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.


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. 

A New Day on Guns

Dan Patrick has some tough talk for the Tea Party about open carry.

Brace Yourselves

Will 2018 bring another New Day?

Patrick's Committee Assignments

Technically speaking, every day is A New Day.

A New Day, Day 2

The Texas Senate’s vote to abandon the 2/3rds rule is all about campaign promises. 

The New Regime

Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, and the future of Texas.

The Coming Debate Over Medicaid Expansion

Let’s all agree on one this much: Medicaid is supposed to be a health care program, not a jobs plan.

Through the Looking Glass

How Erica Grieder learned to stop worrying and look forward to the Eighty-fourth Legislature.

Governing Time

On the first day of the Eighty-fourth Legislature, the Texas House voted for order.