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Greg Abbott vs. the Child Predators of Williamson County

Greg Abbott’s effort to nab online child predators have been extraordinarily narrow in geographic focus, an Austin American-Statesman study has revealed.

Criminal Court Punts on ‘Retroactive Punishment’ Question

Craig Reynolds argues that a legislative change forcing him to register as a sex offender is a retroactive punishment. The court says it’s a civil penalty.

WTF Friday: Ban Everything!

In this week’s WTF Friday, Don Huffines embraces creationism, a Glen Rose pol warns the GOP away from equality and Bill Zedler waxes poetic on Twitter.

The Prodigal Paul Returns (To Texas)

Rand Paul is beefing up his presidential campaign years in advance of the 2016 election. His activity in Texas foreshadow’s the states growing importance to the GOP.

Observer Radio Episode 51: An East Texas Family Searches for Justice

Staff writer Patrick Michels shares his comprehensive look at the death of Alfred Wright from Jasper, and what it means to an East Texas community haunted by its racist past.

Embattled Border Sheriff Lupe Treviño Resigns

Embattled Hidalgo County Sheriff Guadalupe “Lupe” Treviño—one of the border’s most powerful law enforcement officials, whose office has been roiled with allegations of corruption—formally announced his resignation Friday.

Fiction Review: The Parallel Apartments, by Austin’s Bill Cotter

The Texas Observer reviews “The Parallel Apartments” by Austin author Bill Cotter

5th Circuit Abortion Ruling: Road Trips Aren’t that Bad

The appellate judges weren’t convinced that the need to travel further to access abortion was a big deal. At the oral argument in January, Chief Justice Edith Jones observed that the roads between the Rio Grande Valley and Corpus Christi were flat and uncongested.

Texas Solar Power May Have its Day in the Sun

Two recently-announced solar projects in West Texas show how solar is becoming cheaper and more than just a niche source of energy.

Observer Nominated for National Magazine Award

For the second consecutive year, a Texas Observer reporter is a finalist for the National Magazine Award, the most prestigious award in magazine journalism.