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.


Best in Show

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

“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.

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.

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.”

Meanwhile, in Lufkin . . . April and May Edition

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

Special Procedures

Katy Republican Senator Glenn Hegar combined measures that failed to pass during the regular session into an omnibus abortion bill that won approval in the state Senate late Tuesday night.

Wendy Davis on Three Sunday Shows

Senator Wendy Davis continued her national media blitz on Sunday with appearances on CBS' Face the Nation, ABC's This Week, and NBC's Meet the Press.

Texas Officials Speak at National Right to Life Convention

The abortion debate continued to play out in Texas over the last few days as Governor Rick Perry, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, and Senator Ted Cruz addressed the National Right to Life Convention in Grapevine.

Special Delivery

On the first day of the second special session, activists on both sides of the abortion debate arrived at the Capitol to make their voices heard.

Meanwhile, in Lufkin... July edition

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

Greetings from the Texas of Kazakhstan

Why Shymkent, a city in South Kazakhstan, proudly thinks of itself as the Lone Star State of Central Asia.

Meanwhile, in Lufkin... August Edition

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

Regent Wallace Hall is Another Step Closer to Impeachment

The Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations met Monday to discuss its investigation of the UT System Regent. 

Ted Cruz’s Ego

Some choice details from Jason Zengerle’s GQ profile of Texas’s junior senator. 

Meanwhile, in Lufkin... September Edition

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