Texas Republicans and Democrats are still at odds over voter ID and redistricting, but the venue has changed and now it's the Republicans on defense.Full Story
Ross Ramsey Ross Ramsey is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Before joining the Tribune, Ramsey was editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly for 15 years. He did a 28-month stint in government as associate deputy comptroller for policy with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and the agency’s director of communications. Before that, Ramsey reported for the Houston Chronicle from its Austin bureau and for the Dallas Times Herald, first on the business desk in Dallas and later as the paper’s Austin bureau chief, and worked as a Dallas-based freelance business writer, writing for regional and national magazines and newspapers. Ramsey got his start in journalism in broadcasting, working for almost seven years covering news for radio stations in Denton and Dallas.
Joe Straus became speaker of the Texas House with the help of a relatively small group of Republicans who rebelled against a sitting speaker. Less than five years later, only four of them are left.Full Story
Former Texas Attorney General Dan Morales wants the state to reopen the tobacco litigation that landed him in federal prison, saying the state might be entitled to some of the billions of dollars that were awarded to outside attorneys.
The state’s 2014 primaries will be held using the congressional and legislative maps approved this summer by lawmakers during a special session, a federal panel of judges in San Antonio ruled Friday.
Political contributors are ready and willing to give to candidates who can show them some reason — in a very competitive season — why they ought to contribute. But that's not as easy as it looks.Full Story
Aguilar finds a marriage divided by a river, Batheja on plans for new gravel roads, Grissom on the latest disputes in the Hank Skinner case, Hamilton follows UT’s top regent into the fray, MacLaggan peers into the digital divide, Murphy maps the levels in Texas’ shrunken lakes, Philpott finds Democrats waiting for Wendy, Root reports that the wait will be a little bit longer, Rocha on John Cornyn and federal health care, Satija finds greener grass that could save water and M. Smith on the growth of cyber schools in Texas: The best of our best for the week of Aug. 26 to 30, 2013.Full Story
The Republican ticket is ready for the unofficial but traditional Labor Day start of the political cycle, but the Democrats are waiting for their top candidate to announce.Full Story
In a new online campaign ad, Republican Jerry Patterson slaps some of his rivals for lieutenant governor for being "soft" and says this summer's filibuster in the Texas Senate — he calls it "Washington West" — might have gone differently with him in charge.Full Story
Lawmakers passed a new set of congressional and legislative maps in their first special session. Redistricting has been a long and contentious process, and it is probably far from over. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.Full Story
The 2014 election season is already in full swing. Here's a completely unofficial — and very preliminary — look at the people who have either thrown their names in the ring or been mentioned as possible contenders.
A few minor ethics measures passed in the 83rd legislative session. But the real story is what didn’t happen. This story is part of our monthlong 31 Days, 31 Ways series.Full Story
Texas Democrats are hoping to fill out a statewide ballot that so far just has one candidate on it, and they're hoping a marquee candidate like Wendy Davis might prime the pump.Full Story
Root reports on Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis and their gubernatorial moves, Satija on the new force in the state’s water wars, Murphy’s interactive on the most expensive water projects, M. Smith looks at grades for schools, Aaronson sorts out changes in women’s health programs, Aguilar finds some harmony between the U.S. and Mexico, Batheja on upgrades to the state’s 911 system, Dehn and Koh on new penalties for hit-and-run drivers, Grissom on possible interference in a criminal case, Hamilton on a positive focus at UT, Rocha on the outcome of the third special session: The best of our best for the week of August 5 to 9, 2013.Full Story