Loon Star: Vaccinating Against Ignorance

Ben Sargent To see more political cartoons from Ben Sargent, visit our Loon Star State section, or find Observer political reporting here.

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Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:00:13 AM CDT


The Cost of Carve-Outs

Just before Memorial Day weekend, lawmakers inked an $11.6 billion school finance and property tax reform package. The passage of House Bill 3, which includes a boost in state funding for schools, better teacher pay and a massive state buydown …

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Tue, 18 Jun 2019 06:00:14 AM CDT


Eye on Texas: Loren Elliott

reuters/loren elliott I spent time in February with Orfa, a migrant from Honduras, and her daughters, Rachel, left, and Carolina. After fleeing gang violence in San Pedro Sula, they were detained in Texas before eventually making their way to Texico, …

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Mon, 17 Jun 2019 10:47:42 AM CDT


‘Human Matter’ Dredges up the Dark History of the Guatemalan Civil War

An explosion in an army depot storing weapons leftover from a brutal civil war unearths a vast archive of secret police documents, whose discovery threatens to tear the scab off a fragile peace and pits the archive’s researchers against each …

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Mon, 17 Jun 2019 07:00:43 AM CDT


Yet Another Rural Texas Hospital is in Jeopardy After Anti-Tax Activists Kill Funding Proposal

The voters of Fayette County have spoken, and they’ve said that they don’t need a hospital in this rural community of 25,000 people, one hour southeast of Austin — or at least not enough to pay for it. In a …

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Fri, 14 Jun 2019 01:41:26 PM CDT


Meet Maria Espinoza, the Texan Elevating ‘Angel Moms’ to the National Stage

On March 15, 2019, Donald Trump sat behind the Resolute desk in the Oval Office and signed the first veto of his presidency, blocking a resolution passed by Congress that would have reversed his declaration of a national emergency at …

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Thu, 13 Jun 2019 07:16:47 AM CDT


Democrats Finally Play Hardball on the Border Wall

For two and a half years, Congress and President Trump have battled over funding for his beloved border wall. Trump’s never gotten the kind of dough he’s after, but Congress has never truly bucked the president either. Every budget cycle, …

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Wed, 12 Jun 2019 01:25:52 PM CDT


‘We Got Nothing:’ Few Wins for the Christian Right in the 86th Texas Legislature

A quiet surprise of the 86th Legislature was the failure of many of the Christian right’s priorities. While lawmakers closely aligned with religious conservatism proposed several measures to enable religion-based discrimination, further blur the line between church and state and …

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Wed, 12 Jun 2019 07:00:20 AM CDT


‘All it Took was 25 Years’: Legislature Ponies Up Cash for Underfunded Texas Parks

Texas state parks have been a convenient piggy bank for the Legislature whenever money was short elsewhere, but this session they got their due. Lawmakers put more funding than ever into state parks, and additionally are giving voters a chance …

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Tue, 11 Jun 2019 04:06:51 PM CDT


‘Consider What the Most Powerful Least Want You to Do, and then Do That’

I want to start by saying thank you to the Texas Observer for inviting me here to give this speech tonight, and thanks beyond measure both to the journalists whose work we’re honoring and to those who have made the …

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Tue, 11 Jun 2019 06:01:47 AM CDT