The Texas governor should be reeling from a humiliating defeat on his biggest policy priority. Instead, he’s at the height of his power.
Not everyone can vote, but seemingly anyone can run. Your guide to some of the more intriguing scoundrels, weirdos, and ne’er-do-wells on the ballot in 2024.
Utility giant Aqua Texas pumped 66 million gallons beyond its legal limit in 2023.
Seven great spots to seek those natural highs.
No longer a niche subculture, climbing has attracted converts across the state. Senior editor Forrest Wilder explores the sport—from El Paso’s Hueco Tanks to the cliffs over Lake Marble Falls—and tries to tackle his own white whale.
The Pecos River bridge offers spectacular views, especially from the overlook.
“A Complete Waste of Time”: What the Colony Ridge Hysteria Says About the Right-wing Media Ecosystem
Glenn Beck went looking for proof that the Liberty County community is a cartel-controlled nightmare. He was surprised by what he found.
The Houston exurb offers cheap land to hardworking families. But some in the GOP see the benefit in demonizing the migrants who’ve moved there.
The attorney general’s acquittal affects an upcoming legislative session on school vouchers—and the civil war within the Texas GOP.
After eight days of arguments and testimony, senators deliberate on whether to convict the embattled Texas attorney general.
Rick Perry rides a gunboat. Ted Cruz goes militiaman. Ron DeSantis and George P. Bush try their best.
The attorney general’s affair finally took center stage. Plus, testimony on a meeting at Galaxy Cafe, a red car, and a Bible verse.
For the second year in a row, the iconic spring-fed swimming hole has stopped flowing, the consequence of drought and overpumping.
The Guardian thinks so and, weirdly, so do many Aggies.
I like to think I am Texas Tough when it comes to the heat. But lately, my fortitude has been tested.
The Legislature took a big step Monday, but further efforts could come with great costs: a sky-high sales tax, decimated public schools, and defunding the police.
On property taxes, school funding, and more, “Democrats are not even in the conversation,” Dallas representative John Bryant says.
Lawmakers just authorized lots of money to acquire new parkland. We asked advocates and conservationists to dream big.
Our scorecard of the Eighty-eighth Texas Legislature’s noisy scoundrels and quiet heroes.
The conservative, gun-toting superintendent of Fort Davis Independent School District is fed up: “I’m not patient enough to spend time with assholes in Austin, and I’m not rich enough to buy any votes.”
Rarely are special-interest bills in the Texas Lege quite so special as in Brooks Landgraf’s bill targeting the tiny town of Volente.
Amid a debate over competing property tax–relief plans, the lieutenant governor isn’t holding back. But is “California Dade” a good insult?
In the ongoing push to preempt progressive policies at the local level, the GOP-controlled Legislature could undo protections against predatory payday lending.
Preaching to the Choir: Greg Abbott Tours Private Christian Schools (Exclusively) to Make the Case for Vouchers
The governor has promoted “school choice” at seven religious academies around the state. Why there?
I stopped by for a hike on the park’s final day. Its 1,420 acres are set to become luxury homes.
Scientists are using GPS collars to gather surprising data—including on one bear that walked 35 miles to dumpster dive.
No Media, No Cellphones, No Questions: Greg Abbott Finds a Safe Space for His State of the State Speech
In an address that resembled a campaign ad, the governor issued seven priorities for the Legislature, including a push for “school choice.”
Internal documents offer new insights into an unprecedented ploy in Wimberley to divert public-education dollars to private schools.
Three good spots around the state to fly-fish for Cyprinus carpio.
The first rule of catching a carp: don’t expect to catch a carp.
The ways of the Texas Legislature are confoundingly weird. Here’s a guide to the madness.
What happens when hundreds of thousands of people go to the same place looking for a little quiet time? One of our two national parks is finding out.
Proposed regulations have prompted an intense backlash from hunters, trappers, and landowners.
Representative Jared Patterson is following a long legislative tradition of trying to troll Austin.
It's a big win for a city that often feels neglected by Austin and Washington, D.C.
Author S. C. Gwynne calls his 2009 profile of the pirate-obsessed former Texas Tech coach part of the “golden era” of his journalism career.
Only a handful of the state’s 219 legislative and congressional races were competitive. That was by design.
DPS director Steve McCraw could legally release mountains of evidence tomorrow. Instead, he is hiding behind a veil of secrecy.
Political operatives descended on the Hill Country town of Wimberley with a scheme to send taxpayer dollars to private schools. Now they’re shopping the same blueprint elsewhere.
The lieutenant governor’s rural bus tour looks more like an extended vacation than a reelection bid.
Friday Night Sound Bites: The Debate Between Beto O’Rourke and Greg Abbott Happened, but Did It Matter?
It’s become a Texas tradition to hold brief gubernatorial debates during high school football prime time.
In 1982, Dick J. Reavis chronicled the first government-led lethal injection in world history—and the last moments of Charlie Brooks's life.
Plans were underway to revive tourism at Fort Clark Springs in southwest Texas. But then, in a scenario increasingly common across the state, the water stopped flowing.
Across the state, Texans are experiencing record-high temperatures, but we might be recalling this summer fondly someday.
Homeowners in hot housing markets got a nasty surprise when their appraisals arrived this spring. Here’s what happened when some of them tried to get reductions.
My family’s shack on an island in the world’s largest hypersaline lagoon has brought us closer to the fishing—and to one another.
How to get the adventure and scenery without having to spend days in your kayak or canoe.
Texas authorities bungled the facts about the law enforcement response at Robb Elementary School. Then they went silent.
Texas has wild weather. We need a lexicon to match.
Defenders of limitless guns are out of ideas but full of excuses.