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Texas Anti-Abortion Bill Defeatednew

In the end, after the 13-hour filibuster and all the wrangling over rules, Wendy Davis and her fellow Texas Democrats could do only so much. In the end, it was the citizens in the gallery who made the difference late Tuesday night.
The Texas Observer  |  Carolyn Jones  |  06-26-2013  |  Politics

The Boy from Haskellnew

Rick Perry's small-town Texas politics.
The Texas Observer  |  Saul Elbein  |  09-23-2011  |  Politics

Can Rick Perry Govern?new

Rick Perry is a terrific campaigner, but has accomplished little in office.
The Texas Observer  |  Dave Mann  |  08-15-2011  |  Elections

Rick Perry's Army of Godnew

A little-known movement of radical Christians and self-proclaimed prophets wants to infiltrate government, and Rick Perry might be their man.
The Texas Observer  |  Forrest Wilder  |  07-14-2011  |  Politics

Connie Scott: The Sheepish Revolutionarynew

A Tea Party freshman grapples with the bitter realities of governing in Austin.
The Texas Observer  |  Daniel Setiawan  |  04-19-2011  |  Politics

Praying For Votesnew

As more Latinos gravitate to evangelical churches, does that mean a boon for Texas Republicans on election days? Not necessarily.
The Texas Observer  |  Michael May  |  12-23-2010  |  Elections

The Obama Effectnew

After Obama swept through Texas yesterday — having raised more than $600,000 for the Democratic Party — it seems his visit didn't have quite the political reverberations many pundits expected.
The Texas Observer  |  Abby Rapoport  |  08-10-2010  |  Politics

'What Are You So Mad At?': Tea Partiers Go Grassrootsnew

With the Christian Right and the Obama Left having reinvented personal politicking for the 21st century, the old wizardry is making a comeback. After the tea parties are over and the Fox News van has skipped town, American Majority is training activists to win elections at the grassroots.
The Texas Observer  |  Josh Berthume  |  11-04-2009  |  Politics

White Man's Burden: A Dallas Suburb Struggles With its Sudden Diversitynew

Like many suburbs, Irving is becoming much less white. According to the latest Census Bureau figures, in 2007 Latinos made up about 41 percent of Irving’s population. Yet one place in Irving remains unchanged -- city hall. Anglos make up 35 percent of the population, but the mayor and all eight City Council members are white.
The Texas Observer  |  Dave Mann  |  08-26-2009  |  Politics

Snuffed: How Big Tobacco Killed the Texas Smoking Bannew

With the tide of public sentiment so strong against them, Big Tobacco's well-paid minions adopted ninja tactics, lobbying members behind closed doors and over the telephone to snuff out a high-profile bill with such widespread public support.
The Texas Observer  |  Melissa del Bosque  |  07-01-2009  |  Politics

Can Social Media Transform Politics ... and Reboot Texas Republicans?new

Twitter and other social-media tools certainly illuminate the humanity of politicians who make enthusiastic use of the newest technology. But is this kind of social networking politically effective? Does it give Twitter and Facebook followers anything more important than a sometimes-revealing glimpse into their favorite politicians' consciousnesses?
The Texas Observer  |  Josh Berthume  |  06-17-2009  |  Politics

Unseated by Republican Redistricting, Five Former Texas Congressmen Cash Innew

An investigation has discovered that the Texans whom Tom DeLay gerrymandered out of Congress have proven even more likely than the average member of Congress to become lobbyists.
The Texas Observer  |  Andrew Wheat  |  03-12-2009  |  Politics

Austin Activist Admits He Infiltrated RNC Protest Groupnew

Brandon Darby has acknowledged that he provided information to the FBI leading to the arrest and felony indictment of two Austin men who participated in protests last September at the Republican National Convention.
The Texas Observer  |  Renee Feltz  |  01-07-2009  |  Politics

How Obama's Ground Game Helped Him Win North Carolinanew

In the run-up to February's Super Tuesday primaries, no one guessed that North Carolina could, in the early morning hours of Nov. 5, become the 28th state to declare for Obama.
The Texas Observer  |  Lawrence Goodwyn  |  12-17-2008  |  Politics

The Latino Factor: How Ethnic Bias Distorts Texas Electionsnew

There is compelling evidence that ethnic bias skewed Texas' 2008 statewide judicial election results. Some voters, with little else to go on in these low-profile races, appear to have cast a vote against Latino surnames. You've heard of the Bradley Effect. Call this the Latino Factor.
The Texas Observer  |  Forrest Wilder  |  12-03-2008  |  Politics

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