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.


Happy Oops-iversary, Rick Perry!

One year ago today, Rick Perry gave the nation the most 53 excruciating seconds in presidential debate history.

Kemp’s Ridley Found on Dutch Beach to Be Released into Gulf of Mexico

But how did the critically endangered sea turtle end up in the Netherlands in the first place?

Shooting from DPS Helicopter Spurs Outrage

Last month, state troopers in a Texas Department of Safety helicopter shot two Guatemalan men who were hiding in the back of a pickup truck near the border. The national media takes note.

Did You Say You Wanted to Buy a Zetas Racehorse?

The federal government made a cool $8.8 million over the weekend auctioning off racehorses that purportedly belong to the Zetas.

Meanwhile, in Lufkin...October Edition

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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.”  

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.

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.

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.