Yet Another Rural Texas Hospital is in Jeopardy After Anti-Tax Activists Kill Funding Proposal

The voters of Fayette County have spoken, and they’ve said that they don’t need a hospital in this rural community of 25,000 people, one hour southeast of Austin — or at least not enough to pay for it. In a …

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Fri, 14 Jun 2019 01:41:26 PM CDT


Meet Maria Espinoza, the Texan Elevating ‘Angel Moms’ to the National Stage

On March 15, 2019, Donald Trump sat behind the Resolute desk in the Oval Office and signed the first veto of his presidency, blocking a resolution passed by Congress that would have reversed his declaration of a national emergency at …

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Thu, 13 Jun 2019 07:16:47 AM CDT


Democrats Finally Play Hardball on the Border Wall

For two and a half years, Congress and President Trump have battled over funding for his beloved border wall. Trump’s never gotten the kind of dough he’s after, but Congress has never truly bucked the president either. Every budget cycle, …

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Wed, 12 Jun 2019 01:25:52 PM CDT


‘We Got Nothing:’ Few Wins for the Christian Right in the 86th Texas Legislature

A quiet surprise of the 86th Legislature was the failure of many of the Christian right’s priorities. While lawmakers closely aligned with religious conservatism proposed several measures to enable religion-based discrimination, further blur the line between church and state and …

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Wed, 12 Jun 2019 07:00:20 AM CDT


‘All it Took was 25 Years’: Legislature Ponies Up Cash for Underfunded Texas Parks

Texas state parks have been a convenient piggy bank for the Legislature whenever money was short elsewhere, but this session they got their due. Lawmakers put more funding than ever into state parks, and additionally are giving voters a chance …

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Tue, 11 Jun 2019 04:06:51 PM CDT


‘Consider What the Most Powerful Least Want You to Do, and then Do That’

I want to start by saying thank you to the Texas Observer for inviting me here to give this speech tonight, and thanks beyond measure both to the journalists whose work we’re honoring and to those who have made the …

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Tue, 11 Jun 2019 06:01:47 AM CDT


Washington Crossing the Rio Grande

Performing patriotism in Laredo while Trump’s wall looms. – by Daniel Blue Tyx June 10, 2019 At the midpoint of Laredo’s Juárez-Lincoln International Bridge, where the usual snarled lines of traffic were conspicuously absent, was a red carpet. Separated by …

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Mon, 10 Jun 2019 06:16:19 AM CDT


Texas Legislature Improves Suicide Prevention in Schools, but Makes Little Progress for Adults

This year, the Texas Legislature had a chance to address suicide, an urgent public health problem that claimed the lives of 3,800 Texans in 2017. The crisis is especially pronounced in rural areas due to poverty, a dearth of health …

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Thu, 06 Jun 2019 11:50:42 AM CDT


With Sprawl and Serial Killers, Houston Noir Packs a Mean Punch

Houston has long been in search of an identity, as opposed to a nickname (Space/Bayou/Magnolia City). The separate elements of the South, the West, the oil industry, the port and NASA don’t come together easily. That’s probably why some residents …

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Thu, 06 Jun 2019 07:08:22 AM CDT


Inside Texas’ Failed Experiment to Replace Planned Parenthood with an Anti-Abortion Group

The Heidi Group’s quick rise and fall is a cautionary tale of what happens when government prioritizes politics over health care. – by Sophie Novack June 5, 2019 On a Wednesday morning in April, the Heidi Clinic is empty, save …

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Wed, 05 Jun 2019 10:03:58 AM CDT