Paul Sweeney


Texas’ Corporate Boards Harbor Few Women

by | Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm CST

Minding the Gap

You’ve heard the argument. What’s needed for American workers to advance is more education and job training. If workers’ wages have fallen and inequality has risen in the United States, it’s because too many workers have not kept abreast of … Read More


Creosote Blues Revisited

Nearly 30 years later, a wood-treatment facility continues to stain Somerville.

Dennis Davis’ uncle died in his arms on New Year’s morning in 2005. Cancer had eaten away Don Hightower’s face. “He had lost his nose and the upper part of his mouth,” Davis said. A few years earlier, Hightower had … Read More


Sharp Ideas?

Gov. Rick Perry and John Sharp get down to business with a new tax plan

Call it the “Chance Wayne” of tax proposals. That’s the name of the main character in Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth, a role played by Paul Newman in the 1962 movie version of the play. In the opening scene, … Read More

Dan Patrick

Party Crasher

Can Houston's king of right-wing talk radio bust into the Texas Senate?

It’s a bright winter morning at the Champions Golf Club in Northwest Houston. A touch of frost flecks the fairways as golfers make their way toward the clubhouse. This hardly looks like a political hot spot. Yet, at a well-appointed … Read More


Texas: The Corporate Welfare State

How Gov. Rick Perry's use of the Enterprise Fund is wasting taxpayer dollars

At first glance, Countrywide Financial Corp. seems an unlikely candidate for public assistance. It ranks as the nation’s No. 1 home mortgage lender. Headquartered in the tony Los Angeles suburb of Calabassas, California, the sprawling financial services company outsold such … Read More