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In Search of Van Cliburn

Feb 28, 2013 By Texas Monthly and Prudence Mackintosh

He was a world-renowned piano prodigy whose romanticism and technical virtuosity inspired thousands and famously helped thaw the Cold War. But as a visit to his hometown of Kilgore made clear to me, Van Cliburn was also a Texan, a Southerner, a Baptist, a patriot, and a man who loved black-eyed peas as much as I do.

Hugo Ortega on Being a James Beard Semifinalist

Feb 26, 2013 By Texas Monthly and Layne Lynch

Last Tuesday, the James Beard Foundation announced its list of semifinalists for the 2013 James Beard Awards, a yearly awards ceremony that honors outstanding restaurants, bars, restaurateurs, chefs, pastry chefs, mixologists, sommeliers, and food journalists across the nation. Texas sealed an impressive 25 nominations on the preliminary list, featuring…

Should the Gas Tax Be Increased?

Feb 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly and Paul Burka

Senator Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler) has proposed paying for highway construction by increasing the gasoline tax. Empower Texans' Michael Quinn Sullivan has slammed that idea, but he should explain why he believes is better to build highways with bonds than with taxes.

Citizens Not So United?

Feb 19, 2013 By Texas Monthly and Paul Burka

A potential crack has opened in the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case. The Associated Press has reported that the Court will hear a challenge to campaign finance laws limiting how much an individual can give to political campaigns.  The justices agreed to hear an appeal from an Alabama resident…

Learning Curve

Feb 15, 2013 By Texas Monthly and Laura Wright

Barbara Cargill, the nominee to head the State Board of Education, talks about curriculum standards, how she would teach evolution, and the number of fossils she owns.

The New Look of BurkaBlog

Feb 12, 2013 By Texas Monthly and Paul Burka

Since we launched the redesigned texasmonthly.com, I’ve received lots of feedback from my readers. Now that the editors have had a little bit of time to work through some of the kinks, I wanted to address some of your concerns. During the redesign we switched to a new commenting…

Do the D’s Have a Shot at Cornyn?

Feb 11, 2013 By Texas Monthly and Paul Burka

On January 30, Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, released a poll on the U.S. Senate race in Texas. Did someone just say, What U.S. Senate race in Texas? Well, PPP surveyed John Cornyn’s prospects of keeping his seat against four Democratic opponents. As PPP put it, most…

Court of Inquiry
Another Chapter Closes in the Michael Morton Case

Feb 8, 2013 By Texas Monthly and Pamela Colloff

The final day of the court of inquiry into alleged prosecutorial misconduct by former Williamson County D.A. Ken Anderson ended with the man who helped put Michael in prison for 25 years for a crime he didn't commit calling the accusations against him "so bogus it’s unreal.”