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Texas Senators Learn Who’s Up for Reelection in 2014, Who’s Safe Till 2016

Every ten years senators have their fate decided for them by a capsule in a white envelope with the odd or even number inside. […]

Book Review: Steven Barthelme’s Hush Hush

Steven Barthelme’s new short story collection opens with a whimsically tragic monologue delivered by Elliott, a 10-year-old trapped in a school for the gifted and sentenced to therapy after burning himself with a cigarette.

Hot List: Day 16 of the Legislature

The Lead The Capitol has been pretty empty for the last week. The House and Senate have been adjourned since Wednesday, Jan. 16, so […]

On Roe v. Wade’s 40th Anniversary, Embattled Texas Pro-Choice Activists are Still Hopeful

Chants of “PRO-CHOICE, PRO-FAMILY” filled the south steps of the Capitol late Tuesday morning, as about 50 people gathered to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

Helena Brown Says No to HIV Prevention, Yes to a New Nissan

“What are we doing, uh, getting involved in surveilling HIV-type activities?” Brown asked from in front of a Nissan. “What’s, what is all that about?”

Bill Would Release Old STAAR Tests Annually To Help Teachers Prepare

When Texas debuted its much-maligned STAAR test last school year, some of the harshest criticisms came from teachers, who complained they’d been given little guidance about […]

Guns Across America: Texas Officials Lead Gun Rights Protest at the State Capitol

Speakers included Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, state Rep. Steve Toth (R–The Woodlands), McLennan County GOP Chair Ralph Patterson, and Sheriff Richard Mack (of Mack v. United States fame). It was one of many “Guns Across America” rallies held in capital cities across the country Saturday.

Strama Bill Would Pay Childcare Centers More for High Marks on State Evaluation

For years, state Rep. Mark Strama has been searching for ways to improve Texas’ network of child care providers, and make it easier for […]

Data and Darkness: a Conversation with George Saunders

Celebrated short story writer George Saunders was born in Amarillo, Texas, in 1958, and that’s pretty well the extent of his Texas connection. Saunders […]

Will Swearingen Be Allowed DNA Test Before Execution Date?

Larry Swearingen’s case has been taken on by the Innocence Project, a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people. And in a motion filed today, the group’s lawyers have asked District Judge Kelly Case to allow post-conviction DNA testing in order to prove Swearingen’s innocence.