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.


Our Bum Steer of the Year

If you’re surprised by this year’s pick, you may be eligible for a Bum Steer Award of your own

Taking on tuition deregulation

Charles Schwertner makes the conservative case against tuition deregulation

Obama's Immigration Action

Some questions about Barack Obama’s explanation for his executive action on immigration, announced last week.

The Arguments Against Obama's Executive Action on Immigration

On Thursday, the president said that Congress had left him no choice but to act alone. Conservatives can argue otherwise.

Friday Afternoon Open Thread

The border surge, extended. Immigration action, executed. Hispanic voters, considered. And more! 

The David Dewhurst Exit Interview

After twelve years in office and two crushing political defeats, the soon-to-be-former lieutenant governor gamely discusses his tenure and Texas’s future. Just don’t ask him about Dan Patrick.

Good Points from David Alameel

The Democratic Senate candidate has some tough words for his party. 

The Dan Patrick Profile

A look at Texas’s next lieutenant governor

Master of the Senate

The next lieutenant governor is a former radio shock jock who became one of the most conservative members of the Legislature. How will Dan Patrick act now that he is one of the most powerful officials in Texas?

Election Day Open Thread

Finally, we’ll discover whether Texas is turning blue? 


Wendy Davis’s new ad attacks Abbott for attacking “other victims” 

Next Up: The Global War on Jackalopes

Concerns over ISIS fighters crossing the border are more than misplaced

An Update on the AG Race

Ken Paxton remains an alarmingly safe bet

Three Fights over School Funding

Democrats Wendy Davis, Leticia Van de Putte, and Mike Collier take on their Republican opponents over the 2011 cuts to public schools.