced, Doesn't Get Prize

    Congratulations, Christopher Leon Ferrell, of Houston! You were the 100th person arrested by the Texas Attorney General's Cyber Crimes Unit, and now you've been sentenced!! Ferrell, 25, got eight years deferred adjudication, and will have to serve 30 days a year in jail for six years. He's also ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2007

    Big Surprise: Conservative Columnists Dominate Texas Newspapers

    We learn some not-so-shocking news today from liberal think tank Media Matters for America that conservative syndicated columnists dominate their progressive counterparts in Texas daily newspapers. The findings of the report, titled “Black and White and Re(a)d All Over: The Conservative Advantag ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 20, 2007

    John W. Dean

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

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    August 9, 2007
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    August 1, 2007

    Mint Condition

    Yesterday, the U.S. Congress passed a bill that would authorize the U.S. Mint to begin making gold and silver coins commemorating NASA's 50th anniversary. The Mint would make 50,000 gold coins worth $50 each and another 300,000 silver coins worth a $1 each.

  • 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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