Tribpedia: Lamar Smith

Texas Money Floats Republican Efforts to Hold U.S. House Seats

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan at the Republican National Committee in Washington D.C. on April 12, 2016.
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan at the Republican National Committee in Washington D.C. on April 12, 2016.

As Republican campaign operatives raise concerns that the party could lose U.S. House seats with Donald Trump as its standard-bearer, Texas Republicans are digging into their war chests to shore up vulnerable incumbents around the country. Aiding the effort is a lack of Texas seats viewed as up for grabs in November.

Climate change activists crowd Representative Lamar Smith's office to present him with the "Flat Earth Foundation of Texas" Award for "Semi Skeptic" of Distinction on Dec. 7th, 2015. Photo by: Shelby Knowles
Climate change activists crowd Representative Lamar Smith's office to present him with the "Flat Earth Foundation of Texas" Award for "Semi Skeptic" of Distinction on Dec. 7th, 2015. Photo by: Shelby Knowles

Lamar Smith's Climate Views Win Flat Earth Award

Christmas elves, pirates and scientists gathered Monday to present climate change skeptic U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, with a fake award from the “Flat Earth Foundation of Texas.” 

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Aug. 30, 2015.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Aug. 30, 2015.

Texas Delegation Spends Campaign Cash on Presidential Candidates

Members of Texas' congressional delegation are making their support for presidential candidates known — in thousand-dollar increments from their own campaign accounts. 

Gov. Rick Perry visiting soldiers at Fort Hood on Oct. 9, 2014. The 36th Engineering Brigade is preparing to deploy to Liberia to assist in the effort to control the Ebola outbreak.
Gov. Rick Perry visiting soldiers at Fort Hood on Oct. 9, 2014. The 36th Engineering Brigade is preparing to deploy to Liberia to assist in the effort to control the Ebola outbreak.

The Brief: What More Could Texas Have Done About Ebola?

Criticism by state leaders of the Obama administration for failures in the response to the Ebola virus omits mention of the tools at the state's disposal that were not used.

A tour group samples treated wastewater at the Dos Rios Water Recycling Center, operated by the San Antonio Water System.
A tour group samples treated wastewater at the Dos Rios Water Recycling Center, operated by the San Antonio Water System.

The Brief: Potshots at Wichita Falls Muddy Water Reuse Issue

Wichita Falls is catching more than a little flak for its plan to take treated sewer water and use it for drinking water, a plan that got put on the fast track with the current drought. But the wisecracks hide an important fact — wastewater reuse is already common across the state.