is the newsletters editor for the Tribune. Prior to that, he was a reporter for Quorum Report, a non-partisan online political newsletter focusing on the ins and outs under the Dome, for more than seven years – covering the waterfront from health and human services and redistricting to pensions and elections. A native of Atlanta, Ga., he started his journalistic career one day after the attacks of Sept. 11 in Lubbock, Texas, where he rotated through a slew of beats at The Avalanche-Journal. He received his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and studied at the University of Georgia's graduate school in journalism. When not at work, he actively attempts to convince himself he is adept at tennis with varying levels of success. And he has adopted the Austin custom of appreciating smoked meats and listening to music in grassy/muddy fields.
Moments of emotion and drama emerge in the legislative session's final days, bills die when final deadlines hit and more 2016 maneuvering — all that and more in the latest issue of our subscriber-only newsletter for political insiders ($).
House Ways and Means Chair Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, speaks with House Appropriations Chair John Otto, R-Dayton, and House Administration Chair Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, on the House floor on May 14, 2015.
The Dallas Morning News takes a detailed look at the evolution of the deal on tax cuts this session and finds that at a few critical junctures, the deal almost derailed entirely.
State Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, waits to lay out HB48 on May 28, 2015. The bill passed, 137-5, to create an exoneration commission that would review possible wrongdoing in felony convictions.
After much effort, Ruth Jones McClendon was successful this session in passing legislation to create an innocence commission.
House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, takes a break from the chair to speak with members during floor debate on May 27, 2015.
Deciphering partisan intent can be difficult; many motivations can underlie the killing of a bill.
photo illustration by: Jacob Villanueva
In this week's edition of the Trib+Edu newsletter: Disparities persist decades after Brown v. Board of Education, it's crunch time at the Legislature and an interview with Paul Carrola of the University of Texas at El Paso.
State Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, on the House floor, May 7, 2015.
The House remains fully committed to keeping dark money disclosure language in its ethics reform legislation. However, the measure's Senate author is equally adamant that provision must come out.
In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Forgotten Citizens.
Students in Pre-K teacher Josefina Pineda's class sing to practice their language skills at the Dallas Independent School District Cesar Chavez Learning Center in Dallas, Texas.
Blackwell middle school students study on their iPads, which all students receive starting in seventh grade.
While a contradiction at first glance, there is a burgeoning effort in education technology to develop tools that promote, rather than ignore, the social and emotional learning that are integral facets of elementary education.
A reading assistant reads on the classroom floor with a small group of fourth graders at Wanke Elementary School in San Antonio on March 9, 2012.
photo by: Caleb Bryant Miller
Substitute teacher Nemir Naayem watches the hallways at Austin Premiere Academy during TAKS testing.
School children at Cantu Elementary in San Juan, Texas, eat their free breakfast, Wednesday April 24, 2013.
House Parliamentarian Chris Griesel is handed another stack of bills during debate on S.B. 19 Tuesday evening May 26, 2015 in the Texas House.
Campus carry legislation lived to fight another day as a last-minute deal saved Senate Bill 11 just before a midnight deadline in the House to take initial votes on bills originating in the Senate.
In this week's edition of the Trib+Health newsletter: Paramedics gain new role in diverting non-emergency care from the ER, the Mental Health Channel airs Texas-centered episodes and an interview with Christian R. Abee of the Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine.