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.


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. 

Libertarians and Social Conservatives

There's bound to be a certain degree of tension within the Republican coalition.

The Truth About Equal Pay

Wendy Davis and the Democrats are on the attack about the Lilly Ledbetter Act, but would the bill have addressed the problem?

A Petty Turn in the AG Race

Dan Branch is facing a headache over an amendment to an amendment he proposed in 2005. Here's why it's an unfair attack.

Bio Hazard

Campaigns get complicated when politics and gender collide. Just ask Wendy Davis.

The Case Against Dropping Out

Republicans shouldn't pressure Dewhurst or Branch to drop out 

Primary Day 2014

A real-time view of an election in which the tea party flexed its muscles.

Raising the Minimum Wage Is Still a Good Idea for Texas

A new CBO report warns that raising the federal minimum wage would reduce employment, around the country, by 500,000 jobs. Texas wouldn't see the worst of that. 

Shaken and Stirred

After the earthquakes in the Barnett Shale, some small-town citizens underwent a surprising transformation.

The Revolt Against Crony Capitalism

Rick Perry’s approach to economic development is being challenged by candidates from both parties. But history shows that Perry is only conducting business as usual.

Splitting Hairs on Abortion Restrictions

What Wendy Davis really thinks about abortion.

The Labor Force Participation Rate Problem

A report from the Congressional Budget Office projects that the Affordable Care Act will keep American's labor force participation rate at anemic levels.