Christopher Hooks

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Christopher Hooks is a freelance journalist in Austin, where he grew up. His work has appeared in Politico Magazine, Slate, and Texas Monthly, among others. He graduated from The New School in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in history.

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Y’all, Hillary Could Lose

by | Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 8:00 am CST
Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick
Politics

Our Year in Greg Abbott

The more things change, the more the governor campaigns.

On January 20, 2015, Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick were sworn in amid inauguration festivities intended to signal the beginning of a new era. Which it was: Their respective predecessors, Rick Perry and David Dewhurst, had dominated … Read More

Iyad Al-Afandi (center), with his wife Lina (far right), daughter Noor and sons Nawar (far left) and Homam at their house in North Texas.
Border

Closing Our Doors, Closing Our Minds to Syrian Refugees

No statement from the Governor’s Mansion in the last year summoned as much bile in my well-worn throat as Abbott’s vociferous declarations that Texas would never be a home to the people fleeing Syria’s charred remains. In part, that’s because I read his letter while in Germany, where I was watching how Europe is coping with the crisis. Read More

Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick was one of 63 GOP legislators who signed the anti-gay court brief.
Politics

Dan Patrick Finds The One

The lieutenant governor's relationship with Ted Cruz hasn't always been this cozy.

Would it be rude to point out that Patrick backed poor David Dewhurst in the 2012 Senate election that catapulted Cruz to power? Or gauche to remember that the two sparred over issues of character, including a tense conversation on Patrick’s own radio show? Read More

Kingwood tea party rally
Economy

What California Can Teach Us About Texas

If the Lone Star State doesn't want to be like the Golden State, we're really doing it wrong.

Texas badly underinvests in health care, education and infrastructure at a time of extreme growth. It seems that, like California, we’ll further restrict our ability to provide services at precisely the time we most need them, and we won’t realize for years how much damage we’re doing. Read More

Payday lending
Economy

Jumping the Loan Sharks

Ending predatory lending is a 'big jigsaw with a lot of pieces,' but one model, developed in the Valley, may solve part of the puzzle.

Commercial payday loans can carry interest rates in excess of 400 percent and must be repaid within months or weeks, often causing financially troubled customers to refinance repeatedly, trapping them in a cycle of debt. In contrast, the Community Loan Center offers loans up to $1,000, with a repayment period of a year at 18 percent interest. Read More

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