The People’s Court

So, What Exactly Is the Harris County Commissioners Court?

With an enormous amount of power and an annual budget of roughly $1.5 billion, it’s time you knew exactly what your county commissioners are doing.

03/31/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Politics

That One Time Calling Ted Cruz a Serial Killer Worked Out in Someone's Favor

Rice grad Tim Faust's gonzo t-shirts depicting Cruz as the Zodiac Killer unexpectedly went viral, raising $70,000 for abortion advocacy in the process.

03/25/2016 By Adam Doster

City Hall

Mayor Sylvester Turner’s First Order of Business: Fix Potholes

The new mayor outlined his priorities in his inaugural address.

01/04/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Public Safety

Neighborhood Hopping with Sheriff Ron Hickman

Harris County’s newly-appointed Sheriff takes to the streets—and shares his big plans for the next year.

11/29/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

Interview

A Mayor Considers Her Legacy

Her final term may be winding down, but Annise Parker isn’t—and during what’s become a race to the finish line, our mayor takes a moment to reflect.

09/29/2015 By Catherine Matusow

HERO

The Decent Place

Late-night thoughts on listening to opponents of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance

09/14/2015 By Scott Vogel

Indecision 2016

Vetting Ted Cruz’s Presidential Resumé

We read the Republican presidential candidate's book (well, the Houston parts, anyway) so you don’t have to.

09/01/2015 By Scott Vogel

Kiss and Break Up

Behind the Scenes of Houston’s First Gay Divorce

Same-sex marriage has its surprising discontents.

09/01/2015 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

A Textbook Case

Readin’, Writin’ and Rewritin’ History

Are Texas’ new history textbooks as bad as you’ve heard?

08/04/2015 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Opinion

Texas, We’re Just Not That Into You

What happens when you barely recognize the state you fell in love with?

06/30/2015

News

Love Wins: Houston Celebrates Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Today's scenes from the historic ruling

06/26/2015 By Scott Vogel Photography by Paul Naughton

Seriously?

Senator Advocates Abolition of Hand-Washing Laws in Restaurants

Senator Thom Tillis has clearly never come down with a nasty case of food poisoning.

02/03/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

Politics

Is It Time to Reform Tort Reform?

Tort reform made sense to lots of people at the time, Stephen DiLeo included—that is, until a doctor removed his son’s brain tumor.

09/30/2014 By John Lomax

Marijuana

A New Front in the War on the War on Drugs

This 85-year-old Republican is the legalization advocate the world needs.

09/30/2014 By John Lomax

Civil Rights

Meet the Pastor Trying to Overturn HERO

Willie Ray Davis is a pillar of Houston’s African-American community. So why is he trying to overturn the new equal rights ordinance?

08/03/2014 By Catherine Matusow

NAME GAMES

HISD Changes Mascots of Three Schools, Misses Point on One

Why change the mascot of the Welch Warriors, when the school's namesake is so much more offensive?

04/15/2014 By John Lomax

Newsfix

Video: Home Security Booming in Houston, Despite Drop in Violent Crime

Crime in Houston is declining. So why are home security firms doing gangbusters?

04/14/2014 By Peter Holley

HAIL TO THE CHIEF

No More Ticker Tape

Presidential visits used to be a lot more fun.

04/14/2014 By John Lomax

Home Security

Notes From Underground

Go inside the bunker with Houston’s home security firms, where fear is the bottom line and impenetrability a very big business.

04/07/2014 By Peter Holley Illustrations by Owen Freeman