Former Texas legislator Rick Green has built a marketplace for conservative stand-up—and proselytizing.
Former Texas GOP chair Allen West is a darling of the right wing. But the grassroots in Texas is not the kingmaker it used to be.
This test of will and political strength has become symbolic of the larger struggle in the Texas Republican Party this year.
Our favorite political reads of the week.
The last one’s a doozy.
If the 2012 GOP primary results between Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst are any indicator, tea party strength in the Texas Legislature has peaked.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Internet Commenters Council is misreading history, and the Pre-K bill.
The strange dynamics of this Legislature started moving from simmer to boil with Tuesday’s House debate on a $209.8 billion budget.
If the chamber isn’t taking things seriously, why should we?
The Tea Party’s pursuit of purity is particularly damaging in Texas
After this weekend's special election, Brandon Creighton will head to a runoff with the right-wing challenger Steve Toth.
The comptroller candidate was tea party when tea party wasn’t cool. Does she stand a chance in 2014?
I take a dim view of Dan Branch’s campaign for attorney general. A former member of our Best legislators list, Branch is in the process of ruining himself by running away from who he really is, which is a mainstream Republican. On Sunday, the Houston Chronicle
Harry Reid to the left of him. The tea party to the right. Senator John Cornyn on the challenges of running a “big tent” GOP in a time of fierce partisanship.
How long can the Republican party endure the civil war that is raging between tea party conservatives and mainstream conservatives?
Freshmen, per Texas tradition, should be seen and not heard—unless they're passing a first-in-the-nation email privacy measure.
I seldom find myself in agreement with the tea party, but they are dead right in their skepticism of debt. This is why you can make the argument that Rick Perry is not a true conservative. He won’t raise taxes, but he doesn’t mind going deep into debt–and retiring debt
Perry-backed legislation would create the "Fort Knox of Texas."
The Texas Tribune reported Monday that the president of the Fort Bend County Tea Party formerly served as the “director of propaganda” for the American Fascist Party. Listen to a speech Ives gave in September at Tea Party meeting where he hosted Michael Quinn Sullivan.
Armey, who has led FreedomWorks, one of the most influential tea party groups, since 2004, resigned Monday in an email.
Cruz's Thursday speech on "Opportunity Conservatism" gave political journalists yet another, er, opportunity to speculate about his longterm political plans.
The Republican presidential candidate's campaign stop at the University of Texas had the vibe of an Austin rock festival.
After a week of speculation, controversy and support, the Houston radio reporter and talk show host tells the story of his firing from his own perspective
It has more supporters here than anywhere else. It fueled the Republican landslide. It has its own caucus. But what is the tea party? And how will it use its power?
Read a Q&A with Nate Blakeslee.
Michael Quinn Sullivan is the most powerful (and feared) activist at the Capitol. So who is he?
From the Times: The Tea Party might not be over, but it is increasingly clear that the election last month significantly weakened the once-surging movement, which nearly captured control of the through a potent combination of populism and fury. Leading Congressional Republicans, though
The Huffington Post web site noted yesterday that Rick Perry’s biggest career donor, Bob Perry, has not yet contributed to the governor’s presidential campaign. A likely reason is Rick Perry’s support for legislation that adversely impacts Latinos, such as Voter I.D. laws and sanctuary cities policies. Perry flip-flopped on
Fortune magazine published an online article yesterday (which will appear in the magazine's July 25 issue) stating that the bailout is going to be a winner--a big winner--for taxpayers and the federal government. An abridged version appears in last Friday's Washington Post in partnership with Bloomberg News. The bailout is
This was the big takeaway from the pundits on election night: It was a great night for women and for Tea Party activists. Here is a sample of the punditry: --Mark McKinnon, writing in the Daily Beast: "Voters in 12 states expressed their anger with Washington and special
I attended a tea party meeting on tax day. It was held at the Doubletree on Interstate 35 north. The session took place in the hotel ballroom, so the atmosphere was rather subdued. The attendees were almost entirely white and in the 40 to 60 age cohort. I did see
Today is April 15, the filing deadline for income taxes. Conservatives are trying to organize protests against Obama's fiscal policies all around the country, known as Tea Parties. Rick Perry will attend three of the rallies. Dick Armey, the former House Majority leader, has an op-ed piece in