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House Loads up Homeland Security Bill with Controversy

This session’s sweeping homeland security bill, SB 9, still doesn’t have a House sponsor but that didn’t prevent a new slate of controversial programs […]

The Disappearance of Gertrude Beasley

In 1987, my mother received a letter from Larry McMurtry inquiring about an obscure Texas author named Edna Gertrude Beasley, and another family obsession […]

Senate Passes Redistricting Map that Threatens Davis

It wasn’t quite the 16-hour marathon redistricting debate we saw in the House. After about an hour or so of discussion today, the Texas […]

Green Terror

For Will Potter, the subject matter behind Green is the New Red is personal.  While working at the Chicago Tribune, he got a visit […]

The Texas Observer Interviews Will Potter

Michael May interviews Will Potter, author of “Green is the New Red,” a book about heavy-handed law enforcement efforts aimed at environmental activists.

Their Daughter’s Keepers

Tyrant’s Foes—Wally and Peggy Van Wyk Wally and Peggy Van Wyk adopted their daughter Laura in 1958. Raising her was difficult from the beginning. […]

The Texas Tribune: Online Insiders

The Texas Tribune is wrapping up its first rodeo of legislative coverage. It now has alliances with The New York Times and several Texas […]

hot list: day 127

Day 127 of the 82nd Texas Legislature LINE OF THE DAY “I’m afraid that this gambling issue is being raised and it could hold […]