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Our Favorite Bests, 1973-2019

Jun 18, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Craig Washington, 1973 Craig Washington was once a rising star in the statehouse known for his rousing oratory and fierce dedication to racial justice. Craig Washington, Democrat, Houston. Has done more than any man in history to end racism on the floor of the Texas House. Vigorously represents the interests of his predominantly-liberal constituency, which includes the University of Houston and Texas Southern University. Has a remarkable facility for expressing… Read Story


The Young Americans of DACA

Dec 1, 2017 By Michael Hall

Pedro Villalobos is a star prosecutor. Gerardo De Loera is a musician. Joseph Ramirez is a tech entrepreneur. They’re young, they’re smart, they make America great. They’re also undocumented. And now, they face being sent back to a place they’ve never called home.

The Power Behind the Throne

Jan 25, 2017 By R.G. Ratcliffe

In his second session as lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick has become the most influential person in Texas politics. Will his attempt to legislate who uses which bathroom slip him up?

The Faces of Obamacare

Feb 14, 2017 By Michael Hall

For many Americans, the controversial health law is government run amok. But for these people in San Antonio, it’s been a lifesaver.

Final Cut

Jun 21, 2017 By Christopher Hooks

When Texas’s film incentives program comes up for renewal, politicians and movie bizzers give performances that Matthew McConaughey would envy.

The Convert

Oct 27, 2017 By Abigail Pesta

Tania Joya had been married to a jihadist from Texas for ten years, but she was tired of living like a nomad and unnerved by his increasingly extreme ideology. When he dragged their family to war-torn Syria, she knew it was time to get out.