Abby Rapoport

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Where Have All the Kids’ Sports Movies Gone?

by | Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 12:00 am CST
The Great Hanging

How Do You Memorialize a Mob?

Gainesville, Texas, is a patriotic small town. It's also the site of one of the nation's worst acts of mob violence—a history some citizens would like to forget.

Gainesville, Texas, is a patriotic small town. It's also the site of the nation's largest act of mob violence. One hundred and fifty-two years later, the town finally has a memorial to the 42 men who died in the Great Hanging. Read More


For God’s Sake

Why Iowa evangelicals haven’t flocked to Rick Perry.

On a drizzly, gray November day, the First Federated Church in Des Moines looked particularly formidable. The mega-church is a gigantic brick building, a converted high school that dominates the block. Its lack of aesthetic appeal didn’t deter the crowds. … Read More


The Brains Behind the Curtain

The intellectual force behind Rick Perry’s most controversial ideas is a little-known think tank with ambitious goals.

Rick perry has said that his 2010 book “Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington” is not the kind of book one would typically write before running for president. Fed Up! is filled with radical assertions plucked from … Read More


Slash and Burn

The largest budget cuts in Texas history take effect.

The state of Texas’ fiscal year begins today, and unless you’re a government accountant, the date usually passes with little fanfare. But this year is different. On Sept. 1, the massive budget cuts the Texas Legislature passed in 2011 take … Read More


Let’s Get This Party Started

Democrats ponder what must change in 2012.

The Texas Democratic Party’s futility has lasted so long, we’re running out of fresh ways to describe it. The past 15 years for Texas Democrats have been a political wasteland strewn with the smoking ruins of failed statewide campaigns (how’s … Read More


Tea Time

Three freshmen look back at their first session.

They were the most talked-about class of House freshmen in years—and they came ready to change the system. The newly-elected Tea Partiers spent months on the campaign trail promising to shrink government and move the agenda to the right. Then … Read More


How the Budget Got Cut

The story of Texas' leanest budget in 19 short acts.

The 82nd Texas Legislature passed perhaps the leanest and cruelest budget in state history. That’s really saying something. The Legislature isn’t exactly known for generosity; Texas spends less per resident than any state in the country. But the two-year spending … Read More

Health Care

[Updated] Sonogram’s 24-Hr Provision to Exempt Rural Counties

The deal between House members and one Senate Democrat has paved the way for the controversial legislation

Update, April 12, 2011, 12:20 p.m.: The State Affairs Committee voted the new sonogram bill out of committee with a vote of six to two. The committee’s two Democrats, Sens. Rodney Ellis and Leticia Van de Putte, were the only … Read More