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 . . . February Edition

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

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.

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.

Dear Lady Bird

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

“Inadequate and Inequitable”

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

Meanwhile, in Lufkin... January Edition

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

Remembering the Space Shuttle Columbia

Ten years ago, Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over East Texas as it reentered the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.

What’s With Austin’s Traffic?

Two questions for Ginger Goodin, of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

Drawing Straws

Those in the Senate chamber yesterday witnessed the strange ritual of drawing lots to stagger Senate terms after redistricting.

Which Dem Will Fill Mario Gallegos's Seat?

The race to replace the late Texas State Senator Mario Gallegos.

Obama Administration Says No to Texas Secession

Sorry, secessionists. The White House says the U.S. Constitution does not “provide a right to walk away from” the Union.

Karl Lagerfeld’s Return to Texas

Thirty-four years after showing his 1979 Chloé collection at Houston’s Neiman Marcus, the designer plans to show his Chanel collection in Dallas in 2014. 

Texas Republicans Moderate on One Thing: Immigration

After a few hardline moves in 2011, the Texas Republican Party may be returning to its moderate stance on immigration policy. 

Opening Day of the 83rd Legislature

On Tuesday, House Speaker Joe Straus won his third term as speaker after a challenge against him fizzled and Governor Rick Perry urged fiscal responsibility despite the state’s improving financial picture.

Five of the Worst Mercury-Polluting Power Plants Are In Texas

According to a new report ranking the ten worst mercury-emitting coal plants in the US.