Erica Grieder

Erica Grieder is a senior editor at Texas Monthly. From 2007 to 2012, she covered Texas as the southwest correspondent for the Economist, to which she still contributes. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Spectator, the Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and the New Republic. Her first book, Big, Hot, Cheap and Right, was published in April 2013 by Public Affairs Books. She lives in Austin.


The Senate Gets a Voucher

The bill passed today would either save the state money or provide thousands of scholarships to Texas students.

How to Check Whether Anyone, Including Me, Is Telling You the Truth

I’m a lot more credible than Judicial Watch. But don’t take my word for it. 

The Lopsided Fight Over Tax Cuts

The House’s proposal is better than the Senate’s, for at least half a dozen reasons

The Politics of the Minimum Wage

The issue isn’t as partisan as it may appear.


It’s hard to argue with results of the House debate over the budget bill.

So Long, Texas Senate

If the chamber isn’t taking things seriously, why should we?

Pistol Pushers

How a few gun rights activists hijacked the political debate over open carry.

Ted Cruz: We've Got This Covered

A few highlights from our archives relating to Texas’s junior senator.

At-Risk Ideas

Texas should take a look at the franchise tax

Guns, Ho-Hum

The Senate passes open carry and campus carry.

What's at Stake

Putting the spending cap at risk is damaging more than just that

Finally, A (Senate) Republican Stands Up For the Spending Cap

Kelly Hancock’s proposal is the first that would actually tighten the spending cap, rather than sabotage it. 

Bad Reasons to Sacrifice the Spending Cap

The Senate’s proposals on property tax relief and debt service aren’t worth it

So Much for Fiscal Responsibility

The Texas Senate offers a proposal to scrap the Texas Model.

Turn Out for What?

Trey Martinez Fischer has a pointed explanation of why he lost the runoff in SD26