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Politics & Policy |
October 25, 2012

New Ohio Polls

Time/SRBI — Obama 49, Romney 44 Lake Research — Obama 46, Romney 44 Rasmussen (automated) — Obama 48, Romney 48 Survey USA (automated) — Obama 47, Romney 44 HuffPost Pollster (aggregate) — Obama 48.4, Romney 45.8 * * * * I would not go so far as to say that

Eat My Words |
October 25, 2012

Gravy, Anyone? Tomorrow is Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day

Ready your gravy boats, fellow Texans; Tomorrow – Friday, October 26 – is Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day. This culinary holiday honors one of the most famed dishes in the Lone Star State, and in celebration of Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day, different restaurants across the state are offering chicken fried steak specials

Pat's Pick |
October 23, 2012

A Conversation with Nathan Tate of Boulevardier

For October, Pat Sharpe selected Boulevardier, a modern French bistro in Dallas, as Pat’s Pick. I spoke with Nathan Tate, executive chef of Boulevardier, about his brand new restaurant, French food, and his favorite dishes on the menu. (In case you haven’t heard, 

Politics & Policy |
October 22, 2012

What to expect in the final debate

1. Romney will renew his criticism of Obama’s muddled explanation of the attack on the consulate at Benghazi. Obama will respond with an attack on Romney’s ill-timed press release critizing the White House’s performance. Romney will not repeat his previous (false) accusation that it took Obama two weeks to call

Politics & Policy |
October 22, 2012

FDA questions Perry’s stem cell procedure

From the Houston Chronicle: The Food and Drug Administration has informed the Sugar Land company involved in Gov. Rick Perry’s adult stem-cell procedure that it is illegally marketing an unlicensed drug. In a warning letter, the FDA gave Celltex Therapeutics Corp. 15 business days to submit a plan to

Politics & Policy |
October 19, 2012

The Dewhurst agenda

I’m told by sources who heard it from the horse’s mouth, that the light gov has decided on his top priorities for the 2013 session, issues he would like to see designated as “emergencies.” (They would have to be designated as emergencies by the governor.)  This is what my list

Eat My Words |
October 16, 2012

Bryce Gilmore Announces Plans for Odd Duck Restaurant

Bryce Gilmore has announced plans to open a brick-and-mortar location of the food trailer that propelled him into local fame: The Odd Duck. Bryce Gilmore The 120-seat Odd Duck restaurant will re-open in Spring 2013 in its original location at 1219 South Lamar Boulevard with “a rustic and casual atmosphere

Politics & Policy |
October 16, 2012

KTRK Houston: Gallegos succumbs

From the KTRK story: “Mario Gallegos was the first Mexican American elected to the Texas Senate from Harris County. He served two terms. Gallegos was a firefighter and a senior captain for 22 years. In 2007, he was elected “Governor for a day,” an honorary position awarded to

Politics & Policy |
October 16, 2012

Taxes for UT?

The university says that it cannot build and operate its proposed new medical school without a permanent source of funding. It is seeking an increase in local property taxes (amounting to $107.40 per homeowner for the average home), the revenue from which would help fund the medical school. Austin historically

Politics & Policy |
October 12, 2012

The vice presidential debate

The first question from moderator Martha Raddatz was about the attack on the consulate in Libya: “Wasn’t this a massive intelligence failure?” Biden could only say, “What it was, was a tragedy.” Ryan: “It took the president two weeks to say this was a terrorist attack.” Biden said Ryan’s answer

The Wanderer |
October 11, 2012

Coming Soon: Where To Stay Now 2012

So I’ve been MIA from the blog lately, but I think I have a pretty good excuse, as I’ve been busy putting the finishing touches on a Texas travel feature for our November issue. For the latest installment of “Where To Stay

Politics & Policy |
October 10, 2012

Post-argument report on Fisher v. UT

Here is some analysis from SCOTUSblog on the day’s proceedings: Analysis Affirmative action is alive but ailing, the idea of “critical mass” to measure racial diversity is in very critical condition, and a nine-year-old precedent may have to be reshaped in order to survive.  Those were the dominant

Politics & Policy |
October 10, 2012

Tax beer? Bad ideer.

The Amarillo Globe-News recently published a story suggesting that lawmakers might contemplate raising the tax on draft beer. The tax was the suggestion of Dick Lavine, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities. The beer tax hasn’t been touched for some thirty years–and it

Politics & Policy |
October 10, 2012

“Five myths about Latino voters”

This piece ran in the Washington Post on October 5. The author, Valerie Martinez-Ebers, is a professor of political science at the University of North Texas and is co-editor of the American Political Science Review. Her article follows: At their recent national conventions, the Democratic and Republican parties

Politics & Policy |
October 10, 2012

Fisher v. UT case will be argued today

This morning the Supreme Court will hear the case of Fisher v. UT, which I wrote about in our April issue. SCOTUSblog has a thorough discussion of the case, parts of which appear below: America’s Constitution embraces the cultural ideal that all persons are equal, and that

Politics & Policy |
October 9, 2012

A crucial judicial race

Texans elect the judges on the state’s two courts of last resort: the Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeals. Except for the legal community, voters often don’t know much about the candidates. In a contested race, they tend to vote based on the party, not on the individual.

Eat My Words |
October 8, 2012

Bridget Dunlap talks her new Austin restaurant Mettle

With a handful of successful bars on Rainey Street, Bridget Dunlap has become a force to be reckoned with in the Austin nightlife scene. Recently, however, Dunlap announced that she is done with Rainey Street bars and is now ready to move forward with a few culinary projects. To commence her plans “to take on Austin,” Dunlap and

Politics & Policy |
October 4, 2012

Romney wins first debate

It was a very good debate involving two strong candidates. Romney was in top form; Obama wasn’t. He recited his lines, but without fire or passion. It was very much like his acceptance speech at the Democratic convention, which was just cheerleading. He had run out of useful things to

Politics & Policy |
October 2, 2012

One ugly debate

Yuck. That was one ugly debate between Cruz and Sadler. There was no winner, and the loser was the audience watching on TV. Moderator Brad Watson spent most of the debate trying to stop Cruz and Sadler from speaking at the same time, without much success. Sadler was unrestrained. He

Eat My Words |
October 1, 2012

A German Looks (Longingly) at Texas Barbecue

At the third annual Texas Monthly BBQ Festival on September 23, one person was amazed by the spectacle of the species Carnivorus texensis engaging in its defining behavior. That person was Takis Würger, 27, a visiting writer for the German magazine Der Spiegel, which is published in Hamburg. Würger has

Politics & Policy |
September 24, 2012

“The League of Dangerous Mapmakers”

Robert Draper, my former colleague at TEXAS MONTHLY, has written a piece about redistricting in the current issue of the Atlantic. One of the main characters in his story is Tom Hofeller, the former redistricting director of the Republican National Committee, now a paid consultant and a master

Politics & Policy |
September 21, 2012

The devil’s work

Rick Perry’s recent pronouncement about religion and politics—“Church and state separation is the devil’s work”—is an indication of why he will not get anywhere if he tries to run for president again. He might as well wear a stamp on his forehead labeled “extremist.”No doubt there are people in America

Eat My Words |
September 20, 2012

Check Out These Pumpkin Dishes from All Around Texas

Fall is upon us and you know what that means: pumpkins! Yes, these orange gourds are already making their way into local farmers markets and Texas restaurants. I’m pretty crazy about pumpkins and the eclectic culinary creations they inspire, so I decided to reach out to a number of Texas chefs and see