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Beach Bummer: The Texas Supreme Court Guts the Open Beaches Act

That august body of reason and enlightenment, the Texas Supreme Court, has written an obituary for Texas’ public beaches. In a 5-3 decision handed […]

Handle Without Care

The Texas Republican congressional delegation has always put the health of Texans first, as evidenced by its consistent opposition to expanding the Children’s Health […]

Texas Tea Parties Take on the Menace of ‘Smart’ Meters

Led by a far-right commentator from West Texas, some tea party activists are trying to squash “smart meters” in Texas saying that the devices […]

Monument Unveils Tejano Legacy

I attended the unveiling of the Tejano Monument at the Texas State Capitol on Thursday. Seated in front of a crowd of hundreds on […]

The Long Road Home

On December 19, 1980, the last day she was seen alive, Alaide Foppa left her mother’s house in Guatemala City on her way to […]

State Balks at Judge’s Order on Treating Prisoners with Mental Illness

The state is pushing back against a court order that would force it to move more than 150 inmates into psychiatric hospitals by June […]

Sending Knowledge to Texas Inmates

Only his legs are visible as Skot Odierno digs through a huge wooden box outside the squat green building in East Austin that houses […]

Stephanie Eisner and the Case of the Racist Trayvon Martin Cartoon

On Tuesday, University of Texas student newspaper, The Daily Texan, published a political cartoon on the topic of Trayvon Martin and yellow journalism. The […]

King Coal is Dead (Sorta)

Yesterday the EPA issued a rule that will make it very difficult for new coal-fired power plants to be built in the U.S. The […]

Should the Government Force You to Buy Health Care?

The debate over President Obama’s health care reform law, argued before the U.S. Supreme Court this week, touches all kinds of complex concepts and […]