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Municipal Utility Districts in Texas have sweeping power to sell bonds, levy taxes

Earlier this year, the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank, published research by Marc Joffe, principal consultant at Public Sector Credit Solutions, a...

Trump to hold rally in The Woodlands after River Oaks fundraiser

AUSTIN – Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will bring his Republican presidential campaign to two Houston-area events Friday, including a public rally in the...

Road trip with presidential candidate proves to be a snoozer

I knew Mark White, Bill Hobby and Jim "Whole Hog" Hightower, and I had seen W. Lee "Pass the Biscuits, Pappy" O'Daniel campaigning in Waco...

A morning kiss, an evening blessing - Pope Francis addresses family issues in long awaited 'exhortation"

A morning kiss, an evening blessing - Pope Francis addresses family issues in long awaited 'exhortation"The 256-page "Amoris Laetitia," Latin for "The Joy of Love,"...

Miller used state, campaign funds on trip to compete in rodeo

It is unclear if he used campaign funds or his own money. The travel-related issues follow other questions about Miller's spending. The first-term Republican, a...

For Railroad Commission

MIDLAND, TX - JANUARY 21: A pumpjack sits on the outskirts of town in the Permian Basin oil field on January 21, 2016 in the...

Presidential hopefuls rake in big bucks from Texans

Cruz, the home state U.S. senator rallying the most conservative wing of Texas' GOP, has easily raised more from Texas than anyone else in the...

For state representative, part 1

His opponent, Kay Smith, brings impeccable conservative credentials to the table as well. But Oliverson's ... His opponent, Houston attorney Joy Dawson-Thomas has the credentials...

In Iowa, it's up to Cruz to stop Trump

"We really want it, because it's really a great fit," said Susan Patrick, who travelled from Texas last week to help Cruz in Iowa. But...

Amazing what can happen when a grand jury works as it should

Dan Patrick loudly called on Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson to investigate. Anderson, herself a "pro-life" Republican who ... Meanwhile, the district attorney is...

Presidential race has Texans considering what it means to be Republican

GEORGETOWN - In Williamson County, long perceived as the buckle on Texas' conservative Republican belt, the lunchtime conversation on a recent day was about Donald...

Tea party billionaires push to make over Legislature

Those who know the low-profile Wilks brothers say the big spending on state elections falls in line with their overall conservative philosophy. "They are a...

As Cruz rises in polls, so do GOP fears about his electability

But to Alfonso Aguilar, a Hispanic conservative who served in the administration of President George W. Bush, Cruz's embrace of King and others is similar...

Stores still rule for last-minute shoppers

Craig and Sonya Kyles, of Bryan, tend to be conservative with their holiday shopping. This year is no exception, said Sonya Kyles, who works in...

As Rep. Brady rises on Capitol Hill, he faces primary challenge at home

And now Brady, who would seem to be at the pinnacle of his career, is facing what could be his toughest campaign, against a former...

Experts: King's close race not a sign of GOP resurgence in Houston

He didn't run as a Republican but happily accepted the support of Republicans," University of Houston political scientist Richard Murray said. ... King, who entered...

Brown beats Frazer in controller race

District F incumbent Richard Nguyen, however, lost a nail-biter to physician Steve Le. The loss marks yet another unusual upheaval for the ... Knox, who...

And what of Turner's plans for pensions?

Mayoral candidates Bill King, left, and Sylvester Turner face off in a mayoral debate Wednesday at the University of Houston-Downtown. King garned conservative support with...

Texas drops legal attempt to turn away Syrian refugees

The shift, which came less than two days after Paxton sued the nonprofit and the Obama administration and just hours before a federal judge was...

Turner, King butt heads on fiscal policy in TV debate

Turner won most of Houston's left-leaning, majority-minority City Council districts, while King took three conservative council districts, most of them majority-white, and earned a plurality...

Mayor's race looking anything but nonpartisan

"We've seen across the country the intensity of the partisan division grow," University of Houston political scientist Richard Murray said. "It's not that the overall...

Syrians at Texas border stoke fears, heated rhetoric

Both messages said the Syrians were "caught," the terminology used in the original report by the conservative Breitbart News, which had been shared more than...

Garcia spends big as he looks to make runoff

About $860,000 of the former Harris County sheriff's expenditures were for advertising, double that of former Kemah Mayor Bill King, who some polls show is...

HERO bashing

"The lieutenant governor must know it's illegal now - and will always be - to enter the wrong restroom," Richard Carlborn, spokesman for supporters of...

HERO supporters rake in $1.26 million in donations

(subscription) (subscription)Opponents reported a $100,000 donation from conservative developer Al Hartman, $25,000 from Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle and $5,000 from Houston state Rep.

