Louis Dubose

Lou Dubose was editor of The Texas Observer from 1987-1999. He’s authored five books, including the best-seller Shrub with Molly Ivins. He currently edits The Washington Spectator.

Remembering Audre Rapoport, 1923-2016

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Bernard Rapoport, 1917 – 2012

A Life Examined

I came to know Bernard Rapoport when he was chair of the University of Texas System Board of Regents, and I was editor of this publication in the early 1990s. One of our writers was reporting on a story about … Read More


The Assault on Freedom

Molly Ivins' appreciation of the Bill of Rights.

People should watch what they say. -White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, October 2001 We were wearing T-shirts, exercising our free-speech rights in the public square. And we were arrested? If you cede this, there’s nothing left.-University of Houston law student … Read More


The Emperor’s Architect Has No Clothes

My paternal great-grandfather maintained what might have been the last functioning outhouse in Vermillion Parish, Louisiana. Years after indoor plumbing had become available in the small, rice-farming community of Indian Bayou, he refused to install an indoor flush toilet. His … Read More


Kuo Vadis

Tempting Faith:An Inside Story of Political Seduction There are so many religious pimps, hustlers, and con-men in David Kuo’s account of his political career that it reads like a novela picaresca, the Spanish literary genre in which a young man … Read More


The Incontinent Congress

The Broken Branch: The cub reporter concluding his first day at the Legislature was appalled by what he had witnessed: vacuous oratory, ad hominem attacks, lobbyists buying votes, and a shoving match on the House floor. “If you think they’re … Read More



Divine Intervention

God Bless you Tony Rudy—are we the only ones with political instincts—This whole thing about not kicking someone when they are down is BS—Not only do you kick him—you kick him until he passes out—then beat him over the head … Read More



Crime and Punishment

When Jan Reid and I set out to write a book about Tom DeLay in 2003, we assumed we would be writing about a subject whose political philosophy was alien to ours—not about organized crime. But a criminal conspiracy—with our … Read More


The Din of Inequity

Leaving Children Behind: How “Texas-style” Accountability Fails Latino Youth Lester Maddox was never my favorite American politician. But the racist gargoyle from Georgia (or does that better describe his one-time aide Zell Miller) was good for the occasional one-liner. I … Read More


Senatorial Courtesy

Will John McCain Let Republican Perps Walk?

On September 29, 2004, Arizona Senator John McCain made a promise to six Indian tribes defrauded in an $82-million lobby billing scandal perpetrated by two close associates of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay: “To the aggrieved tribes and Native Americans … Read More