Compassionate Cop? A Hard Look at Lupe Valdez’s Record as Dallas Sheriff

Compassionate Cop? Taking a Hard Look at Lupe Valdez’s Record as Dallas Sheriff At best, Lupe Valdez embraced reforms that years of scandal had forced upon the Dallas County jail. At worst, she downplayed problems and withheld information on jail …

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Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:33:13 AM CST


Austin Passes First Paid Sick Leave Policy in the South

At nearly 1 a.m. on Thursday night, the Austin City Council passed a citywide, mandatory paid sick leave policy that will provide sick days to around 87,000 workers. After more than five hours of emotional testimony and debate, the proposal …

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Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:38:45 AM CST


In the Texas Legislature, Sexual Harassment Complaints are Rarely Filed, Haphazardly Maintained and Then Destroyed

Late last year, amid a national reckoning over sexual misconduct in politics, media and entertainment, reports surfaced of a pervasive culture of sexual harassment at the Texas Capitol. The problem has been widespread and women appear to have such little …

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Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:30:39 AM CST


‘The Most Dangerous Man in America’ is a Pleasant Flashback to One of the Wildest Stories of the ’60s

I was born in 1967. The 1960s, for me and most people my age and younger, are almost purely an abstraction. I’ve familiarized myself with more than a few facets of the decade’s art and literature and politics, and a …

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Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:33:26 PM CST


Loon Star State: Dreamers

To see more political cartoons from Ben Sargent, visit our Loon Star State section, or find Observer political reporting here.

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Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:16:17 AM CST


Breitbart, Trump and Texas GOP Now Silent on Border Patrolman’s Death

Around 11:25 p.m. on November 18, Border Patrol agents Rogelio Martinez and Stephen Garland were found badly wounded in a 9-foot deep culvert near Van Horn, Texas. Martinez, a 36-year-old El Paso native, later died from his injuries. Right-wing media, …

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Tue, 13 Feb 2018 01:03:50 PM CST


At Border Patrol Checkpoints, an Impossible Choice Between Health Care and Deportation

Undocumented parents confined south of inland checkpoints must choose between risking deportation or forgoing treatment for their child. – by Elena Mejia Lutz @elenamejialutz February 13, 2018 At 17, Lucia Ramos feared she would be killed or kidnapped at her …

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Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:30:00 AM CST


The Far-Right is Staging an Ouster of Moderate Republicans in the Panhandle. Will Incumbents Outlast the Attack?

The Far-Right is Staging an Ouster of Moderate Republicans in the Panhandle. Will Incumbents Outlast the Attack? King, Price and Seliger have all drawn challenges from right-wing opponents who are running the Empower Texans playbook and taking money from ultraconservative …

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Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:04:19 PM CST


A Prison By Any Other Name

How Texas created a new for-profit lockup, which it really doesn’t want you to call a “prison.” – by Michael Barajas @michaelsbarajas February 12, 2018 In early September 2015, guards fanned out across Texas with orders to round up about …

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Mon, 12 Feb 2018 07:52:20 AM CST


Eye on Texas: Gentrification in East Austin

I started a community photo project called ATXSquared to document gentrification in East Austin. In this shot, R.L. waits for his ride to weekly dialysis in front of his home on East 12th Street, where rising rents are pushing out …

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Fri, 09 Feb 2018 02:51:25 PM CST