Jay Root Reporter

Jay Root is a native of Liberty. He never knew any reporters growing up, and he has never taken a journalism class in his life. But somehow he got hooked on the news business. It all started when Root walked into the offices of The Daily Texan, his college newspaper, during his last year at the University of Texas in 1987. He couldn't resist the draw: it was the biggest collection of misfits ever assembled. After graduating, he took a job at a Houston chemical company and soon realized it wasn't for him. Root applied for an unpaid internship at the Houston Post in 1990, and it turned into a full-time job that same year. He has been a reporter ever since. Root has covered natural disasters, live music and Texas politics — not necessarily in that order. He was Austin bureau chief of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for a dozen years, most of them good. He also covered politics and the Legislature for The Associated Press before joining the staff of the Tribune.Root is the author of “Oops! A Diary From The 2012 Campaign Trail,” an insider’s account of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s dramatic collapse in the 2012 presidential race. The book was released in September, 2012.

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In Debate, Abbott Gets Aggressive, Davis Stays That Way

The second and final gubernatorial debate between Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, was held in Dallas on Tuesday.
The second and final gubernatorial debate between Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, was held in Dallas on Tuesday.

Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, who has mostly avoided direct confrontation with his opponent in the race for Texas governor, took a hard swing at Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis over her ethics as a lawmaker in a televised debate Tuesday night. And she let him have it right back.

In Stick's DWI Case, Perry Critics See Double Standard

Jack Stick, a lawyer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. He has fought a drunken-driving charge that has gone relatively unnoticed.
Jack Stick, a lawyer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. He has fought a drunken-driving charge that has gone relatively unnoticed.

The DWI case of Republican Jack Stick, the top lawyer for the state’s health care agency, is scheduled for a pretrial hearing next week after two years of delay. But it has received little attention from politicians or the media.

Abbott Sets Sights on "The Bluest Part of a Red State"

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott answers a question during a Sept. 19, 2014, gubernatorial debate with state Sen. Wendy Davis. The debate, held at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, was the first of two scheduled before the November  general election.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott answers a question during a Sept. 19, 2014, gubernatorial debate with state Sen. Wendy Davis. The debate, held at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, was the first of two scheduled before the November general election.

Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for Texas governor, is trying to break the Democrats’ near lock on deep South Texas. The Democrats are dismissive of his effort, but it underscores the importance both camps are attaching to Hispanics this year.

In Debate, Davis Takes Aim at Abbott as He Targets Obama

State Sen. Wendy Davis and Attorney General Greg Abbott before their debate at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance in Edinburg on Sept. 19, 2014.
State Sen. Wendy Davis and Attorney General Greg Abbott before their debate at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance in Edinburg on Sept. 19, 2014.

In their first debate, Wendy Davis on Friday slammed Republican Greg Abbott on everything from his position on abortion to his opposition to Medicaid expansion. Meanwhile, Abbott portrayed himself as a warrior against President Obama.

Despite Huge Warchest, Abbott Still Fundraising

Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks at a NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting at Concordia Lutheran Church in Bedford on Nov. 12. State Sen. Wendy Davis, who is also running for governor, speaks to veterans at Luby's in Forest Hill the day before.
Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks at a NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting at Concordia Lutheran Church in Bedford on Nov. 12. State Sen. Wendy Davis, who is also running for governor, speaks to veterans at Luby's in Forest Hill the day before.

Despite having the largest warchest in Texas politics, Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor, keeps adding to it with a series of fundraisers scheduled into at least mid-October.