Mayra Flores won a special election to serve as the first Republican in the U.S. House from the Rio Grande Valley since 1871.
Greg Abbott says yes. New polling tells a different story.
The first edition of our GOP primary scorecard.
The party assumes people of color will turn the state blue. But most Tejanos consider themselves white. And more are voting Republican.
The outlandish conspiracy theory has made legions of believers into political activists. And the Texas GOP benefits from that.
The lieutenant governor is no stranger to forcing votes on controversial issues, but a new gun bill the House passed has concerned some members of his Senate caucus.
A large majority of Texas Republicans believe the unsupported claims of leaders that the 2020 election was stolen. But some in the party think “election integrity” legislation could backfire.
As a lifelong Republican—and, more recently, dedicated Never Trumper—it’s clear to me that the state GOP desperately needs to enter the twenty-first century.
Congressman Will Hurd on His Surprise Retirement, Whether He’s Running for President, and the GOP’s Big Problems
The Texas Republican stunned the political world Thursday by announcing that he’s not running for reelection. But he says he still has big plans to help his party.
The outspoken congressman left a promising career in the CIA and became a rising Republican star. But his political balancing act is dicier than ever.
Elephants never forget, but Texas Reaganites wish they could.
By the looks of it, McNair is more concerned with political influence than a winning team.
What Greg Abbott and the Republican party should have learned from their state convention.
Who’s the toughest opponent for Republicans who want to crack down on illegal immigration? Other Republicans.
The Democrats will most certainly fight the Republicans over immigration reform legislation this session, but the Republican’s biggest opponents are powerful interests within their own party. Nate Blakeslee talks about grassroot efforts, tea party champions, and why immigration has become one of the most important issues facing our state.
In the campaign for governor, the Republican nominee is out to prove to voters—and himself—that he’s his own George Bush.
Cracking the whip.
Jim Baker’s boyhood home, take in Robert Mosbacher’s old stomping grounds, and see the Houstonian suite where George Bush slept!
The Gallup organization released a nationwide poll last week showing the partisan preference in every state. The daily tracking poll, conducted during the election campaign, sampled 19,415 adult Texans concerning their self-identification by political party and found that 43.4% identified themselves as Democrats compared to 41.0% who identified
If you want to understand the shift in political power that has taken place in Texas over the past thirty years—from rural areas to the new suburbs, from Democratic control to Republican dominance—you'll hardly find a better case study than Tom DeLay's Sugar Land.
Is Kay Bailey Hutchison plotting a run for Governor? And other questions about Texas politics in the new millennium.
Is the most outspoken member of the State Board of Education a selfless public servant or simply a prima Donna?
Taxes are his target.
By trying to have it both ways in the coup against Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey hurt the Republican party—and himself.
Democratic lieutenant governor Bob Bullock’s immense power over the Texas Senate has vanished almost overnight. The Republican majority, which everyone said wouldn’t make any difference in how the Senate functions, made a difference after all. When Florence Shapiro of Plano successfully challenged Buster Brown of Lake Jackson, a Bullock ally,
In the last legislative session, George W. Bush’s moderate program won over Bob Bullock, Pete Laney, and other top Democrats. But this time, Bush’s agenda is more partisan, and Republicans are measuring his presidential potential—so Texas politics is going to get ugly.
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
If Bill Clinton wants to get elected president, he’ll have to do it without Texas—just like in 1992.
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.
The man of the House.
Phil Gramm is a world-class fundraiser, but it will take more than money to carry him to the White House in 1996.
The new Ways and Means chairman, Bill Archer, takes aim at the federal budget.
How the Republicans took over Texas—and what it means.
Subtract Democratic voters, add new Republicans, and it equals realignment.
Is it worth being a United States senator when you’re on the losing side all the time? Ask John Tower.
The Texas GOP cranks down for November elections.