David Richards

David Richards is an attorney and the author of Once Upon a Time in Texas: A Liberal in the Lone Star State.

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The ACLU in Texas – The Early Years

On March 8, the Texas ACLU will celebrate its 70th anniversary. It’s a storied history full of setbacks and improbable victories. Today, the organization is as strong as it has ever been. After falling into disarray in the 1990s, the … Read More

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Junkyard Jim

The least peaceful person I have ever known has died peacefully. May he rest in peace. Jim Mattox was restless, irrepressible, and combative on plenty of occasions. He was never one to let sleeping dogs lie. As a kid, I … Read More

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous

Bryan Burrough’s new book, The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes, covers almost a century of Texas oil, and the players who prospered and failed in its pursuit. For those with an interest in … Read More

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The ACLU in Texas – The Early Years

On March 8, the Texas ACLU will celebrate its 70th anniversary. It’s a storied history full of setbacks and improbable victories. Today, the organization is as strong as it has ever been. After falling into disarray in the 1990s, the … Read More

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The Last River Run

I got a call from Molly about a year ago. She was in Seton Hospital in Austin for one more of her never-ending bouts with the medical profession. For some years we had talked about rafting the Grand Canyon. Her … Read More

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In Memoriam

Malcolm McGregor, 1929-2003

Malcolm McGregor was a man of the Texas West, specifically El Paso, and he enjoyed all of the history and mischief that the borderland entails. Politics, law, literature and adventure were his passions in life. He was also the keeper … Read More

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In Memoriam

So Long, Oscar

Oscar Mauzy died in October after a long, productive, and combative life in Texas politics. Put the emphasis on combative. As Lloyd Doggett, who served with Oscar in the Texas Senate and on the Texas Supreme Court, once said, “Killing … Read More

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