Christopher Hooks

Christopher Hooks is a freelance journalist in Austin.

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Texas Politics

Imperfect Ten: Taking Stock of the Crowded Democratic Slate for Texas Governor

What is a Texas Democrat, and why do they matter? That’s no easy task, because most Texas Democrats couldn’t tell you.

For much of the year, Texas Democrats have fretted at the possibility that they might not have a gubernatorial candidate — now, they have too many. It’s a bizarre problem in a year of bizarre problems. In the language of … Read More

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Texas Politics

Civil Offenses: Those Calling for Political Civility Often Have the Least to Lose

The superficial critique of political dysfunction allows us to ignore its more substantive causes.

Everyone thinks there’s something amiss in the American political system falls into one of two camps — they either have a stylistic critique or a substantive one. Stylists think the way we do politics is corrupting things from the top … Read More

LGBT Rights

Hardly Anyone Showed up to a Brain-Melting Anti-LGBT Conference in Texas

The #Teens4Truth conference had few teens but numerous speakers explaining how equal rights for gay and transgender people could lead “to the death of Christianity.”

David Pickup, ex-gay psychotherapist, takes the stage at the Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary’s conference center in south Fort Worth. Pickup specializes in reparative therapy, the process by which people with deviant homosexual urges are rid of them. Run out of … Read More

Texas Legislature

Greg Abbott Declares War on Moderate Republicans

The Texas governor endorsed a primary opponent of Representative Sarah Davis, who is probably the GOP’s best chance to retain the district in upscale west Houston.

In the latest episode of Texas Politics, God’s dumbest reality show, Governor Greg Abbott celebrated the beginning of Republican primary season by going to war — against a popular incumbent lawmaker in his own party, in a district that Hillary … Read More


Fox and Friend: Sean Hannity and Robert Jeffress Share the Self-Love at Church

Jeffress’ megachurch, like others, is a television set with an unusually large studio audience, a fact that Hannity’s Sunday's appearance underlined.

Great changes are afoot in the Kingdom of Man, but how now arrangethèd is the furniture in the House of the Lord? On Sunday morning, attendees of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, the domain of pastor Robert Jeffress, were … Read More

Texas Politics

The Problem with Facts

There is a misunderstanding that false information spreads because real information is somehow in short supply.

In September, a couple of Clinton campaign vets launched a new media venture, Verrit, which bills itself as “media for the 65.8 million,” the number of Clinton voters last year. Verrit produces Verrits, little picture memes with a statistic or … Read More

2017 in Review

Beto Testing

Can Beto O’Rourke’s seat-of-the-pants, DIY, break-the-rules campaign succeed against Ted Cruz?

Can Beto O’Rourke’s seat-of-the-pants, DIY, break-the-rules campaign succeed against Ted Cruz? Read More

Texas Politics

Texas GOP’s Favorite Meme-Maker is Now Helping the Far-Right in Germany

After mastering the art of race-baiting digital campaigning in Texas, Vincent Harris has graduated to working for German nationalists.

screenshot from Twitter On Monday, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz wrote about the role played by the Austin-based political consultant Vincent Harris in the recent success of the Alternative für Deutschland party, or AfD, in the German federal election last weekend. … Read More