Texas Republicans Fail to Kick a Million People off Food Stamps After Trying for a Year

The $867 billion Farm Bill passed by Congress this week did not include stricter work requirements that would have pummeled food stamp recipients, but it wasn’t for lack of trying by Texas’ Republican delegation. The effort, spearheaded by Midland Congressman …

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Fri, 14 Dec 2018 10:42:01 AM CST


‘How Can You Do This to People?’: After Rural Hospitals Close in Milam County, Residents Scramble to Find Care

Shan Wilson’s surgery will have to wait. The 64-year-old retired Marine was scheduled to have his prostate removed in early January at the only hospital in Rockdale, a town of 5,600 between Round Rock and College Station. Wilson had it …

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Fri, 14 Dec 2018 06:04:34 AM CST


Botham Jean’s Death Could Lead to an Overhaul of Police Oversight in Dallas

In the 1970s, the Dallas Police Department was pressured to diversify after a white cop killed a 12-year-old Mexican-American boy in a game of Russian Roulette. A string of police killings in the 1980s, including that of an 81-year-old crime …

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Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:27:51 PM CST


‘Life Was Her Art’: Nadine Eckhardt Remembered as an Influential Cultural Conduit in Texas and Washington

Nadine Brammer Eckhardt, first wife and muse of novelist Billy Lee Brammer (The Gay Place) and second wife of Texas Democratic Congressman Robert C. Eckhardt, died on Saturday at the age of 87. An alluring and articulate light among Washington, …

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Thu, 13 Dec 2018 06:08:32 AM CST


As Speaker of the House, Will Dennis Bonnen be a Menace to the Environment?

As chair of the Texas House Committee on Environmental Regulation from 2003 to 2008, Representative Dennis Bonnen was labeled a “tyrant,” a “Clean Air Villain” and consistently rated among the worst lawmakers in the Legislature by environmental activists. The Gulf …

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Wed, 12 Dec 2018 01:46:44 PM CST


East Texas Photographer Captures 50 Years of Haunting, Ordinary Magic

Ordinary Magic Over and over, Keith Carter finds transcendence in scenes of everyday East Texas life. – by Michael Hardy December 12, 2018 Photographer Keith Carter has spent his life revealing the magical in the mundane. Born in 1948 in …

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Wed, 12 Dec 2018 10:09:38 AM CST


Four Texas Abortion Court Cases to Watch in 2019

The Texas Legislature’s zeal for passing anti-abortion legislation has created an endless cycle of court challenges that’s frustrated lawmakers and judges alike. “Why don’t we just stop passing unconstitutional laws?” pleaded Democratic Representative Chris Turner, in the midst of a …

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Tue, 11 Dec 2018 03:49:42 PM CST


When Prison Reform Goes Bad

In the early 1990s, the Texas Legislature tried to build something surprisingly progressive amid the state’s tough-on-crime prison boom: an alternative to prison for low-level felons. Lawmakers reclassified a host of third-degree felony charges, mostly for drug and property crimes, …

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Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:13:25 AM CST


Remembering Nadine Eckhardt (1931-2018)

Editor’s note: Legendary Austinite and politico Nadine Eckhardt died Saturday, December 8, 2018, at age 87. As Robert Leleux wrote in his review of her memoir, Duchess of Palms, if Billy Lee Brammer’s The Gay Place is “Austin’s Arthurian legend, …

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Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:00:00 AM CST


Texas GOP Chair: Racism and Bigotry are an ‘Extreme Exception’ in the Party

Last week, the Observer reported that Ray Myers — who had a hand in crafting the platform for the most influential state Republican party in the country — had posted on his Facebook declaring, “Damn right, I’m a WHITE NATIONALIST.” The …

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Mon, 10 Dec 2018 03:37:58 PM CST




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