John Cornyn

  • News

    August 7, 2014

    The Surge

    Why Central American kids are flooding Texas, and what it means in Dallas.

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    When Kids Go to Dallas' Immigration Court

    On any given day, the 10th floor of the Earle Cabell Federal Building in downtown Dallas is filled with men, women and children waiting to appear before an immigration judge. On certain days, like yesterday, many of them are Central American children, having arrived at the United States border, alon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    The Tea Party is Still Very Much Alive In Texas. Dammit.

    In the weeks leading up to Tuesday's primary, there was a lot of chatter about how the Tea Party was losing its grip on Texas. It was a nice thought, that Ted Cruz's antics and the constant demagoguing against the federal government had worn thin, nudging voters back to the middle. It just wasn't t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Wendy Davis Endorses...Dallas Dentist David Alameel's Doomed U.S. Senate Bid?

    State Senator Wendy Davis' campaign has experienced a couple of hiccups in recent weeks. Her attack on rival Greg Abbott for being in the pocket of payday lenders backfired after her campaign grossly miscalculated the industry's contributions and neglected to mention that she had previously voted f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    Get Outta Here, Congressman Steve Stockman, You Zany Guy You

    Buzz wants to give a big shout-out and thanks to The Washington Times, the super-conservative other paper in D.C., for clearing up a misconception many people have about Tea Partying Congressman Steve Stockman, who recently announced that he'll challenge Senator John Cornyn in next year's GOP primar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Dallas-Area Obamacare Navigators Caught on Undercover Video Encouraging Fraud

    As President Barack Obama was praising Obamacare volunteers at Dallas' Temple Emanu-El last week, conservative activist James O'Keefe was plotting a visit of his own. O'Keefe, whose video stings have successfully taken down the community group ACORN and an NPR executive, had members of his Project ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    Could Mike Rawlings Win a Senate Seat Just by not Being Totally Nuts or Shiftless?

    Toward the end of last week I reported that some kind of Democrats -- I wasn't sure which -- have been whispering in Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings' ear about running for John Cornyn's Senate seat in 2014. Rawlings admitted he had spoken with them but discounted the whole deal, saying, "I'm way too fisc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Mayor Mike Rawlings for U.S. Senate in 2014? Little Birds Talk.

    The Democrats are talking to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings about running for the U.S. Senate in 2014 when John Cornyn's current term expires. Some Democrats. Some kind of Democrat-type persons. And now you pretty much know what I know. The mayor reluctantly conceded to me yesterday that he has been ap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Texas v. Obama, Part XXX: Greg Abbott Pledges Lawsuit Over U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

    The goal of the U.N.'s Arms Trade Treaty -- of fostering international peace and cooperation and "reducing human suffering" -- is laudable. Its methods, which basically consist of asking countries to monitor gun exports so they don't wind up in the hands of terrorists and other malevolent actors, ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    Texans Are Tired of Rick Perry, Totally Heart Ted Cruz and Still Support Paula Deen

    The Koch Bros might be emptying their change purses in order to keep Texas from tinting blue, but the state is in no danger of becoming a real battleground, new polling suggests. Also: People continue to think in large numbers that other states should not mess with Texas. Also: That's a weird questi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    FEMA's Rejection of More Money for West Seems Fair Enough

    Let me see if I get this. FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is already paying Texas 75 percent of its costs for cleanup in West and making $8 million in low interest loans to individuals. But because FEMA ruled recently that Texas is capable of picking up the balance of the costs, our s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Hey, Rick Perry, Listen. Is That a Fat Lady You Hear Singing?

    Is it too soon and maybe even bad luck to say this out loud? Is it even possible that Governor Oops could be over? I'm knocking on wood, tossing salt over my shoulder, making the sign of the cross with my index fingers and looking for garlic in the kitchen as I speak, I promise. But yesterday cons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Republicans Have an Image Problem Because They Insist on Acting Like Republicans

    The op-ed page of our only local daily newspaper is full of talk today about the national Republican Party's big overnight discovery and wake-up call: in a document called the "Growth and Opportunity Report" published by the Republican National Committee, Republicans are being informed that they are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    Texas Republicans: "Sequester Shmequester!"

