As Willacy County faces a gaping hole in its budget, $128 million in debt still owed on Tent City, and the loss of its largest employer, I’d come to find out if the prison that was supposed to be the county’s economic salvation would end up being its undoing.
My grandmother wasn’t really living; she was just surviving. The person I remembered, cherished and respected was vanishing. And the most painful and saddest part of her life had become the most taxing to survive.
Letters from Death Row: Alone on the Inside
The Observer found that prisoners often choose a life of permanent isolation, refusing to leave their cages. It’s a catch-22: Mental illness can lead inmates to never leave their cells, never leaving their cells can exacerbate—or even cause—mental illness.
Gun Control Activists Fight to be Heard at Capitol
Opponents of open carry and campus carry say their access to lawmakers has sometimes been limited, even as the most extreme gun activists get meetings with top elected officials.
No School Voucher Fight in House… Yet
A potentially contentious vote on a measure that would have banned school vouchers was avoided after its author withdrew the amendment.
House Votes to Defund HIV Prevention to Pay for Abstinence Education
Texas has the third highest rate of HIV infections in the country, but the House voted to defund HIV prevention to pay for abstinence education.
Legislation Would Curtail Citizens’ Ability to Challenge Pollution Permits
Several Texas lawmakers are proposing changes that would make it even more difficult for citizens and environmentalists to challenge pollution permits.
Texas Should Stand Tall for Equality
Marriage equality for lesbian and gay Americans is almost decided as a matter of national policy. Thirty-six states have it, and given recent remarks by Justice Clarence Thomas it’s hard to imagine that lesbian and gay Texans won’t be able to marry here this summer. Unfortunately, a crowd with small minds and hateful hearts is […]
Want to Track the #txlege? Here’s Who to Follow on Twitter
When state Rep. Jonathan Stickland proudly declared himself a “former fetus” a few weeks ago by posting a sign over the nameplate near his office door, the first people to notice were habitués of the #txlege hashtag on Twitter, a repository for all news—and jokes—pertaining to the Texas Legislature. If you waited for the inevitable […]
Ted Cruz, Manchurian Candidate
Last year, Ted Cruz tanked a carefully worked-out deal to reform the International Monetary Fund. This month, the chickens came home to roost.
House to Debate Women’s Health Funding
The House version of the budget, which hits the floor Tuesday for what’s likely to be a spirited debate over funding for state programs, includes approximately $20 million more for women’s health services over the next two years than lawmakers originally proposed in January.
Drew Springer Wants to Revoke Same-Sex Benefits for Public School Employees
Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster) is again trying to bar Texas school districts from offering benefits to the same-sex partners of employees.