Observer Podcast Episode 8: Solar Power and the DREAM Act

Hot off the heels of a public panel on energy and an article outlining San Antonio’s solar power progress, Observer staff writer Forrest Wilder […]

A Victory for Obamacare, but What’s Next for Texas?

In a landmark decision this morning the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act as constitutional, including the controversial individual mandate requiring most citizens […]

The Writing On the Wall

The first day of school is supposed to be full of optimism and promise. It’s a day for blank notebooks, new clothes, fresh haircuts […]

– Stand Your Ground’ Houstonian Gets 40 Years; Plus, Brown’s Budget and More

UPDATE: Raul Rodriguez is sentenced to 40 years in prison for murdering Kelly Danaher. 4:00 PM     A Harris County jury is deep […]

Kalamazoo Pipeline Disaster Offers a Cautionary Tale for Texas

Michelle Barlond-Smith came home late one night two years ago after her mother had suffered a massive heart attack. She smelled something in the […]

Months Later, TCEQ Getting Burned by Latest Radioactive Favor for Harold Simmons

Almost eight months after the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality allowed Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons to use stock in one of his companies to […]

Texas Charter Schools and Parents Sue for Their Share of School Funding Bounty

For years, Texas charter school boosters have complained they get a raw deal from the state. They say the state’s limit of 215 charters […]

More Refugees Call Texas Home

Six years ago, Navid Berenji came to the United States seeking religious freedom, something he didn’t have in Iran. Berenji and his family are […]

With SCOTUS Decision on SB 1070 Lawsuits, Harrasment will Continue

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down three provisions of Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 as unconstitutional Monday, but upheld one contentious section of the bill […]

Next Session, Mike Villarreal Hopes for ‘Targeted’ Education Wins

This is the second in a short series of posts checking in with legislators who’ll be setting new public school policy in 2013 and […]