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Day 135 of the 82nd Texas Legislature LINE OF THE DAY “It’s been on life support for a while now. We pulled the plug […]

The Devil in East Texas

Devil Red was my rookie tour with Joe Lansdale’s odd couple Hap & Leonard—a working-class white guy and a gay black man working as […]

Einstein, the Shoemaker

“If I had known they were going to do this, Iwould have become a shoemaker.”–Albert Einstein, after the United States dropped atomic bombs on […]

Schools of Hard Knocks

Since 1954, The Texas Observer, headquartered in Austin, has specialized in fearless, award-winning investigative reporting and great writing about the strangest state in the […]

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Day 134 of the 82nd Texas Legislature LINE OF THE DAY “I don’t understand the obsession of men to regulate certain body parts.” Rep. […]

The Possible Reincarnation of School Finance Plans

When Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, took the mike late Monday night, he knew he was beat. He began thanking his colleagues for their […]

Can Senate Dems Block Sanctuary City Bill?

As I wrote in my post on Friday, it ain’t over until it’s over with the omnibus homeland security bill, SB 9, and HB […]

The Artist is Responsible

Filmmaker Julian Schnabel may have been born in Brooklyn, but it’s hard not to think that it was his upbringing as a Jew in […]

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Day 133 of the 82nd Texas Legislature LINE OF THE DAY “They’ve been slicing and dicing and attaching all kinds of dead bills to […]

Under Cover of Darkness, Lawmakers Side with Insurance Companies – Again

Late on Friday night—with few people watching—the Texas Senate handed the insurance industry another major victory.  Insurance companies have had their way in Texas […]