Ken Herman

Metro columnist

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

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Herman: The Abbott/O’Rourke voters explain themselves
 One of the more curious gaps in current political polling continues to be the margin between how Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Beto O’Rourke is running and how the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Lupe Valdez, is doing. The short version is O’Rourke seems to have a shot at winning. Valdez, not so much. So that means some Texans...

Posted: a minute ago

One of the more curious gaps in current political polling continues to be the margin between how Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Beto O’Rourke is running and how the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Lupe Valdez, is doing. The short version is O’Rourke seems to have a shot at winning. Valdez, not so much. So that means some Texans...
Herman: Way north of the border, a solution for color-blind drivers
 Done properly, life is one long quest. It is left to each of us to define the quest. For some, it is inner peace. For others, it is world peace. For yet others, it’s the perfect piece of pie. For me, it is a quest for a place where accommodations are made for those of us inflicted with the only disability it’s still OK to laugh...

Posted: 3 days ago

Done properly, life is one long quest. It is left to each of us to define the quest. For some, it is inner peace. For others, it is world peace. For yet others, it’s the perfect piece of pie. For me, it is a quest for a place where accommodations are made for those of us inflicted with the only disability it’s still OK to laugh...
Herman: It’d be much simpler if we just brought back Prohibition
 The good people (and the other ones) of Round Rock have a big ol’ ballot-box decision to make on Nov. 6. It involves a little something I pejoratively refer to as “the alkyhol.” In the next installment of a time-honored, yet bizarre, Texas tradition, Round Rockers (Round Rockians? Round Rockites?) will be holding a local...

Posted: 10 days ago

The good people (and the other ones) of Round Rock have a big ol’ ballot-box decision to make on Nov. 6. It involves a little something I pejoratively refer to as “the alkyhol.” In the next installment of a time-honored, yet bizarre, Texas tradition, Round Rockers (Round Rockians? Round Rockites?) will be holding a local...
Herman: The GOP has selected me to represent my U.S. House district
 Once again, as our beloved nation charts its path through perilous times, I am chosen. It says so right there in the materials in the envelope marked, “Do Not Destroy. Official Document. Final Notice.” Gulp. Inside, in a letter penned on “Wednesday Morning,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel was...

Posted: 11 days ago

Once again, as our beloved nation charts its path through perilous times, I am chosen. It says so right there in the materials in the envelope marked, “Do Not Destroy. Official Document. Final Notice.” Gulp. Inside, in a letter penned on “Wednesday Morning,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel was...
Herman: Is it possible some Texans will vote for Beto and Abbott?
 General election campaign season is here. And that generally means a bumper crop of bumper stickers and yard signs. But here’s one you probably won’t see: “Beto and Abbott in ’18.” What kind of politically twisted, tortured soul would vote for GOP Gov. Greg Abbott’s re-election and Democrat Beto O&rsquo...

Posted: 13 days ago

General election campaign season is here. And that generally means a bumper crop of bumper stickers and yard signs. But here’s one you probably won’t see: “Beto and Abbott in ’18.” What kind of politically twisted, tortured soul would vote for GOP Gov. Greg Abbott’s re-election and Democrat Beto O&rsquo...
Herman: What Amtrak passengers see when the train stops in Austin
 Reader Don Ugent has a question. More precisely, Peggy, his wife, has a question. Being a helpful husband, Don decided to do the research to find an answer for his wife’s question. In this case, research meant emailing the question to me in my vaunted role as the CEO/CFO, president and sole staffer at a little something I like to call...

Posted: 17 days ago

Reader Don Ugent has a question. More precisely, Peggy, his wife, has a question. Being a helpful husband, Don decided to do the research to find an answer for his wife’s question. In this case, research meant emailing the question to me in my vaunted role as the CEO/CFO, president and sole staffer at a little something I like to call...
Herman: Why the Bushes changed plans to be buried in Austin
 Former President George W. Bush and wife Laura had an upgraded reservation for an extended stay here in Austin but they’ve changed their minds and will not check in when they check out. Back in October 2016, I told you the Bushes had decided on the Texas State Cemetery in East Austin as their eventual final resting place. “The...

Posted: 20 days ago

Former President George W. Bush and wife Laura had an upgraded reservation for an extended stay here in Austin but they’ve changed their minds and will not check in when they check out. Back in October 2016, I told you the Bushes had decided on the Texas State Cemetery in East Austin as their eventual final resting place. “The...
Herman: On the road with John McCain
 It was a long and storied life that — literally, figuratively, personally and politically — had its high points and low points. I was on hand during one of the political low points. It was in October 2007, and to say John McCain’s second bid for the presidency wasn’t going well would be an understatement. Lest we forget...

Posted: 22 days ago

It was a long and storied life that — literally, figuratively, personally and politically — had its high points and low points. I was on hand during one of the political low points. It was in October 2007, and to say John McCain’s second bid for the presidency wasn’t going well would be an understatement. Lest we forget...
Herman: State cemetery still looking for new boss and other updates
 Looks like a good day for some updates and leftovers, so let’s get to work. No word yet from the State Preservation Board on a replacement for Harry Bradley, who was fired late last year after 23 years as superintendent at the State Cemetery in East Austin. The job posting has expired (pardon the expression) and an announcement could...

Posted: 24 days ago

Looks like a good day for some updates and leftovers, so let’s get to work. No word yet from the State Preservation Board on a replacement for Harry Bradley, who was fired late last year after 23 years as superintendent at the State Cemetery in East Austin. The job posting has expired (pardon the expression) and an announcement could...
Herman: The Army comes to Austin
 Things that somehow don’t seem like natural fits: Army khaki and tie dye. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett. Austin and the U.S. Army. Austin is lots of things, most of them very, very good. But military town we’re not. In fact, Our Fair City has a pretty solid history of anti-war protests. Yes, we had Bergstrom Air...

Posted: 24 days ago

Things that somehow don’t seem like natural fits: Army khaki and tie dye. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett. Austin and the U.S. Army. Austin is lots of things, most of them very, very good. But military town we’re not. In fact, Our Fair City has a pretty solid history of anti-war protests. Yes, we had Bergstrom Air...
Herman: Trump and Cornyn, still a thing, but with conditions
 This has not been a good week for our president. And any week that’s not a good week for our president also doesn’t go on our senior senator’s list of Best Weeks Ever. In 2016, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, made it clear that Donald J. Trump was not his first pick for the GOP presidential nomination. Then an amazing thing happened...

Posted: 25 days ago

This has not been a good week for our president. And any week that’s not a good week for our president also doesn’t go on our senior senator’s list of Best Weeks Ever. In 2016, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, made it clear that Donald J. Trump was not his first pick for the GOP presidential nomination. Then an amazing thing happened...