Elections


Abbott seeking to call a special election to replace Rep. Farenthold

Gov. Greg Abbott has asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for a legal opinion on whether Abbott can suspend state election law to call a special election “as soon as is legally possible” to fill the congressional seat left vacant when embattled U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, resigned two weeks ago. In a letter to Paxton on Thursday, Abbott said he is concerned that state...


Races grow more crowded ahead of November Austin city elections

Races grow more crowded ahead of November Austin city elections

Ask Travis Duncan why he’s running for mayor of Austin, and he’ll tell you a tale. Of a city where electricity and food are free and “a network of cooperative projects” pays the bills. Of the city he believes this could be. You probably haven’t heard of Duncan, a drummer and former Tesla worker, and that would be understandable. He’s a 28-year-old political newcomer...
Pressure builds for Lupe Valdez to agree to debate Andrew White

Pressure builds for Lupe Valdez to agree to debate Andrew White

Pressure was mounting over the weekend for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez to agree to debate her runoff rival, Andrew White. The two candidates have appeared together multiple times at campaign events in recent weeks, but they haven’t interacted. White, son of the late Democratic Gov. Mark White, has never held office and finished a distant second to Valdez in the March primary...
Seven candidates competing for three places on Leander City Council

Seven candidates competing for three places on Leander City Council

Two Leander City Council members are facing a challenger in their re-election bids while an open third seat has drawn three candidates in the May 5 election. The race for the Place 2 seat pits incumbent Michelle Stephenson against Philip Contatore, while Christine Sederquist will challenge Council Member Ron Abruzzese for his Place 4 seat. Marci Cannon, Marshall Hines and Derek Levisay are running...
Herman: Lupe Valdez says she’s willing to debate Andrew White

Herman: Lupe Valdez says she’s willing to debate Andrew White

I realized recently that I wasn’t quite sure where we are on whether there will be debates between Democratic gubernatorial runoff candidates Lupe Valdez and Andrew White. White has aggressively pushed for them. But I hadn’t heard from Valdez on the topic. So I headed to VFW Post 76 (the state’s oldest) in San Antonio for a Wednesday evening Valdez meet-and-greet with about 25 supporters...
Texas reacts: Members of Congress on Paul Ryan retirement announcement

Texas reacts: Members of Congress on Paul Ryan retirement announcement

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, will end his 20-year political career on Capitol Hill, he announced Wednesday. Ryan said he would complete the rest of his term, which ends in January. Members of Congress from Central Texas reacted to Ryan’s announcement. Here’s what they said: “As speaker of the House, Paul has served our country honorably. I appreciate his leadership...
Austin City Council gets first look at proposed $851 million bond

Austin City Council gets first look at proposed $851 million bond

The Austin City Council on Tuesday got its first look at a proposed $851 million bond that could be brought before voters in November. With a proposed price tag that is about the same as the Tampa Bay Rays’ current value, the 2018 bond aims to focus on affordable housing, parks, building maintenance, stormwater and transportation infrastructure. On Election Day, the bond could take shape in...
Jose ‘Chito’ Vela brings bold approach to Travis legislative race

Jose ‘Chito’ Vela brings bold approach to Travis legislative race

Immigration attorney Jose “Chito” Vela III first delved into state politics when he was a student at the University of Texas in 1995. He had criticized then-Gov. George W. Bush’s picks to sit on the UT System Board of Regents and testified before the state Senate Nominations Committee. “Why is there not a Chicano regent?” Vela told the American-Statesman at the time....
Sheryl Cole, veteran Austin office-holder, tested in Texas House race

Sheryl Cole, veteran Austin office-holder, tested in Texas House race

As a member of the Austin City Council, Sheryl Cole won plaudits for her even-keeled, conciliatory approach in the choppiest policy waters. Her challenge now, as she steers toward a May runoff for the Democratic nomination in an East Austin Texas House district, is whether she can turn port fast enough to satisfy liberal primary voters. Cole, 53, faces Jose “Chito” Vela in the race to...
Four candidates compete for two seats on the Taylor City Council

Four candidates compete for two seats on the Taylor City Council

Two rivals are challenging two incumbents on the Taylor City Council in the May 5 election. Real estate broker Gary Gola is running against Mayor Brandt Rydell for the District 3 seat, while retired electrician Mitchell Drummond is trying to replace Christopher Gonzales in the District 2 race. Rydell, 47, is an attorney who acts as the assistant general counsel for the Electric Reliability Council...
Three candidates compete to be Leander’s next mayor

Three candidates compete to be Leander’s next mayor

The executive director of an irrigation company, a technology salesman and a college professor are competing to be Leander’s next mayor. Adam Benefield, Troy Hill and Vic Villarreal are running for the office, which is up for grabs in the May 5 election because Chris Fielder decided not to run again after serving two terms. Benefield, 41, is the executive director of EcoIrrigation and Landscaping...

