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Abbott Pardons Killing by Racist Who Explicitly Texted Apparent Minor

Fri, 17 May 2024 14:42:29 +0000

On the same day that he received a recommendation from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation Thursday granting a full pardon for Daniel Perry, a former United States Army Sergeant who was unanimously convicted of murder in April 2023 for the July 2020 fatal shooting of Garrett Foster, […]

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‘The Chicano Time Traveler’

Fri, 17 May 2024 13:00:00 +0000

Introduction by Lise Olsen El Paso author Daniel Chacón likes to weave stories and dream up characters in the middle of ordinary episodes of life. The titular character of his new short story collection, The Last Philosopher in Texas: Fictions and Superstitions, came to him as he was walking his dog in Pecos, the windblown West […]

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Loon Star State: ‘The Above the Law Society’

Thu, 16 May 2024 13:00:00 +0000

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

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Mourning Migrants—with the Military’s Permission

Wed, 15 May 2024 13:00:00 +0000

It’s April Fool’s Day in Eagle Pass, but there’s nothing to laugh about here. On a cloudy spring evening, a dozen activists and spiritual leaders gather in a circle—just feet from the bank of the Rio Grande and a miles-long maze of concertina wire—with white carnations, daisies, and hymn lyrics in hand. This group has […]

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The State Says Shelby Park Is Open. Some Locals Beg to Differ.

Tue, 14 May 2024 13:00:00 +0000

In a January 13 filing to the U.S. Supreme Court, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and other attorneys from his office stated that Shelby Park, the central public recreation space in the border town of Eagle Pass, was open for the public to enjoy.  Earlier that week, the Texas National Guard “used roadblocks to temporarily […]

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Forgotten Keepers of the Rio Grande Delta

Mon, 13 May 2024 13:00:00 +0000

Editor’s Note: This story was a collaboration between the Texas Observer and Inside Climate News (ICN). Juan Benito Mancias draws his identity from the landscape at the Rio Grande’s end not because he owns it, but because it owns his people, literally. His ancestors lie buried in it, going back millennia. Sadly for Mancias, U.S. […]

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‘You are the best El Jefe!’: Henry Cuellar’s Alleged Brazen Foreign Bribery Schemes

Fri, 10 May 2024 14:13:13 +0000

In January 2013, U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar and his wife Imelda took an 8-day trip to Istanbul, Turkey, then to Baku, Azerbaijan, where they met with high-level officials in the latter country’s authoritarian regime and dined with executives from the state-owned oil company.  The Cuellars’ foreign tour, which was sponsored by an obscure Houston-based nonprofit […]

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A Lawsuit 30 Years Ago Affirmed Free Speech on Texas College Campuses

Fri, 10 May 2024 13:00:00 +0000

In 1989, then-Southwest Texas State University (SWT) sent a warning to the Hays County Guardian: Its student employees would no longer be allowed to hand out copies of the free local newspaper on campus. The publisher of the paper was something of a firebrand. Two years later, he’d be arrested for a demonstration in favor […]

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After Special Election Win, Molly Cook Gears Up for Senate Seat Runoff 

Thu, 09 May 2024 19:19:48 +0000

Last weekend, emergency room nurse and community organizer Molly Cook won a special election for Senate District 15 to serve the remaining seven months of John Whitmire’s term, who became Houston mayor after holding the seat for over 40 years. In a very low-turnout affair with 3 percent of registered voters casting ballots, Cook beat […]

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Distillers Want to Decriminalize Making Booze at Home

Thu, 09 May 2024 13:00:00 +0000

In 1933 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the 21st Amendment ending 13 years of Prohibition, he was not primarily motivated by the hysteria around organized crime, nor the tragedy of the thousands who died ingesting toxic denatured alcohol. It was the Great Depression and the U.S. government needed money.  He and other officials were […]

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