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Stumper of the Week: Rick’s Fat Tick

So this is it, people. Here at last, election week. A final chance for Texas politicians to compete for the honor of Stumper of […]

Big Coal Grasping for Stimulus Straws

Here’s an oxymoron if there ever was one: clean coal. Cyrus Reid, conservation director of the Sierra Club’s Lone Star Chapter agrees. In an […]

What Perry and White Must Talk About

The state budget isn’t the sexiest campaign issue. There’s probably no faster way for a candidate to bore an audience than to start tossing […]

Voter Intimidation in Houston? The View from Acres Homes

For a longer analysis of the voting controversies in Harris County, see our story here. Chris Alfred was prepared when he arrived at the […]

The Extra-Lite Gov

This story was corrected and updated on Nov. 4. During the 2007 session of the Texas Legislature, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst brought the Senate […]

Fight Night

Fight Night   Both shooter and victim came to watch, not join the fray.   The victim rubbed the shooter the wrong way.   […]

Kino Flores and Patron Politics

Are old-school Patron style politics in South Texas dying out? The guilty verdict today in the trial of state Rep. Ismael “Kino” Flores, a […]

Black Tea

At the Texas State Forest Festival in Lufkin in late September, people wandered among tall pine trees eating funnel cake and watching local kids […]

Sleuth in Advertising

It’s the sad truth: Many Texans cast their votes based on political ads running incessantly on prime-time television. To give viewers some perspective on […]

Who Will Control East Texas?

Abby Rapoport, staff writer for The Texas Observer, travels to East Texas to take the political temperature.