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 Bill is Killed; A Star is Born

With all the strange things that happened during Wendy Davis's filibuster, there's one point that has gone almost unnoticed.

Wrecks and Roadblocks

A proposal to expand funding for transportation may face some snarls in the Texas House.

The Tea Party Influence

Up with the "Merry Christmas" bill, down with the Medicaid rider.

Obamarama, Part 1

Central Texas was the first stop on President Obama's "Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity" tour.

Flexibility, Rigor, But Not Necessarily Algebra II

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.

Dubya Trouble

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum opened today. Americans are still trying to figure out how we feel about that.

The Most Shocking Texas Jobs Report in Years

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!

What Texas City Might Tell Us about West, Texas

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

Where Texas Falls Short

The latest edition of "Texas on the Brink" shows that for all of its success, Texas has plenty of room for improvement

Lifting the Cap on Charters, Compliments

On Thursday the Texas Senate passed SB2, which would expand the number of charter licenses in the state.

Google Plants a Flag

The announcement that Google Fiber is coming to Austin means more than just super-fast cat videos.

CPRIT’s Side Effects

Whatever happens to the struggling agency, the fallout from the scandal will linger.

Hey, Supreme Court: Go Ahead and Legislate from the Bench

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.

Moving Forward on Medicaid

The Senate's unanimous passage of SB 7 gives a small hint of what a Texas approach to Medicaid might look like.

The Conservative Case for Raising Taxes

Has Texas entered a new era in which talking about new revenue doesn't equal certain political death?