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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Jumping the Loan Sharks

by Christopher Hooks | Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 8:00 CST
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.
Hillary Clinton and Julian Castro grasp hands and cheer.

Hillary Clinton Turns Up Texas Memories with Castros’ Blessing

Hillary Clinton came to San Antonio Thursday to receive the blessing of the Castro brothers, making her first official campaign stop in Texas and marking a significant moment in her second bid for the White House. At two events — a Q&A with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and an outdoor rally at Sunset Station — she sought to appeal to Hispanic voters, a core constituency of the Obama coalition, and underline the possibility that her campaign could mount a serious bid to win Texas in the 2016 general election. Read More


What Wendy Davis Would’ve Done Differently

The former state senator opens up about the 'grief' of watching the Lege as an outsider and what Texas Democrats will have to do to re-energize their base and bring young voters to the polls.

We asked Davis to look both forward and backward, and she opened up about her gubernatorial campaign’s difficulties with organization and messaging and about the structural problems Texas Democrats face in coming years. She also speculated about her own plans for a future outside — maybe — electoral politics. Read More

A special needs child reads at home.
Health Care

Court Hearing Highlights Callous Incompetence Behind Medicaid Therapy Cuts

A Travis County judge has temporarily blocked the state from reducing funding for a Medicaid-backed therapy program for thousands of Texas kids with special needs, ruling on Tuesday that there was enough reason to believe the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) hadn’t done its homework before trying to implement the funding cuts and that the case deserved to be heard by a higher court. Read More

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Dan Patrick: Cops’ Lives Matter Most of All

Who will protect the protectors? Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, that’s who. On September 3, Patrick was interviewed by the Texas Standard in a week dominated by the aftermath of the murder of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth. The killing of Goforth, at a gas station by a man with a history of mental illness, touched off a new phase in the debate over police tactics. Read More

Ken Paxton

Paxton Prays for Tea Party’s Blessing at Grapevine Church

Some would have us believe that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is the author of his own troubles, which at the moment include, but are not limited to, three felony indictments alleging that Paxton committed securities fraud and failed to register as an investment advisor with the state. But those who would speak against Paxton bear false witness, as the congregation at Grapevine’s First Baptist Church learned Sunday morning. Read More