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Posts Tagged ‘election’

When 5 Percent Is Everything

Who all will be on the 2012 ballot?
DAVE McNEELY
When operatives with Republican ties paid for the petition drive that got the environmentally oriented Green Party on the Texas ballot this year, it set the stage for problems for Texas Democrats beyond 2010.  


Onward (Yikes) Democracy

Static
The rain and cold didn’t keep them away. The fact that it was a midterm election didn’t stop them. Not even the mind-numbing confusion caused by a plethora of political commercials casting the candidates as thieves, liars, ...



Catching Congress

Winning could cause big problems for Republicans.
DAVE McNEELY
Dog catches car. That’s what a seasoned moderate Texas Republican thinks it will look like if, by the time you read this, his party has recaptured the U.S. House of Representatives.


Coming to Terms

A lot of politicians are for term limits — until their own future would be affected.
DAVE McNEELY
So now Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White is calling for Texas governors to serve no more than two full four-year terms.



Not Easy Being Green

Static
Whether you vote red, blue, or green, a ballot access petition drive coming down to the wire in the next week sheds an interesting light on Texas politics.


No Crown for Kay

Hutchison found herself the heir-unapparent.
DAVE MCNEELY
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who had repeatedly postponed her gubernatorial ambitions while fellow Republican Rick Perry became the longest-serving governor in Texas history, figured it ...



FWISD Race Continues to Heat Up

betty.brink
The number of folks who want to shape the policies of the Fort Worth ISD has now grown to eight as all four of the trustees running for reelection in May have challengers — and, for the first time in decades, the challengers ...


Kinky on the Farm

DAVE MCNEELY
With Houston Mayor Bill White in the Democratic race for governor, humorist/author Kinky Friedman has shifted his attentions to the race for agriculture commissioner.



The Best Movies of 1999 (and other years)

Kristian Lin
With the end of the decade fast approaching, movie critics are putting out lists of the best movies of the last 10 years. I’m not doing that, though. I think it’s silly enough to compare the movies I saw last week with the ...


Official Secrets

Tarrant voters have a heaping plate of reasons to go to the polls May 10 — including some that officials wish citizens didn’t know.
Betty Brink and Laurie Barker James
Elections with only local issues on the ballot – school board races, bond issues, choices for leadership of obscure bodies like water districts and community colleges – usually draw less voter interest in these part...