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, is being published by Public Affairs Books. She lives in Austin.
Too many people, most of whom don’t know what they’re talking about. In defense of our (mostly) great state.
What's really behind Dan Patrick's bill on graduation requirements at the state's public universities?
Space entrepreneur (and noted crank) Elon Musk's latest project is ready to launch. Will the Open Beaches Act stand in his way?
In his biennial address on the state of the judiciary, the chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court remembers the Alamo.
The Texas Senate passes its version of the supplemental appropriations bill for some cash-strapped state agencies.
After the 2011 budget cuts, the Lege has some room for reform on public education.
"I don’t know anyone nationally who’s scoffing at this," says the chairman of the state GOP.
Why Texas should think about raising the minimum wage—and why doing so might not be such a good idea in other states.
Democrats and Republicans seem ready to make a push for comprehensive immigration reform, after years of stalemate on the issue. But Brooke Rollins, head of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, thinks their approach may have the wrong focus.
A Q&A on immigration reform with the president and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
John Whitmire is making his third attempt to streamline the appeals process for inmates who may be exonerated by improved forensic techniques.
Looking back at the last pay-for-play scandal as the call for ethics reforms rises in the 83rd Legislative Session.
The newly elected senator makes a thoughtful case for opportunity conservatism, but can he sustain the message?