Yes, Austin, your taxes are rising (and more to come)

Lately I’ve been feeling like a grad student at III Forks. The menu looks great. I’m just not sure I can afford it. Officials have recently unveiled several ambitious proposals befitting Austin’s progressive reputation. A modern transit system , possibly with light rail lines, that could cost upwards of $10.5 billion to build...
Austin’s only historically black legislative seat at risk in run-off

Austin’s only historically black legislative seat at risk in run-off

As a half-dozen pastors of African-American churches picked at eggs and sausage in a small back room at Denny’s, Sheryl Cole told them that she might lose the Democratic run-off for Texas House District 46 to Jose “Chito” Vela III. The ministers didn’t need to be reminded of the stakes, but Cole and her campaign team drove it home: If she comes up short, there will be no African-American...
Senate race shifts into higher gear with O’Rourke fundraising surge

Senate race shifts into higher gear with O’Rourke fundraising surge

The campaign for U.S. Senate in Texas moved into a higher gear this week, with Republican incumbent Ted Cruz speaking in a dozen cities in three days and rival U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, driving 1,500 miles across Texas over six days with the blockbuster news that his campaign fundraising was in overdrive, collecting more than $6.7 million this year. O’Rourke’s haul came...
Democrat Andew White unveils plan to add 1 million jobs

Democrat Andew White unveils plan to add 1 million jobs

Seeking to play to his strengths, Andrew White brought his Democratic campaign for governor to Austin on Tuesday to unveil an economic development plan intended to create 1 million jobs in the next five years. The plan, which seeks to take advantage of a robust oil industry and emerging technology, offered White a chance to compare his experience as a Houston businessman to that of Gov. Greg Abbott...
Democrat Andrew White unveils plan to create 1 million Texas jobs

Democrat Andrew White unveils plan to create 1 million Texas jobs

Seeking to play to his strengths, Andrew White brought his Democratic campaign for governor to Austin on Tuesday to unveil an economic development plan intended to create 1 million jobs in the next five years. The plan, which seeks to take advantage of a robust oil industry and emerging technology, offered White a chance to compare his experience as a Houston businessman to that of Gov. Greg Abbott...
O’Rourke raises $6.7 million for Senate run in first quarter of 2018

O’Rourke raises $6.7 million for Senate run in first quarter of 2018

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, on Tuesday reported a huge surge in his already strong fundraising for his U.S Senate campaign, receiving more than 141,000 contributions totalling more than $6.7 million in the first quarter of 2018. The first quarter report is inclusive of an earlier report on fundraising for the first 45 days of the year, a span during which O’Rourke raised $2.3 million...
Social activist running against Georgetown City Council incumbent

Social activist running against Georgetown City Council incumbent

Georgetown City Council Member Anna Eby is running for a second term against community activist Mary Calixtro. Kevin Pitts, a bank president, is running unopposed for the District 5 seat being vacated by Ty Gipson, who decided not to run for re-election. The election will be May 5. Early voting will start April 23 and end May 1. Eby, 34, is an attorney who specializes in business litigation and appeals...
Eight candidates run for Cedar Park council and mayor

Eight candidates run for Cedar Park council and mayor

Eight people are running for the Cedar Park City Council, including two vying to be mayor. Corbin Van Arsdale, a former council member and previous state legislator, is running for mayor against Bob Cornelius, the executive director of marketing and advertising company 90 Degrees. Mayor Matt Powell is not seeking re-election in the May 5 voting. Van Arsdale, 48, is the president and general counsel...
Sex investigation reopened against judge candidate Chantal Eldridge

