Uncategorized

Eat My Words |
August 6, 2012

Scott Roberts details The Salt Lick Cookbook

You can’t talk about great Texas barbecue without mentioning Driftwood’s most famous barbecue joint of all time – The Salt Lick Bar-B-Que. Through the years this Central Texas haunt has gained both fame and popularity for its delicious barbecue meats – well known for their preparation

Politics & Policy |
August 6, 2012

What is Dewhurst’s future?

It looks pretty bleak to me. He can run for reelection in 2014, but there is no assurance that he would win. The last sitting lieutenant governor to try to move up was Ben Barnes in 1972, and he finished third in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Dewhurst’s brand has been

Politics & Policy |
August 2, 2012

Abbott’s tweet about the runoff

            Well, I’ll be sure to cover it in 2112. What constitutes a shift? Republicans have been successful in getting Latinos to switch parties. Lozano is in the position of a tennis player trying to consolidate a break of serve. Until you win the

Politics & Policy |
August 1, 2012

Voters made good choices

Veasy over Garcia. Gallego over Rodriguez. Lozano over Wilson. The right candidate won these races. The Gallego-Canseco general election race will draw national attention. Villabla’s defeat of Bill Keffer was huge too. An Hispanic Republican beat a conservative anglo Republican on his own , without Rick Perry or TLR coming

Politics & Policy |
July 31, 2012

Election Night V — The post-mortem

Going through the comments, I see claims that this was a great night for conservatives. Not to be contrary, but I don’t agree, at least not fully. Yes, Cruz won in a very impressive fashion, and so did Donna Campbell, but several conservatives fell by the wayside: Bill Keffer. Jim

Politics & Policy |
July 31, 2012

Election Night Part IV — legislative races

Cruz’s lead has now expanded to 13 points at 10:51. The rout that I predicted in an earlier post has come to pass More legislative races: HD-11: Chuck Hopson appears headed for defeat. All boxes are in. Hopson needed a big vote in Rusk County and he didn’t get it.

Politics & Policy |
July 31, 2012

Election Night Part III — Odds and ends

Taking a look at other statewide races, congressional races, and legislative races: I regret to report that in the Democratic primary, Pete Gallego lost his race against Ciro Rodriguez. Craddick defeats Chisum (Railroad Commision) Smitherman defeats Parker (Railroad Commission) Randy Weber defeats Felicia Harris (CD 14) — the old Ron

Politics & Policy |
July 31, 2012

Election Night — Part II: AP calls the race for Cruz

Slowly but inexorably, Cruz is widening his lead. It’s up to 8 points now statewide. Looking at House races: BONNEN-SITTON Bonnen is “sitton” pretty: Bonnen 57.0% Sitton 42.9% JIM LANDTROOP-KEN KING Landtroop is winning. He’s hard to beat. CRUZ WINS URBAN/SUBURBAN TEXAS Look at these numbers: Collin County:

Politics & Policy |
July 31, 2012

Election Night 2012 — Part I

I’ll be reporting on the runoffs tonight. Dewhurst vs. Cruz is the most important race, of course, but there also are a number of runoffs for legislative seats. UPDATE: Aaron Pena just tweeted (per the Trib) Cruz 65%, Dewhurst 35% in Hidalgo Co. early returns. Cruz grabbed a 5-point lead

Politics & Policy |
July 31, 2012

Senate race looks like a rout for Cruz

I had a conversation with a source in the Cruz camp, who spoke on background. Their latest poll, with which the source was familiar, was taken on Sunday night, and showed Cruz with a double-digit lead and everything trending in Cruz’s direction. The Cruz campaign polled only people who had

Politics & Policy |
July 30, 2012

PPP: Cruz +10

The race has been moving in this direction for months now. Nothing Dewhurst has tried has changed the dynamics of the race at all. If anything, the millions Dewhurst has spent on TV have hurt his own campaign. The China ad and the Kids for Cash scandal ad

Politics & Policy |
July 27, 2012

Senate race could be definitive

The Senate race between David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz is shaping up to be the most important race in many years, going back to the Bush-Richards governor’s race of 1994. That race settled that Texas had become a Republican state and would remain one going into the future. The Dewhurst-Cruz

Politics & Policy |
July 26, 2012

Combs endorses Dewhurst

Short take: Late. to. the. party. Having already taken a hard right turn, she tries to move back to the middle. By the time she decides which office to run for, she’s going to be dizzy from all the twists and turns she has taken.

Politics & Policy |
July 25, 2012

High SA turnout could boost Wentworth

An unanticipated surge of early voting in Bexar County could benefit hometown state Senate candidate Jeff Wentworth in the high-profile race for state Senate district 25. On Monday, the first day of early voting, 4,705 voters cast ballots in the Republican primary, a rate of 540 votes per

Politics & Policy |
July 23, 2012

The last debate is now history [see UPDATE, below]

Dewhurst gave his best performance of the campaign, but it may not matter.  He still has a tendency to be stiff and wooden. It’s almost painful to watch him struggle to achieve fluency. Cruz has a big edge as a speaker; he reeled off points, “One…two…three…four.” It was good debating

Politics & Policy |
July 19, 2012

Betting against Perry

I came across this article yesterday in the daily Kaiser Health News: Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he rejects the “Obamacare power grab” and will block measures expanding health insurance to millions in his state. The country’s second-biggest health insurer is betting he won’t succeed. The same

Politics & Policy |
July 12, 2012

Politico: Cruz leads Senate race

From Politico: The Republican pollster that signaled Dick Lugar’s demise and Deb Fischer’s late surge is now flagging an upset in the making in the Texas Senate race. Tea party favorite Ted Cruz is leading Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst 47 percent to 38 percent in the GOP

Eat My Words |
July 12, 2012

Want to Cook and Chat with Paul Qui?

