Texas Observer editor Bob Moser speaks with author Calvin Trillin about his book, Trillin on Texas. Read More
This week's nuttiest things said in Texas politics
Every Friday from here till the end of this year’s campaign stumping season, we’re honoring the most outlandish, befuddling, illogical or downright clueless statements of the week in Texas politics. With just six weeks left before Election Day, the competition … Read More
At their convention in Dallas, Texas Republicans are haunted by race.
“Hey press, are you getting this? This is some good shit!” The shout came from a burly, tie-wearing Republican delegate at the state convention in Dallas. He was standing in line, late on the convention’s final day, to comment on … Read More
Thursday was not merely a 9/11 for American democracy — it was worse. The Supreme Court’s appalling and unconscionable 5-4 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission means, essentially, one thing: Corporations will not just dominate, but rule, American … Read More
Several hundred of Texas’ anti-government “patriots” —including birthers, deathers, Tenthers, libertarians, tea-partiers and backers of GOP gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina—gathered at the state Capitol on Saturday afternoon to call on the state to nullify (i.e., reject as a matter of … Read More
Liberals in Republican-strewn states like Texas have long fantasized about a straight-shooting, cud-chewing, good ol’ gal or boy preaching the liberal gospel with a twang, capturing the public imagination, and coming out of nowhere to win a major statewide office. … Read More