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.
"I don’t know anyone nationally who’s scoffing at this," says the chairman of the state GOP.
Why Texas should think about raising the minimum wage—and why doing so might not be such a good idea in other states.
A Q&A on immigration reform with the president and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
Democrats and Republicans seem ready to make a push for comprehensive immigration reform, after years of stalemate on the issue. But Brooke Rollins, head of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, thinks their approach may have the wrong focus.
John Whitmire is making his third attempt to streamline the appeals process for inmates who may be exonerated by improved forensic techniques.
Looking back at the last pay-for-play scandal as the call for ethics reforms rises in the 83rd Legislative Session.
The newly elected senator makes a thoughtful case for opportunity conservatism, but can he sustain the message?
There are relatively few safeguards against a legislator’s potential conflict of interest turning into an actual conflict of interest.
Republicans will spend more, but they don’t want to spend it on schools.
Cruz argues that Republicans support limited government because they believe that’s what best creates opportunity, and therefore progress.
Of course, that could reflect poorly on the state’s budgeting process.
Meet Vinny Minchillo, one of the creative forces behind Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.
Will an increasingly Hispanic Texas be an increasingly Democratic one?
Does Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act encroach on States' Rights?