Christopher Hooks

Christopher Hooks is a freelance journalist in Austin.

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Why Aren’t More Texas Democrats Running for Office at the State Level?

There are a boatload of Democrats running for Congress in Texas, but the slate for statewide offices and the Legislature is awfully barren.

The hottest new trend in Democratic politics these days is running for Congress — everybody’s doing it. So far, more than 200 Democrats have filed to challenge Republican incumbents and raised at least $5,000. That’s more than the number of … Read More


Thank You, Matt Rinaldi

Republicans who are repelled by people like Rinaldi have a problem: They depend on the votes of the people who cheer him on.

We spend a lot of time looking for what’s human and what’s kind in our politics, but it’s usually more important when someone shows us the opposite. To that end, Texans owe a great debt of gratitude to state Representative … Read More

Donald Trump

It’s a Trump Miracle! There are Signs of Life Among Texas Democrats

For the last 15 years, Texas Democrats have been accusing Republicans of overreach. This time, they might be right.

November 8, 2016 should have been a night of unmitigated joy for the Harris County Republican Party, the largest local GOP organization in Texas. After all, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, hometown hero, had rushed to back Trump as soon as … Read More


Is Competence Enough? Mike Collier is Counting on it in Race Against Dan Patrick

Eschewing political showmanship, the mild-mannered accountant says he is aiming to take down "the worst lieutenant governor in the history of the state."

Congratulations! It’s campaign season again. On Saturday, at a public square in Round Rock, businessman Mike Collier made official his bid to unseat Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick in 2018. Texas Democrats are fired up this year, but they’re also weary … Read More


Worst. Legislature. Ever. How Did We Get Here?

The Republican Party of Texas, hostage to its own overreach and gerrymandered districts, will never fix itself.

Grind with me for a moment the gears of imagination, and consider a state not unlike our own — let’s call it Rexas — which has demonstrated an unusual degree of political stability over the last 20 years. One party … Read More

LGBT Rights

Bathroom Wars Prove Dan Patrick’s Dominance over Texas Legislature

More than ever, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick is pulling the strings at the Capitol.

There was something very peculiar about the proceedings of the Texas House Sunday night, even amid a session that has scored high in casual cruelty and procedural dishonesty. In short, the chamber acceded to a small-but-significant part of Lieutenant Governor … Read More


What Democrats Can Learn from Louisiana (No, Really)

The election of Democrat John Bel Edwards as governor of Louisiana is one of the most significant but ignored progressive policy victories in years.

The last four years have been among the grimmest periods in the Democratic Party’s history. State parties in nearly every region have been decimated, Dems have almost no power in Congress, and the Midwestern states that once gave the party … Read More