Sonia Smith

Sonia Smith, a native of Houston, is a graduate of Georgetown University. She has reported on convict cowboys at the Angola Prison Rodeo, celebrity magazines in Moscow, and aerial hog hunting in Knox City, Texas. She has also written for Slate, the Associated Press, the Baton Rouge Advocate, the Kyiv Post, and the Dallas Morning News and was a finalist for the 2008 Livingston Awards for Young Journalists. Her great-great-grandfather was a Texas Ranger in Kerr County in the 1870’s.


Meanwhile, in Lufkin . . . April and May Edition

Our favorite recent items from the Lufkin Daily News’s police blotter.

President Barack Obama’s Whirlwind Tour of Austin

Texas’s capital was the first stop on the president’s new “Middle Class Jobs & Opportunity Tour.”

Mr. O’Rourke Goes to Washington

In an interview with Texas Monthly in Washington last week, the freshman congressman from El Paso weighed in on border security, U.S.-Mexico trade, and immigration reform.

“Friction and Fracture”

After 100 days of relative calm, discord finally erupted in the Senate when Dan Patrick brought up a rare and controversial measure to recall a colleague’s bill.

Best in Show

Training the wayward pups of Houston’s rich and famous.

Peaceful, Easy Feeling

Republicans and Democrats agree on drug testing for welfare recipients? Maybe there is something in the water.

Dan Patrick on Piers Morgan

The Republican State Senator from Houston made what was his third appearance on the show this year to talk guns Tuesday night.

A Green Light for Pre-Trial DNA Testing

The Senate Criminal Justice Committee unanimously signed off on a measure Tuesday that would require DNA testing of all biological evidence before capital cases go to trial.

CSCOPE Under the Microscope

The Senate Education Committee heard four hours of testimony Tuesday on a bill by Senator Dan Patrick that would require the State Board of Education to sign off on all lesson plans included in the online curriculum management tool CSCOPE.

Partisan Rift Over Medicaid Expansion Remains

The Capitol was the site of two dueling press conferences Monday over what could be one of the signature fights of the 2013 session: Medicaid expansion.

Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients

A key compromise on SB-11 moves the controversial bill to the full Senate.

Grumpy Cat Tolerates Texas Monthly Reporter

The living meme, which has a type of dwarfism and is officially named Tardar Sauce, visited Austin last week.

Michael Morton’s Moving Senate Testimony

In a committee hearing Tuesday, the exoneree and newlywed pushed for a bill that would change the statute of limitations for offenses involving prosecutorial misconduct.

Sex Ed and the Senate

With a bill that would bar school districts from using sex education curriculum developed by abortion providers, the culture wars returned to the Capitol.

A Senate Seat for Sylvia Garcia

A full complement of state senators will soon be seated for the first time in the 2013 legislative session.