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.


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

Come and Take It, or Not

Dan Patrick and the Senate Republicans celebrated Texas Independence Day by throwing down the gauntlet on Medicaid.

The Not-Good-Enough Arguments Against Gay Marriage

If social conservatives want to stop gay marriage, they need to come up with something, and soon.

Welcome News

R.G. Ratcliffe will rejoin BurkaBlog for the session

Three Weeks In

Not bad, despite the ongoing open carry drama.

The House Committee Assignments

Joe Straus’s picks for the 84th session include lots of new chairs and not much drama. 

Deals vs Investments

State incentives can work as both. Abbott would prefer the former. 

A New Day, This One With Muslims and Bigotry

Texas Muslim Capitol Day is marred by some unwelcoming behavior.