Ken Herman

Metro columnist

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

Latest from Ken Herman

Herman: Cornyn breaks his silence on Trump’s latest flare-up
 It was late and lame, tardy and tepid, but at least our senior U.S. senator on Friday broke his silence on what everybody else has been talking about all week — the latest odd behavior of President Donald Trump. The Houston Chronicle characterized its Friday interview with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, as one in which he “added his...

Posted: a day ago

It was late and lame, tardy and tepid, but at least our senior U.S. senator on Friday broke his silence on what everybody else has been talking about all week — the latest odd behavior of President Donald Trump. The Houston Chronicle characterized its Friday interview with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, as one in which he “added his...
Herman: I joked about Dog Scouts of America. No joke.
 If you read only one column to the end today, make it this one. In fact, what’s at the end is so good I hereby authorize you (just this one time) to skip right to the end. But please don’t. I’m blessed with readers who write. Sometimes some of these readers don’t like what I write. Sometimes I don’t like some...

Posted: a day ago

If you read only one column to the end today, make it this one. In fact, what’s at the end is so good I hereby authorize you (just this one time) to skip right to the end. But please don’t. I’m blessed with readers who write. Sometimes some of these readers don’t like what I write. Sometimes I don’t like some...
Herman: The silence of the senior senator
 In these odd times, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn is a canary in the conservative coal mine. Our state’s senior senator is a reasonable, level-headed Republican plagued these days in a party that gave us a president whose head often does not seem level. Cornyn, who so far has been unwilling to chirp up about President Donald Trump, is among...

Posted: 2 days ago

In these odd times, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn is a canary in the conservative coal mine. Our state’s senior senator is a reasonable, level-headed Republican plagued these days in a party that gave us a president whose head often does not seem level. Cornyn, who so far has been unwilling to chirp up about President Donald Trump, is among...
Herman: Mars’ role in the future of Texas public education
 Mars, people. The solution to what is always the biggest challenge our state faces will come from Mars. Or, says a leading state lawmaker, from people who make believe they’re from Mars. The suggestion came in inspiring and instructive remarks made late Tuesday by state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, as the special legislative...

Posted: 3 days ago

Mars, people. The solution to what is always the biggest challenge our state faces will come from Mars. Or, says a leading state lawmaker, from people who make believe they’re from Mars. The suggestion came in inspiring and instructive remarks made late Tuesday by state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, as the special legislative...
Herman: Legislature honors late columnist John Kelso
 The Legislature, controlled by a party that gave us a president who believes many journalists are the enemy of the people, honored my late friend and colleague John Kelso on Tuesday. Thank you, Texas Legislature. For you skeptics out there, this is a timely reminder that our lawmakers can do good. Longtime American-Statesman columnist Kelso...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Legislature, controlled by a party that gave us a president who believes many journalists are the enemy of the people, honored my late friend and colleague John Kelso on Tuesday. Thank you, Texas Legislature. For you skeptics out there, this is a timely reminder that our lawmakers can do good. Longtime American-Statesman columnist Kelso...
Herman: Dog days in the newsroom
 From time to time I like to take you behind the scenes here at the Newspaper-by-the-Lake-That’s-Really-A-River. Today is one of those days. Lucky for you. The two questions I get most from readers are (1) Please tell me how you folks produce the magic that is the newspaper and websites we are so blessed to have, and (B) Hey, Brooklyn...

Posted: 9 days ago

From time to time I like to take you behind the scenes here at the Newspaper-by-the-Lake-That’s-Really-A-River. Today is one of those days. Lucky for you. The two questions I get most from readers are (1) Please tell me how you folks produce the magic that is the newspaper and websites we are so blessed to have, and (B) Hey, Brooklyn...
Herman: Here’s your chance to work in the Donald Trump White House
 Hey kids! (And by kids I mean the college variety.) Do you yearn to show your love for America and support for its current leader? Want to work for the White House? Willing to do it for free? Have I got a deal for you. And, as one who spent a few years working in the White House (albeit not for the White House), I can tell you it’s...

Posted: 11 days ago

Hey kids! (And by kids I mean the college variety.) Do you yearn to show your love for America and support for its current leader? Want to work for the White House? Willing to do it for free? Have I got a deal for you. And, as one who spent a few years working in the White House (albeit not for the White House), I can tell you it’s...
Herman: Who bought the Kiddie Acres train?
 While we’re breathlessly waiting to see what the Texas House does with the bills breathlessly OK’d by the Texas Senate during the first half of the special session, let’s take a breath for a few things I haven’t had time to deal with during this summer of our legislative discontent. Thing 1: Tuesday was the last day...

Posted: 11 days ago

While we’re breathlessly waiting to see what the Texas House does with the bills breathlessly OK’d by the Texas Senate during the first half of the special session, let’s take a breath for a few things I haven’t had time to deal with during this summer of our legislative discontent. Thing 1: Tuesday was the last day...
Herman: Mark White, a politician from another time
 Like many folks who have been involved in Texas politics for a few decades, I was deeply saddened to hear of former Gov. Mark White’s death on Saturday. Regardless of what you thought of his politics — and Texans’ thoughts on his politics varied enough to elect him once as governor and defeat him twice, including in a 1990...

Posted: 14 days ago

Like many folks who have been involved in Texas politics for a few decades, I was deeply saddened to hear of former Gov. Mark White’s death on Saturday. Regardless of what you thought of his politics — and Texans’ thoughts on his politics varied enough to elect him once as governor and defeat him twice, including in a 1990...
Herman: Looking for the future of public bathrooms? Remember the Alamo
 I have seen the future and it’s in the present in the bathroom at the Alamo Drafthouse at Mueller. In an immodest proposal I floated in a recent column, I suggested it’s time to end separate but equal in bathrooms. Why, I wondered, do we have men’s and women’s bathrooms? Can’t we have one big room with individual...

Posted: 15 days ago

I have seen the future and it’s in the present in the bathroom at the Alamo Drafthouse at Mueller. In an immodest proposal I floated in a recent column, I suggested it’s time to end separate but equal in bathrooms. Why, I wondered, do we have men’s and women’s bathrooms? Can’t we have one big room with individual...
Herman: I asked Dawnna Dukes about her drug use; her answer was short
 For what it’s worth, and just so we’re all on the same page on this, let’s put on this page everything we think we know about state Rep. Dawnna Dukes and drugs. It’s become an out-in-the-open issue because Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore included a substance abuse assessment requirement in the recent...

Posted: 16 days ago

For what it’s worth, and just so we’re all on the same page on this, let’s put on this page everything we think we know about state Rep. Dawnna Dukes and drugs. It’s become an out-in-the-open issue because Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore included a substance abuse assessment requirement in the recent...