Ross Ramsey Executive Editor

Ross Ramsey is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Before joining the Tribune, Ross 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 and director of communications with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Before that, he 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 its Austin bureau chief, and worked as a Dallas-based freelance business writer, writing for regional and national magazines and newspapers. Ross got his start in journalism in broadcasting, covering news for radio stations in Denton and Dallas.

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Didn't See THAT Coming

Texas Weekly

In retrospect, everything on our Hot List should have been Red. In the Texas House, all seven Republicans on that list survived, and easily, along with two of the Democrats. The two congressmen got booted, along with the 19 other Democrats on that roster. Three Democrats who weren't on our list went down on Tuesday, including David McQuade Leibowitz of San Antonio, and every officeholder named Solomon Ortiz (that's a father and son, in the U.S. and Texas Houses, respectively, if you just came in).

Cost Per Vote Varies by Race

Carol Kent, a freshman Democrat who unsuccessfully defended her north Dallas seat in the Texas House, spent $64.06 per vote — the most of any of the 194 candidates running for state offices in this year’s general election, according to an analysis of campaign-finance data by The Texas Tribune.

Yes, the GOP Wave Turned Out to Be a Tsunami

Rick Perry won his third full term as governor of Texas on Tuesday, defeating former Houston Mayor Bill White by a convincing double-digit margin and positioning himself for a role on the national stage. And he led a Republican army that swept all statewide offices for the fourth election in a row, took out three Democratic U.S. congressmen and was on its way to a nearly two-thirds majority in the Texas House — a mark the GOP hasn't seen since the days following the Civil War.

Texas Weekly's Hot List, Vol. 9

Our last look before Election Day at the most competitive races on the Texas congressional and legislative ballots is unchanged: There are eight incumbent Democrats in the Red zone, eight Democrats and three Republicans on Orange alert and eight Democrats and four Republicans mellowing in Yellow.

Spooked

Texas Weekly

Not every Democrat we know is twitchy or nervous or jumpy or scared — maybe they're not in the Halloween frame of mind. But candidates and consultants who ordinarily aren't worried at all are uncertain, and in a negative way — not the state you want to be in during the closing days of a campaign.

Things We're Thinking About Beyond Election Day

Yes, yes, the governor’s race: It’s tended to suck all the air out of the room this election cycle, hasn’t it? But there’s an undercard as well, and even if it’s received scant attention by comparison, don’t think it doesn’t matter. To the contrary, the outcome of races other than the one at the top of the ballot has serious implications for a great many matters of politics and policy that will affect and should interest every single Texan in the near term.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of Oct. 25, 2010

Stiles on the other important Perry in Texas politics, E. Smith interviews Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, Aguilar on the illegal cash moving between the U.S. and Mexico, yours truly on the horse race and other results from the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, Philpott on this year's efforts to turn out Hispanic votes, M. Smith's talks on camera with Judge Sharon Keller about her ongoing tangle with the death penalty, Grissom on a sex offender who's angry about his return to ankle bracelet monitoring, Hu on the Texans in line for hot committee assignments if the Republicans win a congressional majority, Galbraith on a courthouse restoration program that's on the budget chopping block and Hamilton's interview with the co-founder of one of the nation's most successful charter school programs: The best of our best from Oct. 25 to 29, 2010.

Texas Weekly's Hot List, Vol. 8

This week's look at the most competitive races on the Texas congressional and legislative ballots sees HD-105 (Harper-Brown) downgraded from Red to Orange, HD-45 (Rose) upgraded from Yellow to Orange and two new ones, HD-106 (England) and HD-149 (Vo), added to the Yellow zone.

UT/TT Poll: Perry 50, White 40, Glass 8, Shafto 2

Republican Gov. Rick Perry leads his Democratic challenger, Bill White by 10 points — 50 percent to 40 percent — in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. Libertarian Kathie Glass has the support of 8 percent of respondents; Deb Shafto of the Green Party gets 2 percent. In the last UT/TT poll, conducted in early September, Perry led by 6 points, 39 percent to 33 percent. In a red state in a red year, GOP incumbents in other statewide races are beating their Democratic opponents by between 13 points and 20 points, the new poll found.

Election Days

Texas Weekly

Twice as many people showed up for the first three days of early voting in the state's top 15 counties as came out four years ago, according to the Texas Secretary of State. Through the end of the day Wednesday (there's a lag in the reporting and those were the latest numbers as we published), 435,007 people had voted, compared with 219,436 four years ago. As a percentage of registered voters, that's 5.22 percent this year as opposed to 2.7 percent four years ago. Early voting continues for another week. During the 2006 gubernatorial election, 13.2 percent of the registered voters in those top 15 counties voted early.