New battleground over voting rights in Texas

New battleground over voting rights in Texas

When the movie “Urban Cowboy” made this refinery town famous in 1980, the honkytonk Gilley’s was booming and wannabe cowpokes from the white Houston suburbs flocked here to drink and dance. Houston was the big city, but Pasadena was for kicks. Today Pasadena is a mostly working-class Hispanic suburb that looks as hard-ridden in some […]

Is Wendy Davis ready to accept defeat?

Is Wendy Davis ready to accept defeat?

It’s a sunny afternoon just before the election and Wendy Davis isn’t addressing an arena packed with adoring supporters, speaking on national television or working a hotel ballroom of top donors. Instead, the Democratic candidate for Texas governor is in a soldier’s backyard in an especially conservative corner of the state that she has no […]

Wendy Davis reveals abortion in ’90s

She didn't reveal this during her pro-abortion marathon in the Texas statehouse

Wendy Davis reveals abortion in ’90s

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who became a national political sensation by filibustering her state’s tough new restrictions on abortion, discloses in her upcoming memoir that she had an abortion in the 1990s after discovering that the fetus had a severe brain abnormality. In “Forgetting to be Afraid,” Davis also writes about ending an […]

Judge stops new Texas abortion restrictions

The ruling stops new clinic requirements that would have come into effect Monday

Judge stops new Texas abortion restrictions

Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen clinics from imminent closure. The state vowed to quickly appeal Friday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin, who cited […]

Rick Perry surrenders, then goes out for ice cream

He was booked on criminal charges of abuse of power

Rick Perry surrenders, then goes out for ice cream

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a confident, wry smile beneath flawless hair for his mug shot. Then he went out for a vanilla ice cream. That’s how the possible 2016 presidential candidate greeted his booking on criminal charges of abuse of power. But what’s next for the longest-serving governor in Texas history isn’t so […]

Rick Perry’s Texas start-up fund scam

Questionable job-creation figures and undisclosed business struggles litter the fund

Rick Perry’s Texas start-up fund scam

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has distributed $205 million in taxpayer money to scores of technology startups using a pet program designed to bring high-paying jobs and innovation to the nation’s second most-populous state. But a closer look at the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, one of Perry’s signature initiatives in his 14 years as governor, reveals […]

Democrat Davis turns to Hollywood for campaign cash

For other state's candidates, 'We're the national ATM machine'

Democrat Davis turns to Hollywood for campaign cash

Hollywood loves stars and loves an underdog, and Democrat Wendy Davis is both. At a recent rooftop fundraiser hosted by Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg at the Bad Robot film studios near Los Angeles, she socked away more money for what could be a financially record-shattering race for Texas governor. Likewise, in Manhattan brownstones, Silicon […]

Texas GOP homophobia: ‘Reparative therapy’

One tea party group urged support of psychological treatments to turn gays straight

Texas GOP homophobia: ‘Reparative therapy’

The Texas Republican Party now endorses so-called “reparative therapy” for gays, under a new platform given final approval at its annual convention Saturday. The new anti-gay language never came up for debate before roughly 7,000 delegates ratified a Texas GOP platform that tea party groups succeeded in pushing further to the right, including winning a […]

Castro leaves Texas for a more promising future

His cabinet appointment is a promotion his fiercely Republican home state can't match

Castro leaves Texas for a more promising future

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was long viewed as biding his time: waiting out shifting demographics in Texas until 2018, when a Hispanic Democrat with a national profile could be a formidable contender for governor. Instead, the 39-year-old rising political star has accepted President Barack Obama’s offer to become the nation’s housing secretary. Aside from […]

Rick Perry under investigation for abuse of power

Critics call Perry a brash governor who's gotten too accustomed to dictating to others

Rick Perry under investigation for abuse of power

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time. But with eight months left on the job and a decision to make about the 2016 presidential […]