Ken Herman

Metro columnist

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

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Herman: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ignites war of words with N.J. governor
 Once again, a GOP leader, through the use of bellicose rhetoric, has talked us into a war of words with a foreign power with nukes and a hard-to-understand language. Let us hope this does not escalate into a war of weaponry. You’re thinking President Donald Trump vs. North Korea (which has nuclear weapons). I’m writing about Gov...

Posted: 2 hours ago

Once again, a GOP leader, through the use of bellicose rhetoric, has talked us into a war of words with a foreign power with nukes and a hard-to-understand language. Let us hope this does not escalate into a war of weaponry. You’re thinking President Donald Trump vs. North Korea (which has nuclear weapons). I’m writing about Gov...
Herman: Taylor dealing with its train spotting problem
 Back in January 2017 one of my favorite columnists at this paper, reporting on an Amtrak trip, wrote this about the first stop north of Austin: “Bless Taylor’s heart,” I wrote, “the Amtrak view of the city isn’t what you’d call a chamber of commerce dream. The downtown view from the train features...

Posted: 2 days ago

Back in January 2017 one of my favorite columnists at this paper, reporting on an Amtrak trip, wrote this about the first stop north of Austin: “Bless Taylor’s heart,” I wrote, “the Amtrak view of the city isn’t what you’d call a chamber of commerce dream. The downtown view from the train features...
Herman: Robocalls, RVs and cushinons. Yes, cushinons.
 It’s odds and ends day. We’ll touch on robocalls and a knotty question for everybody’s favorite indicted Texas attorney general. And cushinons. Yes, “cushinons,” which are coming soon to an Austin neighborhood. Stay tuned to find out if a is an amusing French pastry, a tasty Asian appetizer or a nettlesome skin...

Posted: 3 days ago

It’s odds and ends day. We’ll touch on robocalls and a knotty question for everybody’s favorite indicted Texas attorney general. And cushinons. Yes, “cushinons,” which are coming soon to an Austin neighborhood. Stay tuned to find out if a is an amusing French pastry, a tasty Asian appetizer or a nettlesome skin...
Herman: The passing of an unelected Texas political icon
 The last time I saw Barbara Bush in person was in February 2016 in the West Running Brook Middle School cafeteria in Derry, N.H. The event was sort of sad and symbolic. A presidential candidacy was fading away, and with it a political dynasty as we’d known it through the presidencies of Barbara Bush’s husband and one of her sons...

Posted: 5 days ago

The last time I saw Barbara Bush in person was in February 2016 in the West Running Brook Middle School cafeteria in Derry, N.H. The event was sort of sad and symbolic. A presidential candidacy was fading away, and with it a political dynasty as we’d known it through the presidencies of Barbara Bush’s husband and one of her sons...
Herman: Why Lupe Valdez? Why Andrew White? Let’s have a debate
 While we’re talking about a Democratic gubernatorial runoff debate (something Lupe Valdez might be forced to talk about a lot unless and until she firmly agrees to do one), let’s take a look at a potential first question she and foe Andrew White might get in said debate. Valdez fielded it last week at a San Antonio campaign event...

Posted: 6 days ago

While we’re talking about a Democratic gubernatorial runoff debate (something Lupe Valdez might be forced to talk about a lot unless and until she firmly agrees to do one), let’s take a look at a potential first question she and foe Andrew White might get in said debate. Valdez fielded it last week at a San Antonio campaign event...
Herman: What’s next for Rosewood Courts?
 Dating back to the late 19th century (disclosure: columnist exaggeration), I’ve been giving you play-by-play coverage of the ongoing effort to replace East Austin’s historic/outdated Rosewood Courts public housing complex with something more appropriate for current and future residents. You know, like with central air and...

Posted: 10 days ago

Dating back to the late 19th century (disclosure: columnist exaggeration), I’ve been giving you play-by-play coverage of the ongoing effort to replace East Austin’s historic/outdated Rosewood Courts public housing complex with something more appropriate for current and future residents. You know, like with central air and...
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...

Posted: 11 days ago

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...
Herman: Ex-state and fed legislator seeks rare return to Texas Capitol
 Improbably, and most probably unknown to the two of them, Guy Morrison Bryan is Pete Gallego’s role model. Some of you remember former Rep. Gallego, D-Alpine, who served 11 terms in in the Texas House and one in the U.S. House until his constituents went thumbs down on him. Twice. Far fewer of you remember Bryan. And if you do, you&rsquo...

Posted: 12 days ago

Improbably, and most probably unknown to the two of them, Guy Morrison Bryan is Pete Gallego’s role model. Some of you remember former Rep. Gallego, D-Alpine, who served 11 terms in in the Texas House and one in the U.S. House until his constituents went thumbs down on him. Twice. Far fewer of you remember Bryan. And if you do, you&rsquo...
Herman: What’s more Texan, Patrick’s Chevy pickup or Collier’s Ford?
 In Texas, when a man (and I think this is pretty much gender specific) looks another man in the eye and asks for his vote, any and all responses must begin with, “Tell me about your truck.” (Please perform this in whatever your version of the quintessential Texas accent.) You can tell a lot about a Texas man by the truck he drives...

Posted: 14 days ago

In Texas, when a man (and I think this is pretty much gender specific) looks another man in the eye and asks for his vote, any and all responses must begin with, “Tell me about your truck.” (Please perform this in whatever your version of the quintessential Texas accent.) You can tell a lot about a Texas man by the truck he drives...
Herman: Remains exhumed as part of Oakwood Cemetery chapel rehab
 We have some interesting updates from the city regarding the rehabilitation project on the historic chapel at the city-owned Oakwood Cemetery. First, some background: Oakwood, which is just east of Interstate 35 and just south of the University of Texas UFCU Disch-Falk Field, doesn’t have quite the cast of characters that the Texas...

Posted: 18 days ago

We have some interesting updates from the city regarding the rehabilitation project on the historic chapel at the city-owned Oakwood Cemetery. First, some background: Oakwood, which is just east of Interstate 35 and just south of the University of Texas UFCU Disch-Falk Field, doesn’t have quite the cast of characters that the Texas...