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Senior editor, @TexasMonthly. Let me explain something to you, Walsh. This business requires a certain amount of finesse.Source
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How Texas’s Powerful Police Union Went to War Against Criminal Justice Reform

How Texas’s Powerful Police Union Went to War Against Criminal Justice Reform

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May 30, 2019
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Greg Abbott Invites You to Figure Out What His Coronavirus Executive Orders Allow

Greg Abbott Invites You to Figure Out What His Coronavirus Executive Orders Allow

Sort ByFilter ByLocationsTypeView ResultsFiltersIn happier times, the governorship of Texas was regarded as a “” office compared to its counterparts in other states. But as the COVID-19 crisis draws on, and on, and the Legislature remains out of session, Governor Greg Abbott has come to exercise a kind of unitary power over life in Texas. He has begun to resemble not so much a governor as a Dungeon Master, leading the state through a role-playing game of his own devising. And on Wednesday, Abbott had some hearty congratulations to offer the judge of Bexar County: Nelson Wolff, you’ve solved...

June 18, 2020
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Ronny Jackson Was Trump’s Doctor. Now He Wants to Be the President’s Best Friend in Congress.

Ronny Jackson Was Trump’s Doctor. Now He Wants to Be the President’s Best Friend in Congress.

Sort ByFilter ByLocationsTypeView ResultsFiltersJackson’s pitch is that he’ll be Amarillo’s messenger to Trump. “I know the president well. I know all the cabinet members,” he said. “I know everybody in the West Wing. The chief of staff, the national security adviser, [members of] the Domestic Policy Council are all friends of mine.” He continued: “I will be one of the few, if not the only, freshman congressman that can walk into the Oval Office unannounced and tell the president of the United States, ‘Sir, I’ve got something I’ve got to make you aware of,’ and he’ll stop what he’s doing...

June 24, 2020
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The Texas GOP Held Its Convention on Zoom—and It Was a Comic Disaster 

The Texas GOP Held Its Convention on Zoom—and It Was a Comic Disaster 

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July 21, 2020
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A User’s Guide to How Texas’s Top Elected Officials Are Handling the Coronavirus

A User’s Guide to How Texas’s Top Elected Officials Are Handling the Coronavirus

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April 14, 2020
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Meet “Big Dan” Rodimer, the Jersey Guy Who Wants to Be a Texas Cowboy (and Congressman)

Meet “Big Dan” Rodimer, the Jersey Guy Who Wants to Be a Texas Cowboy (and Congressman)

Sort ByFilter ByLocationsTypeView ResultsFiltersThe path to power takes many twists and turns. If Dan “Big Dan” Rodimer wins the May 1 special election in the Sixth Congressional District south of Dallas, his hero’s journey will have led him through, among other battlegrounds across America, the town of McDonough, Georgia. There, on September 24, 2006, he squared off against one of his most formidable early opponents—and triumphed. His 22 other opponents in the special election should closely study that night, and take heed of of “Smooth” Tommy Suede.“There’s a buzz going around the locker...

April 1, 2021
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Black Lives Matter Comes to Vidor—Yes, Vidor

Black Lives Matter Comes to Vidor—Yes, Vidor

MenuJun 5, 2020Dec 1, 1993Jun 6, 2020Now more than ever Texans are connecting over shared stories. Enjoy your unlimited access to our site. To have Texas Monthly magazine delivered to your home, today.Jun 5, 2020Dec 1, 1993Jun 6, 2020The stories you want, delivered to your inbox.Share, , ,Recommended ReadsByByByByCoronavirus in TexasByKaran Janes was trying to keep her mom safe when she placed her inside a Brenham elder care facility, but then it was struck by a major coronavirus outbreak.Food & DrinkByA Grand Prairie beer barn makes sweet and gamey lamb tacos to...

June 7, 2020
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The Battle to Rewrite Texas History

The Battle to Rewrite Texas History

Sort ByFilter ByLocationsTypeView ResultsFiltersThis article is part of our October 2019 cover package on the battle to rewrite Texas history. Read more .These corrections to the historical record are the result of decades of work by historians who, over the last half-century, have fought against their profession’s old guard and, at least within the halls of academia, won. Most history professors at state universities look well beyond the subjects that dominate popular histories: military campaigns, the Texas Revolution, the Wild West. For years, they’ve focused on social and cultural...

September 18, 2019
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Before Uvalde, A Year of ‘Protecting Children’ in Texas

Before Uvalde, A Year of ‘Protecting Children’ in Texas

Sort ByFilter ByLocationsTypeView ResultsFiltersTexas, a friend used to say, is hard on women and little things. I’ve been reminded of that observation again and again when reporting seemed to bear it out. In 2015 I listened to a caregiver , via telephone from a hospital, that state cuts to the Medicaid acute-therapy program were having disastrous consequences for her child’s incurable, debilitating genetic disorder. In 2021 an eleven-year-old boy in Conroe died from carbon monoxide poisoning, , as his family struggled to keep their home warm amid the collapse of a gravely mismanaged...

May 26
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Californians Could Ruin Texas—But Not the Way You Might Think

Californians Could Ruin Texas—But Not the Way You Might Think

Sort ByFilter ByLocationsTypeView ResultsFiltersSome 16,000 years ago, one theory holds, Homo sapiens crossed the Bering Strait and swiftly migrated down the West Coast of North America. Eventually, descendants of those early humans found their way to Texas, encountering camels, ancient bison, and giant armadillos. “Californians!” the critters probably grumbled. “There goes the neighborhood.”The latest flash point in the seemingly never-ending conflict between Texas natives and new arrivals comes courtesy of another coterie of Californians, most notable among them superstar podcaster Joe...

February 12, 2021
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