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    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.

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Money, Spin and the Texas Governor's Race: Wendy Davis Still Unlikely to Win

    Last week, Greg Abbott sent out an email to his supporters claiming that "Sen. Wendy Davis has raised $8.7 million from liberals in New York, California and Washington." Try as I might, I could not verify this claim. Indeed, the venerable conservative magazine National Review did not bother to fact ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    Bridgegate: Let's Take The Long View

    Last week, the major political story was Bridgegate, shorthand for the revelation that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's top political aides, along with his high school buddy at the Port Authority, intentionally created traffic interruptions for commuters from Fort Lee, New Jersey because their m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    Study: Voter Fraud Non-Existent, Partisanship at Heart of Voter Laws

    The George W. Bush DOJ went after voter fraud hard. It became a mantra in right-wing talking circles that voter fraud was rampant, perhaps swinging elections. The problem with this narrative was that there simply wasn't much evidence to support it. Undeterred by the lack of evidence, right-wing acti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    Perry's Getting His Presidential Hair Ready Early, Railing Against Obamacare, Appearing in Iowa

    He's vacating the governor's office after this term is up in January 2015, but it looks like Gov. Rick Perry has no intention of letting that perfect mop of political hair languish in retirement. Judging by the smoke signals from his most recent forays into media, Perry is looking at another preside ... 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

    September 5, 2013

    Elected Supreme Court Justice Criticizes Judicial Elections -- This is Good News

    Texas has chosen the worst possible way to select the state's judiciary: partisan judicial elections. It has resulted in a Court of Criminal Appeals (the state's highest appeals court for criminal appeals) that is stacked with ex-prosecutors who rarely, if ever, meet a conviction they can't find so ... 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

    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

    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

    October 12, 2012

    Nine Awful, Terrible, "What Were They Thinking?" Political Halloween Masks

    You're deep into your Halloween plans, possibly distracted by the presidential race. Or possibly not. Should you combine the two and do your trick-and-treating dressed as one of the leading pols of the day? You might want to think twice about your answer. A survey of Halloween websites shows that ... 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 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

    August 1, 2012

    Ted Cruz: First Intellectual Tea-Partier Ever

    Last night, as we watched Sarah Palin bloviate on Fox News -- yes, doubtful reader, we do under highly unusual circumstances tune in to Fox News -- we were struck by something. Ted Cruz, compared to virtually every single Tea Party member on this green earth like Palin, is really damn articulate. Li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Dems Dream Of A Blue Texas As They Convene In Houston

    For people who've been losing Texas elections pretty consistently since the `80s, Democrats at the Democratic State Convention officially kicking off today in downtown Houston are surprisingly upbeat. That's because many of them are expecting the tide to turn in Texas politics, maybe not today or to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    May 8, 2012

    GOP State Senator John Carona to Colleague Dan Patrick: I Heard You're Gay, But I Never Said It

    When Republican state senators attack!!!! (Things get extremely passive-aggressive.) Texas state senators Dan Patrick, Tomball's Own, and Dallas's John Carona got in a nasty e-mail fight first discovered by the Quorum Report. QR is behind a paywall, but some subscribers have posted highlights of t ... 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 >>

  • 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

    December 15, 2011

    Gay Rick Perry: The Rumors Resurface

    Ready for your Kindle.​Kick a man while he's down, why don't you? Rick Perry has effectively taken himself out of the GOP nomination race, it seems, and he did it by his performance on the stump, not by skeletons in the closet coming out. But now that he's seemingly buried, former state rep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Gadhafi, Transvestites & the Reagan Administration Making AIDS Jokes

    Gadhafi in a rejected cover for Love and Theft.​Muammar Gadhafi -- a.k.a. he who cannot be Googled -- is dead, according to Libya. Not to mention graphic video of his dead body. Gadhafi's loss robs the world of the leader who most looked like the current Bob Dylan, and there really isn't a go ... 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

    July 7, 2011

    Texas Cities and Nonprofit Entities to Get About $3.5 Million in National Settlement of JPMorgan Suit

    Settlement helps, a little.​Financial giant JPMorgan has agreed to pay $228 million to settle charges that it manipulated deals involving the government bond market, and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says the state's portion of it will be about $3.5 million. The money will go to Texas mu ... 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 >>

  • News

    June 2, 2011

    Calling All Sluts

    Time to fight back

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Payday Lending: Texas Takes Teeny, Tiny Step to (Barely) Regulate

