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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The Fox News GOP Presidential Debate Drinking Game

Because you, the crap-reading public, have demanded it, Letters From Texas Worldwide Headquarters delivers it. Here’s your 2016 GOP Presidential Debate Drinking Game: If Donald Trump tries to explain why he really doesn’t hate Mexicans much: drink 1 shot. If the first reference to Ronald Reagan is made within the first minute of the debate: READ MORE…

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Republicans say the darnedest things!

Republican presidential primary politics are the greatest show on earth. It’s political porn. It doesn’t matter what the Republican Party tries to do to minimize the damage to their brand, the early stage of their nominating process always quickly devolves into a clown car of epic proportions. As a Democrat, I fully support this, if only READ MORE…

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The great rattlesnake heist of 2015

Well fellow Texans and Texas lovers, the dog days of summer are truly upon us. Most legislators except a few strays have left Austin, and as usual I’m spending more time at the Western Headquarters in the Big Bend region of Texas, AKA God’s Country. “They” say that nothing ever happens in Big Bend. And “They” READ MORE…

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Dear GOP windbags dog whistling on marriage equality:

I get it – you’re really really PO’ed that gay people now have a Constitutional right to have, or be, an ol’ ball and chain too, and now you’re pretty much just impatiently awaiting the rapture with great annoyance. Believe me – when it comes to the Supreme Court, I’ve been there. I was dismayed READ MORE…

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Molly Ivins film documentary turning out like one would hope: a side-splitter with a message

Molly Ivins was an old friend of mine. And film maker Janice Engel, who is a new friend of mine, is in the process of making what promises to be a hum-dinger of a documentary on Molly, titled “RAISE HELL: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins.” Their work so far is outstanding; for those who knew READ MORE…

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Time-saving tip for Texas legislators – Texas Monthly 10 best/worst list

Legislators, about 20-30 of you will either be honored or disgraced tomorrow, when Texas Monthly releases their “10 Worst – 10 Best” legislators list. Counting honorable mentions and furniture, there will be more than a few people unhappy with their choices. Others of you will suddenly know the extent to which you never realized that the folks READ MORE…

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