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
Kelly Fero (1952-2010) was a Democratic political strategist whose clients included state attorney general Jim Mattox, former gubernatorial candidate Tony Sanchez, and former state comptroller John Sharp. Fero often wrote speeches for his clients replete with sharp-tongued retorts and was known for cold-calling Democrats with political advice.
Fero spent his teenaged years in Latin America and settled in Austin in ...
To beat Rick Perry, you have to fight more skillfully and take greater advantage of the rare openings you're given.Full Story
Family and friends of Austin political consultant Kelly Fero, who died unexpectedly at age 57 this week, said goodbye at a memorial event this morning.Full Story
Ramshaw's four-parter on the rural health care condundrum and depressing take-out on sexual abuse in youth lock-ups. Ramsey on filing day follies and the untimely death of a Democratic mainstay. Aguilar on the U.S. government's detention center mea culpa. Grissom on alien deportations in the name of making our streets safer. Rapoport on the organization and association endorsement dance. Hamilton on whether coattails exist. Hu and Philpott's multimedia profile of Linda Chavez-Thompson. And Philpott on big gubernatorial campaign bucks and even bigger candidate angst over the ways journalists are using social and new media to cover them. The best of our best from January 4 to January 8, 2010.Full Story