AUSTIN — At a Houston news conference early this month, Dr. Donna Campbell stood alongside Gov. Rick Perry, looking the part of a newly elected senator: sharp-eyed, coiffed, wearing a bright pearl necklace. For many, this was a first glimpse at the New Braunfels Republican, who doesn´t yet have an office in the Capitol but now represents state Senate District 25, which includes northern Bexar County.
Comments: Good news about a true conservative Republican going to the Texas Senate. She beat a RINO in a primary runoff and an easy win over a leftist RAT professor to represent this district in NE San Antonio and surrounding towns.
Let me go ahead and predict right now that Texas Monthly will name her to their list of worst legislators. Any conservative who does not get kissy face with the Dems will land on this list. She should get ready for the honor.
Right now we need to start supporting all these wonderful new conservatives. Any way that we can, write, yell, telephone, but let´s fight back. Do not let the Dems and other rats marginize her. We have to fight back!!
That´s right. Texas Monthly already has their list of "worst legislators" (a token democRAT will get the honor to make the list maker say he´s bipartisan).
They´ll go all crybaby that their RINO pal, Jeff Wentworth was beaten by this Tea Party gal ... you know the Wentworth type. Kinda like Romney. Run hard against Republicans in the primary, go squishy when the Democrats are the opponent.
AUSTIN — If you want a friend in politics, they say, get a dog. And if you want a political ambassador, you might want to do the same. The top candidates for governor, Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis and Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, are flying their canine flags as they aim to succeed Gov. Rick Perry — another dog-lover.
As he joined Catholic clergy from both sides of the border calling for a change in U.S. immigration laws, San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller recalled meeting a child whose recently deported parents were killed in Mexico. In September, Catholic border bishops shared a meal with 50 detained children in El Paso, García-Siller said. They offered harrowing stories about their paths to get into the U.S. and their detentions at the hands of U.S. authorities.
Martin Bashir slur Howard Kurtz It´s no secret that Sarah Palin is mighty steamed at MSNBC and Martin Bashir over his despicable remarks about the abusive treatment he imagines for her. And now she´s doing something about it. The former Alaska governor and Fox News contributor was scheduled to sit down with Matt Lauer for a Christmas season interview. That´s now toast.
Officials say increases could send waterfront property values plummeting. SEGUIN — Owners of lakefront and riverfront homes in Guadalupe County and elsewhere in the nation are facing huge increases in their premiums for federal flood insurance. In a presentation at Tuesday’s session of Guadalupe County Commissioners Court, County Attorney David Willborn described the potential impact of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act passed by Congress in 2012.
While they’d disagreed in their “summit” meeting, in the aftermath Tip continued to reserve final judgment on the president. Still reluctant to blame him for the harm resulting from his administration’s policies, Tip expressed it this way: “I don’t think he believes his program is hurting anyone because he doesn’t know it. He doesn’t realize the severity of his cuts. If he knew, they wouldn’t go that far.” As for Reagan, he had his own sense of his opponent, and it was one tempered with affection. According to Max Friedersdorf, “We would go in and want the president to fire
AUSTIN — Sen. Wendy Davis´ widely-telegraphed political plans debuted a week ahead of schedule Thursday when sources reported that, as expected, she will run for governor. The Fort Worth senator has told large donors and elected officials that she will seek the office, said a Democrat familiar with her decision. Two additional Democrats said they had received telephone calls from Davis saying she´ll announce for governor. She said her analysis showed the race was winnable, said one.
AUSTIN, Texas — Minority rights groups that sued over voting maps passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011 want the state to pay for a roughly $6 million legal tab. The Republican-drawn maps were thrown out by a San Antonio federal court and never used. Groups that include the Mexican American Legislative Caucus consider that a victory and want reimbursement for the money spent fighting in court
It started with a political donation and a request for a small favor in return. That exchange gradually would lead James Phil “J.P.” Flores into a relationship with narcotics traffickers, the former Hidalgo County sheriff´s deputy said as he testified last week in a drug conspiracy trial. A local smuggler with deep pockets knew Flores faced pressure to raise money for his boss´ campaigns. He offered the deputy cash.
The attorney for San Diego´s embattled mayor says the city failed to provide Bob Filner state-required sexual harassment training and therefore should pay to defend him against a lawsuit by his former communications director, who alleges he asked her to work without wearing panties. Filner´s lawyer Harvey Berger made the argument in a letter to City Attorney Jan Goldsmith one day before the City Council voted unanimously to deny Filner funds for his legal defense. Local media published parts of the letter Wednesday.
East Side residents upset with Democratic campaign consultant JoAnn Ramon´s perceived lack of care for a cemetery where many relatives and prominent civil rights leaders are buried will have to wait longer to air their grievances in court. Ramon, who owns Southern Memorial (Eastview) Cemetery in the 3500 block of Roland Road, struck a deal Tuesday with the Texas attorney general´s office to allow her 90 days to clean the cemetery before she must reappear in court.
Washington - A self-described conservative Republican who is a manager in the Internal Revenue Service office that targeted tea party groups told investigators that he, not the White House, set the review in motion, the top Democrat on the House watchdog committee said Sunday. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., released a partial transcript of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform interview with the unnamed manager in the IRS' Cincinnati office. In it, the employee said the extra scrutiny for tea party groups' tax exempt status was an effort to be consistent
NEW YORK - Rush Limbaugh’s distributor on Thursday said there is no denying the conservative radio host’s controversial comments about Sandra Fluke hurt advertising last year — but 2013 is apparently a whole different ballgame. This year, Limbaugh is drawing new advertisers and recovering well after the major boycott he faced in response to his broadcasts on Fluke, Premiere Radio senior vice president and director of talk radio sales Dan Metter told the Talkers New York 2013 conference.
