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.


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.

Perry in Davos

The governor's support for decriminalizing marijuana surprised people, but he's been a critic of the "war on drugs" for a long time.

The Man in the Arena

In the brief time Ted Cruz has been a senator, he has managed to convince half the country that he is a true patriot and the other half that he is a dangerous nutcase. What will he do next?

Preview: The Man in the Arena

An excerpt from Erica Grieder’s February 2014 cover story on Senator Ted Cruz, which will officially hit newsstands (and the web) on January 22.

The Debra Medina Interview

The comptroller candidate was tea party when tea party wasn’t cool. Does she stand a chance in 2014?

Why a Stockman Challenge Is Good for Cornyn

If, or really when, Cornyn wins the 2014 primary, it will be as a Republican who was taken to task by the tea party and prevailed.

The Political Outlook For 2014

Texas politics in 2014 is certain to be interesting.

What Gives?

Texas is one of the country’s most philanthropic states. Is that because we’re also one of the most fiscally conservative?