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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Anti-Corruption Unit Chief: No Davis Docs Passed to FBI

Texas gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Wendy Davis speaks to press following an education rally in Austin, Texas on April 14th
Texas gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Wendy Davis speaks to press following an education rally in Austin, Texas on April 14th

The agency charged with prosecuting public corruption cases wrapped up an investigation into Wendy Davis last year without finding any issues worth pursuing and did not uncover anything it believed it should refer to the FBI.

 

Political Storm Erupts Over Ike Claims

Larry Taylor, Steve Mostyn and David Dewhurst
Larry Taylor, Steve Mostyn and David Dewhurst

The former TWIA chief says two top Republicans tried to pressure him into fighting more cases and complained that fees paid to lawyers were ending up in Democratic coffers. The Republicans said their actions were appropriate.

Lubbock Democrat Denies Calling Abbott's Wife a "Prop"

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on stage with his wife Cecilia and daughter Audrey moments before announcing his gubernatorial campaign, Jul, 15, 2013.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on stage with his wife Cecilia and daughter Audrey moments before announcing his gubernatorial campaign, Jul, 15, 2013.

When Democrats blasted Attorney General Greg Abbott after a recent stop in Lubbock, the front-running candidate for governor accused one of them of calling his "Latina wife of 32 years a prop." The Democrat says it never happened. 

Abbott's Wife Now in Political Fray

Attorney General Greg Abbott spoke to supporters in Austin on Nov. 9, 2013, after officially filing for the 2014 gubernatorial campaign. He was joined by his daughter, Audrey, and his wife, Cecilia.
Attorney General Greg Abbott spoke to supporters in Austin on Nov. 9, 2013, after officially filing for the 2014 gubernatorial campaign. He was joined by his daughter, Audrey, and his wife, Cecilia.

There is yet another indication that the race for Texas governor will play out increasingly on the volatile terrain of culture and race. This time it involves Abbott's Hispanic wife, Cecilia.

Republicans Throwing Time and Money Into Field Game

Cornyn campaign signs available at the Galveston County Republican Party's annual Liconln dinner in League City, Texas Saturday, February 15, 2014.
Cornyn campaign signs available at the Galveston County Republican Party's annual Liconln dinner in League City, Texas Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Although Republicans have dominated Texas politics over the last 20 years, GOP leaders have been preaching about the need for better minority outreach and updated technology. 

Stimulus Fund Allegations Spice Up AG Race

State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, and state Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, are in a runoff for attorney general.
State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, and state Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, are in a runoff for attorney general.

The campaigns for two GOP attorney general candidates — state Rep. Dan Branch and state Sen. Ken Paxton — are accusing each other of benefiting from President Obama's 2009 stimulus package. Those are fighting words in a Texas GOP primary.