Political Intelligence

Costly Bonds Leave Women Refugees Languishing in Detention

Families in the hall at the notorious T. Don Hutto family detention center

Asylum-seeking women and children are locked in detention facilities and charged such high immigration bonds that they can’t get out. Eventually, the mothers become desperate, give up their asylum claims and agree to be deported.

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Can Texas Lawmakers Possibly Outlaw Synthetic Drugs?

From the spice-ravaged wilds of East Texas to the incense-dusted Panhandle plains, lawmakers headed to Austin this year vowing to snuff out synthetic drug sales once and for all. But what, exactly, will it take?

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Starving For A Dream

dept. of immigration Thanksgiving week, while most of us were stuffing ourselves, eight undocumented students at the University of Texas at Austin joined hundreds of others across the country in a hunger strike. They were willing to starve themselves to push Congress to vote on the DREAM Act, legislation that provides a path to citizenship […]

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Can Straus Hang On?

dept. of influence-peddling The election of the Texas House speaker has always been an insider’s fight. The 150 House members who vote on the speaker usually politick and trade loyalties in Austin’s back rooms without much concern for the voters back home. Until now. The battle to become speaker in the coming legislative session has […]

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Perry For Prez?

campaign trail It became clear pretty early on election night that Rick Perry was cruising toward re-election as Texas governor. (He ended up beating Bill White, the former Houston mayor, by more than 600,000 votes or 12 percent.) So the hot topic of conversation among the assembled—and bored—reporters at Perry’s celebration quickly turned to rank […]

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Dallas County Democrats in Trouble

Democrats were in a fight to retain their edge in Dallas County, although Bill White pulled ahead of Gov. Rick Perry in the county with 54 percent of a heavy early vote. Returns were released just as the polls closed at 7 pm. With an all-day rain falling across the county, the early vote could […]

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A Poll Watcher Watches People Vote

In recent days, it appeared that the tense voting situation in Harris County was going to spread to other areas on election day. The lead-up to the election got so hot in Houston that voting machines combusted into flames, which was followed by accusations by a Tea Party group, called the King Street Patriots, claiming […]

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