john cornyn http://kut.org en 'Keep It Red' Fights Democrats to Keep Texas Republicans in Power http://kut.org/post/keep-it-red-fights-democrats-keep-texas-republicans-power <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was the big news immediately after the 2012 Presidential election: some of Pres. Barack Obama's top campaign generals were on their way to Texas to turn the solidly conservative state into a purple state&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">–&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and eventually a Democratic stronghold.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.battlegroundtexas.com/content/home">Battleground Texas</a> leader Jeremy Bird was grilled on the plan by Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert:</span></p><div style="background-color:#000000;width:520px;"><div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="288" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:colbertnation.com:d7e802e4-1505-49e7-b51c-82b7a3ff26ef" width="512"></iframe></div></div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But for every Texas Democrat who got excited about what changes could lie ahead, there's a Republican who wants to make sure that doesn't happen. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:09:36 +0000 Ben Philpott 10317 at http://kut.org 'Keep It Red' Fights Democrats to Keep Texas Republicans in Power On to November: The Winners in the 2014 Texas Primaries http://kut.org/post/november-winners-2014-texas-primaries <p>The results are in for the&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/live-blog-texas-travis-county-primary-results-coming">2014 Texas Primary Elections</a>. We now know who most of the candidates will be in the November general election, but several statewide races are headed to a runoff on May 27.</p><p>We've compiled a list of the top vote earners for the major statewide and Travis County races. The percentage of votes received (as of this writing) is shown next to each candidate's name. Races with an asterisk are heading to a runoff.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:21:48 +0000 Kelly Krupa & Laura Rice 9894 at http://kut.org On to November: The Winners in the 2014 Texas Primaries Heading into Texas Primary, Stockman Challenge to Cornyn Barely a Blip http://kut.org/post/heading-texas-primary-stockman-challenge-cornyn-barely-blip <p>The Tea Party revolution in Texas has led several unknown, outsider candidates to election victory over the last few years, like Texas’ junior senator, Ted Cruz. Many expected the state’s senior senator, John&nbsp;Cornyn, to face a serious Tea Party challenge in the March primary. But&nbsp;with less than two months to go, it doesn’t look like there’s much of a challenge for the two-term senator.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/elections/brackets/" style="line-height: 1.5;">seven people running against</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;John&nbsp;Cornyn&nbsp;in the Republican primary. So it’s not like nobody wants him out of office. But it wasn’t until the very last day before the December filing deadline that anyone with any kind of political clout threw their name in the ring. That’s when Congressman Steve Stockman&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/12/09/stockman-files-run-against-cornyn/" style="line-height: 1.5;">signed up to be the Tea Party champion&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to take on&nbsp;Cornyn. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Instantly, political journalists in Texas and across the country&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2013/12/steve-stockman-john-cornyn-texas-senate-republican-primary-101412.html#.UuLhVBDnaUk" style="line-height: 1.5;">got interested in the race</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/131212808&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 9639 at http://kut.org Heading into Texas Primary, Stockman Challenge to Cornyn Barely a Blip Stockman Enters Legal Grey Area with Bitcoin Donations http://kut.org/post/stockman-enters-legal-grey-area-bitcoin-donations <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">U.S. Rep.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/steve-stockman/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/steve-stockman/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Steve Stockman</a>, a Friendswood Republican with a history of flouting campaign finance laws, entered a new legal gray area this week when he announced his campaign can now accept donations in Bitcoin, a private virtual currency.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Stockman, who&nbsp;<span style="box-sizing: border-box;">is challenging U.S. Sen.&nbsp;</span><a data-tooltip="/directory/john-cornyn/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/john-cornyn/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">John Cornyn</a><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">&nbsp;of Texas in this year’s Republican primary,</span>&nbsp;was attending an event promoting the NYC Bitcoin Center in New York's financial district earlier this week when he told a reporter with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/steve-stockman-is-accepting-bitcoins-2014-1" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Business Insider</a>&nbsp;that his campaign could now accept Bitcoin donations. Stockman appeared to confirm the report by posting it on Facebook and Twitter.