The Contrarian

The More Things Change…

dave mann at his desk

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.

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Ed Graf Trial Ends in Guilty Plea

The jury has begun deliberating the fate of Ed Graf, a Waco man being re-tried on controversial arson charges. Graf has spent 25 years in prison.

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Welcome, Chris Hooks

The 2014 election is shaping up as one to remember in Texas, even by our high standards. Kinky Friedman is back on the ballot—oh, how we missed him—Ted Nugent is serving as treasurer for agriculture commissioner hopeful Sid Miller, and all four GOP candidates for lieutenant governor have endorsed teaching creationism in schools. Then there’s […]

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It Was a Very Good Year

Every media outlet on earth is running year-in-review pieces this week. Here at The Texas Observer, we usually don’t follow the media crowd, but in this case, I’d be remiss if I didn’t recognize what our writers and editors accomplished in 2013. Thanks to their hard work (and the generous support of people like you), we’ve published […]

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What Ted Cruz Really Wants

You’ve got to credit Ted Cruz: The man’s been in elected office less than a year, and he’s already a household name across the country. With his Ivy League smarts, smarmy condescension and uncompromising ideology, he annoys liberals more than any national politician since perhaps George W. Bush. All of which has made him a […]

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Observer Story Wins SPJ Award

When Texas Observer staff writer Emily DePrang first met Josh Gravens in early 2012, his life was in shambles. The 25-year-old husband and father was still suffering for a mistake he had made when he was 12 years old. As Emily would later write in her June 2012 cover story, Life on the List—which yesterday […]

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