John Savage

John Savage is a writer based in Austin and a previous Observer legislative fellow.
Betty Calderon
Human Rights

The Waiting Game

With no place to go, many Texans with intellectual disabilities end up on the streets.

As many as 73,000 Texans with intellectual disabilities are on a waiting list to receive home- and community-based services, such as employment assistance, behavioral counseling, dental care and placement in small group homes with around-the-clock caregivers. In contrast, at least 17 other states have waitlists with fewer than 1,000 people. Read More


Fight Over LGBT-Themed Children’s Books Heats Up Hood County

During a standing-room-only Hood County Commissioners' Court meeting on Tuesday, residents voiced objections to the presence of two LGBT-themed children's books in the county library. The commissioners supported the decision of the library's advisory board, which voted to keep the books. Read More

Texas Legislature

Lawmaker Pushes for ‘Liberty Cities’

Collectively referred to as "liberty cities," Texas conservatives have come up with a way to defend local control while denying municipalities the freedom to enact regulations preferred by local officials. Read More