</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 15:48:41 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 9479 at http://kut.org Stockman Enters Legal Grey Area with Bitcoin Donations Is Sen. John Cornyn Conservative Enough For Texas? http://kut.org/post/sen-john-cornyn-conservative-enough-texas Being an incumbent ain't what it used to be.<p>Texan John Cornyn is the No. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 20:55:13 +0000 9367 at http://kut.org Is Sen. John Cornyn Conservative Enough For Texas? Steve Stockman Files to Run Against John Cornyn http://kut.org/post/steve-stockman-files-run-against-john-cornyn <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">U.S. Rep.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/steve-stockman/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/steve-stockman/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Steve Stockman</a>, R-Friendswood, has filed to run against U.S. Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/john-cornyn/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/john-cornyn/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">John Cornyn</a>&nbsp;in the March GOP primary, joining at least eight other hopefuls vying for the senior senator's seat, according to a&nbsp;spokesman with the Republican Party of Texas.&nbsp;</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Stockman, who had filed for re-election in Congressional District 36, had to withdraw from that race to seek Cornyn's seat.</p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 01:47:36 +0000 Emily Ramshaw, Texas Tribune & John Reynolds, Texas Tribune 9336 at http://kut.org Steve Stockman Files to Run Against John Cornyn Cornyn Skeptical of U.S. Leadership’s Decisions on Syria http://kut.org/post/cornyn-skeptical-us-leadership-s-decisions-syria <p>U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, joins other members of Congress in hesitantly approving <a href="post/obama-american-ideals-national-security-stake-syrian-crisis">President Barack Obama’s decision</a> to diplomatically disarm Syria rather than initiate a military intervention.</p><p>“Well I do believe that this proposal is better than executing a poorly thought out and foolishly telegraphed plan that is doomed to fail," Sen.&nbsp;Cornyn&nbsp;said of President Obama’s address. "I think it is worth seeing this thing to a conclusion.”</p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:04:12 +0000 Carrie Powell 8654 at http://kut.org Cornyn Skeptical of U.S. Leadership’s Decisions on Syria Has 'Cruz-Mania' Made Senator Cornyn an Afterthought? http://kut.org/post/has-cruz-mania-made-senator-cornyn-afterthought <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F108960739" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Texas <a href="http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public/">Senator John Cornyn</a> has been in office since 2002. He’s currently the GOP minority whip.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And yet, based on media appearances and general buzz, you might think </span>Cornyn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was the state’s junior Senator – second fiddle to Tea Party favorite and conservative media darling <a href="http://www.cruz.senate.gov/">Senator Ted Cruz</a>.</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 15:41:10 +0000 Ben Philpott 8611 at http://kut.org Has 'Cruz-Mania' Made Senator Cornyn an Afterthought? Poll: Most Texans Still Don't Want You to Mess with Them http://kut.org/post/poll-most-texans-still-dont-want-you-mess-them <p>A <a href="http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/07/texas-miscellany.html">recent poll</a> from Public Policy Polling found 78 percent of Texans agree:</p><p>Don't Mess with Texas.</p><p>Nine percent say people should mess with Texas, and 13 percent are unsure.</p><p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 19:00:00 +0000 Gefei Liu & Kate McGee 8297 at http://kut.org Poll: Most Texans Still Don't Want You to Mess with Them IRS Out of Control, Cornyn Says http://kut.org/post/irs-out-control-cornyn-says <p>U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the FBI's criminal investigation of the Internal Revenue Service could include potential civil rights violations, false statements and potential violations of the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in some partisan political activities.</p><p>President Obama is meeting with Treasury officials today to discuss the IRS targeting of conservative groups for special review.</p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 21:11:06 +0000 Trey Shaar & Nathan Bernier 7751 at http://kut.org IRS Out of Control, Cornyn Says Cornyn: Flight Delays Are Politics http://kut.org/post/cornyn-flight-delays-are-politics <p>Travelers are facing more flight delays around the country and here in Austin because of budget cuts forcing air traffic controllers to take time off.