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Observer Radio Episode 84: Post-Election Wrap-Up

A panel of Texas political experts, including Rep. Donna Howard and Rep. Jason Villalba, discuss the 2014 election and the Texas Legislature.

Race to the Bottom

How Beaumont’s racial divisions created the most dysfunctional school district in Texas.

The More Things Change…

On most mornings for the past 12 years, I’ve come to work at The Texas Observer’s dusty little office in downtown Austin, walking through our creaky front door on thousands of day. This morning I did it for the last time as an employee of this wonderful magazine.

Direct Quote: Helping the Blind Experience the Arts

“I’ve done audio description in a theater where people would come up to me and say, ‘What does it matter? They’re blind!’”

Quarantining Compassion

The Texas policy of subjecting returning doctors and nurses to unnecessary quarantines for Ebola may discourage them from going abroad in the first place.

Listen: Texas Observer’s Post-Election Wrap-Up

Listen in as the Observer hosts politicians and reporters for a post-election discussion on what went right for the Texas GOP and wrong for the Democrats in 2014.

Bills, Frivolous and Foreboding, Appear in Run-up to 84th

Monday was the first day to pre-file bills for next year’s 84th Texas Legislature—and it saw measures on taxes, daylight savings time and nullification.

Bills Aim to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage in Texas

Bills were filed Monday that would have the combined effect of legalizing same-sex marriage in Texas pending a public vote.

WTF Friday: Actually, It’s About Freedom

Liberal spin aside, Houston’s non-discrimination ordinance is actually about one thing above all: letting men into the ladies’ restroom.

Observer Radio Episode 83: Texas Politics Post-Election Night 2014

The Observer‘s staffers examine what the Texas GOP’s election night victories likely mean for the upcoming legislative session.