Tribpedia: Ann Richards

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Dorothy Ann Willis Richards (1933-2006) was the 45th Governor of Texas.  She was the state's second female governor.  

Richards had a long history in Texas Democratic politics.  She worked on Roe v. Wade lawyer Sarah Weddington's successful 1972 bid for state representative, as well as the successful 1994 campaign of Wilhelmina Delco, the first black state representative from ...

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Analysis: It's a Lot Easier to Rule With a Mandate

It's easier to govern if you have a mandate, and you build the mandate while you're campaigning. So far, the agenda for the next set of officeholders is a little murky. The campaign for governor so far has been more about the histories and challenges in the lives of the contestants than about their differences over issues facing the state.

Gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis are shown on primary night on March 4, 2014.
Gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis are shown on primary night on March 4, 2014.

Analysis: A Personal and Political Race for Governor

Political campaigns can be cunning and crafty affairs where candidates are cautiously presented and positions are carefully tailored to voters. But the contenders are humans, and policy is sometimes personal. Consider Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott, the two candidates for governor. 

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Sen. Wendy Davis, and Sen. Royce West took part in the Stand with Texas Women Rally at the Capitol on July 1, 2013.
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Sen. Wendy Davis, and Sen. Royce West took part in the Stand with Texas Women Rally at the Capitol on July 1, 2013.

Analysis: Democrats Found Candidates, if Not Voters

A year ago, Texas Democrats were still looking for candidates willing to jump into races Republicans have been winning for 20 years. Now the candidates are looking for Democrats, hoping there's a chance to break the pattern. 

Analysis: Primary Totals a Reminder of a Past Vote

Gov. Ann Richards' opponent in the 1994 Democratic primary got 22 percent, so Wendy Davis isn't the first heavily favored Democratic candidate for governor to lose a fifth of the primary vote. And GOP crowing about the size of its own electorate hides the overall unpopularity of voting in primary elections. Primary voting is less popular in Texas than smoking cigarettes.

Ann Richards (l) on the campaign trail in 1988 and Clayton Williams during the campaign in 1990
Ann Richards (l) on the campaign trail in 1988 and Clayton Williams during the campaign in 1990

Not a Rerun of Claytie and the Lady

Things are different now. People come to see Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis, for sure, but not as spectacles, not for the same reasons they came to see the candidates who came to be known as Ann and Claytie. The 2014 race for governor features a couple of smart lawyers who exemplify the modern Texas of cities and suburbs.

Richards Sets a Politically Fateful Course on Guns

Gov. Ann Richards wrangled a settlement out of President Bill Clinton by threatening to sue, Jan Reid writes in Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards. This excerpt also looks at events that sharpened Texans' desire for more liberal gun laws and put them at odds with their governor.

Capitol nurse practitioner Tim Flynn performs a routine check-up on state Rep. Warren Chisum on April 11, 2012.
Capitol nurse practitioner Tim Flynn performs a routine check-up on state Rep. Warren Chisum on April 11, 2012.

Texas Capitol Nurse Has Served 3 Administrations

When state employees have headaches, or when children on school trips to the Capitol fall down, they go to Tim Flynn, who has served as the Capitol's nurse since 1992. “After being here 20 years, I know most of the folks that work here," Flynn said. "This is my community. That’s why I call it my Capitol."

Congressman Michael McCaul at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 23, 2011.
Congressman Michael McCaul at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 23, 2011.

You Can't Go Home Again

Texas Weekly

U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul's decision not to run for the U.S. Senate means he won't be testing one of the truisms of Texas politics: A seat in the Texas congressional delegation is a lousy launching pad for statewide office.

Cecile Richards in TX, Defends Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards, a native Texan and daughter of former Gov. Ann Richards, visited the capitol on Wednesday to defend funding for womens' health services. She discussed "legislative assaults" against the organization's family planning services, why government funding isn't used for abortions, and her mother's legacy.

Cecile Richards: The TT Interview

The president of Planned Parenthood and daughter of the late Democratic Gov. Ann Richards on Republican lawmakers’ efforts to defund her organization, a Texas attorney general’s opinion she says will keep low-income women from preventative care, and how her mother would’ve handled all of this. 

Texas Gubernatorial Term Lengths: 1846-2011
Texas Gubernatorial Term Lengths: 1846-2011

Perry's Term Thrice as Long as Average Texas Govs'

Most people know that Gov. Rick Perry, inaugurated to a third term Tuesday, has served longer than any other chief executive in Texas history. What's remarkable, though, is just how much longer than the state's previous governors — even those who've served during the modern era.

Immature Tricks Can Be Useful in Campaigns

It's an impulse most of us learn to suppress in the seventh grade — the need give your enemies wedgies, to tape "kick me" signs to their backs, to put lizards in their lunchboxes. Political people don't suppress it — they channel it into goofy stunts to attract attention, ridicule opponents and blow off steam.

Bill White and the Politics of Taxes

"You have to do a few things when you run for office in Texas," says one of Rick Perry's allies. "You have to debate. You have to release your tax returns. And you have to say you won't raise taxes." Bill White will surely debate the governor before November's general election, but at the moment he hasn't done the other two. The former probably won't sink him, but the latter could — by declining to drink the no-new-taxes potion, he's handing his opponent a weapon to use against him. Unless, of course, he's successful at changing the way the argument goes.

Farouk Shami on November 19, 2009
Farouk Shami on November 19, 2009

That's Right, He's Not From Texas

Farouk Mohammed Shami, who's running for governor as a Democrat, has a strong Middle Eastern accent and a strange name. Some of his fellow Democrats are loathe to talk about it. He's not worried. "If a president can be named Barack Hussein Obama, a governor can be named Farouk Shami," he said. "If a president can be black, a governor can be brown."

Jim Mattox and Ann Richards
Jim Mattox and Ann Richards

Primary Races Tend to Be Bloody

Ask a Republican who’s not on Gov. Rick Perry or Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s payroll about the 2010 governor’s primary, and you’ll get a response about a well-timed trip to Palm Springs in early March, when the two candidates square off. Party faithful want to stay above the fray: Primary challenges to longstanding incumbents tend to get rough quick.