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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Davis Money Haul Less Than Advertised

State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, addressed supporters on Saturday, July 13, 2014, in East Austin as she concluded her "Texans Deserve to Know" tour.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, addressed supporters on Saturday, July 13, 2014, in East Austin as she concluded her "Texans Deserve to Know" tour.

Democrat Wendy Davis' campaign for governor boasted that it outraised Republican Greg Abbott over the last few months and had hauled in $13.1 million. The actual reports, published online Wednesday, told a different story.

Abbott Campaign Reports $35.6 Million War Chest

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.

Attorney General Greg Abbott has amassed a $35.6 million war chest in the race for Texas governor. His Democratic opponent, Sen. Wendy Davis, says she has $13.1 million for the effort. 

Obama Visit Becomes Talking Point in Governor's Race

Attorney General Greg Abbott, the GOP nominee for governor, spoke at the Lavazza coffee shop, a few blocks away from where President Obama spoke later in the day on July 10, 2014.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, the GOP nominee for governor, spoke at the Lavazza coffee shop, a few blocks away from where President Obama spoke later in the day on July 10, 2014.

President Obama’s visit to Texas became fodder in the governor’s race Thursday, with Democrat Wendy Davis suggesting he should visit the U.S-Mexico border in person and Republican Greg Abbott challenging him to adopt the “Texas model” in Washington.

 

Insurer Drops Suit Against Tyler Widow

Crystal Davis, a stay-at-home mom from Tyler, finally got some welcome news in her battle against an insurance company that sued to cut off the workers’ comp benefits she got after her husband was killed on the job. The insurer is dropping its lawsuit, her lawyer said.

 

Abbott: Ask Chemical Plants What's Inside

Republican candidate Greg Abbott gives his vision for a new Texas if he's elected governor in a speech to Republican delegates on June 6, 2014.
Republican candidate Greg Abbott gives his vision for a new Texas if he's elected governor in a speech to Republican delegates on June 6, 2014.

Despite a controversial ruling that the state no longer must give citizens data about dangerous chemical locations, Attorney General Greg Abbott said Texans can still find them. As long as they know which companies to ask. 

Texas Workers' Comp Commissioner Resigns

Texas Workers' Compensation Commissioner Rod Bordelon speaks to Texas Tribune reporter Elise Hu in 2010.
Texas Workers' Compensation Commissioner Rod Bordelon speaks to Texas Tribune reporter Elise Hu in 2010.

Texas Workers' Compensation Commissioner Rod Bordelon has announced his resignation. Bordelon is stepping down at time when workers are losing more and more major cases against insurers. 

Paxton "Saddened" by Withdrawn Endorsement

Senator Ken Paxton speaks to supporters in Plano on Thursday, August 1, 2013, to announcement his campaign for Attorney General.
Senator Ken Paxton speaks to supporters in Plano on Thursday, August 1, 2013, to announcement his campaign for Attorney General.

Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, is "saddened" that the Allen Police Association has withdrawn its endorsement of him in the race for attorney general, his spokesman said.

Police Group Withdraws Paxton Endorsement

Senator Ken Paxton listens to a supporter following his announcement to run for Attorney General on Thursday, August 1, 2013.
Senator Ken Paxton listens to a supporter following his announcement to run for Attorney General on Thursday, August 1, 2013.

The Allen Police Association has withdrawn its endorsement of its hometown senator, Ken Paxton of neighborhing McKinney, in the GOP race for Texas attorney general. The group cited Paxton's recent admission that he violated Texas securities law.