Terrell State Hospital needs help, badly. So why is Texas privatizing the psychiatric facility—and picking a notorious company to run it?
He’s a Texas Republican and an expert on fighting extremism who advises homeland security officials. Why do conservatives hate him?
The Changing Culture of Killing for Food
Author and chef Jesse Griffiths is taking locally sourced eating to the next level by making hunting accessible to a younger generation.
Graywater has the potential to be a significant water conservation method in Texas but cities have done very little to encourage its use.
Observer Radio Episode 86: Ebola Quarantines and Hippies Who Hunt
Observer Radio discusses Gov. Perry’s policy to quarantine healthcare workers. Also, the changing demographic of hunters.
A New Conservative Watchdog’s Big Textbook War Debut
A new textbook watchdog, rooted in conservative grassroots activism, drove the debate over Texas’ new social studies books—and they’re just getting started.
Observer Radio Episode 85: Battleground Texas, plus The Great Hanging
Observer Radio discusses the results of Battleground Texas’ first big test. Also, a look at the dark history of the nation’s deadliest act of mob violence.
Obama’s Immigration Reform: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
What’s to like, and loathe, in the new action on immigration reform from President Obama.
A Texas Dad Remembers His Daughter on the Transgender Day of Remembrance
Six months after his 17-year-old daughter’s suicide, Rick DeChiara remembers her on Transgender Day of Remembrance at a ceremony in Fort Worth.
What to Expect in Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration
Longtime immigration attorney Dan Kowalski explains what to expect tomorrow when President Barack Obama unveils his executive action on immigration.
Bill King Seeks the Political Center in Houston
Bill King’s new book, Unapologetically Moderate: My Search for a Rational Center in American Politics, hammers home a few central themes: Our nation is fundamentally centrist; our politics don’t reflect that truth; and, as a result, policy suffers and voters become annoyed.
Alpine Synthetic Drug Case Ends in Plea Deal for Purple Zone Owner
Since the Observer featured the strange tale of a synthetic drug crackdown in Alpine, the cases have ended in plea deals, and Reason magazine has detailed new allegations.