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Jef Rouner

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Jef Rouner is an award-winning freelance journalist, the author of The Rook Circle, and a member of The Black Math Experiment. He lives in Houston where he spends most of his time investigating corruption and strange happenings. Jef has written for Houston Press, Free Press Houston, and Houston Chronicle.

COVID: Maybe We Should California Our Texas After All

“Don’t California my Texas” is a popular (and ridiculous) battle cry from conservatives, but when it comes to fighting COVID maybe we...

With Grid Reform Not on the Agenda, Abbott Rakes in Energy Dollars

The most glaring omission from Governor Greg Abbott’s special legislative session agenda is any kind of electrical grid reform. Some are questioning...

The Texas Senate Is Still At Work on Abbott’s Agenda, Even If It Goes...

One of the biggest political stories in the country right now is the defection of the Texas Democrats in the House and...

Texas Republicans Play Hardball With Absent Democrats

The biggest story in voting rights in the country right now is the absent Democratic members of the Texas House of Representatives....

Texas Senate Passes Voter Rights Restriction Bill

Though the ultimate fate of the massive voter rights and access restriction bill is in doubt with Democratic members of the Texas...

Texans Need Three Full-Time Minimum Wage Jobs to Afford a Two-Bedroom House

The latest report on how much it costs to live in modest, affordable housing in the United States has come out from...

Bryan Slaton Might Be the Most Conservative, But Least Effective, State Representative in Texas

As RA News continues our look at the work of the freshmen state legislature members over their first session, one name stands out as...

Which Republicans Are Spending the Most on Ads in 2021?

Both Facebook and Google have lifted their bans on political advertising recently, and Texas politicians are spending big money even when they...

First Look at the Texas GOP’s Legislature Scorecard

Back in May, the Republican Party of Texas announced that it would be issuing a “scorecard” to rate how the legislature had achieved the...

The Redistricting Fight Begins

The 2022 midterm elections are likely to be an absolute bloodbath. Not only do Democrats hold very slim majorities in both chambers,...

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