At a meeting of Texas social conservatives, all anyone wanted to talk about (and eat) was Chick-fil-A
Articles by Christopher Hooks
Sep 9, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
There’s something dishonest in the state’s bureaucratic approach to killing its own citizens.
Sep 3, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
What politicians like Matt Schaefer are really saying is that no number of victims is worth the discomfort of a fairly small number of gun owners.
Aug 30, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
The governor has apologized (sort of) for an ill-timed fund-raising letter calling on supporters to ”defend” Texas from immigrants.
Aug 9, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
House Speaker Dennis Bonnen offers a masterclass in how to lose friends and alienate your allies in just a few easy steps.
Jul 30, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
MQS isn't the most trustworthy person in Texas politics, but Bonnen has done a poor job offering an alternative narrative about what transpired.
Jul 29, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
In the event that millions lose their health insurance and protections for preexisting conditions disappear, the state has no real backup plan.
Jul 12, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
Congressman Roy and Senator Cruz urged Trump to print the census with a citizenship question despite a Supreme Court ruling. That would’ve been a dangerous precedent.
Jul 5, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
As the Trump administration ratchets up its dehumanization of migrants, we Americans stand to lose our moral center.
Jun 27, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
The debate had the feel, at times, of an episode of Survivor—the little guys teaming up to clear their ranks before the real fight begins.
May 29, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
In one of the worst legislative sessions for criminal justice reform in years, bipartisan legislation got caught between an ugly fight between the police lobby and prominent Democrats.
May 23, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
The governor, lieutenant governor, and the speaker of the House announced a deal on property taxes and school finance. It sounds good, but offered awfully little in the way of specifics.
May 22, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
Let us count the ways legislators passed, killed, and then resurrected what was a popular, bipartisan way to limit arrests for minor infractions.
May 22, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
Stickland and his band of merry pranksters could have pushed the Legislature into a special session by killing a popular bill to increase mental health services for kids.
May 15, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
In a fit of idiocy and confusion, Democrats in the Legislature not once, but twice derailed bipartisan legislation prohibiting police from making arrests for minor infractions.
May 13, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
But don’t think that means Representative Jonathan Stickland is all grown up. He’s still more or less the lib-baiting troll he’s always been.
May 4, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
Kennedy’s presentation to vaccine activists at the Capitol was a master class in how to turn fears toward a dangerous cause.
May 3, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
In a dispute between cities and the state, employees and employers, you can probably guess who has the upper hand.
Apr 30, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
Once upon a time, the Texas Senate was Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s whole world. His turbulent 2014 campaign for the post was a radical change in Texas politics, the tea party revolution taking the throne. In his inauguration speech he proclaimed that his arrival marked “a new day…
Apr 23, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
Big-city prosecutors are now driving the conversation around mass incarceration, and some lawmakers and law enforcement officials just can’t abide that.
Apr 20, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
If you’re going to traffick in conspiracy theories, at least be nice about it.
Apr 16, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
Many Texans think their property taxes are too high. But the highly regressive sales tax would put even more of a burden on those who can least afford it.
Apr 12, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
In the pantheon of lawmaker-involved squabbles, what happened at the J.W. Marriott hotel in Austin on Wednesday night probably doesn’t rank higher (lower?) than the time Borris Miles whipped out a gun at a party, or the time Bob Bullock pulled a gun on…
Feb 26, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
“Two men, both alpha males, from vastly different cultures, are about to collide. . . HARD.”
Feb 6, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
Our state is accustomed to deference from Republican administrations—deference it has earned. Why are our Republican leaders letting him create our narrative?
Jan 25, 2019 — By Christopher Hooks
That viral video of a Colorado senator berating Ted Cruz makes one wonder if there’s a double standard at work.
Oct 19, 2018 — By Christopher Hooks
The U.S. Border Patrol and the governor of Tamaulipas are looking for a few good anonymous tips—and hoping it doesn't all backfire.
Aug 24, 2018 — By Christopher Hooks
Developers are pitted against landowners over a solution that keeps the peace and preserves the lake.
Nov 22, 2017 — By Christopher Hooks
The recent release of JFK files is probably the last significant injection of new information into the psychic landscape in which assassination theorists like Mark North have resided for the past 54 years.
Mar 10, 2016 — By Christopher Hooks
An Austin artist's youthful experience as a bank robber was—kind of, sort of—the inspiration for a recent movie. But the real story of her life is even stranger than what made it onto the screen.