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.


Master of the Senate

The next lieutenant governor is a former radio shock jock who became one of the most conservative members of the Legislature. How will Dan Patrick act now that he is one of the most powerful officials in Texas?

Election Day Open Thread

Finally, we’ll discover whether Texas is turning blue? 


Wendy Davis’s new ad attacks Abbott for attacking “other victims” 

Next Up: The Global War on Jackalopes

Concerns over ISIS fighters crossing the border are more than misplaced

An Update on the AG Race

Ken Paxton remains an alarmingly safe bet

Three Fights over School Funding

Democrats Wendy Davis, Leticia Van de Putte, and Mike Collier take on their Republican opponents over the 2011 cuts to public schools.

The Upside of Inertia

In his jobs plan, Greg Abbott opts for a minimalist aesthetic.

A Fleeting Moment of Substance

On Thursday, Wendy Davis offered a good policy idea, which was forgotten by Friday

Weekend Wobbles

Two court rulings and a debate over a debate add up to a couple of headaches for Abbott. 

What Social Conservatives (and Liberals) Can Learn from Kyleen Wright

When it comes to policy making, reasons matter.

The Compassionate Social Conservative

Kyleen Wright explains why HB 2 is good for women.

Rick Perry's Political Motives

The indictments against the governor may point to a legal lapse rather than an ethical one.

Abbott on the Attack

The attorney general takes a swing at Wendy Davis.

A Creepy Texas Story

Wendy Davis’s first TV ad of the gubernatorial campaign is a fairly dark one