Posts Tagged ‘politics’
What's next for Wendy?

Moving On

Davis and Van de Putte pull up their socks and look to other races.
DAVE MCNEELY
The first-ever female ticket for Texas governor and lieutenant governor — Democratic state Sens. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth and Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio — couldn’t win the Nov. 4 election. They couldn’t buck T...


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2014 Turkey Awards

The birds that drove us to distraction this year.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY STAFF AND CONTRIBUTORS
There could be drought, hail, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Plagues of locusts could alight and the sky rain frogs. The sun could rise in the west and set in the east and the Trinity River Authority build bridges over dry land. Th...



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Down to the Wire

The Wendy Davis-Gregg Abbott race hasn’t been pretty, but this is Texas.
ERIC GRIFFEY AND JEFF PRINCE
Winning the Republican primary in the Texas governor’s race these days is almost like being handed the keys to the mansion. Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat to the top office since 1991. Since then, Republican governors Geor...


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Davis Gets Help

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Not many people gave Democratic candidate Ann Richards a prayer of winning the Texas gubernatorial race in 1990 against the deep-pocketed Republican rancher Clayton Williams. But Richards pulled off a victory and became only th...



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General Rick’s Hospital

The governor’s refusal to expand Medicaid coverage in Texas is costing lives and — even closer to his heart — jobs.
PETER GORMAN
Patters Barnes works two jobs, running the register at a retail store and cooking at a fast-food restaurant in Dallas. Neither employer provides her with health insurance, but they do influence her healthcare choices: Combined,...


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Losing Lon

Burnam may not have passed many bills, but the liberal Democrat put his mark on Fort Worth.
PETER GORMAN
Being an outspoken liberal is not a good career path in Texas. But Fort Worth’s Lon Burnam has stood toe to toe with the state’s most conservative politicians and earned grudging respect from a lot of them. In March, after ...



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Why He’s Running

Comptroller candidate Mike Collier says big owners are shifting Texas’ tax burden to the little guys. He wants to change that.
DAVE McNEELY
Why did the Texas Legislature in 2011 cut $5.4 billion from school funding even though property tax revenues went up? That’s what Mike Collier, a Houston corporate number-cruncher wondered. “I knew something was terribly wr...


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A lighter “Lite Guv”?

Either Patrick or Van de Putte could find their Senate powers reduced.
DAVE McNEELY
The lieutenant governor — the “lite guv” — is the second most powerful state official in Texas. Here’s what’s going on in the race for the job, why it’s so powerful, and why that could change. Lt. Gov. David Dewhu...



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Getting off the High Horse

Knee-jerk reactions in a shock-jock world help no one.
KEN WHEATCROFT-PARDUE
After a tough day, you’re decompressing, shutting out the world, checking out the lightest of internet fare. You come across a video with a headline about a high school teacher falling asleep in front of her class. What a los...


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Evaporating lawsuits

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Two lawsuits accusing Tarrant Regional Water District board members of illegally extending their term limits have run into stumbling blocks. Earlier this month, a federal judge declined to rule on a lawsuit filed by the Rev. Ky...