Sex investigation reopened against judge candidate Chantal Eldridge

The top state criminal district judge in Travis County appointed a special prosecutor Thursday to investigate whether a judge candidate had sex with a 16-year-old foreign exchange student a dozen years ago. Rusty Hardin, a noted Houston attorney, will immediately begin investigating the allegations against Chantal Eldridge. It comes about three weeks after Eldridge, a defense lawyer, overwhelmingly...
Child sex investigation reopened against judge-elect Chantal Eldridge

Child sex investigation reopened against judge-elect Chantal Eldridge

The top state criminal district judge in Travis County appointed a special prosecutor Thursday to investigate whether a judge-elect had sex with a 16-year-old foreign exchange student a dozen years ago. Rusty Hardin, a noted Houston attorney, will immediately begin investigating the allegations against Chantal Eldridge. It comes about three weeks after Eldridge, a defense lawyer, overwhelmingly defeated...
Report: Embattled Congressman Blake Farenthold mulls resignation

Report: Embattled Congressman Blake Farenthold mulls resignation

Embattled U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, is considering resigning before his term ends, Politico reported Tuesday, citing anonymous Republican sources. The congressman has been under fire since Politico revealed in December that he settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with taxpayer dollars. Farenthold said at the time he would repay the $84,000, which he has not yet paid, and...
Report: Farenthold considers resigning before term ends

Report: Farenthold considers resigning before term ends

Embattled U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, is considering resigning before his term ends, Politico reported Tuesday, citing anonymous Republican sources. Embattled U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold draws 9 challengers The congressman has been under fire since Politico revealed in December that he settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with taxpayer dollars. Farenthold said at the time he would...
PolitiFact: With no action on gun laws, kids are told to duck and yell

PolitiFact: With no action on gun laws, kids are told to duck and yell

Potentially fatal guidance for children has been conveyed to parents at PTA meetings while Congress avoids acting against guns used in school shootings, U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke told voters. At a Feb. 24 stop in Waco, the El Paso congressman said: “How (expletive) up is it that PTA meetings are now being conducted to help parents tell their kids what they are supposed to do...
PolitiFact: Cruz’s campaign song misses a beat on facts

PolitiFact: Cruz’s campaign song misses a beat on facts

Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas debuted a song the night of the Texas primaries that set Cruz on course to face Beto O’Rourke on the November ballot. It’s not a love song. The ditty portrays O’Rourke, a Democrat who represents El Paso in the U.S. House, as a liberal who’s unelectable in Texas. To the tune of Alabama’s “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas...
Battle over private school choice playing out at Texas polls

Battle over private school choice playing out at Texas polls

The battle over whether public money should be spent on private school tuition played out at polls across the state this month and will continue in runoff contests on May 22. Public school teachers, who launched a noteworthy get-out-the-vote campaign, and supporters of so-called private school choice ended the March 6 Texas House primaries in a draw. Both sides are now focused on at least five GOP...
Commentary: If only Texas funded schools like it funded the primaries

Commentary: If only Texas funded schools like it funded the primaries

Let’s ponder a couple of things after the Texas primaries proved again that well-funded candidates win — and win by big margins. If money plays a role to boost a candidate’s chance to win, why wouldn’t money play a role to provide a better education system? We have been told repeatedly that there is enough — even too much — money in public education, and we just...
Herman: Final notes on the 2018 Texas primary elections

Herman: Final notes on the 2018 Texas primary elections

The March 6 primaries are behind us, so let’s look back on some things worth looking back on. First, there were no GOP primary voters in Foard and Zavala counties. Zavala, down near our southern border, is kind of understandable. It’s heavily Democratic, and it’s quite possible there’s not a Republican in the county. Or at least very few willing to admit it. In 2016, Hillary...
Commentary: O’Rourke must reboot his Latino voter outreach efforts

Commentary: O’Rourke must reboot his Latino voter outreach efforts

On the night of the primaries, all eyes were on Texas. Democrats across the country were celebrating as one of the reddest states in the country watched record Democratic voter turnout in the primary — and a chance to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. But, as someone who has worked with getting Latinos engaged and voting in Texas, I see trouble ahead for Beto O’Rourke’s campaign. The primary...
TWO VIEWS: Texas primaries were an eye-opener, but not a game-changer

TWO VIEWS: Texas primaries were an eye-opener, but not a game-changer

Tuesday’s Texas primary elections had several headlines. The U.S. Senate race is now underway, with incumbent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and challenger U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke winning their primaries. The Democrats have a contested primary runoff for governor between former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Houston businessman Andrew White. Two Republican statewide incumbents, Land Commissioner...
TWO VIEWS: Democrats shook up the Texas primaries. Now finish the job

