Everything You Need to Know* About Rick Perry’s Newest Scandal

Rick Perry is suddenly in hot water over his effort to strip funding from the state’s Public Integrity Unit last year. Here’s what you need to know.

Observer Radio Episode 54: Lingering Questions From West, Texas

We discuss the one-year anniversary of the West fertilizer plant disaster and what is being done (and not done) to prevent it from happening again.

State of Texas: Women in the Workforce

New data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that women’s income on average in Texas declined in 2012 compared to their male colleagues.

Recovery: West, Texas Rebuilds

Today is the one-year anniversary of the fertilizer plant explosion in the small town of West, Texas, which killed 15 people and injured an estimated 300.

Studies: Links Between Fracking and Smog Pollution Stronger Than State Claims

New research suggests that pollution from fracking contributes a much larger share of Dallas-Fort Worth’s smog problem than state officials have said.

Advocates, State Officials Fight Over Foster Care System Overhaul

Depending on whom you ask, Texas is either rushing to implement potentially disastrous changes to its foster care system or taking bold action to fix serious problems.

El Paso Abortion Clinic Remains Shut After Judge Withholds Relief

Judge Lee Yeakel said the legal fight over Texas’ new anti-abortion law would be resolved at the Supreme Court.

In Castro/Patrick Debate, Both Get What They Came For

Last night’s debate between Julian Castro and Dan Patrick provided a lot of fireworks, but left Texas’ immigration debate mostly status quo ante.

The Future of the Castro Brothers

Everyone figures Julián and Joaquin Castro are going places. A recent story in the New York Times suggests Julian is angling for a vice-presidential spot and Joaquin is considering a statewide run in Texas.

Mass Deportation’s Hidden Costs

No one wins when we’re paying millions of dollars to tear families apart.