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.
The first debate of the Texas governor's race will be held Friday night in the Rio Grande Valley. It will be a rare opportunity for Democrat Wendy Davis, trailing in the polls, to directly confront Republican Greg Abbott, who has only appeared in one formal statewide debate in his long career.Full Story
Republican Greg Abbott's campaign for governor is hitting his opponent, Democrat Wendy Davis, for alleged ethical lapses in a new web ad. The ad cites a report that raised questions about Davis' service on the Fort Worth City Council.Full Story
Texas saw a decline in the number of people killed on the job in 2013, but the state still leads the nation in workplace fatalities, according to preliminary government data released Thursday.
State Sen. Wendy Davis' revelation that she had an abortion late in her 1997 pregnancy is shedding light on a provision in the restrictive abortion legislation she tried in vain to stop last year.Full Story
Despite having the largest warchest in Texas politics, Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor, keeps adding to it with a series of fundraisers scheduled into at least mid-October.Full Story
In a sign of how much the pot business has changed, Joe Allbaugh, a former GOP confidante to George W. Bush and Rick Perry, is now serving on the board of a marijuana lab company doing business in states where weed is legal.Full Story
In her memoir, state Sen. Wendy Davis talks about the difficulties of her childhood, her two failed marriages and her political career.Full Story
State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, reveals in her new book that she terminated two pregnancies for medical reasons, both more than 15 years ago.Full Story
As Sen. Leticia Van de Putte reaches for one of the most powerful jobs in Texas, the blurred lines between her private work and public role are giving rise to familiar questions in a part-time Legislature.Full Story
The state tab for Gov. Rick Perry's criminal defense, previously thought to be $80,000, has hit $133,000. Perry has said he will pay for his lawyers with campaign money from now on.Full Story
Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis is launching a second TV attack ad in the Texas governor’s race, this time criticizing Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott for his ties to companies that got cancer research grants.Full Story
UPDATED: Gov. Rick Perry, who has been using taxpayer dollars to pay the defense lawyers fighting his felony indictments, will tap campaign funds from now on, his spokesman said Wednesday night.Full Story
After being booked on two felony counts — a process that took less than 10 minutes — Gov. Rick Perry again stood by his veto of public integrity unit funding and called his indictment "a chilling restraint on the right of free speech."
Travis County deputies say they expect Rick Perry to be booked between 4 and 6 p.m. on Tuesday — the same window when supporters are expected to rally at the courthouse in defense of the Texas governor.