Posts Tagged ‘politics’

The Field Narrows

Pauken’s out, and Davis is taking the fight to Abbott.
The presumption that the 2014 governor’s race is between Republican Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott and Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis is just too tough to overcome. On Dec. 5 — four days before the filing deadline — Abbott’s...

Yes. Now, what to do?

Prop 6 …

… would waste billions on a flawed water plan.
For a plan that purports to thoughtfully guide Texas through a crowded, thirsty future, the 2012 State Water Plan reads unsettlingly like a playbook from the last century: dams to divert already limp river flows, big pipes pump...


Abbott: Keep Talking

We predicted several weeks ago that Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott’s request for a special session to rubber-stamp a court’s interim redistricting maps would backfire. It already seems to be doing so. Abbott asked Gov. Rick Perry t...


Making Laws and Money

The special session that Gov. Rick Perry called on redistricting and other matters got some publicity because most legislators were collecting their $150 per diem — even though they were back home in their districts, or somew...



If it weren’t for bad news, there’d have been no news at all for the White House.
When Barack Obama writes his memoir, May of 2013 probably won’t rate as his favorite month. Even though the Texas Legislature was nearing the end of its tangled session when he visited, he may wish he’d spent a couple more ...


Shining a Light

An ex-city offical’s lawsuit shows how closed Mike Moncrief’s city hall was.
The Fort Worth City Council settled a lawsuit in April for $99,000 plus $1,125 in mediation costs. The decision served as a six-figure reminder of the not-so-distant reign of former Mayor Mike Moncrief, who ignored the city cha...


Getting Along

Hooray for the red, blue, and purple.
Texas legislators from time to time “memorialize” Congress to do this or that. Since the request bears no force of law, the result is sort of like pouring a beer over the lip of the Grand Canyon and listening for it to hit....


Platform Diving

Read what the parties say they stand for.
Political party platforms are documents primarily written by true believers, embodying the beliefs of activists who actually like to go to meetings. But politicians who run for office under party banners are known for frequentl...

Candidate Vows To Fight ‘Islamization’

Andrew McLemore
Okay, how about this one? A white Republican walks into a Muslim bar (just go with it) and vows to fight against Islam. Actually, I’ll let you come up with your own punchline. Itamar Gelbman, an Army veteran running for C...

Texans Rally Against ‘War on Women’

Andrew McLemore
Thousands of women, men and children from across the state gathered at the southern steps of the Capital on Saturday to protest state laws that they say curtail basic human rights for women. Organized primarily by the group Uni...