RS Interview: Wes Riddle (R CAND, TX-25 PRI RUNOFF)
TX-25 is a new district, thanks largely to Texas’s phenomenal population growth over the last ten years; and it’s got a late primary, thanks largely to the Left’s quite bitter (and largely futile) attempts to force the state to do things that… actually, it doesn’t really matter what you try to force Texas to do. The populace tends to take the position that if they | Read More »
Silvestre Reyes (D, TX-16) defeated in primary.
It was a bit of a surprise, yesterday: long-term Texas Democratic incumbent Silvestre Reyes was taken down in a primary yesterday. Early reports are crediting the Campaign for Primary Responsibility (CPA), an ostensibly non-partisan anti-incumbent group, for the upset. Fortunately, Reyes is frankly a loss neither to our side (long-notorious PMA porker) nor the Left’s (heavy-handed War on Some Drugs booster). And alas, but the | Read More »
The Great Texas Redistricting Nonsense has been resolved.
Some background, for those who need it: Texas, thanks to explosive growth over the last ten years, picked up four Congressional Districts after the last Census. The Democrats, who are (naturally enough, I suppose) angry that this growth has been at the expense of their own caucus (the 2010 Census generally demonstrated that a lot of people have been voting with their feet on this | Read More »
RS at CPAC: Ted Cruz (R CAND, TX-SEN PRI).
Ted Cruz is an old friend of RedState, of course: so we made sure to spend a couple of minutes talking about the race, how the ongoing redistricting dispute in Texas is making everybody’s elections difficult, and about CPAC generally. And if you’re wondering why a Texas federal Senate race would be affected by redistricting, it’s because nobody really wants to have three primary dates | Read More »
Closing arguments in the TX redistricting case today.
And I wish that I had been there to see both the Democrats and the three-person judicial panel bug their eyes out at Texas’s lawyer when he calmly pointed out that any hypothetical screwing over of minority Democrats when it came to redistricting took place not because they were minorities, but because they were Democrats. I don’t know if that argument’s going to actually fly | Read More »
RS Interview: Michael Williams (R CAND, TX-…25?)
Sorry about the sound quality: we’re in the middle of a solar storm today, remember? At any rate, I talked this afternoon with Michael Williams, who is running in TX-25, assuming of course that the courts d0n’t decide to fold up the new Congressional maps for Texas into a variety of paper airplanes and fly them out of the window. The short version is: the | Read More »
Supreme Court smacks lower courts in TX redistricting case.
Details here and here: the short version is that the USSC decided that a lower court erred because it had, to quote the New York Times, “not paid enough deference to the Legislature’s choices and had improperly substituted its own values for those of elected officials.” The underlying issue is that there is an ongoing dispute over how the new Texas federal Congressional map should | Read More »
Ricardo Sanchez drops out of TX-SEN Democratic primary…
Instapundit has reminded me of this story about retired General Ricardo Sanchez’s dropping out of the Democratic TX-SEN primary. The very short version: Sanchez was the handpicked recruit of the DSCC, much to the cynical amusement of hardcore partisan Republicans who looked forward to savaging rabidly anti-war DSCC chair Patty Murray for recruiting and running the guy who ran the infamous Abu Ghraib prison. And | Read More »
Rick Perry’s post-Dartmouth Remarks, Part II.
And here’s part II: the Q&A from last night’s (10/11/2011) post-debate remarks by Texas Governor Rick Perry. Again, this was done by RedState’s Aaron Gardner, not myself. You can see the first part here. Moe Lane (crosspost)
Rick Perry’s post-Dartmouth remarks, Part I.
Our own Aaron Gardner was on hand to record Governor Rick Perry‘s remarks after the debate last night. I’ll be putting up the video in two parts: this part consists of the formal remarks that Governor Perry made, and the second will be from the question-and-answer period. Not to be, ah, pawkish about this or anything: but as you can see, the difference between Perry’s | Read More »
Jonathan Bryant calls George Rodriguez a Nazi.
Jonathan Bryant is a teacher for the San Antonio Edgewood Independent School District; George Rodriguez is the president of the San Antonio Tea Party. The video is below. More details here… which do not include Jonathan Bryant’s name, although they were happy to include George’s. The teacher, by the way, will not be be subject for discipline by his school district for calling Rodriguez a | Read More »
Netroots blame wrong people for Texas wildfire problems.
Very quickly, and to get this out of the way: the Online Left is babbling about supposedly-cut Texas firefighting budgets, mostly because they lack the research skills – or possibly, the native intelligence – to tell the difference between a $109 million Forest Service/Wildfire Fighting budget in 2010/2011, and a $196 million Forest Service/Wildfire Fighting budget for 2012/2013 (the 2012 fiscal year started at the | Read More »
This is the current Texas wildfire situation.
Just to make it clear precisely what we’re talking about, here: it’s not good. 25,000 acres burned so far, and the state is apparently as dry as a bone right now, thanks to a drought. Let me show you the extent of the problem: That picture is taken from Weather Underground’s WunderMap (as of roughly 10 PM EDT, September 5, 2011*). The red flames represent | Read More »
Jihad-watchers beclowning themselves over Perry/Ismaili thing. [Updated]
Yeah. I’m kicking it Old School here: “anti-Idiotarian” is one of those terms of art from the far-off dawn of the blogosphere (which is to say, 2003 or so). Then again, a lot of the people who are going to be talked about here have been in the ‘sphere for that long; so keep that in mind. There’s a history here, and it’s not always | Read More »
RS Gathering 2011: Ted Cruz (R CAND, TX-SEN PRIMARY)
Ted is an old friend of the site and the RS Gathering: he spoke at our first one, and he spoke today as well. We talked briefly afterward: Ted’s site is here.
RedState Interview: Michael Williams (R CAND, TX-33 PRI).
Michael Williams was formerly running in the Texas Senate primary, but has switched over to the House race in light of news that his home town is now going to be smack dab in the middle of one of the four new House seats assigned to Texas because of the last Census. We talked about that, and about sand lizards, and a few other things: | Read More »
Thanks to EJ Dionne for clarifying the Voter ID issue…
…or, more accurately, the issue of voter registration fraud so comprehensively. Not that he meant to, of course. While whining about voter ID laws in Texas (and other states), Dionne wrote this sentence: In Texas, for example, the law allows concealed handgun licenses to work as identification, but not student IDs. Here, real quick: go find your old student ID. Is there an address on | Read More »
Michael Williams to switch to TX-33 race?
Very possibly: the proposed district includes Arlington, which is where Michael Williams lives, and it would certainly help resolve the embarrassment-of-riches problem that Texas conservatives are having with regard to the upcoming Senate race. The key will be whether the proposed congressional maps go through or not… and let us simply say that the new Texas redistricting maps are interesting. Well, hey, Illinois. Still: no | Read More »
CPAC 2011: Ted Cruz (R PRIMARY, TX-SEN).
Again, this should have been up last week. Ted’s running for Senator in Texas: he’s the former Solicitor General for Texas and a friend of the site. We caught up with him at CPAC this year: Ted’s site is here. Moe Lane (crosspost)
CPAC 2011: Michael Williams (R PRIMARY, TX-SEN)
This should have been up last week, except that I came down with the plague, more or less. Mike Williams is a former Railroad Commissioner for Texas*, an old friend of the site, and running for Senate: we spoke briefly at CPAC about the cycle in general. Mike’s site is here. Moe Lane (crosspost) *Which has nothing to do with railroads: it’s an elected position | Read More »