AMES, Iowa—The presidential run of Beto O’Rourke is a profoundly personality-driven exercise, his charisma and Kennedy-esque demeanor the topic of one profile after another, so it’s surprising to listen to his speeches on the stump in which he doesn’t talk a whole lot about himself. In Iowa recently, over several days in a rainy, foggy, uncertain stretch of spring, O’Rourke delivered a series of speeches and held question-and-answer sessions in which he spoke at length about unity, civility and inclusivity, and only rarely touched on his personal story. There was one notable exception: When he did offer up bits of his biography, he leaned most heavily on his run last year against Ted Cruz for a spot in the United States Senate. He recounted for the crowds tales of the places he went and the people he met during his barnstorming, freewheeling, attention-getting campaign, coming back to two numbers: 254, the number of counties in gargantuan Texas, all of … [Read more...] about Beto’s Long History of Failing Upward
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If you turn to our Bum Steers roundup each year because you enjoy reading comical summaries of humanity’s most ridiculous and idiotic endeavors, you’ll find plenty in this year’s installment to keep you happy. The 2019 edition of the Bum Steer Awards features more than its fair share of blurbs about, say, the couple who engaged in an intimate act in the middle of a family restaurant or the woman who crashed into a fence with her child in her lap or the law enforcement officers who drank until their brains fell out. Let it never be said that Texas suffers a shortage of sons and daughters willing to confirm the rest of the world’s sometimes low opinion of us. But if you take a moment to look away from all the capsule summaries of quotidian stupidity and read this package’s top four profiles, which offer in-depth assessments of our Bum Steer of the Year and the three runners-up for that dubious honor, you’ll note a very different theme emerging: … [Read more...] about The 2019 Bum Steer Awards Are Here!
Republican Deanna Metzger is something of a rarity this election cycle. She’s running in one of the only Texas House districts Republicans have the potential to take back out of Democratic hands. While many nearby incumbent Republican lawmakers are fending off tough challenges from Democrats hoping to capitalize on North Texas’ shifting electorate, Metzger is hoping to unseat freshman state Rep. Victoria Neave from the swing district east of Dallas. That could mean a rare pickup for Republicans, who are in little danger of losing their dominant majority in the Texas House, but this year are more focused on defending it than growing it. Metzger, a businesswoman and attorney who owns a construction company, has been an outlier before. In this year’s Republican primary elections, she bested Joe Ruzicka, making her one of just a few hardline conservative candidates to take down a more moderate opponent. Metzger, for example, suggested she would support some version of a … [Read more...] about In Dallas-area Texas House race, Deanna Metzger is the rare Republican who’s on offense
In April 2017, when Roy Oliver, a 37-year-old white police officer in Balch Springs, a suburb east of Dallas, shot and killed an unarmed 15-year-old black teenager named Jordan Edwards as he was leaving a party, plenty of Dallas County courthouse veterans predicted that Oliver would never spend a day in prison. “Texas juries don’t convict cops,” one longtime lawyer told me. “They certainly don’t convict them of murder.” In fact, it had been 44 years since a police officer in Texas had been charged with committing a murder while carrying out his official duties. In 1973, Darrell Cain, a police officer for the city of Dallas, shot 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez in the head while Rodriguez sat handcuffed inside a squad car. Apparently, attempting to solicit a confession, Cain had forced the boy into a version of Russian roulette, holding a gun to his head and then killing him on the second pull of the trigger. Nevertheless, the jury only … [Read more...] about ‘Some Sense of Justice’ for Jordan Edwards