Politics

Election 2010
3:57 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Project Smart Vote Condemns Candidates

To say the president of the voter information group, Project Vote Smart, is miffed at Congressional candidates would be untrue.  He's down right MAD.  In an Op-Ed submitted to media outlets today, Richard Kimball says this year's candidates have avoided public scrutiny and overwhelmed citizens with a "bucketful of poppycock."  I could try to distil the cynical, scathing editorial, but honestly you should just read it for yourself (which you can below).  Vote Smart also has a video (below again) which shows some of the excesses received from candidates and political parties who have refused

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2010 midterm elections
3:53 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Deciphering Political Polls is Tricky Business

Photo illustration by Nathan Benrier

It's a secret trick of the news business. Nothing interesting to report during an election campaign? Commission a poll! Congratulations, you just bought yourself a front page story.

Polls can have news value: they help voters understand trends and feel the direction of political winds, but not all polls are created equally, even if the media tends to report on them as if they were.

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Politics
3:21 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Trail's End...Almost

Photo by KUT News

The "Texas Political Parlor" reviews the 2010 campaign ahead of Tuesday's election.

It seems hard to believe that the 2010 election campaign is nearly over. Not long ago, the campaign trail laid before us, untrodden and (mostly) untussled. Now we’ve ridden the trail, and the end is in sight.

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2010 midterm elections
12:24 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Austin Chronicle Announces Candidate Endorsements

When a newspaper endorses a candidate, does anybody care? It's a question that arises frequently in newsrooms around election time.

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texas Politics
9:10 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Tea Party Caucus Coming to Austin

Tea Party lawmakers look to unite under the dome
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Some conservative Republican lawmakers are getting set to harness the force of the national Tea Party movement in the Texas Legislature.   State senator Dan Patrick (R-Houston) has announced the creation of the Tea Party caucus in the Texas Legislature.  Senator Patrick announced the creation in an Thursday morning e-mail, saying the group will support its members when they need help pushing legislation that reflects the Tea Party's core values...and, "challenge them when they stray."

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politics
12:07 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

South Texas Lawmaker Found Guilty on 6 Felony Counts

A South Texas lawmaker has been found guilty of multiple crimes in a case involving allegations that he sold access to the legislature.  The Austin American-Statesman reports the jury returned a verdict this morning for State Rep. Kino Flores (D-Mission).

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2010 Midterm Elections
10:49 am
Wed October 27, 2010

Millions in Donations Given in Last Month as Election Nears

Donators have their reasons for deciding not to give until late in the election cycle.
courtesy flickr.com/dborman2

Millions of dollars have funneled into the Texas legislative campaigns over the last month as interest groups try to maximize their influence in the upcoming election. The donations, primarily from trial lawyers and business owners around the area, have come late so as to reduce the exposure of the donors themselves.

Some contribute late so that donators can ride the coattails of a winning campaign. As The Austin American-Statesman reports:

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2010 midterm elections
5:10 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

State GOP Election Night Party to be Held In Buda

A zebra at Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Game Ranch, where the Texas Republican Party is holding its election night watch party.
Photo courtesy TDS website

The Texas Republican Party just revealed the location of its election night celebration: the Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Game Ranch. 

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POLITICS
2:48 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Tom DeLay Jury Selection: Day One

Tom DeLay is the former Congressman from Sugar Land, TX who is in Austin for his trial on money laundering and conspiracy charges.
Image courtesy United States Congress

Local media is swarming around the Travis County Criminal Justice Complex this afternoon for the first day of jury selection in Tom DeLay's trial on money laundering and conspiracy charges. DeLay is the former-Republican House Majority Leader who is accused of conspiring to launder $190,000 in corporate cash to political campaigns. DeLay insists he's innocent.

