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.


Could Hillary Clinton Turn Texas Blue?

"I don’t know anyone nationally who’s scoffing at this," says the chairman of the state GOP.

No More Namby-Pamby Business

After the 2011 budget cuts, the Lege has some room for reform on public education.

A Band-Aid for Medicaid

The Texas Senate passes its version of the supplemental appropriations bill for some cash-strapped state agencies.

A Call to Arms

In his biennial address on the state of the judiciary, the chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court remembers the Alamo.

From Brownsville to Mars!

Space entrepreneur (and noted crank) Elon Musk's latest project is ready to launch. Will the Open Beaches Act stand in his way?

A Gentleman and a Scholar

On Tuesday, the Texas Legislature took a few moments to swoon over RGIII.

Course Correction

What’s really behind Dan Patrick’s bill on graduation requirements at the state’s public universities?

Who’s Afraid of Texas?

Too many people, most of whom don’t know what they’re talking about. In defense of our (mostly) great state.

A Sigh of Relief

The Democrats in the Texas Senate might not be crazy about this year’s budget, but most of them are a lot happier than they were in 2011.

A View of the Sunset

This week’s debate on the PUC shows why the sunset process continues to shine light on good government.

The Conservative Case for Raising Taxes

Has Texas entered a new era in which talking about new revenue doesn’t equal certain political death?

Moving Forward on Medicaid

The Senate’s unanimous passage of SB 7 gives a small hint of what a Texas approach to Medicaid might look like.

Hey, Supreme Court: Go Ahead and Legislate from the Bench

Polls show that a majority of Texans support legal recognition for same-sex couples, but legalizing marriage equality in Texas would require an amendment to the state constitution.

CPRIT’s Side Effects

Whatever happens to the struggling agency, the fallout from the scandal will linger.

Google Plants a Flag

The announcement that Google Fiber is coming to Austin means more than just super-fast cat videos.