Every Texas Democrat who has run for statewide office in the last 18 years has been defeated. Every Democrat on the ballot this year hopes to bust that slump. And it may be hard to believe today, but Republicans in Texas have suffered a longer drought than what Democrats are currently facing.Full Story
Strayhorn served two terms as Comptroller beginning in 1998. She received more votes than any other Republican on the statewide ballot in her 2002 bid for re-election. After the race, Strayhorn ...
The 2006 tax swap — lowering local school property taxes and creating a new business tax to make up the difference — is at the center of Texas' current budget troubles. The architects are still pointing fingers over what and whom to blame for the state's “structural deficit.”Full Story
Comptroller Susan Combs' quiet acknowledgment that Texas will show a $1.3 billion deficit at the end of the budget year contrasts with the happy face she's put on state finances leading up to the 2010 elections. The numbers are the worst since 2003, when the Legislature responded with $10 billion in spending cuts, and increased fees, tuition and other revenue sources.Full Story
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.Full Story
Mark Sanders, the long-black-coat-from-The-Matrix-clad spokesperson for Republican-turned-independent Carole Keeton Strayhorn in her 2006 gubernatorial campaign, is throwing his weight and help behind another apostate Republican, according to Peggy Fikac of the Express-News. But not in Texas.Full Story