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE
12:50 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Video Interview with Texas Judge Sharon Keller

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Karen Keller sat down with the Texas Tribune to talk about the death penalty, how Texas sanctions judges, and other hot button issues.
Still from Texas Tribune video

Sharon Keller is the Texas judge who was publicly reprimanded for closing her court on Sept. 25, 2007 and preventing lawyers from filing a last-minute appeal hours before their client was executed. Earlier this month, the top criminal judge in Texas absolved Keller of any wrongdoing. In an interview with AP immediately following that decision, Keller said she felt vindicated.

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2010 midterm elections
11:25 am
Fri October 22, 2010

Claims of Voter Intimidation Arise

As many Texans go to vote early, there have been reports of voting intimidation.
Photos by KUT News

As Texans across the state continue to hit the polls this week for early voting, several reports have surfaced of voter intimidation. The Houston Chronicle reports the most recent allegations have been in Harris County:  

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2010 midterm elections
3:04 pm
Thu October 21, 2010

Casual Voting

People cast ballots at Travis County Mega-Voting Site
Photo by KUT News

It always comes as something of a shock to political junkies this time of year that not everyone’s a political junkie! (You may actually know people like this, yourself.)

Those in the political world (and those covering it) find themselves living from campaign claim to opposition counterclaim in the weeks leading up to Election Day.

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2010 midterm elections
12:03 pm
Thu October 21, 2010

HD 47 Candidate Workman Has Cancer

HD 47 Candidate Paul Workman (R)
KUT News

House District 47 candidates Paul Workman says he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.  In an e-mail from his campaign the 58-year-old Republican said the cancer was discovered during a recent routine  physical, and that he's been given an optimistic prognosis because the cancer was detected early.  He also says he's not dropping out of his race against Democratic incumbent Valinda Bolton.

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podcast
8:52 am
Thu October 21, 2010

The Texas Tribune Weekly TribCast: Ep 51

In this week's Tribcast, KUT's Ben Philpott, and the Texas Tribune's Evan Smith, Ross Ramsey and Elise Hu discuss early voting trends, the Perry/White interviews, third party candidates for governor and the youth vote.

 

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2010 midterm elections
4:36 pm
Wed October 20, 2010

Bill White Channels Mr. October, Swings for the Fences

Bill White held a press conferance in front of the Teacher Retirement System in downtown Austin.
Photo by Ian Dille KUT News

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White lobbed more allegations of cronyism and corruption at incumbent Republican Governor Rick Perry. On Tuesday, Mayor White launched what his campaign dubbed their “October Surprise.”

The former Houston mayor spoke on the steps of the Teacher Retirement System building. TRS is the largest pension fund in the State, valued at over 100 billion dollars.

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2010 midterm elections
3:26 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

White Accuses Perry of Funneling Teacher Retirement Funds to Political Donors

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White delivered his campaign's "October surprise" from the front steps of the Teacher Retirment Systems building in downtown Austin.
Photo by Ian Dille for KUT News.

Today, in an event trumpeted by his campaign as its "October surprise," Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White held a press conferance on the front steps of the Teacher Retirement Systems (TRS) building in downtown Austin. The TRS manages a trust fund valued at over $100 billion on behalf of 1.3 million current and former Texas teachers.

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2010 midterm elections
3:25 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Texas Land Commissioner Jokes About Shooting Opponent (Again)

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is a big advocate for gun rights (He helped write the state's concealed carry law.), and he likes to joke occasionally about "shooting" his political opponents.
Photo courtesy Jerry Patterson campaign website

Gun-toting incumbent land commish Jerry Patterson is once again having a laugh over the idea of shooting his political opponents.  This time, the target is Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner, Hank Gilbert.

Dallas Morning News reporter Christy Hoppe reports how Patterson "shoots from the lip."

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2010 midterm elections
12:55 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Rick Perry vs Bill White: The Pseudo Debate

Photo illustration by Nathan Bernier for KUT

Early voting starts today and everything is running smoothly so far at Travis County polling stations.  That's not really a surprise, given that early voting rarely draws large crowds.

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