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Dec 23, 2017

Tax cuts, cuts, cuts, as President Trump loves to say, were approved by Congress to great Republican jubilation, and predictions by Democrats that the bill could be a GOP Waterloo.

Hmmm. The two parties had much the same stance just a few years ago when so-called Obamacare was enacted, and only time gave an indication...


Dec 14, 2017

Sex continues to dominate politics in Texas and Washington.

U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold of Corpus Christi becomes the latest casualty of the sex-harassment scandal in Washington, even as new allegations surface that he crudely treated staffers and was boorish and worse with woman who worked for him.

In Austin, the filing...


Dec 8, 2017

Texas Democrats have eight -- count 'em, eight -- candidates running for governor in the spring 2018 primary. Eleven candidates, seven Republicans and four Democrats, have signed on to replace Ted Poe in Congress.

Outspoken Republican Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has picked up a GOP primary challenger. So has GOP...


Nov 30, 2017

Amid continuing revelations about lurid details from his last, and demands from fellow Republicans to step aside, U.S. Rep. Joe Barton decides not to seek another term. He becomes the first casualty of the national uproar over sexual harassment.

 Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick push back on plans by the...


Nov 16, 2017

In Texas and Washington, politics seems to be getting uglier and uglier.

Take, for instance, the U.S. Senate campaign of Alabama justice and conservative icon Roy Moore, who has been accused of groping and trying to date young girls years ago. Appearing at a rally to support Moore was Houston doctor and conservative...