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Perry Struggles Again

It was an up-and-down week for Rick Perry. The governor received tons of press for criticizing Obama’s policies toward Israel—a speech that was no […]

Rick Perry Keeps the Faith

It’s been a month and a half since Rick Perry launched his presidential bid with The Response, a fundamentalist rally at Houston’s Reliant Stadium. […]

Documenting Dissent

In September 2008, disgusted with the Bush administration and fueled by anger over the Iraq War, two best friends from Midland drove from Austin […]

Did Pe��_a Lie About Drawing His Own House District?

Texas Representative Aaron Peña (R, but formerly D–Edinburg) is in the hot seat this week after testimony in San Antonio federal court last week […]

The Boy from Haskell

If you want to clear a room in Haskell, this is how you do it. You walk in. You sit down. You say, “I’m […]

An Outlaw for Mother Earth

Diane Wilson—the author and activist who has raised such a righteous ruckus over the environmental devastation caused by BP, Formosa and Dow—has written a […]

Hate on the Inside

The remains of James Byrd Jr.’s body were found on a Sunday morning. The 49-year-old African-American father of three had been dumped outside an […]

Founding Common Ground

Black Flags & Windmills: Hope, Anarchy & the Common Ground Collective by Scott Crow Ann Richards folded clothes in the corner. In the wake […]

Hard Ground

In 2006, Michael O’Brien, a veteran photojournalist who’s shot for Life, National Geographic, Texas Monthly and many other publications, took on a different kind […]

T.O. on the Teevee: Drought, Wildfires and Climate

Here at the Texas Observer, we can thank Rick Perry for one thing: His presidential ambitions have brought our esteemed publication more attention from […]