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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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.

Democrats Win Battle, but Perry Determines the War

Gov. Rick Perry, c, talks with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus after a military memorial ceremony in the Texas House chamber on May 25, 2013.
Gov. Rick Perry, c, talks with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus after a military memorial ceremony in the Texas House chamber on May 25, 2013.

Republicans in the state Senate looked like tourists who wandered into a hostile neighborhood after liberal activists helped derail an abortion bill. But they are still in the driver's seat in the second special session.

Liveblog: Abortion Bill Fails Amid Midnight Chaos After Filibuster

Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, debates Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, about halfway through a filibuster of SB 5 on June 25, 2013.
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, debates Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, about halfway through a filibuster of SB 5 on June 25, 2013.

Texas senators are trying to get to the bottom of whether Republicans successfully pushed through a vote on Senate Bill 5, the omnibus abortion restriction bill, ahead of their midnight deadline.

 

Mark Miner Returning to Team Perry

Austin, TX. June 15, 2010. Perry spokesman Mark Miner flanked by Bill White supporters.
Austin, TX. June 15, 2010. Perry spokesman Mark Miner flanked by Bill White supporters.

Rick Perry's former spokesman, Mark Miner, will become a "senior adviser" to the governor, sources say. The decision comes as Perry faces a self-imposed July 1 deadline to decide whether or not to run for re-election.

Audie Murphy, a Hero Still Missing One Medal

Nadene Lokey with a photo of her brother, WWII hero Audie Murphy, at her home in Farmersville, Texas on June 17, 2013.
Nadene Lokey with a photo of her brother, WWII hero Audie Murphy, at her home in Farmersville, Texas on June 17, 2013.

The effort to give World War II hero Audie Murphy a Texas Legislative Medal of Honor fizzled for the second time in two years. Supporters wonder if Murphy and other veterans from the "greatest generation" are being forgotten.