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.
Central Texas was the first stop on President Obama's "Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity" tour.
On Monday the Senate passed HB-5, which slashes the number of mandatory tests in Texas high schools, proposes a new way to rate districts, and restructures the high school diploma plans.
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum opened today. Americans are still trying to figure out how we feel about that.
The latest data from the Texas Workforce Commission shows that the state actually lost jobs last month. About 4,100. The total employment numbers have changed 0.0 percent. But still!
After the deadliest industrial accident in American history, the people of Texas City were angry—at the government, not the company that caused the catastrophe
The latest edition of "Texas on the Brink" shows that for all of its success, Texas has plenty of room for improvement
On Thursday the Texas Senate passed SB2, which would expand the number of charter licenses in the state.
The announcement that Google Fiber is coming to Austin means more than just super-fast cat videos.
Whatever happens to the struggling agency, the fallout from the scandal will linger.
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.
The Senate's unanimous passage of SB 7 gives a small hint of what a Texas approach to Medicaid might look like.
Has Texas entered a new era in which talking about new revenue doesn't equal certain political death?
This week's debate on the PUC shows why the sunset process continues to shine light on good government.
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.