People like to believe things are getting better—but what happened in El Paso underscores just how little has changed.
As I write this editorial, I’m exactly three months into my tenure at the Texas Observer. In that time, I’ve had the good fortune to hear readers express ge...Read More
The far-right Texas lawmaker and other political trolls are holding us hostage to the idea that the world is more chaotic, unfixable, and stupid than it is.
One of the fun things about covering Texas politics is that every once in a while, a political figure you know too much about, and no one else cares about, does...Read More
A number of high-profile GOP electeds are throwing in the towel in advance of the 2020 election cycle—with more expected in the coming year.
For Texas Democrats to do well in 2020 and potentially secure the state House and a number of additional congressional seats, they need to organize themselves ...Read More
The most interesting story in American politics in the coming year isn’t in Iowa, but on the outskirts of Houston and Dallas.
For years, the question asked of Texas politics has been whether or not the state would “turn blue” during a presidential election or high-profile statewide...Read More
With more of oil’s boom years behind us than ahead, oil and gas interests will become known increasingly by their uglier side effects, rather than their benefits.
The tank farm owned by the Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park burned for four days, producing a cloud of thick black smoke that rose a mile above g...Read More
Almost everything I know about journalism, and much about life, I’ve learned from the editors, writers, designers, readers, sources and cranks who make up the Observer family.
When I first picked up a copy of the Texas Observer I was an undergraduate at UT-Austin, working in the periodicals section of the LBJ Library. Back in the earl...Read More
We think what it takes to shake up Washington is an outsider with new ideas, but what’s needed is an insider with strong convictions.
The next president will have a lot to do. Each and every executive agency, down to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will need a deep cleanin...Read More
In the last year, Democrats agreed to border-wall funding that will fence off much of the Rio Grande Valley from Brownsville to Falcon Lake.
Eugenio del Bosque Gomez/Flickr: Gage Skidmore Trump won’t get his beautiful Mexican-funded concrete wall from sea to sea. The president’s attempt to hold t...Read More
The progressive pundit's criticism of "hedge-fund scavengers" buying struggling newspapers was blocked by his distributor.
The Jim Hightower Column They Don’t Want You to Read The progressive pundit’s criticism of “hedge-fund scavengers” buying struggling new...Read More