2014 Texas Political Battle

What is a Party Platform?

Since the recent Republican revival meeting, I mean Party convention, there has been much hue and cry about the platform. The platform included language that appears to be out of step with societal norms, even among conservatives. The most obvious of these was a statement calling for the “reparative therapy … Continue Reading →

2014 Elections

   The Republicans and Democrats have now set their ballots for 2014 and the election moves from the shadows to the mainstream voters. Primaries really are family feuds where loyal partisans struggle amongst themselves to select their banner bearers for the general election. In 2014, the Democrats had a rather … Continue Reading →


The Never-Ending Campaign: Presidential Politics

If you have been paying attention to politics since the first of the year, you should be recognizing the signs of the coming 2016 Presidential election.  As of this month, we are just two short years away from the 2016 primary season. Presidential politics are in full-swing at the insider … Continue Reading →

2014 Texas Political Battle

2014 – A Very Political Year

Ponderings is back for a very exciting and politically intriguing 2014.  Of course, we have upcoming statewide elections for U.S. Senator, Governor, Lt. Governor and many other offices.   The new Houston City Council is being sworn in today with 6 new Members that will change the politics of that … Continue Reading →

City Elections, Astrodome, Water and more

We are just days away from Houston’s Election Day.  The Election is Tuesday, November 5.  You can still early vote through Friday at 7:00 p.m. This election has been especially odd but people do seem interested in the outcome.  At least, they seemed to have tuned-in during the last couple … Continue Reading →


Mayoral Forums – Final Thoughts

Last week, I took in a Mayoral debate and a Mayoral candidate forum.  Between the two, I was able to see the full slate of contenders for Mayor. The Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum on Thursday and Houston Public Media (KUHT and KUHF) hosted a debate … Continue Reading →

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Mayoral Debate Post Mortem

On Tuesday night, Houston Public Media and the League of Women Voters hosted the only televised Mayoral debate of the campaign season. They invited all of the candidates to participate and 8 of them agreed to join in the conversation.  Debates with 8 candidates can be a bit tedious but … Continue Reading →

Houston City Elections – District I

We previously analyzed District D with its 12 candidates and the impact it may have on the Mayor’s race.  In our continuing series on Council races, we will focus on District I. Like District D, District I has no incumbent.  Council Member James Rodriguez has served his full terms on … Continue Reading →

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Houston City Council Races – District D

Houston City Council District D may be the most interesting race for City Council this year. With a field of 12 candidates, there will likely be many voters coming out to cast their ballot.  When we first adopted term limits, most open seats attracted a field of 10+ candidates.  However, … Continue Reading →


September 11

2001 was an amazing year for me personally.  My son was born, we moved into a new home around Labor Day and then the world changed. As we all know,  September 11, our nation was attacked.   I will never forget the moment.  I was holding my 6 month old … Continue Reading →