The United States locks up a larger proportion of its citizens than any other nation in the world. Mass incarceration has exacted a terrible cost — on state budgets, on black neighborhoods, on economic and social justice.
By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — In an unlikely partnership, two Texas lawmakers — one Democrat, one Republican — are proposing a bipartisan bill that would empower the United States to speed up immigration hearings in hopes of stemming the crisis of unaccompanied children at the border. The proposal from Sen. John Cornyn, […]
Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr One of the strangest, least effective campaigns in recent memory came to an ignominious end on Tuesday night, when U.S. Representative Steve Stockman (R-TX) lost his primary challenge to Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) by a resounding 40 percent margin. Stockman’s failure was not hard to predict; in fact, […]
When Texas voters officially kick off the 2014 election season with Tuesday’s primaries, there won’t be many competitive races on the ballot. That doesn’t mean that the results won’t be signficant, however. The outcomes of several Republican primaries will paint a clear picture of the Tea Party’s power — or lack thereof — in one […]
With less than a week to go until primary day in Texas, Rep. Steve Stockman has suffered one final indignity. A Texas Tea Party group, led by Grassroots America executive director JoAnn Fleming, issued an open letter on Thursday slamming Stockman’s campaign as one of the worst in recent memory. “As your campaign rolled into […]
The underdogs are falling behind in two closely watched elections in Texas, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. The poll, released Monday, finds Texas attorney general Greg Abbott (R) leading state senator Wendy Davis (D) 47 to 36 percent in a hypothetical general election matchup, with 17 percent undecided. Both Abbott and Davis […]
Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) released a new campaign ad on Friday that blasts President Barack Obama, while completely ignoring his own primary opponent, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX). The ad — titled “Astonishing” — covers most of the standard Republican complaints against the president, displaying images of the Benghazi attack and anti-health care reform […]