George P. Bush 'reboot' of land office has campaign, family ties

(subscription) (subscription)Newly elected statewide officials often ignore the requirement for some core positions - Attorney General Ken Paxton and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller already...

Racing commission fight driven by powerful lobbies

(subscription) (subscription)This year, a budget surplus and starkly conservative Legislature led many in the coalition to give up hope and lay off their lobbyists.

Astros report: All's quiet as waiver-deal deadline passes

(subscription) (subscription)Righty reliever Josh Fields, lefty reliever Joe Thatcher and utility man Jonathan Villar will be the initial additions for the Astros on Tuesday...

From the archives: Lightning rod for nation's discontent would be like no ...

(subscription) (subscription)Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot laughs after saying 'Watch my lips, ' in response to reports asking when he plans to formally enter...

HERO campaigns brace for expensive, hard-fought battle

(subscription)Council's 12-5 vote to affirm the ordinance and place it on the ballot, part of a Texas Supreme Court order, followed months of heated...

HERO ballot fight presents challenge to GLBT Caucus

(subscription)According to the Kinder Institute's recent Houston Area Survey, support for gay rights in Harris County, which includes Houston's more conservative suburbs, has increased...

Hall hoping to get a boost from HERO opponents

(subscription) (subscription)Five of them – former Congressman Chris Bell, City Councilman Stephen Costello, former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, state Rep. ... "He's between...

In resistance to same-sex marriage, echoes of 1967

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative politicians, organizations and religious leaders bristled at the comparison when it was brought up last week. Focus on the Family's Glenn ...

King cites pension, street repairs in 'back to basics' mayoral bid

Sylvester Turner, former congressman Chris Bell, city councilmen Stephen Costello and Oliver Pennington, businessman Marty McVey, former airline executive Joe Ferreira and 2013 mayoral candidate...

Holley: 'Pappy' led way for Patrick

. By Joe Holley. October 24, 2014 ... Patrick was a sports radio shock jock before he became a station owner and conservative talk-radio host...

GOP governors don't see 'Obamacare' going away

Nine Republican governors have expanded Medicaid for low-income people in their states, despite their own misgivings and adamant opposition from conservative legislators. Three more governors...

Early Houston art scene is having a moment

It commissioned former art critic Patricia Covo Johnson to curate a Houston Artists Hall of Fame exhibition. ... Houston always has been the most...

Federal probe of Ron Paul's 2012 campaign tied to 3 aides

Former Paul aide Dennis Fusaro, a conservative activist in Virginia and one of the main whistleblowers in the case, was instrumental in bringing the Sorenson...

Tenn. tea party supporters take heart from vote

Ingram said the campaign is still sorting out what it might have done differently and analyzing what the outcome means for the general election campaign...

Lee County school board opts out of statewide test

But conservative activists have clamored for Florida to repeal the standards completely and have charged that Scott is trying to put a "lipstick on a...

House censures UT regent for misconduct, incompetency

Michael Quinn Sullivan, the head of the conservative advocacy group Empower Texans, sounded off against the censure as a "legally meaningless admonition" "to save face...

Local GOP flush with cash under new leader

The Harris County Republican Party is on surer financial footing than it has been in years, thanks in large part to several big donations made...

Congress cooperates

Houston Chronicle - and fights - as recess nearsHouston ChronicleThe legislation was a compromise between the House and Senate - one of few in the...

Memories of Things Post

I recall my father and grandfather never trusting the liberals at the Chronicle, but took the paper to 'keep an eye on them.'" Spencer Howard:...

In Georgia, Senate hopefuls stick to conservatives

SFGate Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue appeal almost exclusively to conservative voters. That bucks the recent example of Mississippi Sen. ... It's all a stark...

2016 campaign checklist: Chris Christie

Lamar Alexander in Tennessee, irritating Alexander's primary opponent, who called Christie's record in New Jersey "dumb governance." Spring speech pleased activists at Conservative Political Action...

Congressman fighting for job in primary race

Augusta construction company owner Rick W. Allen is seeking redemption after he was the runner-up in the eastern Georgia district's jammed 2012 Republican primary. Former...

Underdog Dewhurst hoping debates will salvage win, career

Allan Saxe, a political scientist at the University of Texas at Arlington, agreed, saying Dewhurst needs to "get tougher, get animated and not be so...

Missouri House passes 1-cent sales tax increase

But other Republicans said voting on a tax increase runs contrary to the party's small government values. That philosophy led a group of GOP senators...

Two to face off May 27 in JP race

Lone Star College Chancellor Richard Carpenter, center, attends the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new LSC-Cypress Center, which opened in fall 2013. Laryssa Korduba; Lone Star...