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding former Uchiko chef Paul Qui these past few weeks regarding what’s next for the recent Top Chef victor. Qui officially announced he will reveal all the details of his next endeavor in a few weeks during a dinner

Politics & Policy |
July 9, 2012

Keys to the Senate runoff

Cruz’s strength in the primary was the suburbs. He won Collin, Denton, and Montgomery counties and fought Dewhurst to a draw in Fort Bend. Dewhurst underperformed in the cities and the suburbs but swamped Cruz in rural Texas. Collin County: Cruz 35.45% Dewhurst 30.65% Denton County: Cruz 34.73% Dewhurst 31.42%

Eat My Words |
June 29, 2012

Michael Rypka of Torchy’s Tacos talks Expansion and Secret Menu

Torchy’s Tacos is quickly making the rounds in Texas. The taco madness all began at a small trailer in Austin. That little trailer helped sprout several brick-and-mortar locations. Over time, Torchy’s grew and is now exploding onto the Dallas and Houston culinary scenes. The taco establishment seems to be opening a new location

Politics & Policy |
June 28, 2012

Court upholds Affordable Care Act

Chief Justice Roberts casts the deciding vote. The individual mandate is constitutional because it is a tax, but without compulsion to pay. Virtually the entire act is upheld, except for certain provisions regarding Medicaid. From ScotusBlog: The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all

Politics & Policy |
June 25, 2012

Women’s Health Program: Money isn’t the problem

A recent story in the Houston Chronicle, by Peggy Fikac, explains how the women’s health program will be funded. According to the story: The state plans to use funds from a Medicaid fraud crackdown and services deemed unnecessary, plus a hiring freeze on administrative positions in health and human

Politics & Policy |
June 25, 2012

Who won the Senate debate?

The debate was hosted by KERA in Dallas. Shelley Kofler of the host station, Peggy Fikac of the Express-News and the Chronicle, Ross Ramsey of the Tribune, and Crystal Ayala from Univision were the panelists. The following summary is from notes I took during the debate. It is my best

Politics & Policy |
June 22, 2012

Dewhurst for president! Or is it Perry for senate?

Every idea that comes out of the Dewhurst campaign these days is a Rick Perry retread. Dewhurst has been reduced to reciting Perry’s lines. The latest effort to make Dewhurst sound like he is saying something new is a variation on Perry’s “take a sledgehammer to the ways of Washington”

Politics & Policy |
June 21, 2012

UT/Trib Poll: Insiders and Outsiders

I was particularly interested in Jim Henson’s article in the Tribune earlier this week. As most readers know, Henson is the guru behind the UT/Texas Tribune poll. It addresses one of the mysteries of our times, which is why Texas voters seem to have very little interest in

Politics & Policy |
June 21, 2012

Dewhurst’s “PAC-man” Web video

It’s entertaining — a PAC-man figure goes through a maze gobbling up campaign contributions to annoying music — but I don’t think it is particularly effective. We live in the post-Citizens United age, and it’s not exactly a secret that politics is awash in cash. It’s been a long time

Politics & Policy |
June 20, 2012

Cruz control

The Dewhurst campaign has found some new ammunition it may be able to use against Ted Cruz. It involves a U.S. Supreme Court case in 2008 in which Justice Anthony Kennedy did not know the law. Neither, so it appears, did  Cruz. A week earlier, in the case of Kennedy

Politics & Policy |
June 19, 2012

Is every new job a good job?

Not necessarily. Brian Chasnoff, in a story published in the San Antonio Express-News, writes about the mixed blessing that is the so-called Texas “Economic Miracle.” The event that has touched off angst in the Alamo City is the decision by Maruchan Inc. of Japan to locate a ramen

Eat My Words |
June 19, 2012

What’s Next For Paul Qui? Only Qui Knows

Ever since winning the Top Chef Texas crown, Paul Qui has been riding a wave of celebration, travel, and fame. For the past few months, the former Uchiko chef has been traveling the world to places like New York, Paris, London, and Tokyo, amongst numerous other destinations, while hungry patrons

Eat My Words |
June 18, 2012

Bridget Dunlap on Container Bar and Rainey Street

Photo taken by Bill Baker. <p><img alt="" class="media-image attr__typeof__foaf:Image img__fid__33533 img__view_mode__media_original attr__field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]__ attr__field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]__" height="384" src="https://www.texasmonthly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/21-jump-street.jpg" title="" typeof="foaf:Image" width="680" /></p> <p>When staying ahead of crime, police need to be creative: Sometimes that creativity apparently comes from a thirty-year-old TV series<span style="line-height: 18.9090900421143px;">—<em>21 Jump Street</em>—</span>that’s been reinvented