Reader letters published in our April 2023 issue.
Meet Texas Monthly’s photo editor, Claire Hogan.
Matthew Kacsmaryk cut his teeth at First Liberty Institute, a “religious liberty” law firm with Texas roots—and a growing national reach.
The lieutenant governor has consolidated power in the Legislature and exercises near-total control of his chamber. Will anyone challenge him?
The Craddicks’ Gushers of Cash: How a Powerful Texas Lawmaker and a Key Regulator Profit From the Industry They Oversee
Former House Speaker Tom Craddick and his family—including his daughter, Railroad Commission chairman Christi Craddick—earned about $10 million last year from oil and gas rights.
After banning almost all abortions in the state post-Roe, GOP lawmakers have proposed eighteen new ways of limiting access to the procedure.
It took him a while to get here, but now he’s out to transform our state with new technologies—if our leaders’ hostility toward renewable energy (and his Twitter misadventures) don’t get in the way.
Texas lawmakers say they won’t let the attorney general settle a lawsuit using taxpayer money, but they’re letting him avoid oversight.
Plus, a man stole tamarin monkeys from the Dallas Zoo and creepy-looking snapper eels turned up near Port Bolivar.
Under Governor Greg Abbott and a Republican-dominated Legislature, Texas has experienced an unprecedented expansion of state power over municipalities.
Twelve states require that insurers pay for egg and sperm freezing before cancer treatment. Attempts to add Texas to the list have failed twice, but now lawmakers are trying again.
The Pflugerville-based chain of local newspapers has somehow managed to thrive even as its industry struggles to survive.
A bill would require that detention centers house kids based on the sex listed on their birth certificates, contradicting federal guidelines.
It’s intended to reconnect a corner of Dallas divided long ago by a highway, but without the right policies enacted, some fear it will displace residents who've lived there for decades.
For underprivileged kids, the biggest obstacles to success—homelessness, hunger, violence—reside outside the classroom. Dallas businessman Randy Bowman, who grew up poor himself, is betting on an unconventional fix.
The Biden administration has replaced key elements of our 50-year-old asylum system with “CBP One,” a smartphone application. It looks like the future—but potentially a dystopian one.
Why has the governor lasered in on teenagers doing donuts and causing a ruckus in the capital city?
A Federal Judge in Amarillo Could Effectively Ban the Abortion Pill. Why Does He Get to Make That Call?
A mysterious group with a Tennessee mailing address has filed a suit in the Panhandle city—guaranteeing it would be heard by Matthew Kacsmaryk, a longtime religious-right activist.
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Ten years after her historic filibuster, the former Democratic state senator will lead Planned Parenthood's political efforts
A conversation on abortion rights with the Dallas lawyer whose argument against Texas’s abortion law changed the course of history.
Briscoe Cain wants all Texans to have the right to gather eggs in their backyards, local ordinances be damned.
The U.S. government has an eye on TikTok. With its $1.5 billion plan aimed at battling mistrust, TikTok has an eye on . . . Texas?
Legislators and staffers have been cavorting in one of Austin’s most dimly lit establishments.
A UT Southwestern program highlights how physicians can and should be better trained to discuss healthy eating with their patients.
Asian Americans across the state are rallying against the legislation, saying it’s racially motivated and could have unintended consequences for the Texas economy.
Bob Hall has long sought to outlaw gender-affirming treatments for minors. Now he seeks to effectively ban care for consenting adults.
A Right-wing Cabal Took Over Odessa’s Municipal Government. City Employees Are Heading for the Exits.
In the three months since city council elections, at least twenty staffers have resigned, retired, or been fired, including the city manager, city attorney, and fire chief.
The larger-than-life, redheaded émigré from Spur, Texas—who died at 95—seemed intent on making the town his own. And he did.
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.”
A handful of bills target gender-affirming medical care. Some families have fled the state and others are ready to follow.
Reader letters published in our March 2023 issue.
Mimi Swartz’s latest epic is a must-read tale of a decades-long attempt to sabotage Texas’s public schools.
Decades before the recent police violence in Memphis, a brutally beaten Latino man was tossed by officers into a Houston bayou and drowned. The protests that followed continue to echo in the city to this day.
Internal documents offer new insights into an unprecedented ploy in Wimberley to divert public-education dollars to private schools.
What seems like an outbreak of local skirmishes is part of a decades-long push to privatize the education system.
Paxton and the four whistleblowers asked the Texas Supreme Court to defer consideration of the case until they can finalize the settlement, after which they’ll move to end the case.
The cofounder of the Innocence Project of Texas set a model for working with state agencies to investigate potential wrongful convictions.
They have swimming pools, dozens of beds, and at least one stripper pole in a backyard school bus (you read that right). Locals say they’re are turning a vulnerable community into a “theme park” for hard-partying tourists.
Austin’s response to last week’s mild freeze is further evidence that some of the structures of society we used to count on are no longer reliable.
Dallas’s Jasmine Crockett and Austin’s Greg Casar talked to Texas Monthly about fighting for progressive policies in a GOP-controlled chamber.
Many with opioid-use disorders OD again and again. First responders are reaching out to offer a path to recovery.
Acclaimed for his research on the Big Bend region and the Porvenir massacre, David Keller was suddenly marched out of Sul Ross State University in December.
A $500 million restoration seeks to reverse almost two centuries of cultural and physical neglect at the most popular historic site in Texas. There’s never been more of a concerted effort to make things right.
Let’s crunch the numbers on what it would cost to avoid another “oakpocalypse.”
In 1983 James Reyos was convicted of murder in Odessa, despite having an airtight alibi. Four decades later, he’s still fighting to clear his name.
Governor Greg Abbott’s scheme to transport asylum seekers to Democrat-run cities has been called a cynical PR stunt. It is—but if tweaked, it could be a good idea.
Drill, baby, drill! But, uh, over there.
Two key bills with bipartisan support would help keep new moms alive and healthy. But similar efforts have fallen short in past sessions.
A Republican Lawmaker Wants to Make Sure Foods Containing Fetal Tissue—Say What?—Are Clearly Labeled
Senator Bob Hall’s bill is an unusual measure to address a nonexistent issue.