Molly Ivins

Molly Ivins’ official editorial run at the Texas Observer lasted six years, from 1970 through 1976; unofficially, it lasted a little longer—her syndicated columns appeared in these pages and she remained a stalwart advocate of the magazine until her death in 2007. Her irreverence and irrepressibility continue to help define the Observer today.

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Molly Ivins on Carrying Texas

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Molly Ivins Wrestles With the ‘Infotainment’ Industry

Professional wrestling (and isn’t that a great oxymoron?) is our goal and role model.

Editor’s Note: This month, we’re reprinting some of our favorite Molly Ivins columns in celebration of her birth month and the upcoming wide release of Raise Hell: The Life & Times Of Molly Ivins, the documentary about her life. This … Read More

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Molly Ivins on Climate Change Deniers

“One theory of government is that it only reacts to a crisis; trouble comes when we cannot even agree on what a crisis is,” Ivins wrote in a 1995 column about Congress’ lukewarm response to the threat of global warming.

Editor’s Note: This month, we’re reprinting some of our favorite Molly Ivins columns in celebration of her birth month and the upcoming wide release of Raise Hell: The Life & Times Of Molly Ivins, the documentary about her life. This … Read More

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Molly Ivins on Universal Health Care

Politicians have been debating and dancing around universal health care for 25 years.

Editor’s Note: This month, we’re reprinting some of our favorite Molly Ivins columns in celebration of her birth month and the upcoming wide release of Raise Hell: The Life & Times Of Molly Ivins, the documentary about her life. This … Read More

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Molly Ivins on Roe v. Wade

With President Trump set to nominate another conservative justice to the U.S. Supreme Court, abortion-rights activists worry about the future of Roe v. Wade. Molly Ivins wrote this piece in the aftermath of the 1973 landmark ruling establishing a woman's right to abortion.

Molly Ivins on Roe v. Wade Molly Ivins wrote this piece in the aftermath of the 1973 landmark ruling establishing a woman’s right to abortion. – February 16, 1973 by Molly Ivins The decision came down the day Lyndon Johnson … Read More

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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

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A-men. A-women. A-Ann.

10 years difference, and Ann Richards could've been president

Harry Porko first appeared in the lobby of some Wall Street firm—Smith, Merrill, Barney, & Asshole, I believe—where the treasurer of Texas had been left to cool her heels while waiting to sign a multibillion-dollar deal. Harry was the classic … Read More

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Hookergate

Of course I am above sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. So serious a servant of the public interest am I, I can fogey with the best: On my better days, I make David Broder look like Page Six. I … Read More

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Virtues That Ain't Worth Jack

It’s nice to know that the investigative reporter Jack Anderson is still under investigation, although seriously dead. Anderson died last year, and for 19 years before his death he suffered from Parkinson’s disease and had become less active as a … Read More

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WWTD: What Would Tom Do?

In general, I’m against kicking ’em when they’re down … unless really awful people are involved. I figured Tom DeLay is so awful, plenty of people would gang up on him and I could pass. Imagine my surprise when the … Read More

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