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.


Governing Time

On the first day of the Eighty-fourth Legislature, the Texas House voted for order. 

Another Problem with Purity Tests

The Tea Party’s pursuit of purity is particularly damaging in Texas

Conservatives Are Dangerously Overinterpreting the Speaker's Race

John Boehner’s re-election shows that national conservatives should have been paying attention to the Tea Party’s travails in the Texas House. 

Three Reasons Not to Panic About Oil Prices

Texas is much less vulnerable to an oil bust than it once was, or than one might think.

Gambling In The Casino

Jack Stick’s resignation shows that even in Texas, some things count as corruption

How to Earn a Bum Steer Award

Step one: study Wendy Davis’s example.

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?