Live Blog of the Texas State Board of Education Meeting, 2011 July 22

Good morning. The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) official meeting is called to order at 9:03 a.m. by Board Chairwoman Barbara Cargill. There […]

Is Rick Perry Getting Cold Feet over The Response?

You’ve gotta wonder if Rick Perry may come to regret “initiating” The Response, his Christians-only prayer rally. As I documented in a cover story […]

What Sanctuary?

It’s no secret that the heated debate over immigration during the recent legislative session deepened the divide between minority communities and the Anglo establishment […]

Live Blog of the Texas State Board of Education Meeting, 2011 July 21

Steve Schafersman is blogging on the SBOE hearing as a participant and activist. He is presenting testimony to the board as well as writing […]

What Sanctuary?

It’s no secret that the heated debate over immigration during the recent legislative session deepened the divide between minority communities and the Anglo establishment […]

What Sanctuary?

  It’s no secret that the heated debate over immigration during the recent legislative session deepened the divide between minority communities and the Anglo […]

Why Republicans are Underfunding Education in Texas

Many people don’t understand why public education is being deliberately torpedoed in Texas by its own Legislature and Governor. One might think that conservatives […]

Is Tea Partier James White Under Assault From His Own Party?

Rep. James White, the East Texas freshman and staunch Tea Party Republican, just discovered he will face a primary challenger—in the form of his […]

Is Tea Partier James White Under Assault From His Own Party?

Interested in interning at the Texas Observer? Our interns assist in every part of the magazine process, from on-the-ground reporting to attending our weekly […]

Texas’ Permanent Drought

No doubt about it: This drought is ugly and getting uglier. Farmers and ranchers are desperate. Towns are literally running out of water. Wildfires, […]