Tribpedia: Kinky Friedman

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Singer/songwriter, novelist, humorist and politician Richard “Kinky” Friedman was born Nov. 1, 1944 in Chicago to Dr. S. Thomas Friedman and his wife, Minnie. Friedman was raised on a Central Texas ranch and graduated from Austin High School in 1962. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1966 and subsequently served a ...

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A History of Texas Governor's Race Debates

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Greg Abbott on Friday backed out of plans to participate in a televised debate with Democrat Wendy Davis — and later in the day, jumped back in with a different TV network. Take a look back at the highlights from the last three decades of Texas gubernatorial debates. 

UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa shakes hands with visitors at a Senate reception on Mar. 5, 2013.
UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa shakes hands with visitors at a Senate reception on Mar. 5, 2013.

The Brief: Cigarroa and Powers — A Broken Relationship

The fate of University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers continued to draw the attention of lawmakers on Monday while a new statement from UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa made explicit the breakdown in the working relationship between the two men.

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. 

Candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture, Kinky Friedman at home on his ranch in Medina on Dec. 12, 2013.
Candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture, Kinky Friedman at home on his ranch in Medina on Dec. 12, 2013.

Marijuana: A Potential Cash Crop for Texas Farmers?

Agriculture commissioner candidate Kinky Friedman argues that marijuana legalization is the future of Texas. But for farmers in states where growing it is legal, the crop has come with a new set of problems, from depleting desperately needed water resources to attracting trespassers looking for a quick buck.