GOP Presidential nomination gets murky…sort of

I’ve said several times in the last few weeks that Donald Trump is the most likely Republican nominee for President. But events that seemed to start with last week’s sophomoric “there’s nothing wrong with my penis” debate, and continue through last weekend’s voting, cloud that picture a bit. During last week’s debate, Marco Rubio was shrill READ MORE…

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Why Clinton is the likely Democratic nominee

I haven’t been shy lately in saying in public forums that Hillary Clinton will almost certainly be the Democratic nominee for President. That said, the standard-issue “barring extraordinary circumstances” disclaimer applies, in an election year seemingly cram-packed with extraordinary circumstances so far. Still, I should explain. At some point in a Presidential primary election process, it’s no longer READ MORE…

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News briefs from the Texas primary elections

Here are a few tidbits left over from yesterday’s primary elections in Texas that are just too juicy not to mention: Clinton has yuge win over…Trump? I find it hilarious that Hillary Clinton, who will almost certainly be the Democratic nominee for President, got hundreds of thousands more votes in Texas than Donald Trump, who READ MORE…

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The depth of Republicans’ despair

The National Republican leadership should have listened to GOP political consultant Alex Castellanos, who was among the first to sound the alarm bell about Donald Trump and come up with an early plan to stop him. But they didn’t. They should have listened to Trump rivals Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal, and later Jeb Bush, all READ MORE…

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Tidwell: Presidential election and Supreme Court picks will ultimately end gridlock – one way or the other

Editor’s note: this analysis, written by Russ Tidwell, has far-reaching national implications, given pending redistricting litigation in Texas and elsewhere. Tidwell is well-qualified to speak on this – he was the Political Director of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association for 26 years, and is now with the Texas Association of Consumer Lawyers. He has been in the READ MORE…

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On SCOTUS vacancy, Republicans are probably screwed

There’s really no other way to put this: fallout from the death of Supreme Court Antonin Scalia in West Texas last weekend has zero likely positive outcomes for Republicans, either from a legal or political standpoint. The immediate knee-jerk from the GOP leadership in the Senate, from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley READ MORE…

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Book Review: Broad Influence, by Jay Newton-Small

Then-Texas Governor Rick Perry’s 2012 decision to inflict himself on the rest of America by running for President was not, generally speaking, a move that had a tremendous impact on the republic. He bombed. Oops. However, one personally positive side-effect of Perry’s run, for me, was that national journalists from all over made pilgrimages to READ MORE…

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Odd things happen at Capital Tonight Show Worldwide Headquarters sometimes

  Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and I are determined not to leave the Capital Tonight Show set until one of us switches parties. So far, we’ve been here for 3 weeks, and our food and water supplies are running low. Things we have agreed on so far: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The Astros had READ MORE…

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On public service, mental health challenges, and knowing when to STFU

By now, we who pay attention to Texas politics have all heard the story. An elected official mysteriously disappears for weeks. Rumors abound. When the official re-surfaces, there are acknowledgements of terrible bouts with depression, attempts at treatment, and working to get better and return to the job. And yet, nobody gets in the newspaper READ MORE…

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GOP Debate #2 wrap-up: Fiorina shines, Cruz disappears, and awkward Bush moments

Not that Greater Texas needs yet another hot take on last night’s GOP Presidential debate hosted by CNN, but what the hell – here’s mine anyway. As expected and is natural in such situations, CNN’s Jake Tapper did his very best to pit as many of the candidates against frontrunner Donald Trump as possible, calling READ MORE…

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