When Prison Reform Goes Bad

In the early 1990s, the Texas Legislature tried to build something surprisingly progressive amid the state’s tough-on-crime prison boom: an alternative to prison for low-level felons. Lawmakers reclassified a host of third-degree felony charges, mostly for drug and property crimes, …

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Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:13:25 AM CST


Texas GOP Chair: Racism and Bigotry are an ‘Extreme Exception’ in the Party

Last week, the Observer reported that Ray Myers — who had a hand in crafting the platform for the most influential state Republican party in the country — had posted on his Facebook declaring, “Damn right, I’m a WHITE NATIONALIST.” The …

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Mon, 10 Dec 2018 03:37:58 PM CST


Meet Jim Allison, Texas’ Newest Nobel Laureate (and Three-Time Cancer Survivor)

Just a few years ago, Jim Allison was considered something of a “snake oil salesman” by other cancer researchers. The ruddy-faced, scraggly-haired scientist from Alice is used to forging his own path. He fought his high school teachers who refused …

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Mon, 10 Dec 2018 06:19:13 AM CST


Strangest State: December 2018

DAINGERFIELD // The hunt for Bigfoot continues at Daingerfield State Park, where rangers held a weekend of events dedicated to the mythical forest giant. The Longview News-Journal reports that campers gathered for a screening of the 1972 film The Legend …

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Fri, 07 Dec 2018 08:00:46 AM CST


Our 10 Favorite Texas Books of 2018

If there’s a bright side to the fact that, politically speaking, we spent 2018 still deep in what people on Twitter wearily call “the darkest timeline,” it’s the abundance of great books said timeline has produced. The Observer reviewed (or …

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Thu, 06 Dec 2018 11:29:52 AM CST


The Jim Hightower Column They Don’t Want You to Read

The Jim Hightower Column They Don’t Want You to Read The progressive pundit’s criticism of “hedge-fund scavengers” buying struggling newspapers was blocked by his distributor. Jim Hightower’s latest column, “Free the Free Press from Wall Street Plunderers,” takes on the …

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Thu, 06 Dec 2018 10:06:10 AM CST


Struggling Rural Hospitals Say They’re Being Preyed Upon by Blue Cross Blue Shield

It’s hard to keep a hospital running in Iraan, a dusty community of 1,229 people in the middle of the West Texas oil patch. In the 2017 fiscal year, Iraan General Hospital lost $1.1 million; in 2018, it lost $1.2 …

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Wed, 05 Dec 2018 12:41:47 PM CST


‘Damn Right, I’m a White Nationalist’ Declares Texas GOP Platform Committee Member

At the Texas Republican Party’s 2018 convention, Ray Myers was a part of a select group of activists charged with crafting the platform for the biggest and most influential state party in the country. Myers is also a white nationalist, …

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Tue, 04 Dec 2018 10:00:21 AM CST


John Guandolo is on a Crusade to Turn Texas Cops Against Muslims

In late September, about 100 conservatives gathered at the Odessa Country Club to hear from two men: Republican Congressman Mike Conaway, who discussed the 357-page Farm Bill, and ex-FBI agent John Guandolo, who described an omnipresent Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy to topple …

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Tue, 04 Dec 2018 06:40:49 AM CST


How Climate Change Is Driving Central American Migrants to the United States

Donald Trump thinks there’s an immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. He has no idea what’s coming. Thousands of Central American migrants arrive at the border each month, fleeing both grinding poverty and unchecked gang violence. Increasingly, they’re also escaping …

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Mon, 03 Dec 2018 11:56:08 AM CST




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