TWO VIEWS: Democrats shook up the Texas primaries. Now finish the job

If the enthusiasm behind high voter turnout levels in the Texas Democratic primary is any indication, 2018 may be the year Republican political dominance in the state begins to slip. Yeah, yeah, we’ve heard that before. And, there is a kind of “Honey, I promise to reform, I promise” quality to the regular pledges from Democrats that we’re on the way to a new blue heaven. There...
Suit seeks to split Texas’ 38 electoral votes as part of national fight

Suit seeks to split Texas’ 38 electoral votes as part of national fight

Federal lawsuits filed simultaneously in Texas and three other states are seeking to end the system that awards every electoral vote to the winning presidential candidate in each state. The lawsuits argue that the winner-take-all system violates voting rights by discarding ballots cast in support of losing candidates in the four states, particularly Democrats in the GOP strongholds of Texas and South...
North Texas Republican enters House speaker race

North Texas Republican enters House speaker race

State Rep. Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound, became the third Republican to enter the race for Texas House speaker Thursday. Parker, who was first elected to the House in 2006, is chairman of the Investments and Financial Services Committee and sits on the Redistricting, and International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs committees. Parker joins speaker candidates Phil King, R-Weatherford, and John Zerwas...
Third Texas House speaker candidate emerges

Third Texas House speaker candidate emerges

State Rep. Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound, became the third Republican to enter the race for Texas House speaker Thursday. Parker, who was first elected to the House in 2006, is chairman of the Investments and Financial Services Committee and sits on the Redistricting, and International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs committees. Parker joins speaker candidates Phil King, R-Weatherford, and John Zerwas...
Texas women, LGBTQ candidates advance in primaries

Texas women, LGBTQ candidates advance in primaries

In Tuesday’s Texas primary elections, the record-breaking number of female and LGBTQ candidates held their own. For the 58 women who ran for statewide office or congressional seats, 17 won party nominations and 16 will compete in a runoff. Of the 28 LGBTQ candidates running for statewide, congressional and legislative office in Tuesday’s primaries, based on a list by OutSmart Magazine...
After night of celebrating, Democrats wake to cold Texas reality

After night of celebrating, Democrats wake to cold Texas reality

Texas Democrats had good reason to celebrate Tuesday night. Coming off very strong early voting numbers in the state’s 15 largest counties, Democratic voters doubled their statewide 2014 primary turnout, topping the million mark for the first time since 2002. But Wednesday morning was also sobering as Democrats faced hard realities of how far they have to go to be competitive in a state where...
Austin attorney Eldridge beats longtime judge in 331st District race

Austin attorney Eldridge beats longtime judge in 331st District race

Prior to her 2-1 victory in the primary race against longtime 331st District Judge David Crain, defense attorney Chantal Eldridge faced a “David and Goliath”-proportion battle, according to her campaign treasurer, Leslie Boykin. Crain, who did not respond to requests for comment, has run the 331st District felony court since 2010. His campaign raised more than $40,000, almost 20 times...
In 24 years in office, Rep. Dukes went from ‘relentless’ to absent

In 24 years in office, Rep. Dukes went from ‘relentless’ to absent

A serious car wreck, felony corruption charges and pressure to resign from members of her own party were not enough to end the two-decade political career of state Rep. Dawnna Dukes. But Dukes was eventually done in by growing discontent from her constituents, who voted resoundingly in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for new leadership in House District 46 amid concern that Dukes had lost her way...
Cruz campaign ‘jingle’ mocks O’Rourke’s name, ideology (with lyrics)

Cruz campaign ‘jingle’ mocks O’Rourke’s name, ideology (with lyrics)

1:50 p.m. update: U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, responded to an attack ad from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, by sharing a childhood photo of himself in a sweater bearing his nickname. Cruz dropped a campaign ad Tuesday mocking O’Rourke’s nickname and ideology to the tune of a country song. “I remember reading stories, Liberal Robert wanted to fit in,” the song goes...
Why is House Speaker Paul Ryan retiring?

Why is House Speaker Paul Ryan retiring?

