Ken Herman

Metro columnist

Ken Herman is the American-Statesman's metro columnist.

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Herman: A Texas town weirder than Austin?
 Yes, we all know that Austin is the righteous and rightful center of the universe and there’s not much reason to care about what goes on in the lesser world around us. But I think it’s healthy to periodically glance outward beyond the Superiorplex and see what’s going on elsewhere in Texas, especially when the goings-on...

Posted: 2 days ago

Yes, we all know that Austin is the righteous and rightful center of the universe and there’s not much reason to care about what goes on in the lesser world around us. But I think it’s healthy to periodically glance outward beyond the Superiorplex and see what’s going on elsewhere in Texas, especially when the goings-on...
Herman: Why Blake Farenthold should step down now
 A bit late, U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, told us Thursday he didn’t know how to run a congressional office when he won the job in 2010. It’s kind of too bad he didn’t tell us that back then or during his latter three successful races for the office. The overdue admission came as he announced he’s changed...

Posted: 3 days ago

A bit late, U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, told us Thursday he didn’t know how to run a congressional office when he won the job in 2010. It’s kind of too bad he didn’t tell us that back then or during his latter three successful races for the office. The overdue admission came as he announced he’s changed...
Herman: The 2018 Texas primary matchups worth watching
 Now that we know the fields, let’s look for the fun. Monday was the filing deadline for the March primaries. Seems like we’ve got some potentially interesting/entertaining races. Hurray for us. Let’s see what’s going to be worth keeping an eye on. Atop the list is the possibility that the Democrats could lose their...

Posted: 5 days ago

Now that we know the fields, let’s look for the fun. Monday was the filing deadline for the March primaries. Seems like we’ve got some potentially interesting/entertaining races. Hurray for us. Let’s see what’s going to be worth keeping an eye on. Atop the list is the possibility that the Democrats could lose their...
Herman: Hancock Drive isn’t named for whom you might think it is
 Recently, in an error rectified by officialdom, I noted that an overpass on MoPac Boulevard erroneously referred to “HANCOCK RD” instead of “HANCOCK DR” All of us longer-term Austinites know Hancock is a Drive not a Road, as well as golf course, neighborhood and shopping center. And we know that all of the above are...

Posted: 9 days ago

Recently, in an error rectified by officialdom, I noted that an overpass on MoPac Boulevard erroneously referred to “HANCOCK RD” instead of “HANCOCK DR” All of us longer-term Austinites know Hancock is a Drive not a Road, as well as golf course, neighborhood and shopping center. And we know that all of the above are...
Jerry Patterson to challenge George P. Bush for land commissioner
 Former Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says he wants his old job back. Patterson, who served three terms as land commissioner before running fourth in a four-way Republican primary contest for lieutenant governor in 2014, said Friday he will challenge one-term Land Commissioner George P. Bush in the March GOP primary. Over the past...

Posted: 9 days ago

Former Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says he wants his old job back. Patterson, who served three terms as land commissioner before running fourth in a four-way Republican primary contest for lieutenant governor in 2014, said Friday he will challenge one-term Land Commissioner George P. Bush in the March GOP primary. Over the past...
Herman: Andrew White launches bid to return to Governor’s Mansion
 A Houston businessman on Thursday announced plans to move back into the Austin home in which he lived as a kid until the people of Texas threw his family out. His mom, Linda Gale White, who also lived in that house, sat in the front row, led the applause and had tears in her eyes when it was over. Linda Gale White says she’d love to...

Posted: 10 days ago

A Houston businessman on Thursday announced plans to move back into the Austin home in which he lived as a kid until the people of Texas threw his family out. His mom, Linda Gale White, who also lived in that house, sat in the front row, led the applause and had tears in her eyes when it was over. Linda Gale White says she’d love to...
Herman: Lupe Valdez, off and running
 If Wendy Davis’ unsuccessful 2014 Democratic gubernatorial campaign began with hoopla — and it did when she revved up juiced-up supporters in a crowded coliseum near Fort Worth — Lupe Valdez’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign began in downtown Austin Wednesday with what we’ll charitably call hooplo. Valdez’s...

Posted: 11 days ago

If Wendy Davis’ unsuccessful 2014 Democratic gubernatorial campaign began with hoopla — and it did when she revved up juiced-up supporters in a crowded coliseum near Fort Worth — Lupe Valdez’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign began in downtown Austin Wednesday with what we’ll charitably call hooplo. Valdez’s...
Herman: A nontraditional gubernatorial candidate
 Good morning, class. From the following list, please choose the one you’d least expect the Great State of Texas to be the first state to do. Remember, we’re looking for the one you’d least expect Texas to be the first to do: 1. Officially recognize football as a religion. 2. Make it illegal to be poor. 3. Declare education...

Posted: 12 days ago

Good morning, class. From the following list, please choose the one you’d least expect the Great State of Texas to be the first state to do. Remember, we’re looking for the one you’d least expect Texas to be the first to do: 1. Officially recognize football as a religion. 2. Make it illegal to be poor. 3. Declare education...
Herman: The guy you think is Charles Maund in the Toyota ads isn’t
 In the oft-wacky world of auto dealer TV ads, the ones featuring Mr. and Mrs. Charles Maund — stars of the high-rotation ads for their local Toyota store — are less annoying than some and more annoying than others. Some folks might find the Maunds entertaining. Some might find them grating. And some may find them omnipresent....

Posted: 16 days ago

In the oft-wacky world of auto dealer TV ads, the ones featuring Mr. and Mrs. Charles Maund — stars of the high-rotation ads for their local Toyota store — are less annoying than some and more annoying than others. Some folks might find the Maunds entertaining. Some might find them grating. And some may find them omnipresent....
Herman: Ag commish Sid Miller links opponent to Nutella banana crepes
 In this crazy, convoluted, contentious, carved-up world in which we live, there sadly is so much that divides so many of us. But when you get past factors like religion, ethnicity, international borders and whether you love or hate the Dallas Cowboys, you realize the planet’s 7.5 billion residents are divided into only two major tribes...

Posted: 16 days ago

In this crazy, convoluted, contentious, carved-up world in which we live, there sadly is so much that divides so many of us. But when you get past factors like religion, ethnicity, international borders and whether you love or hate the Dallas Cowboys, you realize the planet’s 7.5 billion residents are divided into only two major tribes...
Herman: Is this South Lamar holiday greeting vulgar or good cheer?
 Noah Marion insists the holiday message prominently posted on the streetside sign outside his South Lamar Boulevard business is meant to be the sincerest of seasonal greetings. Others see otherwise. Marion’s Work Coffee Co. has been there, along with Noah Marion Quality Goods, which makes and sells leather goods, for four years. It&rsquo...

Posted: 17 days ago

Noah Marion insists the holiday message prominently posted on the streetside sign outside his South Lamar Boulevard business is meant to be the sincerest of seasonal greetings. Others see otherwise. Marion’s Work Coffee Co. has been there, along with Noah Marion Quality Goods, which makes and sells leather goods, for four years. It&rsquo...