The title of my next novel: The Pwning of Quandre Diggs
Evan Smith is the Editor in Chief and CEO of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization recently called “one of the nonprofit news sector’s runaway success stories.” The Tribune's deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy can be found at its website, texastribune.org; in the pages of the New York Times; and in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state. Since its launch in 2009, the Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including nine Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association, two general excellence awards from the Online News Association, and IRE's Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism. Before co-founding the Tribune, Evan spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as Editor and a year as President and Editor in Chief. On his watch, Texas Monthly twice won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence.
At the opening session of the 2012 Texas Tribune Festival, I talked to Gov. Rick Perry about the cost of college tuition, how to insure more Texans, his plans for 2014 and, yes, Satan.Full Story
At the opening session of the 2012 Texas Tribune Festival, Gov. Rick Perry explained why he believes the separation of church and state is the Devil's work.Full Story
At our Hot Seat conversation at the University of Texas at Tyler, state Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, and state Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, discussed the 82nd Legislative Session and looked ahead to the 83rd.Full Story
Aaronson maps the impact of potential cuts to food stamps, Aguilar on "dead" voters, Batheja on the 85 mph speed limit, Galbraith on a threat to the state's wind boom, Grissom on the prevalence of prosecutorial misconduct, Hamilton on how Texas universities rank, Murphy treemaps the favorite Super PACs of Texas donors, Ramsey on what the oil and gas boom means for property values, Ramshaw on a Senate race that encapsulates our raging health care debate, Root on the new Karl Rove(s) and M. Smith on the comeback of vouchers: The best of our best content from Sept. 10-14, 2012.
At this morning's TribLive conversation, GOP state Reps. and Texas Senate hopefuls Kelly Hancock, Ken Paxton and Larry Taylor came out against the state's policy of offering in-state tuition to the children of undocumented persons.Full Story
At this morning's TribLive conversation, GOP state Reps. and Texas Senate hopefuls Kelly Hancock, Ken Paxton and Larry Taylor discussed two key procedural matters related to the 83rd Legislative Session.Full Story
This morning, less than 12 hours after his keynote speech to the Democratic National Convention, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro went on MSNBC's Morning Joe to talk about "the clear choice that this country has" in November.Full Story
Aaronson on the state's controversial insurance commissioner, Aguilar on a headline-making voter ID ruling, Batheja on fears of a U.N. takeover, Galbraith on solar power's potential, Hamilton on a university president's plans for his incentive pay, Murphy treemaps Texas Super PAC contributors, Ramsey reads the David Dewhurst tea leaves, Root on Ted Cruz's star turn at the GOP convention and M. Smith on the fierce demographic urgency of now: The best of our best content from August 27-31, 2012.Full Story
This afternoon I asked three U.S. senators — including John Cornyn, R-Texas — to comment on the damage done to the GOP by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who refuses to quit his U.S. Senate race.Full Story
Ted Cruz, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, told Meet the Press moderator David Gregory that he's "thrilled with the pick of Paul Ryan" as Mitt Romney's running mate.Full Story
Aaronson and Ramshaw map West Nile incidence by county, Aguilar on early applicants for deferred action, Batheja on emerging plans for a bullet train, Grissom on the latest in the Larry Swearingen case, Hamilton on the College Station shooting, Murphy maps the stunningly noncompetitive general election, Ramsey on why property taxes are politically dangerous to mess with, Root on alleged improprieties by a Capitol staffer, M. Smith on public ed personnel cuts and Tan on questions about the state-run Women's Health Program: The best of our best content from Aug. 13-17, 2012.Full Story
At last Friday's quarterly meeting of the Texas Lyceum, I interviewed the energy magnate about his exit from the water business, the status of the Pickens Plan and Obama vs. Romney.Full Story
As part of his series on retiring members of the U.S. Senate, MSNBC's Chuck Todd interviewed outgoing Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, on this morning's edition of The Daily Rundown.Full Story