Texas Politics

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The Governor’s Job Con

With more and more Texans out of work, Perry rejects federal unemployment funds and panders to his right-wing base.

On March 12, Gov. Rick Perry called a press conference at Bering’s, a family hardware and luxury household-goods store in Houston, to announce that he wan...Read More

Baby, I Lied

Rural Texas is still waiting for the doctors tort reform was supposed to deliver.

The flood of beguiling baby photographs began cascading into mailboxes across Texas as the 2003 fall election drew near. Gracing the cover of a slick brochure, ...Read More

The Governor’s Database

Texas is amassing an unprecedented amount of information on its citizens.

Piece by piece, Gov. Rick Perry’s homeland security office is gathering massive amounts of information about Texas residents and merging it to create the ...Read More


Hidden in Plain Sight

How did alleged abuse at a youth facility in West Texas evade detection for so long?

How did alleged abuse at a youth facility in West Texas evade detection for so long? * by Nate Blakeslee February 23, 2007 When Dwight Harris, executive directo...Read More

The Highwaymen

Even the losers win as Texas rushes to privatize its roads.

Photo by Mike Osborne from the series “Interchanges,” 2004. Inkjet print, 40″x50″. (www.osbornephotography.net) Ric Williamson, a former...Read More

Better Debate Than Never

Where’s the governor?” The lone debate of our bizarre four-person race for the Texas governorship had been over for barely 20 minutes on October 6, ...Read More

Not Even a Backseat on the Bus

Following a Perry campaign swing.

Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign bus looked like a gigantic Fourth of July firecracker as it motored into Dripping Springs. Painted a brilliant white and plaste...Read More

Pyrrhic Victory

It seemed appropriate that the same week the Texas Legislature finally passed a school finance package, the FBI thought it had found Jimmy Hoffa. The body of th...Read More

Thin Reed

Will Abramoff's Deep Throat Swallow God's Mouthpiece?

Evidence is mounting that former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed Jr., along with a former leader of the Texas Christian Coalition, may have illegally lobb...Read More