Facing down a potential Democrat-controlled Texas House, the governor has made a hard push to reframe the November election on his terms.
Articles by Christopher Hooks
Aug 31, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
Both parties’ conventions sidelined politicians from the nation’s second biggest state. They might have had good reason.
Jul 22, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
While demonstrators marched in cities and towns across the country, a police union rep, an activist, a legislator, and an attorney sat down to discuss how to break the deadlock and bring about better policing.
Jul 21, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
When Texas Republicans gather for their biennial convention, it's usually an impressive show of force. This time, it was an embarrassment.
Jul 17, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
The COVID-19 crisis is the predictable result of the governor muddling through things.
Jul 9, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
Originally scheduled for May and pushed back because of the coronavirus pandemic, the elections feature a few key races, some scandal-ridden candidates, and many old friends.
Jun 30, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
The race to choose a Democratic challenger to John Cornyn has been overshadowed by other news, but it finds the Texas Democratic Party bitterly divided.
Jun 26, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
Days after he attended his county party convention, Bill Baker was hospitalized with COVID-19. In three weeks, more than 7,000 Republicans will descend on Houston.
Jun 24, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
It’s an unusual and risky campaign strategy: Jackson is trying to appeal primarily to Trump, in the hopes that the voters will follow.
Jun 18, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
A month and a half after telling local officials they couldn't mandate masks, the Texas governor congratulated a local official on realizing that, actually, they could.
Jun 18, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
It's March 2021 and Democrats are in power again, the state budget is a bloodbath, and the coronavirus stalks the Capitol.
Jun 11, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
After GOP leaders in 12 counties posted racist responses to the George Floyd protests, top Republicans declared war on bigotry in their party. It’s not going to be easy.
Jun 10, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
The UT professor sees echoes of the past—and hope for the future—in the demonstrations rocking the nation.
May 15, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
The resignation of a key election official serves as a warning about the dangers of conducting elections in person during the coronavirus pandemic.
May 8, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
The Shelley Luther saga gave Texas politicians an excuse to change the conversation, and deflect blame.
Apr 24, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
Despite the loud protests, very few Americans are ready to go back to work.
Apr 13, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
In the best of times, our politicians can be a frustrating bunch. How are they doing in an unprecedented crisis?
Apr 7, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
The candidate is running in a district that’s home to more Asian Americans than anywhere else in Texas. Her newest campaign ad blames the People's Republic for the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar 11, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
A high uninsured rate, hospital closures, and poor elder care leave Texas especially vulnerable to a COVID-19 epidemic.
Mar 3, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
At a honky-tonk in Dallas, the Democratic party made its move against Bernie—finally.
Feb 5, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
This year is going to feature a lot of confident pronouncements from experts who will be proved wrong again and again.
Jan 29, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
Beto & co. came up embarrassingly short, but the result probably doesn’t say all that much about November.
Jan 13, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
The governor’s decision makes no sense from a practical perspective, and ultimately, it can’t be explained as a policy choice at all.
Jan 7, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick were quick to find a self-serving narrative in the shooting at a church last week.
Jan 2, 2020 — By Christopher Hooks
Castro’s presidential ambitions have ended, but Texas has likely not heard the last of him.
Dec 30, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
The Austin director’s war film is notable for its near-total absence of politics.
Dec 26, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
We stumble down memory lane, gawking at the madness and the mayhem of 2010–2019—and looking for an off-ramp.
Dec 18, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
Like so much in American conservative politics these days, everything begins and ends with Trump.
Dec 11, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
Now that races for the March primary are (mostly) set, here are a few things worth keeping an eye on.
Dec 9, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
A.P. Merillat helped send at least 15 people to death row. On Wednesday, Travis Runnels will become the third this year to be executed, even though a former prison official calls Merillat’s testimony “bullshit.”
Dec 4, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
Now that the Texas GOP is trying to present a more diverse face this year, it can't afford to alienate voters in places like Fort Bend County.
Nov 15, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
What Poncho Nevarez’s cocaine problem tells us about corruption and impunity at the Texas Capitol.
Nov 6, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
The eccentric megalawyer’s unpredictable and at times unintelligible speech claiming victory in Houston’s mayoral election has to be seen to be believed.
Nov 5, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
One constitutional amendment on the ballot poses a question that often vexes lawmakers—short-term need, or long-term benefit?
Oct 29, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
As part of his campaign against Austin’s homelessness rules, Greg Abbott tweeted an old video of a non-homeless man having a mental health episode. His attorney says the governor is “retraumatizing” the man and his family.
Oct 18, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
Dan Patrick, John Cornyn, and Ted Cruz stood by at the president’s Thursday night rally in Dallas as he ridiculed them and claimed Hurricane Harvey made the state ”a fortune.”
Oct 15, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
The secretly recorded meeting between Dennis Bonnen and Michael Quinn Sullivan shows how Texas political operators talk behind closed doors.
Oct 10, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
Austin’s legalization of camping and sidewalk sleeping has stirred a backlash that obscures the progress some Texas cities have made in steering the homeless off the streets.