Patrick Michels

Patrick Michels
Patrick Michels, a former Observer staff writer, is a reporter at the Center for Investigative Reporting.


July 2016 issue interview
Education

The Interview: Judge John Dietz on Texas’ School Finance Crisis

Now that he’s retired, the judge who found Texas’ school finance system unconstitutional has a few things to say.

“Goddamn! What is more important than education?” says Judge John Dietz, who found Texas' school finance system unconstitutional. The Texas Supreme Court has since reversed his ruling. Read More

Guardianship cover illustration
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

Fireworks over downtown Austin.
Texas Legislature

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

June 2016 The Interview
Criminal Justice

The Interview: Frank Jackson

Prairie View’s longtime mayor on Sandra Bland and Texas’ legacy of racial trauma.

Prairie View’s longtime mayor talks about Sandra Bland and Texas’ legacy of racial trauma, including 'post-traumatic slave syndrome.' Read More

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