john cornyn http://kut.org en 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