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Musings: Moral Failure

Last night in New York City, a 65-year-old woman was assaulted on her walk to church and told that she didn’t belong in a neighborhood she’s had a presence in for decades. A nearby security guard offered no assistance, and not only failed to render aid, but closed the...

Musings: My Top 4 Bracket Seeds

When we launched our bracket challenge last week, it set off some serious debate among our staff about who should make the round of 16 and which candidates deserved to be seeded in which positions. While some of our staffers included some bold and intriguing choices...

Musings: Greg Abbott, Big Liar

I never truly appreciated the art of a dog and pony show until I started working in Texas politics. Sure, I had orchestrated my share of “visibility events,” rallies, and press conferences across the years and states that I had worked in, but nothing really prepared...

Musings: Let’s Talk About Your Bracket

There’s nothing I love more than a good tournament. Basketball, football, softball, baseball, combat sports, cricket. You name it, and if they play it in a tournament format somewhere, I can probably get down with it. If only there were a way that would allow me to...

Musings: Truth, Justice, Texas

What will it take to get Texas Republicans to just tell the truth? It’s something I’ve wondered about with a frequency I would find unbearably depressing if I hadn’t already grown so jaded living in Greg Abbott’s Texas.  But, alas, we’re here, y’all. And it’s...

Musings: Greg Abbott Doesn’t Care if You Die

I usually try to be a little more clever with the titles to these columns, but yesterday’s news deserves to be called out for what it is. Less than 10 percent of Texans have received a Covid-19 vaccine, and less than half of that number has gotten both doses. With...

Musings: On the Road in the State of Denial

They stuck out like sore thumbs, just like the dilapidated houses often found at the end of their gravel driveways. It starts with a lone sign at the end of a long drive somewhere south of Glen Rose and grows into a spattering as you pass through a small town square....

Musings: Greg Abbott and the Failed State

Musings: Greg Abbott and the Failed State

When I first moved to Texas and was learning about the political systems and power structures of the Lone Star State, people repeatedly reminded me that the most powerful chair in the state was the one the lieutenant governor sat in on the Senate floor. Endowed with...

Musings: Ted Cruz Takes Cancun

Musings: Ted Cruz Takes Cancun

In this space on Tuesday, I said Governor Greg Abbott has exhibited a depraved indifference for the lives of Texans as millions remained without power or answers as Y’allmageddon 2021 continued to stretch on with no end in sight. On Wednesday evening, Senator Ted Cruz...