The first time I registered voters was back in college. As often as I can, I work as a Texas elections clerk, and my parents do too.

There’s just nothing better than being a part of the greatest experiment in republicanism and democracy. I love helping The People vote.

This is why it’s infuriating to watch 2021 Texas politicians behave like the 1901 legislature that implemented a poll tax which caused “the number of black voters decreased from 100,000 in the 1890s to 5,000 by 1906.”


Dear Dr. Biden,

You once said “I’m not a politician. I am an English teacher.”

Same.

So I write to you as a fellow mother and fellow educator. And, while my request is political in nature, I’m asking for a favor as an English teacher. I’m asking for your help.

Over the last year, I have students learning at home and learning online. I have students who witnessed an attack on our Capitol and survived a Texas snowstorm. I have students who have lost family to COVID and battled the disease themselves.

As an English teacher, where should I best…


The nation finally recognizes the fatal failures of Texas GOP ideology and policy. From state legislators to US senators, the actions and inactions of Texas leaders are under scrutiny.

Hey! Who knew spending time and money legislating latrines instead of improving infrastructure would have deadly consequences?

The Dallas Morning News reports that the choices of these “fiscal conservatives” will cost some 19 billion dollars, exceeding the records Hurricane Harvey set a handful of years ago.

Dan Crenshaw and Greg Abbot are being roasted for tilting at windmills.


This week, you expressed your intentions to vote against the conviction of former President Donald Trump.

You explained that “the key word is ‘precedence’” and that Democrats simply seek “revenge” through impeachment.

“Better to move on,” you concluded.

Photo by Texas Observer

You know, you and I share an ideological idol, Senator. The work of psychoanalyst and Holocaust survivor, Viktor Frankl is particularly meaningful to me right now. Not only have I analyzed his passages in my classroom with my students, but I turn to his work during personal moments of existential angst.

I know you know that he studied…


By: Gaby Diaz and Brandon Worley

If you’re caught between the “How Could This Happen Here?” and “Of Course This Was Gonna Happen” matrices, you’re not alone. Rational Americans are indeed aghast and aware of the steps that brought us to the most dangerous attack on our nation since Fort Sumter.

Rational Americans are also bombarded with silly, sophomoric, and downright stupid rhetoric packed with logical flaws and fallacies.

Here’s a breakdown of the stupid shit you’re likely to read in the coming days and how to survive it.

Myth #1 “We have concerns about voter fraud!”

Why this is dumb: This is now the third time we’ve…


In 2020, the first line of the Houston Chronicle’s endorsement in the TX 02 congressional race made me spit out my coffee.

“U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw has 1 million Twitter followers.”

Naturally, I laughed and shared the line with friends, so they could laugh with me. But, by the end of the day, rereading the line depressed me.

So many moral and legal standards have been lowered in the past four years that watching my local paper follow suit was deeply disappointing.

To be fair — in the endorsement, the Houston Chronicle exposed the nature of my gerrymandered TX 02…


My cousin wonders why she left Venezuela. She uprooted her family to keep them safe from criminals willing to kill people for even their shoes.

For those of us who grew up in immigrant families, we’re starting to recognize the looks on our friends’ faces. Even through the pixelated Zoom and WhatsApp calls, we’ve seen those under-eye bags of moral exhaustion and shoulders drooping in hopelessness before.

We also recognize the wide-eyed look after witnessing armed vigilantes playing police for a political party — murdering citizens in defense of la Patria. I saw that with the Chavistas in Caracas. We…


This summer, between packing BBQ joints with maskless campaign crowds and podcasting about making nationalism great again, Congressman Dan Crenshaw took time to completely abandon his oath of office in six tweets today.

The first tweet is a frantic response to Vice President Biden. Crenshaw attacked in defense of Trump when Biden called him out for hypocrisy in criticizing mail in voting while applying for a mail in ballot for the Florida primaries.

“Joe thinks you can’t tell the difference between absentee voting and universal mail-in voting,” he tweeted

Absentee voting is “safe and secure,” Crenshaw lectures, while mail in…


Once, it was a sarcastic banner above your English teacher’s door. Now, it’s a promise from our politicians. Even Dante’s Inferno wasn’t this scary.

I can see it now: thousands of teachers with boxes full of books and Clorox wipes and Anxiety preparing to start the school year in four weeks.

Texas leaders have failed Texans with little room to correct course before the school year begins.

After pillaging Texan’s property taxes, Commissioner Mike Morath (appointed by Republican Governor Greg Abbott) led the Texas Education Agency in abandoning the welfare of tiny Texans and those of us who teach and…

Gaby Diaz

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