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 Romney Effect

The Republican nominee may have lost the election, but his margin of victory in Texas suggests how the state may be changing.

SCOTUS to Review Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act

Does Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act encroach on States’ Rights?

What Polls Say About the Probability of Texas Turning Purple

Will an increasingly Hispanic Texas be an increasingly Democratic one?

Brand Man

Meet Vinny Minchillo, one of the creative forces behind Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

Texas Has An Unexpected 8.8 Billion Surplus

Of course, that could reflect poorly on the state’s budgeting process.

Ted Cruz and the 47 Percent

Cruz argues that Republicans support limited government because they believe that’s what best creates opportunity, and therefore progress.

The Budget Battle: Week One

Republicans will spend more, but they don’t want to spend it on schools.

The Private Sector’s Influence on the Public Interests of Texas

There are relatively few safeguards against a legislator’s potential conflict of interest turning into an actual conflict of interest. 

Found in Translation

Activist Glenda Joe on the immigrant experience in Houston.

Ted Cruz, For Real

The newly elected senator makes a thoughtful case for opportunity conservatism, but can he sustain the message?

Sharpstown, Revisited

Looking back at the last pay-for-play scandal as the call for ethics reforms rises in the 83rd Legislative Session.

In Light of the Evidence

John Whitmire is making his third attempt to streamline the appeals process for inmates who may be exonerated by improved forensic techniques.

Right on Immigration

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.

Brooke Rollins: Time for Conservatives to Do the Right Thing

A Q&A on immigration reform with the president and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Texas Is Pro-Work, Right?

Why Texas should think about raising the minimum wage—and why doing so might not be such a good idea in other states.