After months of speculation, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election come November, ending a two-decade career in Congress. “It’s been a wild ride, but it’s been a journey well worth taking to be able to do my part to strengthen the American idea,” Ryan said. “That pursuit is never ending. Much work remains, but I like to think I...
Analysis: The White House releases a photo of its interns, and the internet asks: Why so few people of color?

Analysis: The White House releases a photo of its interns, and the internet asks: Why so few people of color?

WASHINGTON - The White House released a photo Friday of its spring 2018 interns - and the internet quickly noted a lack of people of color. One reaction on Twitter: "I missed the fall intern photo, but last summer and this spring, the White House had a combined 206 interns. Among them: 3 black men. 0 black women. Out of 206." Another person tweeted: "The White House intern photo is...
Trump orders expulsion of Russian diplomats over UK spy attack

Trump orders expulsion of Russian diplomats over UK spy attack

President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats and the closure of the country’s consulate in Seattle in response to an attack earlier this month on a former spy in the United Kingdom.
FBI investigated Jeff Sessions for possible perjury: reports

FBI investigated Jeff Sessions for possible perjury: reports

The FBI investigated U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for possible perjury last year amid allegations that he misled lawmakers about his contacts with Russians ahead of the 2016 presidential election, according to multiple reports. The investigation into Sessions started before the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is tasked with probing Russian efforts to meddle in the election...
Russia investigation: Special counsel Mueller subpoenas Trump Organization

Russia investigation: Special counsel Mueller subpoenas Trump Organization

  Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to President Donald Trump and his associates, according to multiple reports. The subpoena is the first directly connected to one of Trump’s businesses, The New York Times reported Thursday. The...
Hope Hicks testifies before House Intelligence Committee in Russia probe

Hope Hicks testifies before House Intelligence Committee in Russia probe

Hope Hicks, the White House communications director and longtime aide to President Donald Trump, appeared before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door interview Tuesday as part of the group’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The Associated Press reported that Hicks, who tends to shy away from the public eye, arrived at a rear entrance to...
Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates pleads guilty in Mueller investigation

Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates pleads guilty in Mueller investigation

Rick Gates, a former aide in President Donald Trump's campaign, pleaded guilty to making false statements and conspiring against the United States on Friday, making him the fifth person to enter a guilty plea in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Mueller investigation: Lawyer pleads guilty to lying to investigators in Russia probe

Mueller investigation: Lawyer pleads guilty to lying to investigators in Russia probe

An attorney pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying to the FBI in the agency's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to President Donald Trump's campaign. The charges against lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan are the latest in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
House Oversight Committee launches probe into Rob Porter's employment

House Oversight Committee launches probe into Rob Porter's employment

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is investigating the White House’s employment of staff secretary Rob Porter in the wake of allegations that he abused his two ex-wives, committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, said Wednesday. Porter submitted his resignation Feb. 2. Gowdy told CNN that the committee launched a probe Tuesday night into Porter’s employment...
Suppressed photo of Obama, Farrakhan might have derailed 2008 campaign

Suppressed photo of Obama, Farrakhan might have derailed 2008 campaign

More than a dozen years after the fact, a photographer has come forward with a photo that might have derailed Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential bid. Askia Muhammad, who works for the Nation of Islam’s newspaper, the Final Call, has published a book in recent days that features the image: a “grip and grin” frame of a smiling Obama standing shoulder to shoulder...
Report: Hillary Clinton protected adviser despite sexual harassment allegations in 2008

Report: Hillary Clinton protected adviser despite sexual harassment allegations in 2008

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chose to keep a top adviser on her 2008 presidential campaign team despite repeated complaints that he was sexually harassing a subordinate, The New York Times reported Friday. Citing unidentified sources who were familiar with the situation, the Times reported that Clinton’s then-campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, recommended the firing of her faith...
Trump physical results: 6 things to know

Trump physical results: 6 things to know

President Donald Trump is in excellent health and likely to finish his term in office without any medical issues, a presidential doctor said Tuesday at a news conference, four days after the president underwent a physical exam. “The president's overall health is excellent," White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson said Tuesday. Here are six things to know about the results of the president&rsquo...
Robert Mueller subpoenas Steve Bannon in Russia probe

Robert Mueller subpoenas Steve Bannon in Russia probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, to testify before a grand jury as part of the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to the Trump campaign, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Oprah 'intrigued' by idea of running for president, friend Gayle King says

