Andrea Grimes, The Texas Observer

Andrea Grimes

The Texas Observer

Austin, TX, United States

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Past articles by Andrea:

Opinion: From ‘Friendly’ State to Enmity State

As Texas Republicans pit neighbor against neighbor, we must respond by rebuking bigotry and embracing progress. → Read More

Editorial: Even 'Turning Texas Blue' Won't Fix Us If We Don't Face Some Hard Truths

This year has shown us that the way we care for one another, or for some and not others, isn’t about who we are as Democrats or Republicans but about what we believe as people. → Read More

Fake Clinics Are Not the Answer

Anti-abortion lawmakers are remaking the safety net for reproductive health care in their image of God. → Read More

‘Last Woman Standing’ Tackles Toxic Masculinity and Keeps the Pages Turning

Amy Gentry’s second crime novel shines with meticulous plotting, complex characters and a subversive feminist message. → Read More

A Feminist Literary Classic Gets a Timely Reissue, and it’s Still Maddeningly Relevant

How many times do women have to write this book before someone takes us seriously? → Read More

The Laugh Ceiling: A New Book on Women Comics Misses the Show

Hysterical! builds a big tent for women in American comedy, but stops short of looking forward at some of the most innovative work. → Read More

Red is the New Orange: Handmaids Bring More than Just Silence to the Abortion Fight

The grassroots group of reproductive justice activists have seized a terrifying political moment and created a defiant act of pop-cultural resistance. → Read More

Seize the Trumpportunity! President Offers Both Parties Chance to Reinvent Themselves

Democrats and Republicans should treat this new administration as a soul-searching opportunity to return to their principles. → Read More

Those at Abortion Access Hackathon Seek to Solve 'the Very Problems We Are Experiencing'

The three-day San Francisco event focused on making it easier for abortion providers, abortion funders, and patients to connect with each other, despite a political climate that remains hostile to legal abortion access. → Read More

The GOP is Gaslighting America — on National Television

Trump's GOP isn't politics as usual — it's a party comfortable with using gaslighting and intimidation, tactics favored by abusers, to win at all costs. → Read More

Obama to SXSW Tech Bros: Your Country Needs You

President Barack Obama implored the tech bros of SXSW to use their skills to increase civic engagement and even improve national security. → Read More

Detention Child Care Is as Dystopian and Shameful As It Sounds

If the state doesn't create the licenses for immigrant detention centers, it won't be able to hold migrant children and moms in prison-like conditions. → Read More

The Interview: The Texas Lege's 'New Yorker,' Elliott Naishtat

Elliott Naishtat, who served 26 years in the Lege, has advice for the aspiring reps in the seven-way contest for his seat: Be persistent, and be polite. → Read More

Right-Wing Think Tank Panel: Women, 'Be Safe' to Avoid Rape

The Austin Institute hosted what it called a "frank" conversation on college sexual assault, where panelists trotted out familiar victim-blaming platitudes. → Read More

The 2016 Texas Primary Field, in Photos

Dead squirrels! Kids with guns! Chuck Norris! The 2016 Texas Lege primary slate is a photo-fantastic smorgasbord of strange aesthetic decisions. → Read More

I Trust Women. I Hope the Supreme Court Does, Too.

Pregnancy isn’t an idea. It’s a bodily reality. And it must not be an inevitability. We must trust pregnant people, not lawmakers, to know what's best. → Read More

The First Planned Parenthood Case Backfired. The Next Won't.

Anti-abortion activist David Daleiden has been indicted on felony charges in Houston, but Texas still has two more investigations underway. → Read More

Trump's Honesty is Refreshing, If You're Into Fascism

In Texas, GOP leaders don't bother trying to hide their hypocrisy. What does that mean for Donald Trump, who doesn't have any principles to deviate from? → Read More

Who Cares About Pot? Stickland's Rape Views are Horrifying.

"Rape is non existent in marriage," wrote a Texas state rep in a 2008 internet forum post that's been overshadowed by jokes about his past marijuana use. → Read More

Texas Court Makes Tough Abortion Law Even Tougher

The Texas Supreme Court implemented rules strengthening restrictions on abused minors seeking abortions, going beyond a new judicial bypass law's demands. → Read More