THE LEGACY OF THE TUMULTUOUS Republican state convention in San Antonio is that the state GOP is headed for open warfare between its mainstream and ultraconservative factions. The defining incident of the convention was not the unsuccessful attempt by pro-life dissidents to prevent U.S. senator Kay Bailey Hutchison from becoming
The Barton Springs salamander goes to court.
From the war on drugs to education and his new Reform Party, Ross Perot has ideas about everything. Too bad they’re usually wrong.
Operation Lightning Strike, the FBI’s bizarre NASA probe, accomplished many things—all of them negative. Plus, the bureau strikes (out) again in Houston.
Beaming over a new aircraft landing device.
If Bill Clinton wants to get elected president, he’ll have to do it without Texas—just like in 1992.
PITY THE POOR COWMAN. All his life he has been told to raise bigger and better cattle. More meat on the hoof meant more dollars in his pocket—which is why Texas ranchers have turned away from smaller British breeds like Angus and Hereford in favor of heftier continental breeds like
Why the citizens of Alvin are down in the dumps over garbage.
On the road with Victor Morales, the schoolteacher turned U.S. Senate candidate who is out to prove he’s not running on empty.
No high diving boards at public pools. No cameras in operating rooms. All this and more, thanks to lawyers.
Will UT get affirmative action on affirmative action? Plus: A runoff rundown.
YOU CAN GIVE ME A STANLEY MARSH 3 OVER A WHITTENBURG anytime [“Big Feud at Cadillac Ranch,” March 1996]. Reading and howling about this eccentric old coot’s escapades, I kept wondering, “How can I help this guy stave off those damn Whittenburgs?” I was waiting for a quote from George
The B-1 bomber costs too much and does too little—so who wants to keep it alive? The people of Abilene, whose economy could take a direct hit if the Pentagon pulls the trigger.
Primary color: Dole on a roll, a report card for the Religious Right, and other fallout from Election Day.
How clueless is Congressman Steve Stockman? Plus: Life, death, and race in East Texas.
We take aim at five Texas militias.
Brown and Root goes to Bosnia for the Pentagon—and cleans up.
Wyatt Roberts says he’s simply crusading against sin, but critics contend that the Christian activist is trying to usher in a new era in Texas: the anti-gay nineties.
Why electricity is a supercharged political issue. Plus: Who cares about the Democrats running for U.S. Senate?
Rating our primary concerns.
Barbara Jordan saw herself not as a black politician but as a politician who happened to be black—and that was one of the things that made her great.
The right’s phony gay-bashing campaign. Plus: Poor Phil Gramm.
Texas was supposed to be horse racing’s salvation, a Thoroughbred–loving state with money to burn. So why can’t the sport get out of the gate?
Wacky White House wannabes.
Once upon a time, Galveston was an isolated island with few big-city problems. Recent flaps over civic corruption, press bias, and race suggest those days are over.
Steve Stockman was supposed to have been a lethal weapon in the Republicans’ fight to unmake the Great Society. Instead the freshman legislator has been a loose cannon—an outsider in his own party.
Farmers in the Rio Grande Valley are reeling from last year’s crop disaster—and they don’t cotton to agriculture commissioner Rick Perry’s excuses.
Gauging Barney’s Universal appeal.
The last of the LBJ-style Democracts, the rowdy and reckless Charlie Wilson has called it quits. A fond farewell.
Budget cuts are coming. Are teaching hositals DOA? Plus: Are white Democrats MIA?
The myth of the NAFTA superhighway.
Inspired by th O.J.Simpson case, Texas has taken the lead in fighting domestic violence.
Tobi Sokolow and Mildred Breed, two of the world’s expert cardplayers, have little in common—except a killer instinct.
Critics complain about Houston’s rising debt, but Mayor Bob Lanier’s reputation is blooming, which is why he’ll win a third term this month.
He’s won the support o Mexican Americans in El Paso; now he wants to win a seat in Congress. Is Silvestre Reyes’ attack on illegal immigration heroism or hype?
Joe Jamail fights the power. Plus: Who will save the Texas Democratic party?
Tainted Mexican pols sign up a Corpus Christi lawyer.
Phil Gramm’s master plan for defeating Dole, whipping Wilson, and locking up the GOP nomination.
The death of a federal program in Amarillo shows that cutting the budget isn’t the answer to everything.
A hunger for feeding children.
Head of the class.
Long before racial preferences were a political hot potato, these respected conservatives were bucking conventional wisdom—within their own community.
The man of the House.
The people’s mayor.
By vetoing the Patient Protection Act, Gearge W. Bush put cost before care.
Twenty-five years after Norma McCorvey joined the flight to legalize abortion, the battle is still raging—and so is she.