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.


Rick Perry Stumps for Mitt Romney in Colorado, Nevada

The Texas governor swung through two swing states on Sunday and Monday to stump for his former rival in the waning days of the presidential campaign.

Watch an Incredible Time-Lapse Video of the Space Shuttle Endeavour

Watch a stunning time-lapse video of the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final voyage through the streets of Los Angeles.

Greg Abbott Issues Stern Warning to International Election Observers

The Texas Attorney General on Tuesday sent a strongly-worded letter to the OSCE, an international organization that has observed U.S. elections for the last decade.

The Minds Behind the @PaulRyanGosling Twitter Account

The satirical Twitter feed is run by five women, two of whom live in Texas.

Texas Executes Eleventh Man of 2012

Texas put Bobby Lee Hines to death Wednesday for the 1991 slaying of Michelle Haupt inside her Carrollton apartment.

Bill Clinton Stumps for Pete Gallego and Joaquín Castro in San Antonio

The 42nd president charmed a crowd of 3,000 gathered in South San Antonio High School’s gymnasium Thursday afternoon.

How the Bushes Are Affecting the Presidential Campaign

Laura Bush stumped for Mitt Romney in Michigan over the weekend, but the legacy of her husband still looms large over the Republican party.

Hey Romney, Tami Taylor Called and She Wants Coach’s Slogan Back

Connie Britton took to the pages of USA Today to criticize the Romney campaign for using the Friday Night Lights slogan “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”  

Houston Group Uses MLK to Recruit Republicans

A billboard bearing the civil right leader’s image and the words “Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican. VOTE REPUBLICAN!” has cropped up on the boulevard in Dallas that bears his name. 

Stanley Marsh 3 Embroiled in Scandal

Two lawsuits filed against the wealthy creater of the Cadillac Ranch allege that Marsh forced teenagers to perform various sexual acts.

Will Texas be a Swing State by 2016?

Actress Eva Longoria and and Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa predict Texas will be purple in 2016 in an opinion piece at Politico.

Texas Performs 250th Execution on Rick Perry’s Watch

Donnie Lee Roberts, 41, was put to death for the 2003 slaying of his girlfriend in their Lake Livingston home. He was the twelfth man executed by Texas this year. 

Meet the One Man Whose Death Sentence Rick Perry Chose to Commute

A full 250 executions—more than half that the state has performed since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976—have occurred on Rick Perry’s watch.

What Kind of Identification Do You Need to Present at the Polls in Texas?

The law requiring Texas voters to present photo ID at the polls is currently held up in court. Here’s a list of all the different forms of identification you can use to vote.