The Contrarian

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The More Things Change…

On most mornings for the past 12 years, I’ve come to work at The Texas Observer’s dusty little office in downtown Austin, walking through our creaky front d...Read More

Welcome, Chris Hooks

The 2014 election is shaping up as one to remember in Texas, even by our high standards. Kinky Friedman is back on the ballot—oh, how we missed him—Ted Nuge...Read More

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Wendy Davis’ Media Fail

The campaign’s mismanagement of the press is damaging Davis' candidacy.

The Wendy Davis campaign’s mismanagement of the press is damaging her candidacy....Read More

It Was a Very Good Year

Every media outlet on earth is running year-in-review pieces this week. Here at The Texas Observer, we usually don’t follow the media crowd, but in this ...Read More

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What Ted Cruz Really Wants

You’ve got to credit Ted Cruz: The man’s been in elected office less than a year, and he’s already a household name across the country. With his Ivy Leagu...Read More

Observer Story Wins SPJ Award

When Texas Observer staff writer Emily DePrang first met Josh Gravens in early 2012, his life was in shambles. The 25-year-old husband and father was still suff...Read More