Reeve Hamilton Reporter

Reeve Hamilton covers higher education and politics for The Texas Tribune and hosts the Tribune's weekly podcast. His writing has also appeared in Texas Monthly and The Texas Observer. Born in Houston and raised in Massachusetts, he has a bachelor's degree in English from Vanderbilt University.

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Amid Tension, UT-Austin Touts Fundraising Numbers

UT President Bill Powers does the "Hook-em 'Horns" with student Lariza Uribe at the Texas Capitol on Mar. 5, 2013.
UT President Bill Powers does the "Hook-em 'Horns" with student Lariza Uribe at the Texas Capitol on Mar. 5, 2013.

As tensions remain between the University of Texas at Austin leadership and the University of Texas System, the university focused on the positive Thursday when it announced that it had broken its single-year fundraising record.

AG Endorsements Underscore House Republicans' Split

A packed Texas House gallery, filled mostly with the pro-choice group "Stand with Texas Women," cheer during a speech by Rep. Jessica Farrar D-Houston on June 23rd, 2013
A packed Texas House gallery, filled mostly with the pro-choice group "Stand with Texas Women," cheer during a speech by Rep. Jessica Farrar D-Houston on June 23rd, 2013

The notion that Texas Republicans make up two of the three parties in the Texas House is underscored by the latest round of endorsements in the race for the party's nomination to be the next attorney general.

UT-Austin Cancels Regent's Records Requests

Over two dozen boxes containing open records requests from the University of Texas system have been retrieved for use by UT Austin.
Over two dozen boxes containing open records requests from the University of Texas system have been retrieved for use by UT Austin.

The University of Texas at Austin's custodian of records informed the University of Texas System on Monday that all pending records requests from embattled Regent Wallace Hall are considered "cancelled, effective immediately."

Facebook Says it Erred by Yanking Branch Campaign Video

State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, has released his first web video in his campaign to become the next attorney general. Titled "Come and Take It," it highlights his desire to challenge what he calls "an overreaching federal government."

UPDATED: A Facebook spokesperson issued a statement on Friday saying that a campaign video on attorney general candidate Dan Branch's page had been removed erroneously and has since been restored.

Technical College Faces Questions and a Paradigm Shift

Keith Plantier lectures in a "Wind Safety" course at Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater, Texas, on July, 22, 2013. The college is placing more of an emphasis on courses that will help their students find employment in the growing number of oilfields and wind farms in West Texas.
Keith Plantier lectures in a "Wind Safety" course at Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater, Texas, on July, 22, 2013. The college is placing more of an emphasis on courses that will help their students find employment in the growing number of oilfields and wind farms in West Texas.

Amid talk of expanded technical education in the state, Texas State Technical College West Texas has been shrinking. But administrators tie the decline to a pending transition to a new funding model based on students' earnings.