is the editor of TribTalk, The Texas Tribune's opinion page. He is also the Tribune's copy editor. A Richardson native, he attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned degrees in journalism and Spanish.
Anna C. Dragsbaek of The Immunization Partnership writes that there are several other preventable public health threats in Texas right now that are far more menacing than Ebola — and that Texans would be wise to pay close attention to them.
Wayne Thorburn, a former executive director of the Texas Republican Party, writes that speculation over what a majority-Hispanic population will mean for Texas politics has ignored the fact that decades from now, “Hispanic” may not mean what it does today.
One of the many pipeline markers sprinkled across David Holland's family farm near Beaumont, Texas. Holland is involved in major litigation involving common carrier status against Denbury Resources, which built a pipeline across his land.
Antonio Garza, the former U.S. ambassador to Mexico and former Texas railroad commissioner, during a TribLive event on April 18, 2013.
photo by: Ivan Pierre Aguirre
A U.S. Border Patrol helicopter patrols over the Paso del Norte International Bridge between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico on Tuesday March 27, 2012.
The JR Central N700 Series, a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train.
Does high-speed rail make sense for Texas? Peter LeCody of Texas Rail Advocates writes that it does and plans are moving ahead faster than most people realize, while Bernard L. Weinstein of SMU says the economics simply don't add up.
photo by: Marjorie Kamys Cotera
Gov. Rick Perry speaks to press a day after a grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on Friday on charges of abuse of power August 16th, 2014
photo by: Mark Graham / Cooper Neil
Greg Abbott, then a candidate for governor and now the governor-elect, spoke at a NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting at Concordia Lutheran Church in Bedford on Nov. 12, 2013. State Sen. Wendy Davis, who was also running for governor, spoke to veterans at Luby's in Forest Hill the day before.
Sexual assault has emerged as a potentially potent new issue in the governor's race.
U.S. Sen Ted Cruz speaks to the Capitol press Friday May 16, 2014 prior to a commencement speech at UT.
A hallway at the Whole Woman's Health clinic in Austin. The clinic, one of 22 remaining abortion providers in the state, does not currently meet requirements that will take effect on Sept. 1.
As the first phase of the latest legal fight over Texas' new abortion regulations comes to a close, the fate of one of the law's key provisions hangs in the balance.
photo by: Marjorie Kamys Cotera
Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, takes questions from reporters after filing the Protection of Texas Children Act on Feb. 6, 2013.
Some say Texas doesn't need to spend any more of its own money on attracting out-of-state businesses, but we can't stand by and wait around for other states to one-up us, writes state Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas.
The chamber of the Texas House
In the governor's race, the ad wars are officially underway.
U.S. Border Patrol agents say that illegal traffic on public and private land in the Rio Grande Valley has triggered the need for additional resources in the region this year.
Texas' immigration woes have held the spotlight for weeks, but the breadth of the state's approach to border security is just now coming into focus.