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Kinky’s Farm

When Kinky Friedman finally arrived close to 10 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the “Barn Bash” celebrating the 25th anniversary of Galveston’s revived Mardi […]

Ted and Betty Dotts

Lubbock is not gay-friendly. A few years ago, when some straight high school kids tried to support some gay kids by forming a Gay-Straight […]

When the Democrats Roamed…

The primary battle between Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Debra Medina has exposed deep rifts in the Republican Party. The gritty […]

The Texas Observer’s Final Fridays

Final Friday started as First Friday and has had various hosts and venues over the decades. For many years before her death, Molly Ivins […]

Wolves in Populist Clothing

They emerged from the back of the arena, the handsome beaming couple, air-handshaking their way along barricades erected to allow easy passage for the […]

Conservationists Win Neches River Battle

Big conservation news today… Lake Fastrill is dead and the Neches River wildlife refuge is finally a reality. Today the Supreme Court declined to […]

Houston’s Coal Problem

In Texas, if you want to build a coal-fired power plant right outside a smog-choked metro area, there’s really no need to prove that […]

Audio: Interviews with Barnes, White and Farenthold

Ben Barnes Mark White Frances “Sissy” Farenthold Nixon Tapes

Original Observer Stories from the 1972 Primary

The Barnes Dinner: It was indeed a love in — September 4, 1970 Rep. Frances Farenthold: A melancholy rebel — April 9, 1971 Let’s […]

El Paso Charter School Doesn’t Make the Grade

A troubled chain of charter schools is in hot water again. The Rylie Faith Family charter schools run by Karen and Don Belknap of […]