worked for eight years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, most of that time covering state and local politics. A native of Cedarhurst, New York, he has an undergraduate degree in journalism and psychology from New York University and a master's in economics from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Rick Perry and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and 2014 RedState Gathering at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas on August 8, 2014.
Even before his recent legal troubles, Gov. Rick Perry was operating in U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s shadow, in the eyes of many conservatives, as the two Texans explored bids for the White House. That was apparent in their receptions at a recent conservative conference.
GOP gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott speaking at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth, Texas on August 9, 2014.
Asked about a Wendy Davis television ad focused on his dissenting opinion in a 1993 case involving a woman who was raped by a door-to-door salesman, Greg Abbott said, “the opinion speaks for itself.”
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at the Republican Party of Texas Convention on June 6, 2014.
Speaking at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth on Friday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said “time will tell” whether he would launch a bid for president, but he encouraged those thinking of running for president in 2016 to "stand up and lead."
Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the 2014 RedState Gathering at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas on August 8, 2014.
Promising to secure the border and take the Texas approach to government national, Gov. Rick Perry delivered an impassioned speech Friday morning in which he called for conservatives to wage a “war” on “the battlefield of ideas.”
Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, two potential 2016 presidential candidates, are among the Texas Republicans scheduled to speak at RedState's national conference Friday and Saturday in Fort Worth.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, son of Republican candidate Ron Paul, speaks to a Tea Party crowd Sunday May 6, 2012 at the Texas Capitol.
Three years after Gov. Rick Perry took heat for his full-throated defense of the state's in-state tuition laws, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has revived the issue, accusing Perry of helping draw migrants to the border.
photo by: Ivan Pierre Aguirre
Men work on the railroad tracks at the Union Pacific railyard in El Paso on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.
The Federal Railroad Administration is seeking public comment on a request by Union Pacific to transfer some train safety inspections away from a rail yard in El Paso due to border violence.
Texas Department of Transportation Executive Director Phil Wilson gets a ride in a Google self-driving car on Feb. 19, 2013, in front of the Hilton Austin.
The Texas Department of Transportation plans to partner with universities to research futuristic technologies like self-driving cars, hover cars and embedding solar panels in roads.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott isn't on TV right now, but he is spending campaign funds to screen his latest 30-second spot at theaters before screenings of some summer blockbusters.
In Texas, the traditional model for general election campaign advertising — don't run ads before Labor Day — is being challenged by some campaigns.
Paul Beckham and Gary Giffen leave Zilker Elementary School in Austin after casting ballots for the primary election on March 4.
Two years after a national polling consortium opted to scale back its survey of Texas voters, the group plans to increase its exit polling in the state during this year's November elections.
Republican activist Michael Quinn Sullivan visits at the State Republican Convention trade show on June 6, 2014.
The Texas Ethics Commission has ordered Michael Quinn Sullivan, leader of the conservative advocacy group Empower Texans, to pay a $10,000 fine for failing to register as a lobbyist in 2010 and 2011.
State Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, is shown speaking at a Jan. 16, 2013, news conference addressing Medicaid.
graphic by: Jessica Hamel / Dan Hill
The population of Texas could nearly double by 2050, prompting some to worry that not enough is being done to avoid a future traffic nightmare and the drag on the economy that could come with it.
Texas toll road SH130
At last month's Republican state convention, delegates approved a platform less amenable to toll roads, and Attorney General Greg Abbott vowed to build more roads "without raising a single penny in taxes, fees or tolls."
The JR Central N700 Series, a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train developed by two railway companies in Japan.