Blake Farenthold

Special Election Will Be Called for Farenthold Seat

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) got the go-ahead from Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) to suspend state law so the governor can call a special election to …

Elections

Supreme Court to consider Texas redistricting

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday on whether Texas’s legislature discriminated against Hispanic and black citizens when drawing two …

Taxes

Texas Congressional Map Comes Under Supreme Court Scrutiny

Voter rights advocates worry the court could hand states a shield<p>The Supreme Court hears oral arguments Tuesday in a case that could not only require …

Politics

Governor Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton made right call for Texas District 27

CLOSE<p>This is Congressman Blake Farenthold's full statement announcing his resignation on Friday, April 6. Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, has resigned …

Government

Supreme Court to hear arguments in Texas gerrymanding case

<i>This story will be updated throughout the day with video and coverage from Washington.</i><p>WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments …

Texas

Gov. Abbott can call special election to replace Rep. Farenthold

AUSTIN (AP/KXAN) - Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the governor can call a special election to replace a retiring congressman, even …

Sexual Harassment

Texas Gerrymandering Case Hinges on Racial-Bias Claim

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Tuesday will consider whether Texas’ congressional and legislative maps illegally discriminate against minority voters, the latest chapter in a struggle over political power in the Lone Star State tracing from the 2010 census.<p>The case is the third major …

U.S. Politics

RUN, RONNY, RUN! Wonkagenda For Tues., April 24, 2018

Morning Wonketariat! Here’s some of the things we <i>may</i> be talking about today.<p>Flight records, social media posts, and Trump’s own bodyguard show Trump …

Liberal View

Monday, sometimes it just turns out that way

It's Monday, OP readers, and after a weekend filled with tributes to the life of former first lady Barbara Bush, we've just gotten word that her husband, former president George H.W. Bush, has been hospitalized with an infection. Family spokesman Jim McGrath said the 41st president was responding …

Donald Trump

Congress Still Hasn't Dealt With Its Sexual Harassment Problem

A bill to overhaul how complaints are handled on Capitol Hill has stalled because some senators don't want to pay out of pocket for misconduct.<p>Kevin …

Sexual Harassment

Hannity Builds Million Dollar Housing Empire With Uncle Sam. Wonkagenda For Mon., April 23, 2018

A semi-nude man accused of killing four people at a Nashville Waffle House is still on the run this morning. Police warn that he is to be considered …

Liberal View

Friday’s Campaign Round-Up, 4.20.18

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.<p>* In a bit of a surprise, the Democratic National Committee this morning …

Government

Talking Points: Did you see what they said?

"I went to see her a week ago, Saturday. <b>We had a wonderful visit. She and I were needling each other.</b> The doctor came in and she said to the doctor, …

Opinion

Texas Governor Wants ‘Emergency’ Special Election for Farenthold’s Seat

Special election must wait until Nov. 6 midterm under current rules<p>Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants to have a special election to replace former GOP Rep. …

Politics

Blake Farenthold and the Consequences of Extreme Gerrymandering

Blake Farenthold’s frat bro image started with a photo from an adult pajama party that surfaced a month before his unlikely rise to Congress in 2010. …

Texas

Blake Farenthold owes the public $84,000. Where’s our money?

WE ARE beginning to get a clearer picture of why Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) suddenly resigned his seat after months of insisting he would complete his term. The House Ethics Committee was about to lay bare some of the sordid details of his misconduct in office. Well, nobody in Washington will …

Opinion

In 2010, Blake Farenthold beat a Texas Democrat who seemed invincible. Will a Republican face the same fate in 2018?

In early October 2010, Washington political analyst David Wasserman began to sense the political winds were turning toward Republicans in such a big …

Government

LIST | The 63 departing members of Congress

<b>By Emilie Plesset<br>Gwen Ifill Fellow</b><p>Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) announced this week that he will be resigning in the "coming weeks" after initially …

Republicans

Here's Why Congressman Blake Farenthold Resigned So Abruptly

WASHINGTON ― It’s been a mystery why former Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) abruptly resigned earlier this month.<p>But HuffPost has new details on what happened.<p>The House Ethics Committee was about to rule against Farenthold in its investigation into whether he sexually harassed members of his staff, …

Politics

Texas candidate for Blake Farenthold's seat fires firm over allegations consultant "sexually enslaved" fiancee

One of the two Republican candidates running for U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold's seat <b></b>has cut ties with a political consulting firm that recently fired …

Sexual Harassment

Analysis: You can’t replace some Texas lawmakers without their permission

<i>Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i>With one congressional resignation in the bag and a …

Elections

Trump’s ‘fake news’ mantra becomes an effective weapon — against America

After the United States last week accused the Russian-backed Assad regime in Syria of a chemical-weapons attack, Russia had a ready rejoinder: сфабрикованная информация.<p>Fake News.<p>A Kremlin statement dismissed “the latest fake news about a chemical attack on Douma,” calling the charges “absolutely …

Opinion

Retiring GOP Congressman Resigns Immediately to Halt Ethics Committee Sexual Harassment Investigation

When Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) abruptly resigned nearly two weeks ago, the exact reason for the Texas congressman’s sudden departure wasn’t …

Sexual Harassment

Republicans who won't be coming back to Congress after 2018 midterm elections

After announcing last year that he would not seek re-election, Rep. Charlie Dent has decided to leave Congress before his term is finished.<p>"After discussions with my family and careful reflection, I have decided to leave Congress in the coming weeks," the Republican from Pennsylvania said in a …

U.S. Politics

Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold resigns months after sexual harassment claim

Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold abruptly resigned from Congress on Friday months after a sexual harassment claim surfaced against him, which he reportedly settled with $84,000 of taxpayer money. NBC’s Maya Rodriguez reports for TODAY.

James Comey

Club for Growth endorses Michael Cloud in Texas race to replace Rep. Blake Farenthold

The conservative group Club for Growth announced its endorsement for Michael Cloud on Tuesday in the race to replace current Rep. Blake Farenthold in …

Sexual Harassment

After Farenthold resignation, hopes fade that he'll repay $84,000 sexual harassment settlement

Four months after U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold promised to repay an $84,000 sexual harassment settlement funded by taxpayers — and 11 days after the …

Sexual Harassment

How a fluke win diminished the political clout of Hispanic voters in this Texas congressional district

Last year, federal judges ruled that when Texas lawmakers redrew the 27th Congressional District in 2011, they did so in a way that diminished the …

Government

Why some politicians survive sex scandals -- and others don't

<b>(CNN) —</b> From Roy Moore to Harvey Weinstein to Al Franken to Blake Farenthold, the last year has felt like one long-running sex scandal. So why has President Donald Trump, a serial adulterer who bragged on tape about sexual assault, been largely unscathed so far, while many others have fallen?<p>First, …

Donald Trump

Region’s congressional delegation to rest of Congress: Leave National Airport alone

It’s FAA reauthorization season again. Officially, this is about passing legislation to keep the Federal Aviation Administration operating, but seasoned veterans know it’s also an opportunity for members to push their “special” aviation-related priorities.<p>A favorite of out-of-town lawmakers is …

Flying