That Texas redistricting trial that started up yesterday in federal court in San Antonio? Watch that one. It could be third side of the magic triangle that turns Texas blue. The trial is not about whether the tea-tinged Republican-dominated Texas Legislature gerrymandered the vote maps in 2011. Ask ... More >>
First thing, Dallas shouldn't take its rebuff by the Republican Party so personally, because ... because Dallas shouldn't take everything so personally. Sometimes I feel like we're sitting at one end of the bus, a woman gets on and sits at the other end, and we shout at her, "What? You're too good t ... More >>
Greg Abbott has made it clear: He is not using his Latina wife as some sort of "prop" to woo Latino voters, and he's outraged that a Lubbock City Council member may have suggested otherwise. Never mind that the only verification of the councilman's comment came from an anonymous source quoted by a c ... More >>
We know that a Wendy Davis-governed Texas would probably be more into preserving natural resources than a Texas ruled by Greg Abbott, who has sued the EPA a modest 17 times. But in a state famous for its lax environmental regulations, how much tougher would Davis be? Local environmental issues, pa ... More >>
Will anti-evolutionists be able to adapt and survive in a new textbook market?
Yesterday when he told the Urban league he was going after Texas on voting rights, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder quoted a federal court decision last year in which the court said Hispanic plaintiffs in Texas had "provided more evidence of discriminatory intent than we have space, or need, to ad ... More >>
This is day one of the Battle of Texas, which is mostly marked by a website launch. Battleground Texas, the Democratic Party's efforts to shake the GOP hold on the state, officially starts today. The site comes with a nifty graphic showing a red Texas filling up with blue (it's pretty low right now) ... More >>
Last Thursday, New York Times conservative columnist David Brooks said Republicans, smarting from Mitt Romney's defeat, have learned their lesson and are undergoing what Brooks described as a "glasnost," a term defined by Merriam-Webster as, "a Soviet policy permitting open discussion of political a ... More >>
Today, in The State of American Discourse, I present to you David Barton, religious ideologue, fantastical historian and weeping boil on the hide of Texas. No, he is not an entirely fringe crank. Barton is the former vice chair of the Texas Republican Party. He recently helped draft the ridiculous a ... More >>
NPR ran a story on Wednesday about David Barton, the Aledo-based pseudo-historian who has built a career arguing that America was established on Christian principles. It found that his claims aren't particularly hard to debunk. For one, Barton has only a bachelor's in Christian education from Oral R ... More >>
Rob Schlein, president of the Dallas chapter of the Log Cabin RepublicansWe admit that of the 14 contested primary races for Republican precinct chairs in Dallas County, the odds are that you aren't paying attention to any of them, even if you live in those precincts. Heck, we hadn't planned ... More >>
Sam MertenWhen we cornered Houston Mayor Bill White in late October after his campaign speech in Plano, he said he can appeal to conservatives and moderates as a Democrat because he knows how to make government run efficiently. He added that he's "honest and straightforward," which had been t ... More >>
Sam MertenNeerman's right. He does have a lot more gray hair than Perry.When Dallas County Republican chair Jonathan Neerman told us that the election of Cathie Adams as the state party's new chair "set the party back five years," even the editorial board at The Dallas Morning News took notice. A fe ... More >>
How County Chair Jonathan Neerman Plans to Ease the Dallas GOP's Woes
Wait...we voted for who?
Rudy Giuliani's got some "sketchy" business deals, says Forbes--including one with a Dallas company. Ever hear of Lighting Science Group? Did not think so. Says here it's "a world leader in the rapidly developing field of solid state lighting," and for all we know the McKinney Avenue-HQ'd company m ... More >>
In the coming days, or hours, the Supreme Court will consider whether Tom DeLay's a good map maker. As Tom DeLay morphs from Texas elected official to Virginia lobbyist, he leaves a threefold legacy: corruption, bitter partisanship and the Texas congressional district map adopted in 2003. While the ... More >>
A group of veterans says John Kerry stretches the truth about his Vietnam service. Who can you believe? Who knows?
Congressional candidate Mike Murphy feels the strong arm of the GOP
With a homeboy headed for the White House, a handful of his Dallas pals have hopes of making their mark on Washington
Conservative Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Sharon Keller is landlord to a North Dallas topless bar
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.