Simply by existing, journalism makes the incentives that guide government and culture marginally better, or at least that's the idea.
In March, the Austin American-Statesman announced that it was being sold by its corporate parent, Cox Media Group, to an ill-regarded New York company called Ga...Read More
What works poorly in other states doesn't work here at all.
Here’s how a two-party system works, in theory: One party wins office on the strength of its plans to fix problems, and its elected officials then use the pow...Read More
The superficial critique of political dysfunction allows us to ignore its more substantive causes.
Everyone thinks there’s something amiss in the American political system falls into one of two camps — they either have a stylistic critique or a substantiv...Read More
There is a misunderstanding that false information spreads because real information is somehow in short supply.
In September, a couple of Clinton campaign vets launched a new media venture, Verrit, which bills itself as “media for the 65.8 million,” the number of Clin...Read More
The grassroots group of reproductive justice activists have seized a terrifying political moment and created a defiant act of pop-cultural resistance.
In white bonnets and bright-red robes, they sit silently in protest as lawmakers usher in yet another bill that will make it harder for Texans to access abortio...Read More
Republicans who are repelled by people like Rinaldi have a problem: They depend on the votes of the people who cheer him on.
We spend a lot of time looking for what’s human and what’s kind in our politics, but it’s usually more important when someone shows us the opposite. T...Read More
For the last 15 years, Texas Democrats have been accusing Republicans of overreach. This time, they might be right.
November 8, 2016 should have been a night of unmitigated joy for the Harris County Republican Party, the largest local GOP organization in Texas. After all, Lie...Read More
The election of Democrat John Bel Edwards as governor of Louisiana is one of the most significant but ignored progressive policy victories in years.
The last four years have been among the grimmest periods in the Democratic Party’s history. State parties in nearly every region have been decimated, Dems hav...Read More