Hours before either the Texas Senate or the House gaveled in, crowds gathered on the south steps of the Texas Capitol like people jamming the gates of a festival. Long before noon, orange-clad men, women and children (and one or two dogs) arrived at the south steps with banners and picnic blankets and deck chairs. Read the full story.
Jen Reel was an Observer intern before joining the staff in July 2010, first as Web Content Manager, and most recently as Multimedia Editor. She left the Observer in 2017.