Patrick Michels

Patrick Michels
Patrick Michels is a reporter for the Texas Observer and a former legislative intern. He has been a staff writer and web editor at the Dallas Observer, and a former editor of the Texas Independent. He has a bachelor's in journalism from Northwestern University, a master's in photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a competitive eating enthusiast.

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Cover Story, Featured Stories, Human Impact, News, The Issue

Who Guards the Guardians?

Texas counties have stripped thousands of elderly and disabled citizens of their rights — and then forgotten about them.

Texas counties have stripped thousands of elderly and disabled citizens of their rights — and then forgotten about them. Read More

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Buy Fireworks If You Love America, Says State Rep Backed by Pyrotechnics Producer

Jason Isaac, recipient of more than $60,000 from the pyrotechnics industry, says not to worry about “cherry-picked horror stories" suggesting that fireworks are dangerous.

State Representative Jason Isaac, recipient of more than $60,000 from the pyrotechnics industry, says not to worry about “cherry-picked horror stories" suggesting that fireworks are dangerous. Read More

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