Progressive Government in Texas? Look to the Cities.

in Texas it is our cities that are left to seriously grapple with citizens’ most urgent needs.

Mighty Jim Hogan and the Art of the Anti-Campaign

When Jim Hogan decided to run for Texas agriculture commissioner, he decided that he didn’t want to be a typical politician. So far, so good.

Congressman Beto O’Rourke: There is No Border Crisis

For Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso), the response to the influx of refugees from Central America is sickeningly out of touch with reality.

Everything You Need to Know About This Year’s Charter School Hopefuls

Ten applicants pitched Texas regulators this week on the charter schools they hope to open. Here are their plans, with a few notes on each.

At New Detention Facility It’s ‘Hurry Up and Deport’ Central Americans

Immigration attorney Shelley Wittevrongel says the U.S. government is only going through the motions when it comes to the asylum seekers.

Texas Dems Launch Major Effort to Protect Voting Rights

Today, Texas Democrats launched a major coordinated effort they hope will safeguard voting rights—and help their margin in November.

Former Observer Managing Editor Chris Tomlinson Introduces Tomlinson Hill

Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name—One White, One Black (St. Martin’s Press) has been getting warm notices from Texas Monthly to NPR.

State of Texas: How Much Water Does Texas Really Need?

A report suggests that state water planners have drastically overestimated how much water Texas will need by 2060.

Review: Houston Memoirist Lacy M. Johnson’s The Other Side Finds Redemption in the Dark

How does one tell an unspeakable story? This question hovers like fog over Lacy M. Johnson’s The Other Side, a memoir about the author’s imprisonment and rape, in 2000, at the hands of a man she had once dated.

Rick Perry Sends Troops to the Border. Now What?

Rick Perry announced a new National Guard operation along the border today that seems mostly intended to give him cover with his base.