Connor Brown

Connor Brown is an editorial intern at the Texas Observer. She holds a journalism degree from Texas State University and previously worked as an editorial intern at the Austin American-Statesman. Beyond journalism and politics, she enjoys scuba diving, hiking and photography. The Dallas, Texas, native can be reached on Twitter or at [email protected]
Texas Legislature

Two Special Interest Groups Bankroll More Than Three-Quarters of Konni Burton’s Senate Campaign

Two uber-conservative groups have pumped more than $830,000 into the North Texas race.

In perhaps Texas’ only remaining state Senate swing district, conservative PACs backed by fracking billionaires are doubling down on campaign contributions in an effort to help Konni Burton hold onto her Fort Worth district. Senate District 10 has swung between … Read More


Author Shane Bauer on How the Racist Roots of Private Prisons Still Permeate the System

“I was struggling with this feeling that I was becoming this different person in prison — a person I didn’t like.”

Falsified reports, inadequate medical care, severe understaffing and a plethora of illicit drugs and weapons: These are the grim realities of America’s modern private prison industry. When profit is the bottom line, prisoners’ basic needs often go unmet and any … Read More