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Observer Radio Episode 47: Kesha Rogers, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and Doug Dorst’s Book Within a Book

Why doesn’t the Texas Democratic Party want you to vote for Kesha Rogers?

WTF Friday: Primaries and Other Scams

The frantic last week before Tuesday’s primary election has been a truly rich pageant of WTF in Texas politics. Just this morning Barry Smitherman promised to fight border crime by cracking down on jaywalking in South Texas.

Texas Senate Tilts Rightward, 2014 Edition

Primary elections approach. Here’s five state senate races that will help you figure out the way the wind is blowing this Tuesday, and in the months afterward.

Inspections Show Texas Fertilizer Plants Still Vulnerable

Nearly a year after the West fertilizer plant explosion, holes in the system that allowed it to happen in the first place have not been addressed.

Direct Quote: Chowing Down at the San Antonio Zoo

Katie Biesenbach makes sure San Antonio Zoo’s 9,000 animals of 750 species, from Mexican dumpy frogs to Asian elephants, get fed.

Federal Judge Calls Texas’ Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Two weeks after hearing oral arguments in an attempt to overturn Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia offered an early sign that he agrees the ban is unconstitutional.

Houston Rap Tapes: Telling the Story of a City

Lance Scott Walker introduces Houston Rap Tapes in Houston and Austin.

Tyrant’s Foe: A Voice of Hope For Prisoners

Katherine Griffin works with addicts and hosts The Prison Show on Houston’s KPFT.

Jason Mellard’s Progressive Country Asks Where the Cosmic Cowboys Went

Jason Mellard tracks the changing face of Texas in popular culture in his new book Progressive Country.

Kesha Rogers, Democrat in a Tinfoil Hat, Is Likely Senate Nominee

Kesha Rogers, a 37-year-old LaRouche Democrat, has never held elected office and wants to prioritize defending the Earth from asteroids. But she’s on track to become Texas’ Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate.