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James Ives Speaks

Mar 18, 2013 By Texas Monthly and Nate Blakeslee

The Texas Tribune reported Monday that the president of the Fort Bend County Tea Party formerly served as the “director of propaganda” for the American Fascist Party. Listen to a speech Ives gave in September at Tea Party meeting where he hosted Michael Quinn Sullivan.

Found in Translation

Mar 4, 2013 By Texas Monthly and Kathryn Jepsen

American Sign Language interpreter Barbie Parker wanted to communicate the live music experience to the deaf community, so she started LotuSIGN, a company that specializes in imparting the emotion and feeling of being at a show to hard of hearing music fans.

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…