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.


Oklahoma's Botched Execution

That might not happen in Texas, but the risk should concern people who support capital punishment. 

On "Briberygate"

Democrats are pursuing a confusing--and counterproductive--campaign against Rick Perry

Texas's Economic Outlook

Texans should be proud of the state's economic performance, but they should be smart about the challenges that lie ahead. 

The Politics of Illegal Immigration

Last night's debate suggested that Texans still recoil at divisive rhetoric on illegal immigration--and that Republicans know it.

Obama's Approach to Civil Rights

At his keynote speech at the Civil Rights Summit, the President honored LBJ's legacy on civil rights--but implied that he would try to advance it by other means.

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.