</p><p>Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has accused the <a href="http://www.faa.gov/">Federal Aviation Administration</a> of “deliberately engineering flight delays and inconveniencing passengers and creating hardship just in order to try to make a political point.”</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:49:34 +0000 Trey Shaar 7490 at http://kut.org Cornyn: Flight Delays Are Politics Cornyn, McCaul Call for Standards for Measuring Border Security http://kut.org/post/cornyn-mccaul-call-standards-measuring-border-security <p>Texas lawmakers in Washington want the Department of Homeland Security to define <a href="http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=NewsReleases&amp;ContentRecord_id=94680efb-5e39-4d65-8bf2-af29d93719a1" target="_blank">what successful border security means</a>.</p><p>Today, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Austin) <a href="http://homeland.house.gov/sites/homeland.house.gov/files/documents/040913_Border_Security.pdf" target="_blank">filed legislation</a> that would require the department to set metrics for achievement and solutions for reaching those standards.</p><p>Cornyn says it’s an important step to take in immigration reform. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 17:04:00 +0000 Laura Rice 7278 at http://kut.org Cornyn, McCaul Call for Standards for Measuring Border Security Cornyn: Mexico Owes Us Water http://kut.org/post/cornyn-mexico-owes-us-water <p>U.S. Sen. John Cornyn says Texas farmers and ranchers in the Rio Grande Valley are suffering because Mexico is not delivering water it owes the United States under a <a href="http://www.ibwc.state.gov/Treaties_Minutes/treaties.html">treaty</a> signed in 1944.</p><p>Cornyn, is asking an <a href="http://www.ibwc.state.gov/home.html">international commission</a> to intervene and require that Mexico divert water from the Rio Grande to Texas.</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 22:39:38 +0000 Nathan Bernier 6855 at http://kut.org Cornyn: Mexico Owes Us Water For Cornyn, Right Turn Could Be Defensive Play http://kut.org/post/cornyn-right-turn-could-be-defensive-play <p></p><p>After more than a decade representing blood-red Texas in the U.S. Senate,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/john-cornyn/" title="">John Cornyn</a>&nbsp;finds himself in an unusual spot: burnishing his conservative credentials.</p><p>One would think the senior Texas senator’s reputation would be secure: Cornyn, who has ascended to minority whip, spent two election cycles as chairman of the Senate’s Republican campaign fundraising arm, and National Journal last week&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-voting-ratings/the-senate-s-most-conservative-member-ever-heard-of-him-20130220" title="">ranked him second</a>&nbsp;in its 2012 list of the most conservative senators.</p><p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 19:39:35 +0000 Emily Ramshaw, Texas Tribune 6735 at http://kut.org For Cornyn, Right Turn Could Be Defensive Play Senators Cornyn, Cruz Join Call to Withdraw Hagel Nomination http://kut.org/post/senators-cornyn-cruz-join-call-withdraw-hagel-nomination <p>U.S. Senator John Cornyn&nbsp;(R-TX) and 14 other Senators sent a letter to President Obama today,&nbsp;calling on the President to withdraw Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be Secretary of Defense.</p><p class="p1">The letter is<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;signed by&nbsp;</span>Sens<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span>Cornyn<span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;</span>Inhofe<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;(R-OK), Graham (R-SC), Wicker (R-MS),&nbsp;</span>Vitter<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;(R-LA), Cruz (R-TX), Lee (R-UT),&nbsp;</span>Toomey<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;(R-PA), Rubio (R-FL), Coats (R-IN), R. Johnson (R - WI),&nbsp;</span>Risch<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;(R-ID),&nbsp;</span>Barrasso<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;(R-WY), Coburn (R-OK), and Scott (R-SC).&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:59:09 +0000 Ben Philpott 6689 at http://kut.org Senators Cornyn, Cruz Join Call to Withdraw Hagel Nomination Cornyn Calls for Stricter Immigration Enforcement, Opposes Amnesty http://kut.org/post/cornyn-calls-stricter-immigration-enforcement-opposes-amnesty <p>With President Obama and some legislators from both parties <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/obamas-immigration-plan-inspires-some-irks-others">pushing immigration reform</a>, Texas’s Sen. John Cornyn says he does not support a comprehensive overhaul of the country’s immigration laws.</p><p>Instead, he advocates stricter enforcement of existing laws.</p><p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:32:12 +0000 Mark Dewey 6404 at http://kut.org Cornyn Calls for Stricter Immigration Enforcement, Opposes Amnesty Sen. Cornyn Calls on FBI to Release Ft. Hood Shooting Report http://kut.org/post/sen-cornyn-calls-fbi-release-ft-hood-shooting-report <p>U.S. Senator John Cornyn has called for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to release its report into the 2009 Fort Hood shooting that left 13 dead. The FBI tells KUT News it will do so as soon as possible.