Last summer on his $100 million family tour of Africa, Barack Obama hoped for a priceless photo op with Nelson Mandela, the ailing freedom pioneer who went from prison cell to the presidency of South Africa. Mandela´s family suggested that wouldn’t happen. So, the Obamas did a photo op in Mandela´s former prison cell. Which Obama’s White House quickly tweeted upon word of the icon´s passing at 95. [Skip] But Obama was also caught staring at television coverage of Mandela’s passing, which became Obama’s Photo of the Day.
Hardly a week goes by without Hillary Clinton receiving another award. Last month she was named a “Global Champion” by the International Medical Corps, received the American Patriot Award at the National Defense University Foundation and the Hermandad Award from the Mexican American Leadership Initiative. [Snip] At this rate, if a bunch of elderly left-wing Swedes toss her the Nobel Peace Prize early on, the way they did to Obama, it will barely rate mention among all the other glittering trophies that have been bestowed on a woman whose only actual accomplishment was being married to a crooked governor with
Speaker John Boehner said his party should support gay Republican congressional candidates and urged his colleagues to “be a little more sensitive” when running against women. “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said. When asked if he thinks his party should support gay candidates, Boehner simply said: “I do.”
Denver - A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday. The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage." The order says the cake-maker must "cease and desist from discriminating" against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay
In February, the Bush family’s personal emails were hacked by Guccifer, a hacker who uncovered photographs of former President George H. W. Bush in a hospital bed and George W. Bush’s oil paintings in the process. It seems Guccifer has struck again, this time targeting former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Library. The hacker has reportedly uncovered doodles of Clinton drawing on what were, at the time, classified documents. Among the doodles is apparently a picture of a penis. The document uncovered is a briefing of the strategic measures the United States could take prior Clinton’s decision to intervene in
Amid an array of “knock-out” attacks against a number of Jews in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, a city councilwoman pointed to the success of the Jewish community as triggering the aggression. Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo emphasized that while she “admire[s] the Jewish community immensely” for its work ethic, black teens may see it differently. “While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success,” Cumbo, who was recently elected, wrote in a letter. Chief among the issues
On Tuesday, The Boston Globe reported that Onyango “Omar” Obama, uncle to President Obama, says that his famous nephew stayed with him while a student at Harvard Law School in the 80s, in contradiction to The White House’s contention that the two had never met. At Thursday’s White House daily briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed that the President had, in fact, briefly stayed with “his father’s half-brother,” as Carney described Omar Obama, and that no one had actually asked the President about it when the White House initially commented. The 69 year-old Omar Obama has been facing deportation back
Former President Bill Clinton shared an anecdote regarding Nelson Mandela and the aftermath of his impeachment Friday on CNN. Clinton revealed shortly after the “impeachment business” finished on Capitol Hill, Rep. Henry Hyde (R., Ill.) who managed the impeachment trial requested a meeting at the White House. The former president granted the meeting out of lessons of humility and forgiveness he learned from Mandela, he said: BILL CLINTON: I remember one day, oh, about a month after the whole impeachment business was over, Henry Hyde, who had run the whole show, unbelievably enough, maybe a few months after, it was
The world premiere of the “Ballad for Trayvon Martin for Orchestra and Jazz Quartet” is set for tonight. Princeton University’s director of its jazz-studies program composed the work in honor of the Florida teen. Anthony D. J. Branker told the Star-Ledger that the piece is intended to “be a form of healing” after Martin’s death and the controversial court case that followed it. The ballad, which will be performed by the university’s official orchestra and jazz ensemble, is intended to be a tribute to victims of racial violence, Branker explained. He hopes that the performance will be “one that speaks to
WASHINGTON – A fourth straight month of solid hiring cut the U.S. unemployment rate to a five-year low of 7 percent in November, an encouraging sign for the economy. The Labor Department says employers added 203,000 jobs, nearly matching October´s revised gain of 200,000. The job gains helped lower the unemployment rate from 7.3 percent in October. The strengthening job market is likely to fuel speculation that the Federal Reserve may start to scale back its bond purchases when it meets later this month. The economy has now generated an average of 204,000 jobs from August through November. That´s up
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has high praise for potential 2016 contenders Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “I think Joe Biden will go down in history as one of the best vice presidents ever, and he has been with me, at my side, in every tough decision that I’ve made,” Obama told MSNBC in an interview Thursday held at American University. “Hillary, I think, will go down in history as one of the finest secretaries of state we’ve ever had, and helped to transition us away from a deep hole that we were in,
WASHINGTON — Without Nelson Mandela, there might never have been a President Obama. That is the strong impression conveyed from Mr. Obama, whose political and personal bonds to Mr. Mandela, the former South African president, transcended their single face-to-face meeting, which took place at a hotel here in 2005. It was the fight for racial justice in South Africa by Mr. Mandela that first inspired a young Barack Obama to public service, the American president recalled on Thursday evening after hearing that Mr. Mandela, the 95-year-old world icon, had died. Mr. Obama delivered his first public speech, in 1979, at