Lucas Denney was staying on a ranch that documents suggest is connected to an official who helped pen the border county’s recent “invasion” declaration.
Border crossers are perishing in trucks, in the Rio Grande, in falls from border walls, and in remote locations. And neither Greg Abbott nor Joe Biden has a serious solution.
Observers cite the party’s convention as evidence that state Republicans have gone “full MAGA.” But if anything, MAGA folks are following Texas.
Texas authorities bungled the facts about the law enforcement response at Robb Elementary School. Then they went silent.
John Cornyn helped wrangle other senators from both parties to advance a spate of provisions. But will the Texas Legislature follow his lead?
After ten Texans were murdered at Santa Fe High School in 2018, the Legislature passed seventeen school safety bills. They didn’t work.
The governor has long struggled with crisis management, in part because he always strives to avoid taking political risks.
The state’s account of how law enforcement responded to the massacre at Robb Elementary School has shifted as it’s been contradicted by witnesses and video.
John Cornyn and Dan Patrick pulled out after Uvalde. Greg Abbott appeared by video. As Ted Cruz spoke, Beto O’Rourke led a protest.
“We need to stop the bad guys.” —Ted Cruz
Defenders of limitless guns are out of ideas but full of excuses.
State leaders have campaigned in 2022 on saving Texas children from threats real and imagined. All the while, we’ve been selling them out.
Governor Abbott’s comments showed just how lost our leaders are when it comes to gun violence.
Democratic leaders have predicted that the leaked draft decision will get Texas liberals to the polls. History provides caution.
Greg Abbott says yes. New polling tells a different story.
A legal expert says the governor’s effective blockading of the border could have violated the U.S. Constitution.
The governor’s move to bus migrants to D.C. may be an attempt to stick it to Joe Biden, but it’s playing out in ways he didn’t anticipate.
There’s a long tradition in Texas of moral panics over what schools are teaching kids. The newest iteration is particularly quaint.
After a quarter century in statewide office, Texas’s most popular politician remains an enigma—even to the folks who keep electing him. But the truth about the governor is hiding in plain sight.
The governor's plans to bus migrants to D.C. and ramp up vehicle inspections at ports of entry have little to do with federal immigration policy.
The Patriots for America answered Kinney County's call for help cracking down on immigration. The group's methods concern civil liberties groups.
Republicans and Democrats Are Both Claiming Victory Based on South Texas Primary Turnout. Who’s Right?
Trying to use March voter counts to predict results in November, as many politicos have done over the past week, is fraught.
Answers to your questions about the state's new rules targeting transgender kids.
Greg Abbott wins the GOP nomination outright, Ken Paxton is heading to a runoff against George P. Bush, and democratic socialists running for U.S. House have a good night.
Former Texas GOP chair Allen West is a darling of the right wing. But the grassroots in Texas is not the kingmaker it used to be.
He decided to mount a GOP primary challenge when COVID-19 policy was animating Texas’s right wing. But the governor stole his thunder.
The old-school conservative spoke with us about partisan gerrymandering, Patrick’s hold on the state Senate, and Donald Trump.
That’s among our four takeaways from recent polling, as the primary election approaches.
At the former president’s Saturday evening rally in Conroe, even candidates whose opponents he’d endorsed were out in full force.
The relative unknown has spent $1.4 million on her primary against Greg Abbott—on par with Allen West, a serious challenger. But why?
The daughter of Mexico City missionaries and former public radio reporter thinks the El Paso congressman can’t reach Republicans—and she believes in miracles.
Don Huffines, Chad Prather, and Allen West had plenty to say about the governor’s failings—all in perfect unison.
Six years after he became governor, we still don’t know what Greg Abbott wants to accomplish—except, as this year made clear, to hold on to office, no matter how many Texans get hurt.
Matthew McConaughey Isn’t Running for Governor. But We Still Have Questions About His Interest in Politics.
Sunday night the actor announced he won’t challenge Greg Abbott. So what will he do?
Julián Castro Was Once the Texas Democratic Party’s Future. Now He’s Adjusting to Life on the Sidelines.
The former mayor of San Antonio talks about his political future, Beto O’Rourke’s gubernatorial bid, and why Democrats are losing ground in South Texas.
Republicans Cheered Greg Abbott’s Pick for Secretary of State. Surprisingly, Some Democrats Did Too.
John Scott, a conservative attorney who briefly represented the Trump campaign in a Pennsylvania lawsuit, says he does not believe voter fraud affected the results of the 2020 election.
The former congressman from El Paso talked to Texas Monthly about why he thinks he can beat Greg Abbott, whether he regrets his 2020 presidential campaign, and whether his politics are too liberal for Texas.
Kinney County Has Embraced Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star Like Nowhere Else. It’s Fueling the Hysteria of Some Locals.
No county in Texas has arrested more migrants under the governor’s plan to crack down on the border, and it’s created a judicial crisis.
Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz on the Crisis in Texas and Why Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star Concerns Him
The Del Rio–raised law enforcement official chatted with ‘Texas Monthly’ about the situation in his hometown and immigration enforcement across the state.
The first edition of our GOP primary scorecard.
He isn’t as strong a candidate in 2021 as he was in 2018, but Beto O’Rourke is still the Democrats’ least bad option to challenge Greg Abbott.
Texas was once a model of how to safely and economically move away from mass incarceration. Now the old politics of “law and order” are back.
The former Bush adviser pledges to help Texas Democrats win in 2022—including, possibly, by putting his hat in the ring.
Our diverse big cities and suburbs are driving the state forward. Our leaders need to let Houston be Houston and Beaumont be Beaumont.
Local officials in South Texas are scrambling to figure out what the governor is building in their communities.
Primary challengers say Texas’s governor is weak. The failure to pass new restrictions on voting, a GOP priority, will add fuel to their criticism.
GOP challengers have announced bids against Greg Abbott, Ken Paxton, and Sid Miller, while a forlorn Democratic party casts its eyes on Matthew McConaughey.
The Dallas businessman has a talent for alienating powerful Republicans, but he’s running on a platform that embraces their scorn.
The lieutenant governor is no stranger to forcing votes on controversial issues, but a new gun bill the House passed has concerned some members of his Senate caucus.
The state’s top elected official used to have limited sway. But Abbott has steadily seized authority from the Legislature and governing boards—a process accelerated by the pandemic.