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Politics, Storytellers and Milltowns: Chatting With Kinky Friedman, Billy Joe Shaver and Mark Erelli

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.28.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Kinky Friedman: Well, for one thing I'm going totally f**king deaf, which is a good thing. I only care about two things, and they are Libya and Charlie Sheen. Also, if you're going deaf and you're imaginative, you can think of more interesting things for people to say rather than what they're really saying.

When a Political Gaffe Torpedoes a Political Candidate

Rich Rubino | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

It is easy for even the most seasoned candidates to make a mistake. A political gaffe normally results in a few days of being taken off-message, defending or backtracking from one's comments. However, on rare occasions the gaffe is so major that a candidate cannot recover.

A Woman's Place is in the House... and Senate

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.08.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

There aren't many women in the U.S. Congress. In fact we are nowhere near parity; less than 20 percent of our Representatives and Senators are women. Let's learn about some women who changed the face of politics in the U.S.

Do We Hate Impassioned Women?

Elizabeth Plank | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Elizabeth Plank

Ever notice how anger helps a man command a room, but it often has the opposite effect for women?

Wendy Davis Poised to Change History in Texas

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Oct. 3 will someday be viewed by Texas historians, Texas media, Texas political leaders and Texas voters as the day the future began to change in Texas, as the day the tide began to turn.

The Republican Game Plan Against Wendy Davis: She's Just a Dumb Woman

Jackson Williams | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Jackson Williams

Wendy Davis has set October 3 as the day she'll announce future plans. Meanwhile, the conservative machine in Texas, aided by her likely Republican opponent in the governor's race, Attorney General Greg Abbott, keeps abusing her to a degree unchecked.

Ready or Not, It's Time for Wendy Davis to Run

Jason Stanford | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

For the first time since Ann Richards, Texas Democrats have a leader, a win under our belts and the will to fight.

Wendy Davis: The Silver Lining to a Very Dark Cloud

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Mary Pauline Lowry

The silver lining to this dark cloud is State Senator Wendy Davis herself. A single mother who went from living in a trailer to graduating from Harvard Law School, Davis understands the struggles of working class women.

Rick Perry Bails Out: Run Statewide, Wendy Davis!

Jackson Williams | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Jackson Williams

Striking while the iron is hot matters in life and politics. Ask Barack Obama. He went from unknown Illinois state senator to U.S. senator to president in less than five years. Wendy Davis is now hot iron.

The Texas Spring: How Wendy Davis Is Taking on the Good Ole Boys

Vivian Norris | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Vivian Norris

What Rick Perry and the GOP did by not only calling a special session to close virtually every abortion clinic in Texas, but also changing the date on the votes that took place after midnight, was a disgraceful slap in the face of all citizens everywhere. And they did not get away with it.

Jason Cherkis

Rick Perry's Attack On Wendy Davis Has Striking Parallel In Texas Past

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) used his speech Thursday afternoon at the National Right to Life Convention to attack Texas state Sen. Wendy D...

Wendy Davis for Texas

Brent Budowsky | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The future of Texas will not be found in voices who prefer a Texas in which Hispanics are second-class citizens when they seek to vote and women are second class citizens when they seek to live their lives as they choose and seek a good job and a fair wage.

The End Of 'Ann' On Broadway?

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 06.12.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- Actress Holland Taylor's one-woman portrait of Ann Richards, the former Texas governor with the cotton candy hair and down-home humor, wil...

Party of One

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 07.06.2013 | Arts
Helen Eisenbach

The thought of seeing a one-person show always makes my heart sink a little. I feel as if I'll have to work for my pleasure instead of sitting back and surrendering to some grand, mindless entertainment. Still I go, and never expect what I often find.

Medicaid Block Grants: A Zombie Idea With Lipstick in Texas

Bruce Lesley | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

States with growing populations, such as Texas, or states often in the pathway of natural disasters, such as Texas, or states with a disproportionate share of low wage jobs, such as Texas, would be most negatively impacted by a federally-imposed block grant.

Ann: The Yellow Rose of Texas

Rex Reed | Posted 06.02.2013 | Arts
Rex Reed

Ann, carefully directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein, imparts a wealth of information in an orderly, entertaining manner, about a leader who had values, self-control, dignity, admirable fearlessness, and, in my opinion, was never on the wrong side of anything.

Holland Taylor's Inspirational New Show

Next Avenue | Posted 03.23.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Leah Rozen Holland Taylor's one-woman Broadway show about the feisty Texas Gov. Ann Richards reminds us that life is...

What Would Ann Richards Say About Battleground Texas?

Jason Stanford | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

As Bird and Brown mount a new Texas revolution, local Democrats lack Richards' star power, fundraising ability, and -- perhaps most of all -- her political instincts.

Theater: The Funny & Smart Ann Richards Via Holland Taylor; Serious Clowning In Old Hats

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.08.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Holland Taylor has delivered a labor of love in this one-woman show about Ann Richards, the governor of Texas. It's a credit to Taylor that we feel like we've spent some time with Richards and would like to know more. It's a shame that this pleasant diversion doesn't work better as theater.

Ann: A Fiery Political Pillar

Danny Groner | Posted 05.07.2013 | New York
Danny Groner

What comes across on the stage at the Vivian Beaumont Theater is nothing less than a modern history lesson in how an average housewife can rise up to become someone more notable and unforgettable.

The Great Holland Taylor As the Great Ann Richards. She Is Broadway's Next Big Thing -- Again

Liz Smith | Posted 03.18.2013 | Entertainment
Liz Smith

When I say Holland Taylor is great as Ann, I am prejudiced of course. And this isn't her first time at the rodeo -- er, I mean, on Broadway.

A New Kind of Political Dynasty

Jason Stanford | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Too often people conflate "public service" with "running for office." It appears that good parenting, as well as no small amount of brains, have helped this dynasty avoid that dysfunction.

Medicaid Block Grants: You Can Put Lipstick on a Pig, But...

Bruce Lesley | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

Texas Governor Ann Richards used to say, "My mama doesn't know the difference between a block grant and a city block, but she knows a bad deal when she sees it." Unfortunately, some governors fail to read the fine print often associated with block grants.

Clint Eastwood: Make Movies, Not Speeches, Please!

Liz Smith | Posted 11.04.2012 | Celebrity
Liz Smith

Clint Eastwood may be a great movie star and filmmaker, but he is no angel -- no public speaker either. He's a shaky 82-year-old man who derailed the dignity of what had been a fairly positive outing for Republicans.

My Fearless Adventure: Racing at 150 mph!

Lea Lane | Posted 07.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Lea Lane

I'm a bit impulsive, so when a chance came to race around a Grand Prix track at 150 miles an hour in a supercharged, ground-hugging, open-to-the-elements, hell-on-wheels speedster in Austin, Texas, I said, "Sure."