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.


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. 

The Politics of Illegal Immigration

Last night's debate suggested that Texans still recoil at divisive rhetoric on illegal immigration--and that Republicans know it.

Obama's Approach to Civil Rights

At his keynote speech at the Civil Rights Summit, the President honored LBJ's legacy on civil rights--but implied that he would try to advance it by other means.

Gay Marriage and Immigration

Two controversial topics were taken up on the first day of the LBJ Presidential Library's Civil Rights Summit.

A Response on Equal Pay

As the president declares "Equal Pay Day", Bethany Albertson of UT Austin offers a different perspective on Texas's equal pay debate. 

A Response on Equal Pay

As Barack Obama declares "Equal Pay Day," Bethany Albertson, an assistant professor of government at UT Austin, offers a different perspective on the equal pay debate. 

The Civil Rights Act at 50

Four presidents will speak at the LBJ Presidential Library's Civil Rights Summit this week.