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Competing for the Latino Vote in Texas Part II: The Democrats' Dilemma

National Council of La Raza | Posted 04.09.2014 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The conventional narrative is that Democrats need only wait for the rising tide of Hispanic population growth to lift their political fortunes in Texas. But unless Democrats do a better job at mobilizing Hispanic voters, they may end up waiting for a long time.

Leticia Van De Putte: 'I Know I'm Up To The Challenge'

Houston Chronicle | David Saleh Rauf | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN -- State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte is taking her campaign for lieutenant governor on the road, embarking on a 16-city bus tour that over nine d...

Competing for the Latino Vote in Texas

National Council of La Raza | Posted 03.21.2014 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

Democrats must make deeper investments in mobilizing Hispanic voters in Texas and give them something to vote for, not just against.

Underdog Ignores Calls To Drop Out Of Race

Houston Chronicle | Patricia Kilday Hart | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

Despite mounting pressure to throw in the towel, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst skipped a Wednesday deadline to take his name off the May 27 primary runoff b...

Men Against Women

James Moore | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
James Moore

As more abortion clinics close in the state of Texas, a retrospective look at the politics that led to this form of oppression points mostly at men. In fact, the five Republican candidates for the most powerful statewide offices in Texas, all of whom are dedicated to increasing abortion restrictions, are male

Tea Party Influence Lingers On In Texas Primary

AP | PAUL J. WEBER | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The first primary in what Republicans hope is a triumphant election year sent a message that U.S. Sen Ted Cruz and the tea part...

GOP Lieutenant Gov Candidates To Face Runoff

The Huffington Post | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

The top two Republican candidates for Texas lieutenant governor will face a runoff election, the Associated Press reports. Incumbent David Dewhurst...

Texas Republican Accidentally Voices Support For Gay Marriage In Epic Typo

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

An anti-gay marriage Republican accidentally voiced support for same-sex nuptials in the wake of a federal judge striking down Texas' ban on gay marri...

The Most Dangerous U.S. Cities Aren't Anywhere Near Mexico

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.26.2014 | Latino Voices

The Texas Republican primary for lieutenant governor has evolved into a competition to see who can portray himself as the biggest immigration hardline...

Dan Patrick Denies Writing Letter For Undocumented Worker

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.25.2014 | Latino Voices

Texas Republican Dan Patrick is continuing to deny knowingly employing undocumented workers in the 1980s, after a former employee produced a letter al...

Sneaky Immigration Hardliner Denies Employing Undocumented Workers

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.20.2014 | Latino Voices

Maybe this conservative isn’t such an immigration hardliner after all. Texas State Sen. Dan Patrick, who has made cracking down on illegal immig...

Texas GOP Burning Bridges Not Yet Built

San Antonio Express-News | Ricardo Pimentel | Posted 02.14.2014 | Latino Voices

SAN ANTONIO — To say that some candidates running statewide in Texas have gone off the rails on border security and immigration, does a disservice t...

Ted Cruz Shut Down the Government, But We Won't Let the Tea Party Shut Down Mexican American Studies

Tony_Diaz | Posted 03.31.2014 | Latino Voices

The far right can't erase our history. It can only push us to read our banned books in our underground libraries. We know our cause is fair and just. We know we are right, and we will win.

A Race Among the Ruins

James Moore | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
James Moore

These pieces are not fun to put together. When finally assembled, the picture of Texas looks more than a little unsettling. In fact, it often looks pretty damned backwards. The reverse gear was spinning fast cogs in the lieutenant governor's debate in Dallas between four Republican candidates seeking to win the primary.

Contentious Texas Official Expects This Election To Be His Last

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) said he expects the 2014 election to be his last. At an event sponsored by the Texas Tribune, Dewhurst said he do...

Dan Patrick Is Upset That Everyone Gets a Trophy. So What's the Big Deal?

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 12.24.2013 | Sports
Jonathan Weiler

I don't think the tenth place trophy makes kids feel especially good about themselves, or disincentivizes trying harder. Either they care about losing or they don't.

Immigration Hawk Fails To Recognize His Hero Immigrated Illegally

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.11.2013 | Latino Voices

Texas conservatives are looking to roll back a law that allows undocumented immigrants brought here as children to pay in-state tuition to attend stat...

Dewhurst Rival Hurls Slam -- With Cats

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics

Republican Dan Patrick has found a new weapon in the fight against his rival David Dewhurst (R) -- cat gifs. Patrick, who is running against Dewhur...

Texas Republican Dan Patrick Wants to End Rock 'n' Roll History With the No Grateful Dead/No Day of the Dead Bill

Tony_Diaz | Posted 05.26.2013 | Latino Voices

Dan Patrick keeps talking about creating "comprehensive history courses." What can you talk about in these comprehensive courses if you can't talk about race, gender, class... or rock 'n' roll history?

Homeschool Advocates in Texas Co-opting Civil Rights Movement

Jason Stanford | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Kids who are homeschooled or who go to private and parochial schools want access to the state's public school sports leagues. Where is Dr. King when we need him?

The Republican Problem on Vouchers

Jason Stanford | Posted 02.04.2013 | Education
Jason Stanford

When Texans are more in favor of giving more money to the government than they are for passing a conservative pet project, Republicans have a problem.

Texas Tea Will Make You Sick

Jason Stanford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jason Stanford

The Tea Party has pushed Texas politics so far to the right that bipartisanship now means the right wing cooperating with the far-right wing. In thei...

Denver Bronco Peyton Manning: Genius or Idiot?

Linda Kenney Baden | Posted 05.21.2012 | Sports
Linda Kenney Baden

Is Peyton Manning afraid of the unknown? Is he afraid of facing new defensive strategies? Are we supposed to honor him as the greatest quarterback of all-time because he chooses to play against most of the teams he has met before?

The Triple A Threat: Albert Pujols, Arte Moreno & the Angels

Linda Kenney Baden | Posted 02.08.2012 | Sports
Linda Kenney Baden

Dan Patrick on his show made an apt statement: you do not want to play poker with Arte Moreno. Congratulations to the superstar proprietor who put his money where his mouth is.

Olbermann Gone. Who Cares?

Mike Hegedus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mike Hegedus

I have to preface this by saying I've never been a fan of Keith Olbermann. But then I've never been a fan of any particular commentator. I've always...