At Thursday's TribLive conversation, state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, a candidate for lieutenant governor, explained his ongoing opposition to the Senate's two-thirds rule.Full Story
Evan Smith is the Editor in Chief and CEO of The Texas Tribune, a non-profit, non-partisan digital news organization based in Austin. 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. In a little more than four years in operation, the Tribune has won two general excellence awards from the Online News Association, four Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association, a Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists, and a Knight-Batten award for innovations in 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. For eight years, Evan hosted the Lone Star Emmy Award-winning weekly interview program Texas Monthly Talks, which aired on PBS stations statewide. He currently hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally. A New York native, he has a bachelor's degree in public policy from Hamilton College and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
Full video of my 9/16 TribLive conversation with Tom Pauken, a Republican candidate for Texas governor in 2014.Full Story
At Monday's TribLive conversation, Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Pauken talked about his plan to reduce property taxes and increase sales taxes to pay for public education.Full Story
At our 9/11 Hot Seat conversation at the University of Texas at Dallas, state Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano, and state Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, talked about public education, water, transportation and other issues in play in the 83rd session.Full Story
Aaronson on the state's Affordable Care Act grants, Aguilar and Root on Ted Cruz and immigration, Batheja on gravel roads, Grissom on a mentally ill death row inmate who can't be medicated, Hamilton on a new plotline in the UT-Austin vs. UT System drama, Malewitz on oilfield battery thefts, Ramsey on the Texas Supreme Court's new chief justice, Rocha on the Guadalupe River's low flows, Root on guns and the governor's race, Satija on threatened species and M. Smith on the demographic future of Texas schools: The best of our best for the week of Sept. 9 to 12, 2013.Full Story
On Sept. 5, Becca Aaronson talked with Dr. Esteban López of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Dr. Amelie Ramirez of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, on health care in what will be soon be a majority-Latino state.
On August 19, I talked with Ricardo Romo, the president of the University of Texas at San Antonio, about managing growth in enrollment, precipitous demographic change, graduation rates and more.Full Story
At the Trib's August 19 symposium on mental health at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Brandi Grissom talked about the intersection of mental health and immigration with a distinguished panel.Full Story
On August 27, I talked with U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, state Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, and Kyle Janek, executive commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services, about where the state goes next on health care.Full Story
At the Trib's August 19 symposium on mental health at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Brandi Grissom talked about the intersection of mental health and criminal justice with a distinguished panel.Full Story
At the Trib's Aug. 19 symposium on mental health at the University of Texas at San Antonio, I talked about budget and policy accomplishments in the 83rd session with state Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston; David Lakey, commissioner of the Department of State Health Services; and state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio.Full Story
On Sunday's edition of CNN's State of the Union, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz talked about his dual citizenship, his uphill battle in defunding Obamacare, and more.Full Story
Aaronson on the state's doctor shortage, Aguilar on the ongoing fight over voter ID, Batheja on the crowded race for comptroller, Hamilton on the perils of tweeting candidates, Murphy and M. Smith let you review and search more than 10,000 CSCOPE lessons, Root on Ted Cruz's citizenship, Root and Rocha on the Tea Party's view of Cruz's eligibility to be president, M. Smith on David Dewhurst's call to the Allen Police Department and Swicegood updates our prison inmates database: The best of our best content from August 19-23, 2013.Full Story
Aguilar on a plan to ease trade at Texas ports, Batheja on the selling of next year's constitutional amendment on transportation, Hamilton on the latest in the Wallace Hall saga, Ramsey and Murphy on who's running — so far — in 2014, Rocha on mental health, veterans and the 83rd session, Root on Ted Cruz's travels across Texas, Satija on greenhouse gasses and the business community, M. Smith on CSCOPE and Swicegood updates our campaign finance app: The best of our best content from August 12-16, 2013.Full Story