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.
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A detainee sleeps in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Brownsville, Texas. CPB provided media tours Tuesday of two locations in Brownsville and Nogales, Ariz. that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1.
Delegates wave Dan Patrick posters advocating a more secure border on the Texas Republican Convention floor on June 7, 2014.
With immigration in the spotlight, Texas Republicans have a whole new arsenal of coded language and imagery at their disposal, writes Emmanuel Garcia, the communications director for the Texas Democratic Party.
Bill Powers, president of the University of Texas at Austin, at a TribLive event on April 28, 2011.
Sara E. Smith of the Texas Public Interest Research Group argues that Texas isn't doing nearly enough to provide taxpayers with the information they need to evaluate the success of some of the nation’s most controversial economic development programs.
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Ken Starr of Baylor University and Heather Busby of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas face off over what the U.S. Supreme Court's contraception ruling means for Texas.
Rod Bordelon, Texas' commissioner of workers' compensation, and Patricia Zavala, formerly of the Workers Defense Project, consider how workers are faring today in Texas, while McAllen Mayor Jim Darling clears the air about the situation on the border.
C. Andrew Doyle, the Episcopal bishop of Texas, writes that the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the state's southern border is a test of Texans' faith.
Sen. Wendy davis begins her planned 13-hour filibuster of SB 5 on June 25, 2013.
Traffic on I-30 on the eastern side of Lake Ray Hubbard in Rockwall on June 6. This stretch of highway has become known for bad rush-hour traffic, which is expected to worsen as the area population grows. A proposed private tollway running between Greenville and Wylie looks to relieve that congestion.
Funding for our state’s congested roads is running on empty — and maybe that’s a good thing, writes Dallas urban designer Patrick Kennedy. It's time, he says, to start changing how we think about transportation infrastructure in Texas.
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In a column written before her death earlier this month, Grace Garcia of Annie's List said she saw shades of Ann Richards' 1990 victory in Wendy Davis' and Leticia Van de Putte's campaigns this year.
The Main Building of The University of Texas at Austin.
"Marriage equality is coming, and Texas is ready for it," Kevin Nix of Freedom to Marry writes.
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Javier Treviño, a Mexican congressman, says the future of energy independence in North America may depend on whether Texas and the rest of the U.S. embrace Mexico's sweeping new overhaul of its oil and gas industry.
Open carry advocates gather across from the Fort Worth Convention Center during the Republican Convention on June 5, 2014.
Gun rights advocates pose with the U.S. Constitution in downtown Fort Worth on June 5, 2014.