John Cornyn

National Podcast of Texas, Episode Three

Jan 19, 2018 By Monte Williams

On this episode, we dive into Beto O'Rourke's moonshot campaign, catch up with Laredo's nightcrawler, and talk to Gay Gaddis about her new book, 'Cowgirl Power: How to Kick ass in Business and Life.

Republican Civil War

Sep 30, 2013 By Paul Burka

How long can the Republican party endure the civil war that is raging between tea party conservatives and mainstream conservatives?

John Cornyn’s Quest To End “Murderabilia”

Sep 24, 2013 By Dan Solomon

Senator John Cornyn has tried three times in seven years to pass a law outlawing the sale of "murderabilia," or memorabilia connected to famous criminals—will tying his latest attempt to the sale of a letter by Nidal Hasan help him finally get it through?

Gohmert v. Cornyn

Aug 8, 2013 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

The uncivil war inside the Texas Republican party may be about to break wide open. Elements of the Tea Party are encouraging Tyler congressman Louie Gohmert to challenge U.S. senator John Cornyn in the Republican primary.

Do the D’s Have a Shot at Cornyn?

Feb 11, 2013 By Texas Monthly and Paul Burka

On January 30, Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, released a poll on the U.S. Senate race in Texas. Did someone just say, What U.S. Senate race in Texas? Well, PPP surveyed John Cornyn’s prospects of keeping his seat against four Democratic opponents. As PPP put it, most…

Cornyn, Cruz oppose Kerry confirmation

Jan 30, 2013 By Texas Monthly and Paul Burka

The emergence of Ted Cruz has made life miserable for Minority Whip John Cornyn. Cruz constantly has the senior senator for Texas looking over his right shoulder. Cornyn voted against Kerry as secretary of state, as did Cruz, but it’s likely that he did so only to inoculate himself against…

Election Night: Ten Takeaways

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

Cruz cruises, Wendy Davis holds on, Pete Gallego scores an upset, Karl Rove gets cranky, and six other election highlights from around the state and country. 

Romney’s Texas Cabinet Members?

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

U.S. Senator John Cornyn and outgoing senator Kay Bailey Hutchison were floated as potential members of a Romney administration, and Greg Abbott is a top choice to head the EPA.

The Gentleman From Texas

Jan 20, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

Only a few years after arriving in Washington, John Cornyn has become the capital’s most powerful Texan. Can he lead the Republicans back to power in the Senate?

You’re Rick Noriega. Do You Approve This Message?

Jan 20, 2013 By John Spong

Since the Republicans took over Texas, every plausible Democratic candidate for high statewide office has been the subject of an obligatory profile in Texas Monthly. Here’s yours—only it’s a bit different. It’s a memo containing loads of free advice—the kind you can afford—on how you can beat John Cornyn.

Shuffling races in the Coastal Bend

Nov 30, 2011 By Paul Burka

The last couple of days has been very active for races in Nueces County. Instead of running against Connie Scott, with whom he is paired, Raoul Torres decided to move to Kleberg County and run against former Democratic representative Abel Herrero in District 34. But the local Republican establishment isn’t…

Cornyn, Sessions fail to impress on Meet the Press

Jul 19, 2010 By Paul Burka

The two Texans who chair the Republican campaign committees in their respective houses — Senator John Cornyn and congressman Pete Sessions — appeared on “Meet the Press” yesterday along with their Democratic counterparts to discuss their party’s strategy for the November elections. [For a full report on the discussion from…

Specter switches parties; D’s filibuster-proof

Apr 28, 2009 By Paul Burka

This happened on John Cornyn’s watch as chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. While Cornyn did his best to help Specter by urging Pennsylvania congressional Republicans to support him, as I noted in a previous post, his plea fell on deaf ears. The conservatives effectively drove him out of…

Cornyn appeal for Arlen Specter falls on deaf ears

Apr 20, 2009 By Paul Burka

Cornyn, who is chairman of the National Republican Senate Committee and a staunch conservative, finds himself in the unusual position of supporting one of the GOP’s most liberal senators. Cornyn has urged Pennsylvania Republicans to support the 80-year-old incumbent’s bid for reelection in 2010. Specter faces a rematch with conservative…

Abbott for Senate?

Dec 18, 2008 By Paul Burka

The Quorum Report today reports that the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call has a story saying that John Cornyn is encouraging Greg Abbott to join the Senate race to serve out the remainder of Kay Bailey Hutchison’s term. I was surprised to see this. Abbott supposedly has ruled out a…

Chronicle Endorses Noriega

Oct 22, 2008 By Paul Burka

No, that’s not the Austin Chronicle. It’s the Houston Chronicle. The main reason that the Chronicle gives for the endorsement is one from the distant past of Texas politics, when bringing home the bacon was more important than ideology: that the Democrats are going to be the majority party and…

Situation Wanted

Jun 30, 1998 By Evan Smith

Headline: Situation Wanted by Evan Smith The revolving door between politics and the media is swinging furiously in New York and Washington, D.C., so why should it be any different in Austin? In this year’s race for attorney general, for instance, the major party candidates have hired journalists as their…

Primary Color

Mar 1, 1998 By Paul Burka

Handicapping the Republican primary: Will far-right might carry the day?