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 Revolt Against Crony Capitalism

Rick Perry’s approach to economic development is being challenged by candidates from both parties. But history shows that Perry is only conducting business as usual.

Splitting Hairs on Abortion Restrictions

What Wendy Davis really thinks about abortion.

The Labor Force Participation Rate Problem

A report from the Congressional Budget Office projects that the Affordable Care Act will keep American's labor force participation rate at anemic levels.

Perry in Davos

The governor's support for decriminalizing marijuana surprised people, but he's been a critic of the "war on drugs" for a long time.

The Man in the Arena

In the brief time Ted Cruz has been a senator, he has managed to convince half the country that he is a true patriot and the other half that he is a dangerous nutcase. What will he do next?

Preview: The Man in the Arena

An excerpt from Erica Grieder’s February 2014 cover story on Senator Ted Cruz, which will officially hit newsstands (and the web) on January 22.

The Debra Medina Interview

The comptroller candidate was tea party when tea party wasn’t cool. Does she stand a chance in 2014?

Why a Stockman Challenge Is Good for Cornyn

If, or really when, Cornyn wins the 2014 primary, it will be as a Republican who was taken to task by the tea party and prevailed.

The Political Outlook For 2014

Texas politics in 2014 is certain to be interesting.

What Gives?

Texas is one of the country’s most philanthropic states. Is that because we’re also one of the most fiscally conservative?

Money Makes the World Go Round

And as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Richard Fisher helps make the money go round. Meet the Fed’s most unlikely central banker.

In Defense of Ted Cruz

The senator's campaign to defund Obamacare is frustrating people on both sides of the aisle. That doesn't mean it's wrong.

Happy Trails

Rick Perry’s legacy will rise and fall on the “Texas miracle.” Is it real? If so, should he get the credit?

Rick Perry’s Long Goodbye

Rick Perry isn't running for re-election in 2014