    Gary Elkins: State Rep, payday lender.​Payday lending, where lower-income, lesser-educated, financially strapped people get some instant cash but sometimes end up paying 500 percent interest, is an industry ripe for some regulating, you would think. But that's why you're not a member of the T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Five GREAT Things About This Weekend's Rapture

    Music to be playing about 6 a.m. Saturday.​In case you hadn't heard, the Rapture will happen at 5:58 a.m. Saturday. All the good, Christian people will ascend to heaven and everyone else will be left here to suffer through unprecedented natural disasters before the End of Time comes in the fal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Kristi Thibaut: Former State Rep Announces for At-Large Council Seat

    Kristi Thibaut: Running for council.​Kristi Thibaut, the Democrat who rode the 2008 Obama surge into a single term in the state legislature representing Memorial and the west side of town, has announced she is running for the at-large City Council seat being vacated by term-limited Sue Lovell. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Rhode Island Wants a Medical Center Like Ours

    Rhode Island: Almost as many square miles as Harris County​Lincoln Chafee, the former senator from Rhode Island who is now the (barely a) state's governor, announced today he wants to build a presumably mini-version of the Texas Medical Center. A "knowledge center" would be developed on land ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Voter ID Is a Texas Emergency, Rick Perry Declares

    Rick Perry: It's a red-meat special in Austin today​Remember that vast tsunami of voter fraud that swept across Texas, coming close to throwing into chaos the very concept of democracy? Neither do we. Even Karl Rove, using every bit of the federal government he could get his hands on, couldn ... 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

    July 13, 2010

    Obama & JFK: Five Ominous Parallels Someone's Aware Of, Right?

    The Secret Service is on the case, we hope​As the dog days descend upon us, the mind starts to wander.It may wander so much that it occasionally turns into Fox News, although this is not recommended. Same with trolling though right-wing blogs.It's a scary world out there, folks. And it brings to m ... 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 >>

  • News

    July 9, 2009


    Texan Larry Plake went out to one offshore oil job too many and ended up held for ransom in the Nigerian jungle.

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Craigslist At A Crossroads

    Criminals being dubbed the latest "Craigslist Killer" seem to be popping up everywhere.There was Michael Anderson in Minnesota, who lured to her death a woman answering an ad for a nanny; a 16-year-old S/M enthusiast who killed a New York City radio newsman who posted an ad; and a yuppie who used th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Sobriety-Checkpoint Bill Advances; Some Legislators Should Start Worrying

    The American Beverage Institute is still keeping up its noble fight to stop the Texas legislature from passing a bill that would allow sobriety checkpoints on the roads.SB298 has been passed by the Senate and now goes to the House."By calling for sobriety checkpoints, this proposal ignores the root ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Big Bad John Cornyn Stands Up To Hillary Clinton

    A bunch of President Bush Obama's cabinet nominees will be approved in a pro forma vote in Congress later today, but among them will not be Hillary Clinton.Why? Our very own Senator John "Box Turtle" Cornyn, who apparently believes Clinton's appointment is some sneaky step towards gay marriage, sinc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Local Attorneys Help Hit Drugmaker Hard

    $800 million is a ton of money to settle a civil suit, but two Houston attorneys helped win a settlement of that size this morning.Joel Androphy, who specializes in whistleblower suits, worked with Sarah Frazier and won a big one as the drug giant Eli Lilly agreed to pay that whopping amount to sett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Trouble Brewing Between NASA And Obama

    All is not smooth in the relationship between NASA an incoming president Barack Obama.Not smooth at all, unless you count red-faced screaming fits by the head of NASA, his demands to speak directly to Obama, and his telling the person handing NASA for the president-elect's transition team she is not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    75 Years of Beer

    Raise a glass and toast the 75th anniversary of the day that Texas ratified the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution repealing Prohibition. Although the national repeal of Prohibition did not become final until December 5, 1933, the beer industry salutes Texas on November 24th for bringing us one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    La Grange Hotel Liked Ike, AG Says

    La Grange has been heretofore known mostly as the home of the fabled "Chicken Ranch" immortalized by ZZ Top and The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. Now it can be known as the home of The Most Heartless, Coldest Bastard of a Motel In Texas (Allegedly). Texas AG Greg Abbott charged the Cottonwood I ... 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

  • Dining

    January 29, 1998
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