Ken Herman, Austin American-Statesman

Ken Herman

Austin American-Statesman

Austin, TX, United States

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Past articles by Ken:

Herman: Texas lawmaker, who favors secession vote, rewrites the Pledge of Allegiance

Friends, it’s easy, low-hanging fruit to point out the foibles of the Texas Legislature. So, today, let’s you and I do just that, focusing on one particular foible. (And are there many words that are more fun to say than foible?). Tuesday was a long, busy day in the Texas House as it churned toward a midnight deadline that left many bills dead. The archived House video is 14 hours and five… → Read More

Herman: Deadline day in the Texas House. Buckle up.

Texas House races to key deadline. → Read More

Herman: Will the Big Freeze of '21 be the Big Issue of '22?

Herman: How the 2021 freeze could impact 2022 elections. → Read More

Herman: 2021. Such a disappointment

We had such high hopes for 2021. → Read More

Herman: Unprecedented restrictions on journalists for an unprecedented legislative session

The pandemic means tighter restrictions on journalists during 2021 session of Texas Legislature → Read More

Herman: A Brenham woman who, with her husband, gave Austin a great gift has passed away

Mimi Toubin of Brenham has died. Mimi and husband Leon gave their town's historic old synagogue to an Austin congregation. → Read More

Herman: The Texas Legislature comes to Austin and an idea that popped into a lawmaker's head

The Texas Legislature tries to figure out how to legislate in a pandemic → Read More

Herman: Be wary of people like Allen West and their interpretations

Texas GOP chairman thinks his interpretation of Constitution should trump all others → Read More

Herman: An overdue honor for an overarching Texan

I don’t mean to sound as if I’m surprised by this discovery, but in sifting through the hundreds of measures already filed for the 2021 Texas legislative session I came across one that’s actually a pretty darned good idea.One of our local lawmakers wants to name a new state office building for a great-granddaughter of a Texas GOP legislator who voted to ban interracial marriage.Yeah, hmmm. It… → Read More

Herman: The end of a small-town Texas political dynasty

Because it might get lost in all the election news in this newsy election year, I want to be sure we’re all aware of the recent end of one of → Read More

Herman: A long-distance autograph from Alex Trebek

My theory about the evolution of autographs as things of value is that at one time they were signed certification that you had been in the presence of → Read More

Herman: The greatest vote-getter in Texas history. You’ve probably never heard of her.

Let’s congratulate Texas Supreme Court Justice Jane Bland, who set an impressive record that involved millions of Texans. → Read More

Herman: The greatest vote-getter in Texas history. You’ve probably never heard of her.

Let’s congratulate Texas Supreme Court Justice Jane Bland, who set an impressive record that involved millions of Texans. → Read More

Herman: The greatest vote-getter in Texas history. You’ve probably never heard of her.

Let’s congratulate Texas Supreme Court Justice Jane Bland, who set an impressive record that involved millions of Texans. → Read More

Herman: Am I in Texas?

FORT WORTH — I had the weirdest out-of-Texas experience Friday on a brilliantly sunny autumn early afternoon.It looked like I was in Texas, maybe → Read More

Herman: From the mouths of middle schoolers ... and other words for Trump

On Jan. 20, 2017, a date that will live in infamy, I tagged along with some Round Rock middle schoolers who’d trekked to D.C. to watch Donald J. → Read More

Herman: Prosecutors tee up question for Paxton

As if Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton doesn’t have enough on his plate — what with facing a pending indictment and a possible future one — he now has to wrestle with something else thrown his way by prosecutors.This one, via a pair of Montgomery County crime fighters, could be a matter of lives and deaths.The question is simple: What’s the deal with golf carts on the streets?Montgomery County… → Read More

Herman: Debate night in the Great State of Texas

There you go, America. That’s how you do a debate.I thought the Friday night, one-of-its-kind, face-to-face face-off between GOP U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and Democratic challenger MJ Hegar was a pretty good discussion of the issues with minimal rancor.I blame that last part on my friend Gromer Jeffers, the Dallas Morning News political reporter who was a debate panelist. He stepped in to cool… → Read More

Herman: Gov. Greg Abbott speaks with the people. Pandemic? What pandemic?

Let’s listen in, shall we, on Gov. Greg Abbott’s Monday evening tele-town hall session with supporters. Truth be told, it’s really more of an telephone telethon with a primary purpose of raising political bucks.The bottom line from Abbott’s 90 minutes on the phone was more than $100,000 raised for his political use, according to Nicole, the friendly, if urgent, voice in the call center where we… → Read More

Herman: Drive-through voting coming in Travis County

Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir is continuing to do her darndest to make voting as convenient as possible considering we’ll be picking a president during a pandemic.Next up: Drive-through voting for all as soon as Oct. 1. Details still need to be worked out, but the clerk told me this is going to happen. She briefed Travis County commissioners about it Tuesday.This, combined with her… → Read More