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.


Exit, Stage Center

Robert Duncan, master of the Texas Senate, considers a new line of work.

Well, well, well

The Texas Public Policy Foundation changes its view of state spending.

May God Lead and Guide You!

Tuesday’s primary runoffs caused almost as much heartburn among Republicans as Democrats.

The Big Day

Texans are heading to the polls for this year’s primary runoffs

Brain Drain

Looks like San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro may be heading to Washington, and Texas Senator Robert Duncan is bound for Texas Tech. What does that mean for local politics? 

A Comment on Dan Patrick

Why the lieutenant governor candidate’s mid-eighties mental health issues should not be a campaign issue.

A Q&A with Mike Collier

The Democratic comptroller candidate takes a stand against politics

“It Won’t Be Political”

A Q&A with Mike Collier, the Democratic candidate for comptroller.

A Mini-Referendum on Speaker Straus

After this weekend’s special election, Brandon Creighton will head to a runoff with the right-wing challenger Steve Toth.

Speaking of the Lite Guv Race

Thanks a lot, David Dewhurst, for getting this song stuck in everyone’s head again

Last Night's Lite Guv Debate

A rowdy roundtable with Dan Patrick and David Dewhurst

The Paxton Problem

Ken Paxton’s record suggests that he’s either surprisingly uninformed about state law, or surprisingly unconcerned about how those laws might apply to him. 

Oklahoma's Botched Execution

That might not happen in Texas, but the risk should concern people who support capital punishment. 

On "Briberygate"

Democrats are pursuing a confusing–and counterproductive–campaign against Rick Perry

Texas's Economic Outlook

Texans should be proud of the state’s economic performance, but they should be smart about the challenges that lie ahead.