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 Gets Praise from an Unlikely Place

In the latest issue of the New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg explains why Governor Perry’s idea to give the Supreme Court term limits is a good one. 

"Bootylicious" Horsefly Named After Beyonce

An Australian scientist honored the singer by dubbing the “all time diva of flies” Scaptia beyonceae. Surprisingly, this isn’t the only insect named after a Texan. 

SCOTUS to District Court: Try, Try Again

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the district court in San Antonio needs to go back to the drawing board and draft up a new set of redistricting maps. 

Texans Are Not Sore Losers

Other presidential hopefuls from Texas have gracefully exited the stage when their time was over. 

Wild Burros Protest at the Capitol

Six burros and their handlers marched up Lavaca Street to the Capitol, a furry showing of opposition to TPWD’s feral burro-eradication program. 

A Very Perry Presidential Postmortem

The Internet burbled with reaction to the end of Texas governor Rick Perry’s bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

Rick Perry Drops Out of the Race

At a press conference in South Carolina, the governor officially announced that he is ending his presidential campaign and endorsed Newt Ginrich.

Allen Stanford Trial to Start Monday

Houston’s own mini-Madoff, who is accused of orchestrating an international $7 billion Ponzi scheme, finally goes to court.

Another NASA Love Triangle?

A former NASA contractor allegedly killed her Air Force Colonel husband’s mistress after learning of the affair.

Depressing New Documentary about Juárez Plays in Texas

The film 8 Murders a Day focuses on El Paso’s sister city, which has seen 10,000 drug war-related murders since 2007.

Redistricting Battle Gets Yet Another Day in Yet Another Court

A three-judge panel in D.C. federal court began hearing arguments on Texas redistricting Tuesday.

If Killer Bees Get Us, Blame the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Due to budget cuts, the federal agency plans to shutter the Kika de la Garza Subtropical Agricultural Research Center in Weslaco, the organization standing between us and invasive pests.

Glenn Beck’s New Irving Production Studio

The former Fox News host takes fans on a virtual tour of his new Las Colinas production studio. 

Does Rick Perry Make a Better Action Figure than Presidential Candidate?

Hero Builder, a toy company based in Connecticut, created two action figures of the governor complete with “Oops” sound bite. 

Today in Perry: The Governor's Campaign Continues Sliding

A group of evangelicals endorse Rick Santorum, Rick Perry defends the corpse desecrating-Marines, and the governor (and his hair) seem visibly shaken in South Carolina.