Oprah 'intrigued' by idea of running for president, friend Gayle King says

Longtime pal Gayle King said Tuesday that Oprah Winfrey is “intrigued” by the idea of running for president, although she said it’s still unclear whether the media mogul is seriously considering a run. “I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it,” King said on “CBS This Morning.” “She loves this country and would like to be of service...
Mueller could interview Trump in Russia probe: report

Mueller could interview Trump in Russia probe: report

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who has been charged with investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump, might interview the president as part of the investigation, according to a report from The Washington Post. The newspaper reported Mueller “brought up the issue of interviewing Trump during a late...
NBC deletes tweet honoring Oprah Winfrey as 'our future president'

NBC deletes tweet honoring Oprah Winfrey as 'our future president'

NBC deleted a tweet and issued a statement of clarification Monday after a message posted on its official, verified Twitter account saluted Oprah Winfrey as “our future president.” “A tweet about the Golden Globes and Oprah Winfrey was sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the broadcast,” the statement said. “It is in reference to a joke...
The left points to ‘Fire and Fury’ as the case against Trump. They should look again

The left points to ‘Fire and Fury’ as the case against Trump. They should look again

The book “Fire and Fury” offers reported behind-the-scenes stories about Donald Trump’s White House. But are the stories credible? A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue. From The Orange County Register: The author of ‘Fire and Fury’ has an ego just about as big as Trump’s. Who are we to believe? From Townhall: Will CNN ever be able to get over...
'Fire and Fury' author Michael Wolff on Trump: 'He is like a child'

'Fire and Fury' author Michael Wolff on Trump: 'He is like a child'

Journalist Michael Wolff, the author of a controversial tell-all book on the administration of President Donald Trump, said Friday on NBC’s “Today” show that “100 percent of the people” around the president question his ability to lead. “Senior advisers, family members, every single one of them, questions his intelligence and fitness for office,” Wolff said...
10 stunning claims about Trump White House from 'Fire and Fury'

10 stunning claims about Trump White House from 'Fire and Fury'

President Donald Trump didn’t want to win 2016’s election, got angry over celebrity snubs at his inauguration and eats fast food partially because of his fear of being poisoned, according to a book about his administration set to be released next week. The claims are among a slew of allegations made in journalist Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House...
Paul Manafort sues special counsel Robert Mueller, DOJ

Paul Manafort sues special counsel Robert Mueller, DOJ

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, filed suit Wednesday against special counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the Department of Justice after he was indicted in October as part of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Attorneys for Manafort argued that Rosenstein overstepped his authority in...
Alabama's Doug Jones, Minnesota's Tina Smith sworn in as Democratic senators

Alabama's Doug Jones, Minnesota's Tina Smith sworn in as Democratic senators

Congress convened Wednesday to welcome a pair of new Democratic senators – Alabama’s Doug Jones and Minnesota’s Tina Smith. They were sworn in just after noon. Jones, a former federal prosecutor, became the first Democratic senator to represent Alabama in 25 years. He beat former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore by more than 20,000 votes in a result certified by officials...
Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch to retire

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch to retire

After four decades in the U.S. Senate, the longest-serving Republican senator in history, Utah’s Orrin Hatch, announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election at the end of his term in November. Hatch announced his decision in a video posted to Twitter.
Report: UK government worried about Trump's reaction if Obamas get royal wedding invitation

Report: UK government worried about Trump's reaction if Obamas get royal wedding invitation

The British government is urging Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to reconsider inviting former President Barack Obama to their wedding out of fear of how current President Donald Trump might react, according to reports. “Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness,” The Sun reported, citing a senior government official...
White House Deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn stepping down, reports say

White House Deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn stepping down, reports say

White House deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn will leave his position early next year in the latest high-profile resignation from the Trump administration in recent weeks, according to multiple reports. “Rick loyally served the president for two and a half years and brought tremendous energy to the White House staff,” White House chief of staff John Kelly said in a statement obtained...
State attorneys general ask FCC to delay net neutrality vote

State attorneys general ask FCC to delay net neutrality vote

The attorneys general of nearly 20 states asked the Federal Communications Commission to delay a vote on changing the country’s net neutrality rules as they investigate reports that impersonators posted hundreds of thousands of fake comments on the commission’s notice of the proposed change. “If the well of public comment has been poisoned by falsified submissions, the Commission...
#ThankYouAlabama: Doug Jones wins Senate seat over Roy Moore, Twitter celebrates

