Daughter of the Republic

As the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Cecile Richards, daughter of the late governor Ann Richards, sits on the front lines of the fierce battle over abortion and reproductive health care. This battle has brought her back home frequently since last summer, when the Legislature passed one of the country’s most restrictive abortion laws.

The Checklist


Early Morning Shakes, Whiskey Myers (Wiggy Thump/Thirty Tigers, February 4)

If this rising band’s music sounds different from the country rock that Texas is best known for, that’s probably because the five members hail from Tyler, which is a stone’s throw from the Deep South. There’s more Skynyrd than Old 97’s here, more drawl than twang, and plenty of long-form, twin-guitar heroics.

Steve Stockman, Bitcoin Player

When the pseudonymous entity Satoshi Nakamoto launched Bitcoin in 2009, he (or she, or they) succeeded in creating a digital currency that would operate in the dark. Bitcoin users can choose to remain anonymous, which makes it ideal for certain shady enterprises—like the one pioneered by Austin’s own Ross Ulbricht, who allegedly ran Silk Road, an online drug market, until he was arrested in October.

Two Texans

Over the past several decades Texas has gone through such dramatic change that the state barely resembles the Texas of, say, the fifties. No one has tracked these shifts more closely than Steve H. Murdock, the former state demographer and director of the U.S. Census Bureau and current director of Rice University’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas.

Lucchese Like a Fox

The thing we have to overcome is that people think of Lucchese in a one-dimensional way,” says William Zeitz, the creative director and executive vice president of marketing for the El Paso–based company. “The challenge is to shift perception beyond ‘We just do Western boots’ to ‘We craft beautiful leather goods.’ ”

The Accidental Activists

Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes live in an airy, four-bedroom house in a well-to-do West Plano subdivision, with wood floors, white walls, and a general air of middle-American tastefulness. Among framed family and vacation photos, the most striking things on the walls are four portraits, painted by San Antonio artist Pauline Howard, of Phariss and Holmes with assorted beagles they’ve owned over the years.


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