One of the prerequisites for holding statewide office in Texas nowadays is the gun-toting photo op. Governor Rick Perry's done plenty. So has Attorney General Greg Abbott and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is the rare exception -- just more proof that he can't ... More >>
The United Nations has already made quite clear that it has no intention of invading Texas, dismissing Lubbock County Judge Tom Head's prediction of blue-clad international forces laying siege to Hub City as "absolutely ridiculous." It's now clear that UN bureaucrats were hatching an even more insi ... More >>
Well, I see that Jerry Patterson, the state land commissioner, has accomplished his goal: The New York Times today is flouncing its long skirts and stamping its high-button shoes over a nutty gun rally Patterson has helped organize for next Saturday at the Alamo. Called "Come and Take It San Anton ... More >>
It tends to get overwhelmed by the reek of humiliating ineptitude that still wafts from Rick Perry's disastrous 2012 presidential campaign, but there was a moment when he took a principled stand and defended a position that was wildly at odds with the Tea Partiers he was trying so desperately to cou ... More >>
It's not yet clear who will become Texas' next lieutenant governor. David Dewhurst, though tarnished by his defeat at the hands of Wendy Davis and her "unruly mob," could hang onto the seat. Or he could be out-flanked to the right in the Republican primary by a trio of challengers: Agriculture Commi ... More >>
The recent history of the Alamo, the iconic San Antonio fort where a ragtag band of freedom fighters made their desperate stand against Santa Ana, has been marred by controversy. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, which had overseen the shrine for more than a century, was stripped of its duties ... More >>
Its been almost four years since the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, in hopes of making a bit more scratch, rolled out a line of customizable license plates. Drivers can now select from a large buffet of completely legal plate designs celebrating Dr Pepper, Jesus, the late Dale Earnhardt and res ... More >>
Texas Values, an organization whose goal is to "preserve and advance a culture of family values," has issued an open letter to the Boy Scouts of America with their thoughts on lifting the ban on gay scouts. They're against it. "While adopting this ill-considered and wrongly devised policy might ear ... More >>
Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson was among the first to opine that the 20 children murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday were a testament to the need for more guns in schools, not fewer. That other pundits and politicians would deploy the same argument in the days that followed, casting even ... More >>
In the wake of the massacre of 27 people, 20 of them children, at a Connecticut elementary school today, Texas officials behaved with remarkable decorum. Attorney General Greg Abbott, a noted gun lover, sent a muted press release urging parents and students to be vigilant about school safety. And G ... More >>
You'd think a guy with the job title "Texas land commissioner" would know a thing or two about Texas land. Little items, you know, like what the state boundaries are, what a landowner is and how to tell a Texan apart from, say, a Canadian. See also: - Keystone Pipeline Protesters Tie Themselves to ... More >>
Last year, just after state lawmakers had finished cutting $5.4 billion from Texas' public education system, voters passed a constitutional amendment intended to put $300 million back into schools by allowing the General Land Office to put a portion of its real estate earnings into the Available Sch ... More >>
Texas is no stranger to beefs with the federal government. Look no further than its perennial pissing match with the EPA. Last week, Texas officials declared victory in another front of their skirmish with the feds, this one involving an obscure reptile, the dunes sagebrush lizard, found only in fou ... More >>
Photos by Sam MertenWhile Leppert gives the appropriate courtesy laugh to Susan Combs, Perry has his eyes on other, um, things.It's not often when we get to watch Mayor Tom Leppert play Robin to anyone's Batman, but that's exactly what happened when he introduced and subsequently endorsed Gov ... More >>
Commissioner Maurine Dickey tanked a land deal to house foster kids, and now her son is brokering the land's sale.
With a little help from his Democratic pals, George W. Bush has become the GOP front-runner for president. But it's a cold world beyond Texas' borders, and it may take more than charm and luck to carry a good ol' boy to the White House.