Ralph Yarborough

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  • Ralph Yarborough's Ghost

    Jim Boren, another former aide, remembers [Ralph W. Yarborough] at his peak. In the summer of '56, Boren showed up at Yarborough campaign headquarters with "two weeks of vacation and a station wagon." By the end of the campaign he was manager, a position he kept when Yarborough ran for Senate the following year. Boren, an author and retired professor at Oklahoma's Northeastern State...

  • So Long to the Communist Threat

    Somehow the slogan didn't do the trick. [Creekmore Fath] finished third in the Democratic primary. Then he went to work, with mixed feelings, for [Lyndon Johnson]'s Senate campaign. Liberals like Fath had never been cozy with the future president's go-with-the-political-wind ideology. "We viewed Johnson with some reserve," Fath wrote, with appropriate reserve, decades later in an...

  • One Hundred Years of Turpitude

    American Dynasty, which jumped to the No. 2 spot on The New York Times Best Seller List as [Kevin Phillips] began his book tour, is a scathing indictment of the Bushes. It's also an important book because it is a carefully researched chronicle of one family's special place in America's plundering class. But it's more than a chronicle of unprosecuted corporate crime. Michael Lind's Made in Texas...

  • Tyrant's Foe 2.0

    The first Texas Observer was published almost exactly 55 years ago, on Dec. 13, 1954. It was a sad thing to look at. All that broke up the long ragged columns of type on the front page was a grainy shot of Mrs. Bob Hughes, "20-year-old Port Arthur housewife," striking a winsome pose from the picket line of the long-running Port Arthur strike. There was also a pair of sharply reported...

  • A Lesson in Equal Protection

    Born in Bogalusa, Louisiana, [Woodrow Seals] came to Texas for law school after serving in what he would always describe as "the second Great War." He settled in Houston and, like his friend Wayne Justice in Tyler, was appointed to the federal bench by Lyndon Johnson at the recommendation of the late U.S. Sen. Ralph Yarborough, patron saint of a generation of Texas liberals. Like...

  • 'All We Had Was Nuisance Power'

    Or at least it carried that day. As [James J. Cozine], and [Pete A. Y. Gunter], in his afterword to Saving the Big Thicket, make clear, the fight simply to gain a hearing for the unique landscapes and complex biota in southeastern Texas was matched, after the preserve's creation, by an ongoing need to secure funds necessary to make it more than just a "paper park." It took 26 years for...

  • 'For English, Press 1' -- But Why?

    As I chose Option 1 (for English) in swiping my credit card, I wondered how we got to having Spanish reach into the most remote parts of the United States. And why, as we debate health care bills, no one has mentioned the "unintended consequences" of legislation, which is why we are now pressing buttons to specify what language we want to use. Ralph Yarborough was a U.S. senator from...

  • All in the Family ; the Bush Clan and the Middle East Connection

    DYNASTIES in American politics are dangerous. We saw it with the Kennedys, we may well see it with the Clintons, and we're certainly seeing it with the Bushes. Between now and the November election, it's crucial that Americans come to understand how four generations of the current president's family have embroiled the United States in the Middle East through CIA connections, arms shipments, rogue ...

  • Former Treasury Secretary Bentsen, 85, Dies in Texas

    Former Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen, who won respect from both sides of the aisle in his 28 years in Congress and as the 1988 Democratic vice-presidential nominee, died yesterday at his Houston home, his family said. He was 85. Mr. Bentsen, a pro-free-enterprise Democrat who was successful in business before he went into politics, handed George Bush his first electoral defeat in the 1970 race ...

  • Today in History, June 8

    Houston oilman George Bush, son of former Connecticut Sen. Prescott Bush, launches his first bid for public office by winning the Republican race for Senate nomination in Texas. He faces Democrat Ralph Yarborough in November.

  • How to Read a Noose

    In June the recently appointed chief justice of the United States, John Roberts, presented a decision much more far-reaching than any symbolic noose. "The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race," asserted Roberts, "is to stop discriminating on the basis of race." Roberts said this to justify his deciding vote in a five-to-four decision to revoke a plan to increase...

  • My Fabulous Fawn

    [Pamela Kilian] never scratches the surface. We learn, for example, that when [Barbara Bush] entertained back in the 1960s, she preferred "salads, soups, and casseroles." When the family cooked on the grill, a gendered division of labor prevailed with "George cook[ing] hamburgers on the grill [and] Barbara [getting] them ready beforehand." In D.C., she led a "weekly craft ...