</p><p>This morning, Sen. Cornyn <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/military-lawyers-discuss-jury-issue-fort-hood-murder-trial-hearing-today">issued a statement</a> referring to a story <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/05/exclusive-independent-fort-hood-calls-for-change-at-fbi/#ixzz20QBxHqOq">from FOX News</a> stating the report will &ldquo;include eighteen (18) formal recommendations for corrective and enhancing measures on matters ranging from FBI policies and operations to information systems infrastructure, review protocols and training.&quot;</p><p>&ldquo;This report is a matter of tremendous public importance, and I call on you to release an unclassified version of it as soon as possible,&rdquo; Cornyn writes to FBI Director Robert Mueller.&nbsp;&ldquo; &hellip; The key findings and recommendations of this report must be made public, so we can glean any and all lessons from this incident. &nbsp;The American people and specifically the Fort Hood community in Texas have the right to know.&rdquo;</p><p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 19:51:26 +0000 Wells Dunbar 4683 at http://kut.org Sen. Cornyn Calls on FBI to Release Ft. Hood Shooting Report Texas Legislators Sound Off on SOPA Blackout http://kut.org/post/texas-legislators-sound-sopa-blackout <p>With the sponsor of the <a href="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.R.3261:">Stop Online Piracy Act</a>&nbsp;(SOPA) hailing from Texas, and Austin being a high-tech hub, there&rsquo;s been plenty of local reaction to <a href="post/how-sopa-blackout-affecting-austin">the internet blackout</a> in protest of SOPA&nbsp;and the accompanying <a href="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c112:2:./temp/%7Ec112biGNHw::">Protect Intellectual Property Act.</a> We have reactions from several Texas lawmakers on the bills:</p><ul><li>Sen. John Cornyn <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Sen.JohnCornyn/posts/10150528388144424">writes on his Facebook page</a> that &ldquo;Texans have soundly rejected the &lsquo;pass now, learn later&rsquo; approach that we saw with Obamacare, and the potential impact of this legislation is too far-reaching to ram it through Congress in such an abrupt way. Stealing content is theft, plain and simple, but concerns about the internet and free speech necessitate a more thoughtful, deliberative process.&rdquo; This isn&rsquo;t the first time Cornyn&rsquo;s been pressed on the issue, as SOPA-opposed constituents <a href="post/austin-takes-case-against-stop-online-piracy-act-sopa-john-cornyn">met with his office</a> earlier this week.</li></ul><p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 23:03:34 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3474 at http://kut.org Texas Legislators Sound Off on SOPA Blackout John Cornyn Predicts Texas Primaries Will Be Delayed Again http://kut.org/post/john-cornyn-predicts-texas-primaries-will-be-delayed-again <p>Sen. John Cornyn suggested yesterday that Texas many not be ready to hold its primaries on April 3.</p><p>While the political prognostication isn&rsquo;t terribly surprising, considering <a href="http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/boards/results.cfm?bid=20">the twists and turns</a> the primary calendar has taken, it does have people wondering when elections will be held in Texas. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 17:56:09 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3464 at http://kut.org John Cornyn Predicts Texas Primaries Will Be Delayed Again Austin Takes Case Against Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) to John Cornyn http://kut.org/post/austin-takes-case-against-stop-online-piracy-act-sopa-john-cornyn <p>The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act">Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)</a> has provoked a firestorm of controversy online.</p><p>Ostensibly drafted to crack down on piracy of films, music, and other items illicitly traded online, SOPA proponents like <a href="http://www.mpaa.org/contentprotection/roguewebsites">the Motion Picture Association of America</a> argue the law will protect intellectual property. But opponents of the bill fear <a href="http://americancensorship.org/infographic.html">the legislation will effectively cripple the Internet</a> by targeting the hosts of user-generated websites like YouTube instead of the offending uploaders; hoist huge legal uncertainties and liabilities onto websites and start-ups; and create potential security threats in the way it redirects traffic from so-called &ldquo;rogue&rdquo; websites.</p><p>The <a href="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:h.r.3261:">proposed SOPA legislation</a>, introduced by Texas Rep.Lamar Smith, is a big deal in tech-savvy Austin. Today, members of Austin&rsquo;s tech community are making the case to Sen. John Cornyn&rsquo;s office that SOPA is a bad bill. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 18:00:50 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3449 at http://kut.org Austin Takes Case Against Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) to John Cornyn