joined the Tribune in 2014 as the publication's first Washington Bureau Chief. In this role, she won the 2017 National Press Club Award for Washington Regional Reporting. Previously, she covered political campaigns, House leadership and Congress for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper. A seventh-generation Texan, Abby graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. She grew up in Fort Worth and has appeared in an episode of "The Bold and The Beautiful." Abby pitched and produced political segments for CNN and worked as an editor for The Hotline, National Journal’s campaign tipsheet. Abby began her journalism career as a desk assistant at NBC News in Washington, working her way up to the political unit, where she researched stories for Nightly News, the Today Show and Meet the Press. In keeping with the Trib’s great history of hiring softball stars, Abby is a three-time MVP (the most in game history —Ed.) for The Bad News Babes, the women’s press softball team that takes on female members of Congress in the annual Congressional Women’s Softball breast cancer charity game.
The GOP's Tea Party wing has made serious inroads into Texas state offices, but the movement has come up short when it comes to congressional elections, failing to field candidates with serious chances of ousting incumbent U.S. House members.
Despite Sen. Ted Cruz’s eleventh-hour change of heart on the biggest vote since he became a presidential candidate, the U.S. Senate cleared a major procedural hurdle Tuesday that will likely give President Obama the authority to negotiate the largest trade deal in American history.
Six months out from the filing deadline, Texas political operatives on the right and the even farther right are analyzing the state's congressional map in an attempt to identify vulnerable members of the delegation.
Texas has just three women in its 38-member congressional delegation, and hasn't sent a new long-term congresswoman to Washington in almost 20 years. Many in both parties wonder why the state's once-promising fount of woman candidates is running dry.
The U.S. House on Friday shot down President Obama's bid to negotiate the largest trade deal in American history. The people taking knives to his agenda were in his own party, including most of Texas' Democratic delegation.
U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Dallas Republican, has amassed enough political capital to become chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and he's using it to try to kill the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the latest Tea Party punching bag.
"I don’t know who she’s playing to, but she’s not playing to the people of Texas," Rick Perry said on CNN, referring to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's criticism of his voter access policies as governor.
Texas Democrats in the U.S. House face an agonizing choice: oppose a sweeping trade measure and deep-six President Obama’s economic legacy, or support it and antagonize labor, one of the largest financial constituents in the party.
On Thursday, former Gov. Rick Perry announced he was entering the 2016 campaign for president, the second time he has run for the White House. The Texas Tribune is compiling Perry’s public events — past and future — since his official launch.
It's a calculation every member of Congress who runs for president faces: Is time spent fundraising and campaigning worth the blowback for missing work in D.C.? So far, Texas' junior senator appears to be betting yes.