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.


“Inadequate and Inequitable”

Once again a judge rules that the state’s school finance system in unconstitutional.

Dear Lady Bird

Lyndon Johnson’s dogged pursuit of Lady Bird further revealed in a cache of never-before-seen love letters.

Will the Legislature Restore Cuts to Women's Health?

A Senate finance committee work group has proposed directing an additional $100 million towards preventative care and family planning.

Jeremy Bird Talks Battleground Texas with Stephen Colbert

The former field director for the Obama campaign outlined the group’s plan to turn Texas blue.

Meanwhile, in Lufkin . . . February Edition

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Peaceful, Easy Feeling

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