  • Bernard Rapoport: A Life Examined

    Those young people couldn't come to the university," he said, "so we took the university to them." B had left San Antonio more than 50 years earlier to attend college. He paid his tuition, room and board by working full-time at his uncle's jewelry store, and the University of Texas had changed the course of his life. In San Antonio, and in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, he was...

  • A Man of Words and Ideals

    Former Observer editor Lou Dubose, now editor of The Washington Spectator, was taken by Goodwyn's idea of a "democratic conversation where every party has to have the freedom to participate as an equal." Most of Dubose's serious conversations with Goodwyn over the years, he said, were catalytic-"one of his finely honed ideas would transform the way I thought about a subject."...

  • Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio v. Betts, 492 U.S. 158 (1989)

    ... Other Members of Congress expressed similar views. Senator Yarborough, the principal sponsor and floor manager of the administration bill, observed that 4(f)(2), "when ...As initially introduced by Senator Ralph Yarborough in 1967, 4(f)(2) did not recognize any circumstances that might authorize age ...

  • Ken Galbraith Is Gone

    In the fall of 1973, in his book Economics and the Public Purpose, (in describing which I am following [Richard Parker]'s biography), Galbraith shocked the conventional wisdom with what in a different history could have become the second New Deal, carrying forward the spirit and thought of the 30 "Young Turks" in the U.S. House in the 1930s, who were led by Maury Maverick of San Antonio....

  • The Man in the Panama Hat

    Eckhardt had found expression for his creative side in various ways aU his life. He'd executed murals and paintings during his years at UT and written poetry and journalism as weU. Cartooning was his big thing, though. He'd drawn cartoons compulsively since chUdhood and published many anonymously in the '40's in The Texas Spectator, a precursor to the Observer. "He created logos for the...

  • Setting the Record Straight

    Our story on the political legacy of Sen.

  • A Brighter Shade of Green

    US. 281, a central south-north artery in San Antonio, has always made good copy. When initial plans for its construction were released to the public in the mid-1950s, the San Antonio Conservation Society rose in opposition; the plans revealed that the proposed highway would bisect a number of urban amenities. In advance of a 1960 bond vote, the society unleashed a media barrage. Under the header, ...

  • A-Men. A-Women. A-Ann

    In 1980, Ann's family and a few friends arranged an intervention in her drinking, which was by then out of control. She was rather a mean drunk, given to saying unkind things about people, but she was also hilariously funny. I think she was the first woman I ever knew who talked about menopause in public, part of a very funny routine in questionable taste. She went to "drunk school" as [...

  • An Excellent Day

    Those who compare her with the sad lot of current political columnists miss the point altogether. It is insulting to mention her in the same breath with a house man like George Will or timid "centrist" David Broder, who once was a great reporter, let alone to the execrable Ann Coulter. She was firmly in the great tradition of Mark Twain, H.L. Mencken and Will Rogers, American originals...

  • Eye On Social Justice

    In 1947, [Russell Lee] settled in Austin with his second wife [Jean]. She shared her passion for politics with him. In 1960, Lee visited Italy to photograph at the behest of UT professor of classics William Arrowsmith. There he took about 4,000 photographs, a number of which were used in Arrowsmith's "The Image of Italy," published in Texas Quarterly in September 1961, and many of which ...

  • Union Brawls & Down-Ballot Dispatches

    When they last locked horns in the 2004 primary, [Eddie Saenz] hit [Aaron Pe]ña from the right for not getting enough done. Peña painted his opponent as a closet Republican. Then the incumbent signed on with Republican Speaker Tom Craddick. Now, Saenz, an engineer and successful businessman, has attacked Peña for being too close to leadership. "He has become what he accused me of being,"...

  • Ronnie & Lyndon: Speaking Truth to Power

    In this issue, we observe the 100th birthday of Lyndon Johnson with a memoir by Observer founding editor Ronnie Dugger about the personal and public relationship between the young editor and one of the most powerful men in America. It's classic LBJ. And classic Ronnie Dugger. Ronnie's independence was a tough nut that LBJ kept trying to crack. In 1981, former LBJ press secretary George Christian...

  • Dialogue

    I read the article about the Texas Supreme Court overturning the CocaCola case, and am totally appalled. To me, this is just one more nail in our democratic coffin. How ironic that we are fighting around the world to spread "democracy" and slowly but surely losing it in our own country. What happened to We the People? Insurance and big corporations have spent multi-millions to influence ...