Texas Politics

End Zone

West Texas is losing population and political power. Amid the anxiety, will its independent-minded politics give way to the Tea Party?

It’s 6:50 p.m. in Sterling City, minutes before the first home game of the season. I’m in the town’s Dairy Queen offering to buy two girls their Dr. Peppe...Read More

Rick’s Diction

What do his words reveal about Gov. Perry's elusive character?

Rick Perry is an elusive figure. Texas’ longtime governor rarely gives press conferences or talks to the media. On television, we frequently see him shaking h...Read More

Young Gun vs. Big Gun

Republican Francisco “Quico” Canseco takes on Ciro Rodriguez

In the last five months, incumbent Democrat Ciro Rodriguez went from supremely confident – having won his last election by 56 percent — to seriously in ...Read More

The Cul-de-sac Battleground

Rainbow suburbs may make Texas politics competitive again.

This story was co-written by Dave Mann & Forrest Wilder. Irving, Texas, still looks like a classic suburb in some ways. There are plenty of exquisite lawns,...Read More

Rick Perry: The New Nixon

From his first statewide run for Agriculture Commissioner in 1990, when a soft-focus ad showed him posing on horseback in the sunset like a Harlequin Romance co...Read More