Beto and Ted’s Competing Realities Collide for the First Time

While the Senate battle between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke has become perhaps the most-watched political race in the country, it has existed almost entirely in two separate and thoroughly disparate realities. There’s O’Rourke’s reality, in which his energetic DIY …

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Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:53:32 PM CDT


Civil Rights Groups are Changing Bail Practices in Texas, One City at a Time

If police arrest and charge you with a misdemeanor in Dallas County, and you can’t afford bail, you’ll likely be stuck in jail somewhere between four to 10 days, until your first court hearing. If you’re charged with a felony …

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Fri, 21 Sep 2018 02:32:35 PM CDT


Ink Upon the Furrows

If you’re considering entering the 2019 Observer story contest, you could do worse than to write a story about a small Texas publication fighting an uphill battle. It’s no surprise we’re suckers for that kind of thing. With “Ink Upon …

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Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:47:54 PM CDT


Dan Patrick’s Cloistered Culture War

In late July, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick made a trip to Washington, D.C., to beg White House officials to send President Trump to Texas to shore up support for Ted Cruz’s embattled re-election campaign, which has quickly become one of …

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Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:31:55 AM CDT


The Border Patrol Serial Killer Is Part of a Long, Troubled History

On Monday, five weeks into her official tenure as chief of Border Patrol, Carla Provost traveled from Washington, D.C., to Laredo to discuss a confessed serial killer within her ranks. Juan David Ortiz, a 10-year Border Patrol veteran and supervisor …

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Wed, 19 Sep 2018 02:56:59 PM CDT


Pete Gallego and Texas Democrats Once Again Snatch Defeat from Jaws of Victory

The defining attribute of Trump era special elections has been tectonic shifts from red to blue, fueled by highly energized voters. Democrats have flipped more than 20 legislative seats since Trump’s election, many of them in deep-red districts in states such …

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Wed, 19 Sep 2018 02:09:11 PM CDT


Inside the Coordinated Attack on a North Texas Wind Farm

Earlier this year, a Canadian energy producer was poised to build two large wind farms in Clay County, a mostly featureless stretch of plains at the Texas-Oklahoma line. The 300-megawatt project would have bolstered Texas’ growing portfolio of renewable energy, …

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Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:47:36 AM CDT


Heartland is an Honest, Poetic Meditation on Class in America

Having fun during a Kansas winter, as Sarah Smarsh writes in her new memoir, Heartland, requires creativity: “Lots of snow, no hills.” In one memorable scene, she recalls the time her grandfather Arnie hitched a beat-up canoe to an old …

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Tue, 18 Sep 2018 06:26:22 AM CDT


A San Antonio Art Show Quietly Foregrounds Migrants’ Stories

Ours is an era of mass displacement. At no other point in history have so many people around the world been forced to leave home. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) now counts 68.5 million forcibly displaced people …

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Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:28:15 AM CDT


The Prosecution Rests

by Ciara O’Rourke September 14, 2018 On the evening of August 15, 2017, as Hurricane Harvey was just starting to take shape in the Atlantic, the Rockport Pilot posted a press release from Kristen Barnebey, the chief prosecutor in Aransas …

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Fri, 14 Sep 2018 08:00:48 PM CDT




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