#ThankYouAlabama: Doug Jones wins Senate seat over Roy Moore, Twitter celebrates

News that Alabama voters chose Tuesday to send Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate over embattled Republican Roy Moore was greeted with relief and joy on social media. Moore was considered a favorite to take the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions early in the race, but his grip on the position slipped amid a flurry of sexual misconduct allegations. Several women told reporters that...
Omarosa Manigault Newman ‘physically dragged’ from White House, reports say

Omarosa Manigault Newman ‘physically dragged’ from White House, reports say

Omarosa Manigaul Newman, the “Apprentice” star turned White House aide, was removed from the White House Tuesday night,“physically dragged and escorted off the campus,” according to several news reports. Manigault-Newman announced her resignation on Wednesday, effective next month.
Lawmakers call for investigation into Trump sexual misconduct allegations

Lawmakers call for investigation into Trump sexual misconduct allegations

More than 100 Democratic lawmakers are calling on the House Oversight Committee to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct levied against President Donald Trump, a group of female U.S. representatives said at a news conference Tuesday. More than a dozen women have accused the president of forced kissing, unwanted groping and making inappropriate sexual comments since 2015, when Trump announced...
Alabama dad criticizes Roy Moore in memory of his gay daughter

Alabama dad criticizes Roy Moore in memory of his gay daughter

An Alabama father who said that his daughter took her life because “she didn’t want to be gay anymore” stood outside Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s rally in Midland City on Monday to urge people not to vote for the former judge. Photos from the rally showed peanut farmer and Midland City native Nathan Mathis holding a photo of his daughter in a basketball uniform. Near...
Trump accusers call for congressional investigation into alleged sexual misconduct

Trump accusers call for congressional investigation into alleged sexual misconduct

Update 3:15 p.m. Dec. 11: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied the allegations levied against President Donald Trump in a news briefing Monday, telling reporters that the president has “addressed these accusations directly and denied all of these allegations.” "The American people knew this and voted for the president, and we feel like we're ready...
Manafort was in debt to pro-Russia interests, Cyprus records show

Manafort was in debt to pro-Russia interests, Cyprus records show

Financial records filed last year in the secretive tax haven of Cyprus, where Paul Manafort kept bank accounts during his years working in Ukraine and investing with a Russian oligarch, indicate that he had been in debt to pro-Russia interests by as much as $17 million before he joined Donald Trump's presidential campaign in March 2016.   The money appears to have been owed by shell companies...
REPORT: Lamar Smith visits Greenland with lawmakers to see climate change effects up close

REPORT: Lamar Smith visits Greenland with lawmakers to see climate change effects up close

Noted climate-change skeptic U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith — the whose district stretches into parts of Austin — saw the effects of the warming Arctic first-hand on an unpublicized tour of Greenland and Alaska in May.  Smith was accompanied by at least eight of his fellow congressmen on the trip, which was first reported by BuzzFeed News on Friday...
Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault

Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault

WASHINGTON — Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried "eyes only" instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides. Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that...
White House: Trump may not sign government funding bill without border wall

White House: Trump may not sign government funding bill without border wall

WASHINGTON - White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that President Donald Trump might refuse to sign a government spending bill that does not include money for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, leaving open the possibility of a federal government shutdown toward the end of the week. "Will he sign a government funding bill that does not include funding for the border wall?"...
Texas Republican wants shouting CNN reporter fired

Texas Republican wants shouting CNN reporter fired

A Republican member of Congress from Texas says that a CNN reporter should be fired for his persistent shouting of a question at President-elect Donald Trump. What’s more, CNN’s Jim Acosta should be banned from future news conferences, said U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, R-Alvin, in a tweet Thursday morning. Weber’s tweet came a day after a tense back-and-forth between Trump and Acosta at...
Williamson County shatters first-day early voting record

Williamson County shatters first-day early voting record

5:30 p.m. update: The number of Williamson County residents hitting the polls Monday for the first day of early voting has surpassed the number of people who voted the first day of early voting in the 2012 presidential election. The Williamson County Elections Department reported 14,705 people have voted as of 5 p.m. compared to a total turnout of 9,223 voters on the first day of early voting in November...
More Elections Stories