Austin will be the epicenter of the auto racing world this month when its new, $400 million track — the Circuit of the Americas — hosts the first Formula One race in the United States since 2007.Full Story
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.
Voters in Congressional District 23 are getting a taste of what folks in swing states are seeing in the presidential contest: a real nailbiter of a race. Each side claims it's winning, but the amount of money and the tenor of the attack ads suggest the race is a tossup.Full Story
The Texas Democratic Party in Lubbock County has released a video showing several young men in an altercation with one of its volunteers and yelling racially derogatory remarks at the volunteer, who was looking out for vandals targeting signs for President Obama.Full Story
Republican U.S. Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco and his Democratic challenger, state Rep. Pete Gallego, debated once in Spanish a month ago. Since then they haven’t appeared on stage together, and time is running out.Full Story
Texas Republicans are used to playing offense — and winning. But in the sprawling 23rd Congressional District, in which U.S. Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco is being challenged by state Rep. Pete Gallego, they have a fight on their hands.Full Story
Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Texas this week to stump for state Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco, R-San Antonio, the Gallego campaign has announced.Full Story
Three Republicans who served in the Legislature with Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, are criticizing his GOP opponent's use of a picture of Jesus in a controversial mail piece. Republican U.S. Rep. Quico Canseco is standing by the ad.Full Story
With a tight presidential race going down to the wire, Gov. Rick Perry will campaign this weekend for formal rival Mitt Romney in Colorado and Nevada, where Perry will appear at a series of rallies.Full Story
Former Vice President Dick Cheney will visit Texas next week to raise money for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Cheney will be joined at events in Austin and Dallas by Romney’s son Josh.Full Story
Democrat Pete Gallego, locked in one of the hottest congressional races in the country, says his opponent Quico Canseco went too far by using the face of Jesus in a political ad. Canseco stands by the mailer.Full Story
State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, acknowledges he made errors in how his campaign reimbursed him for the use of his personal vehicle. He says he plans to now keep a log of his miles.Full Story
The GOP's ever-tightening grip on Anglo voters helps explain why no Democrat won statewide in Texas from 2000 to 2010 even though minorities accounted for 89 percent of the population growth over the same period.Full Story
The turmoil on the debate stage was matched by monumental infighting and bitterness inside Gov. Rick Perry's campaign. In the last excerpt from Oops! A Diary from the 2012 Campaign Trail, the divisions are laid bare.
Gov. Rick Perry is downplaying the effects that a previously undiagnosed sleep disorder had on his ill-fated presidential campaign, days after his office confirmed the ailment.Full Story
By the time Gov. Rick Perry's campaign sputtered into South Carolina in January, he was so gaffe-prone that aides struggled to bat down stories about blunders that never actually happened. An excerpt from Oops! A Diary from the 2012 Campaign Trail.Full Story