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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Kathy Walt Returns to Team Perry

Gov. Rick Perry speaks to media after the groundbreaking ceremony of the Teletón USA children's rehabilitation center in San Antonio on Aug. 6, 2013.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks to media after the groundbreaking ceremony of the Teletón USA children's rehabilitation center in San Antonio on Aug. 6, 2013.

Kathy Walt is returning to the Capitol to become Gov. Rick Perry’s chief of staff, the governor’s office announced Monday.

 

Slideshow: Abbott Launches Campaign for Governor

Greg Abbott announces his candidacy for governor at La Villita in San Antonio on July 14, 2013.
Greg Abbott announces his candidacy for governor at La Villita in San Antonio on July 14, 2013.

After announcing his candidacy for governor in San Antonio on Sunday, Attorney General Greg Abbott began a tour that is scheduled to have him cover 10 cities over five days. This slideshow looks at some of the stops he has made so far.

Greg Abbott Launches Campaign for Governor

Attorney General Greg Abbott announces at LaVllita in San Antonio that he's running for Texas governor on July 14, 2013.
Attorney General Greg Abbott announces at LaVllita in San Antonio that he's running for Texas governor on July 14, 2013.

“When it comes to our freedom and our future, I will never, I will never, stop fighting,” Attorney General Greg Abbott said Sunday as he declared his candidacy for governor.

Democrats Energized, but Still Face Uphill Climb

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, at an abortion rights rally on July 9, 2013.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, at an abortion rights rally on July 9, 2013.

The Democratic Party is having a hard time drawing candidates for statewide office in the 2014 elections. If no serious contender jumps in next year, the party will have given a pass to Republicans at a time of upheaval up and down the ballot.