The blazing stars of Texas politics at the moment, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and the Castro brothers, once again did a turn on the Sunday talk shows.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 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 not quite three years in operation, the Tribune has won 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, a general excellence award from the Online News Association 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.
Our first-of-its-kind news app detailing the financial interests of state lawmakers, Ramshaw asks in whose interest our part-time Legislature operates, Root on how public and private blur for Sen. John Whitmire, M. Smith on why politicians regulating themselves means not much chance of ethics reform, Aaronson on the Women's Health Program provider list, Murphy and Batheja on the growth in Texas' spending, Galbraith on water and fracking, Ramsey talks to George P. Bush and Rocha and I separately talk water with Todd Staples and Allan Ritter: The best of our best content from Jan. 14 to 19, 2013.Full Story
Full video of my January 17 TribLive conversation with state Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee.Full Story
At this morning's TribLive conversation, state Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, talked about what it will take to make local communities recognize the magnitude of the state's water crisis.Full Story
At this morning's TribLive conversation, state Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland, the chairman of the House National Resources Committee, talked about his desire to withdraw $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund to jump-start the state water plan.Full Story
On last night's edition of On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren, U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Friendswood, repeated his calls for the possible impeachment of Barack Obama if the president pushes for gun control legislation.Full Story
On Friday afternoon, the Republican state representative from Longview talked about why he ran for speaker, the real reason he quit the race and what happens next.
Full video of my Jan. 10 TribLive conversation with Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams.Full Story
At this morning's TribLive conversation, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams addressed the hottest topic in public education in Texas today: the state's standardized testing regimen.Full Story
At this morning's TribLive conversation, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams talked about possible legislation that would increase access to firearms for teachers and other school personnel.Full Story
Use these seating charts to locate where the 150 members of the House and the 31 members of the Texas Senate sit in their respective chambers.Full Story
As 181 members of the Texas Legislature work during the 83rd session, use this application to navigate the Capitol and locate lawmakers' offices.Full Story
Here's a list of the Twitter handles of the 120 state lawmakers who do the communications thing 140 characters at a time.Full Story
Aaronson with the latest on Texas vs. Planned Parenthood, Aguilar on Mexico's push for sovereignty, Galbraith on water conservation ideas, Grissom on the state's rape kit backlog, Hamilton on UT's plans for a new Valley university, Ramsey on legislating interrupting politicking, Ramshaw on how Texans in Congress voted on the fiscal cliff, the first two parts of Rocha and Dehn's multimedia series on community concerns coming to the Capitol and M. Smith on what the school finance trial means for the 83rd session: The best of our best content from Dec. 31, 2012, to Jan. 4, 2013.Full Story