Tribpedia: Richard "Kinky" Friedman

Richard "Kinky" Friedman is an author and humorist who has made Texas gubernatorial bids and who in December 2009 announced he would enter the race to become the Democratic nominee for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture .

Friedman, known for his signature black hat, incessant cigar smoking and one-line jokes, ran for governor in 2006 as an independent candidate. His joke-laden campaign ...

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: July 8, 2014

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.

The Brief: May 23, 2014

Confirmation came down from the White House on Thursday night that San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro will be announced on Friday as President Obama's choice to be the next secretary of housing and urban development.

UT-Austin President Bill Powers is shown at a hearing of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations on Dec. 18, 2013.
UT-Austin President Bill Powers is shown at a hearing of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations on Dec. 18, 2013.

The Brief: March 13, 2014

If the University of Texas System regents tap Gov. Rick Perry's reported favorite, Kyle Janek, as their next chancellor, they won't get pushback from the president of the system's flagship campus.

School children at Cantu Elementary in San Juan, Texas, eat their free breakfast, Wednesday April 24, 2013.
School children at Cantu Elementary in San Juan, Texas, eat their free breakfast, Wednesday April 24, 2013.

Ag Candidates Weigh In on School Lunch Program

One of the Texas agriculture commissioner's biggest jobs is running the federally funded school breakfast and lunch program. Read what the Republican and Democratic candidates for agriculture commissioner have to say about the program. 

Democratic candidate for Governor of Texas, Sen. Wendy Davis, speaks to press after meeting with volunteers at a phone bank in Austin, Texas
Democratic candidate for Governor of Texas, Sen. Wendy Davis, speaks to press after meeting with volunteers at a phone bank in Austin, Texas

The Brief: Jan. 6, 2014

Wendy Davis looked to go on the attack last week on the issue of payday lenders, but some misread reports have her campaign dealing instead with "fuzzy math" and "'oops' moment" headlines.

Who's Next?

Kay Bailey Hutchison’s announcement that she won't run again for her U.S. Senate seat wasn't entirely unexpected, but it still has the potential to overturn the state's political apple cart. To separate the would-bes from the could-bes in a 2012 race, we’ve created a guide to certain, likely and plausible candidates — as well a few who are plausible only to us here at the Trib.