Politics

Capitol Crisis

Dec 14, 2016 By Dave Mann

As a new legislative session begins, can lawmakers come together to help the abused and neglected kids in foster care?

The Televangelism of Ken Paxton

Nov 22, 2016 By R.G. Ratcliffe

It’s been a difficult two years in office for Texas’s attorney general. First came his indictment on multiple felonies, then an embarrassing series of missteps and staff shake-ups. Now, with his trial looming, he’s seeking salvation one live television interview at a time.

The Aftermath

Nov 16, 2016 By Dave Mann

Trump stole the show, but the election did provide some hope for beleaguered Texas Democrats.

Up Against the Wall

Oct 19, 2016 By Eric Benson

Congressman Filemon Vela had always kept a low profile—until he told Donald Trump to stick his border fence you-know-where.

Right Aid

Oct 19, 2016 By Dave Mann

Despite the governor’s rhetoric, welcoming refugees is the Texas thing to do.

Can This Man Secure the Border?

Sep 21, 2016 By Erica Grieder

Manuel Padilla, the Border Patrol’s new sector chief in the Rio Grande Valley, promises to stem the influx of people and drugs into Texas. That may sound fanciful, but consider this: he did it in Arizona.

Remember the Christian Alamo

Aug 11, 2016 By Pamela Colloff

Evangelist Lester Roloff drew a line in the dirt to keep the State of Texas from regulating his Rebekah Home for Girls. Years later, then-govenor George W. Bush handed Roloff's disciples a long-sought victory. But this Alamo had no heroes—only victims.