    The $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts set to go into effect on Friday -- assuming Congress doesn't reach an alternative deficit reduction deal -- was designed to be so stupid and indiscriminately painful that any rational human being would do whatever possible to avoid it. But rationality is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    A Majority of Texans Favor an Assault Weapons Ban, But Their Politicians Don't

    Texas, the Second Amendment bastion of sport shooters, concealed carriers and Stand-Your-Grounders, also favors a ban on assault weapons by a surprising margin -- 49 percent to 41 percent, according to Public Policy Polling. Texans oppose arming school teachers (56 percent to 31 percent), but also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    A Navy Captain's Increasingly Absurd Fight Against Military Insurer to Pay For Disabled Daughter's Physical Therapy

    When Kaitlyn Samuels was 4 months old, her parents, Mark and Jennifer, worried that she couldn't reach for her toys. Doctors initially assured them that it was probably normal, but after two months brought little improvement they ordered a battery of neurological tests that revealed Kaitlyn had a ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Is There Life After Campaign Blunders Like "Legitimate Rape?" Ask Clayton Williams

    It looks like the epitaph of Missouri Rep. Todd Akin's political aspirations are written in a Sunday morning interview on a Fox affiliate in St. Louis. The staunchly anti-abortion, GOP Senate candidate said women rarely get pregnant from rape, a misconception repeatedly disproved in medical research ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Texas Senators Demand EPA Review of Fracking Endangerment Order in Parker County

    Six Republican members of the U.S. Senate -- including Texas' Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn -- have requested an investigation of the EPA's decision to accuse a natural gas producer of contaminating a North Texas water well. In a letter sent last week, the senators asked the EPA inspector ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Texas Declares War on Endangered Species Act

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Collecting Internet Sales Taxes -- What a Great Damn Idea, Mofo

    Well, crap. Look, I'm generally pro-government. You know, down with Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., who said, "I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization." And like any good leftie hippie-type, I just love kitschy Main Street shops that I'd definitely ride my bike to if it weren't so damn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Facing SOPA, Dallas Calmly Tells Reps, "DON'T STOP ADVANCEMENT OF HUMAN RACE"

    ​As you may have noticed, Wikipedia, the world's leading purveyor of pretty accurate information, was offline yesterday, one of thousands of websites blacked out in protest of Congress' SOPA and the Senate's PIPA anti-piracy bills. Giants such as Facebook, Google and LinkedIn issued letters of ... More >>

  • News

    November 24, 2011

    Whistle-Blowers Claim City Misused Housing Money

    Federal dough meant for affordable housing went to downtown.

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Federal Judge Unseals Suit That Asks: Did Dallas Screw HUD Out of Hundreds of Millions?

    ​On June 10, 2010, I wrote a column for the newspaper about an official complaint brought to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by two Dallas developers alleging a decades-old pattern of racial discrimination and fraud by the city of Dallas, the county and other local entit ... More >>

  • News

    November 3, 2011

    The Myth of the All-Girl, Pimp-Controlled Trafficking Trade

    Lost Boys: New child-sex-trafficking research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker.

