In Washington, D.C., Republicans are Writing the Recipe for a Smoldering Panhandle

If you thought wildfires in the Texas Panhandle were bad before, just wait. Proposed changes to a U.S. Department of Agriculture land conservation program, combined with possible USDA staffing cuts and a warming climate, could be a deadly combination for …

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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 08:41:42 AM CDT


Lawyers Seek to Reform ‘Ethical Minefield’ of Public Defender’s Office Controlled by Texas Prison System

Last week, David O’Neil stood before the Texas Board of Criminal Justice with an awkward request: He asked nine governor-appointed board members to relinquish their control over the Texas prison system’s little-known public defender’s office. O’Neil ran the trial section …

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 02:18:18 PM CDT


Women in Texas Prisons Denied Same Academic, Job Training Opportunities as Incarcerated Men

Men serving prison sentences in Texas can earn up to a master’s degree behind bars, but the educational glass ceiling for women incarcerated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice remains an associate’s degree plan. The same gulf exists between …

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:00:55 AM CDT


‘Heart-Wrenching, Gut-Wrenching’: How Child Therapy Providers Deal with State Budget Cuts

There was a moment Charlcie Flinn considered giving up. It was July 2016, and the child therapy services program in Wichita Falls that Flinn had run for more than 20 years announced it was shutting down due to state budget …

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:41:37 PM CDT


Redistricting Guru Michael Li on Texas’ Gerrymandered Maps

The Texas Legislature is racist. Specifically, Texas lawmakers knowingly and intentionally pass voting laws that disproportionately harm minorities. Nine federal court rulings have more or less arrived at that conclusion since 2011. Last year, a federal three-judge panel found that …

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:04:32 AM CDT


‘I’m Really Scared Now to Go to School’: Texas Students Lead Walkout to Protest Gun Laws

More than 1,000 students from at least 16 Austin schools marched to the Texas Capitol on Friday, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, to demand tighter gun laws. Students and teachers here joined thousands of activists across Texas and …

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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:32:28 PM CDT


Jorge Ramos’ New Book, ‘Stranger,’ is a Journalist’s Manifesto

When Mexican-American journalist Jorge Ramos went mano a mano against then-presidential candidate Donald Trump in an Iowa press conference in 2015, he didn’t blink. Ramos, a veteran reporter and anchor for the Spanish-language Univision network, questioned Trump’s bashing of Mexicans …

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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:37:14 AM CDT


Blake Farenthold and the Consequences of Extreme Gerrymandering

Blake Farenthold’s frat bro image started with a photo from an adult pajama party that surfaced a month before his unlikely rise to Congress in 2010. Thanks to Farenthold, the image of a portly, rosy-cheeked man stuffed into a duck-pattern …

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Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:50:50 PM CDT


The Good News (and the Bad) for Beto O’Rourke in that Quinnipiac Poll

Quinnipiac University released a poll on Wednesday that provided the first quantitative pulse-reading of the Texas electorate on the U.S. Senate race between Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz. It found that, with 44 percent of support, O’Rourke was within 3 …

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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:42:15 PM CDT


Despite Trump, Water Agency Fosters Cross-Border Cooperation Between U.S. and Mexico

In early March, Ed Drusina and Roberto Fernando Salmón Castelo sat at the back of an almost empty auditorium with plates of food, talking amiably and struggling with plastic knives to cut chicken smothered in a red mystery sauce. The …

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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:33:52 AM CDT



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