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
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.
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
Jonathan Stickland and Trey Martinez Fischer don't have a lot in common ideologically, but they have at least one similarity: Their use of the House's rear podium as a platform when they're outnumbered or ignored.Full Story
Suppose practically everyone eligible to vote in an election in Texas actually did so. Would we get the same results we get now?Full Story
Texas legislators might eventually get the transportation funding bill the governor asked them for, but it's not the stuff parades are made of: They've already blown two chances.Full Story
The state says anyone who disagrees with election law changes ought to prove there is a problem in court. The federal government and others want the state to prove there are no problems before those laws ever take effect.Full Story
It has been just a year since Ted Cruz vanquished Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a primary runoff, but the current darling of Texas Republicans is already getting a serious look from conservative voters in early presidential primary states.Full Story
Aguilar on the federal government’s aggressive voting rights stance, Aaronson on a headline-grabbing Medicaid overbilling case, Batheja’s profile of Sylvester Turner, Luthra on Cruz and Cornyn and the ACA, Satija and Dehn go bee watching, Grissom catches inmates farming for food banks, Murphy, Swicegood and Jordan update our government salary database, and M. Smith and Serrano report on a politically charged curriculum battle: The best of our best for the week of July 22 to 26, 2013.
The newest legal battle over voting rights in Texas could go either way in court, but for Attorney General Greg Abbott, it's a golden opportunity to square off with a Democratic administration in Washington, D.C., that is far from popular in Texas.Full Story
The state's abortion and health care policies intersect in the budget — even though that might not always be part of the debate — and the budget is where the impact of decisions on abortion and Medicaid will be revealed.Full Story
The U.S. Justice Department will seek to once more require that a federal court approve Texas’ controversial voter ID law, despite a Supreme Court ruling that such a practice is outdated.Full Story
State Sen. Wendy Davis' filibuster against abortion legislation gave Democrats across the country a rare red-state rallying point, and some of them responded by opening their checkbooks.
Greg Abbott has everything he needs to run for governor: organization, loads of cash and opponents who don't yet have traction. So what will make him explain his positions on the full range of issues facing the state?Full Story
The price of political celebrity is often the attention it draws from the opposition. State Sen. Wendy Davis raised her profile with a filibuster, and now must decide whether to fight the GOP at home or on a bigger stage.Full Story