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Whitt's End: 8.6.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Since you guys salivate over local radio news, here's a zesty taste: Starting August 16 the new program director at 105.3 The Fan will be Bruce Gilbert. Yep, the same Bruce Gilbert who helped buil ... More >>

  • News

    February 4, 2010
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    August 19, 2009

    Former State Republican Party Chairman Tom Pauken Considering Run for Kay Bailey Hutchison's Senate Seat

    Hal SamplesTexas Workforce Commission chairman Tom PaukenTexas Workforce Commission chairman and Dallas resident Tom Pauken has informed the offices of Governor Rick Perry and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst of his interest in running for U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's seat. "I'm taking a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    The Number of Soldiers Committing Suicide is on the Rise, But to One Bedford Father, This Is About Far More than Numbers

    Jeffrey R. McKinney, Andrew Velez and Ted Westhusing are not statistics. They are sons, husbands, brothers and fathers who committed suicide while fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan. But in recent months, they have become nothing more than numbers that keep adding up to what's become one of the most un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2008

    Friends of Unfair Park: Your Morning Cup of Joe

    Those who know me from my days at Dallas Blog might be familiar with a semi-regular segment I introduced called “Virtual Coffee.” The idea -- linking to stuff around the Web and providing commentary -- was hardly original, but I hoped it would provide an outlet to quick-hit items that either I d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2007

    Meet Dallas' New Federal Judge, More Than Likely

    Fresh off declaring a mistrial in the Holy Land Foundation case, Chief U.S. District Judge A. Joe Fish of the Northern District of Texas this month will take senior status, leaving a vacancy in the federal courthouse downtown. By the end of next week, his replacement will likely be on his way to Dal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2007

    Two Words You Don't Wanna Hear Together: "Cheney" and "Beretta."

    This can't be good news: Dick Cheney's in town to speak to the World Affairs Council tomorrow at the Hyatt Regency. And he's buying guns. (Well, maybe. Hunting clothes, at least.) This just in from a Friend of Unfair Park who works in Highland Park Village: Just wanted to let you know, I work in Hig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2007

    The Lie is Now in Sessions

    Yesterday, Pete Sessions told a crowd that included Mayor Tom that the feds will kill the Trinity River project's funding should we vote no on the toll road. Nuhn-unh, congressman. Trinity River toll road backers have been trying for months to get somebody in Washington to say that if Dallas votes a ... More >>

  • News

    February 1, 2007


    How can all the top dogs in Dallas come out against TXU and coal?

  • News

    July 20, 2006

    The Plague

    Bizarre fibers. Black sweat. Bugs under the skin. Welcome to the controversial world of Morgellons disease.

  • News

    September 8, 2005

    The Big Squeeze

    Thinking about taking out a payday loan? Think again, sucker.

  • News

    June 30, 2005

    Seriously Kinky

    This Texas Jewboy wants to be the next governor of Texas, and if you think he's kidding, the joke may be on you

  • News

    January 2, 2003

    2002 Revealed

    An aging Buzz finds little to celebrate in the year gone by. What did you expect?

  • News

    August 29, 2002

    Bench Warmers

    In many contested judicial races, the Republicans are grabbing all the incumbencies they can

  • News

    May 9, 2002

    Judge Fudge

    Margaret Keliher hopes people won't know what office she's really running for

  • News

    March 7, 2002

    Selling Ron

    A pro-business black Democrat who appeals to white voters, Ron Kirk is the sport utility vehicle of Senate candidates. But will voters buy him?

  • News

    August 16, 2001

    Over the Line

    A GOP state redistricting plan targets a longtime Democrat and others

  • News

    January 18, 2001

    A Real Bangfest

    Pounded by state regulators and rabbit-punched by promoters, the gladiators at Fighter's House struggle for legitimacy

  • News

    March 16, 2000

    Jack! Jack!

    You didn't trade the family cow for a Calatrava bridge, did you?

  • News

    May 20, 1999
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    April 29, 1999

    Bully Pulpit

    Pushy, driven, and fearless, Texas Secretary of State Elton Bomer is Bush's big man on the border. But is he tough enough to cut through the red tape snarling efforts to help the poor people living in the colonias?

  • News

    April 1, 1999
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    December 17, 1998
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    October 8, 1998
  • News

    September 17, 1998

    Smoke-filled room

    When Dan Morales brokered Texas' $17.3 billion tobacco settlement, he blew away Governor Bush. He also made sure his friends got a few puffs.

  • Calendar

    February 26, 1998
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