Texas Legislature


Texas AG Ken Paxton is Very Angry About Women’s Health Programs He Doesn’t Seem to Understand

by | Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 17:12 CST
Paxton is trying to frame a looming battle over federal family planning dollars as one over abortion and Planned Parenthood.

Thank You, Matt Rinaldi

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


‘Bathroom Bills’ Get Second Life in Special Session

Three different proposals to discriminate against transgender Texans await lawmakers in what critics have dubbed the “Session of Oppression.”

In late May, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick monkey-wrenched the 85th Texas Legislature as lawmakers entered the final days of the regular session, threatening ...Read More


Greg Abbott’s Latino Problem

The governor is looking strong in his re-election bid but his support for Senate Bill 4 may be doing serious damage to the Texas GOP.

Greg Abbott announced his re-election campaign in San Antonio on Friday. Despite my eternal mystification as to why Abbott wants to be governor (he seems to be ...Read More


Why We Hired a Civil Rights Reporter

Introducing Michael Barajas, the Observer’s new civil rights reporter

Over the last five years, federal courts have repeatedly ruled that the Texas Legislature intentionally discriminated against racial minorities. That’s a high...Read More