Ted Cruz

The Ted Cruz Experience

Jan 23, 2014 By brian sweany and Erica Grieder

Good morning, Texans. It’s great to see you all on BurkaBlog, and I’m tickled that I can start my time here by referring you to my profile of Ted Cruz–the cover story for our February issue. I began reporting this story in July. The idea was to publish…

The Man in the Arena

Jan 10, 2014 By Erica Grieder

In the brief time Ted Cruz has been a senator, he has managed to convince half the country that he is a true patriot and the other half that he is a dangerous nutcase. What will he do next?

Bipolar Order

Nov 19, 2013 By Michael Ennis

Contrary to what the national media would have you believe, Texas is not politically monochromatic. It is, and always has been, a state with two minds.

Ted Cruz and the State Republican Party

Oct 24, 2013 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

Karen Tumulty, a Texan herself, has a story in yesterday’s Washington Post that says Ted Cruz is reshaping the Texas Republican party: Just about every GOP candidate with aspirations to statewide office in 2014 seems to be styling himself or herself after Cruz. In tight formation, they…

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?

In Defense of Ted Cruz

Aug 27, 2013 By Erica Grieder

The senator's campaign to defund Obamacare is frustrating people on both sides of the aisle. That doesn't mean it's wrong.

Ted Cruz and the Hispanic Vote

Jul 25, 2013 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

Today the Washington Examiner published the results of a poll that was provided by Ted Cruz’s staff and taken six weeks after the 2012 general election. The survey shows that Hispanics favored Democrat Paul Sadler over Cruz 60 percent to 40 percent and Obama over Romney 59…

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…

The Romney Effect

Jan 21, 2013 By Erica Grieder

The Republican nominee may have lost the election, but his margin of victory in Texas suggests how the state may be changing.

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. 

Ted Cruz for President?

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

The U.S. Senate candidate's national profile rises further with a speaking slot at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Too bad that he can't ever run for president. Or can he?

Dew Gets Booed

Jan 21, 2013 By Sonia Smith

The audience, which had loudly applauded most of Governor Perry's speech, started booing when he reiterated his support for Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst.