is a political reporter for The Texas Tribune, where she helps with national campaign coverage, writes stories about the intersection of race and politics in Texas, and covers the hottest political news bubbling out of local communities. She is also one of the primary authors of The Blast, the Tribune’s subscription-only daily newsletter for political insiders. Alex was previously the Tribune’s community reporter, but she began her stint with the organization as a fellow in 2016. She graduated in 2017 from the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism. She originally is from Massachusetts and is the best pingpong player at the Tribune.
Roads and schools — two topics of perpetual concern to Texans — were debated again on Wednesday by state lawmakers in a pair of legislative hearings, both focused on where taxpayers should be spending their money. Full Story
An 11-year legal struggle between the state of Connecticut and a coalition of educators and advocates has culminated in a groundbreaking, 90-page ruling by Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher. Full Story
Paying off most of the debt Texas has racked up building toll roads would cost about $36.7 billion, a final report from the Texas Department of Transportation revealed, a tall order for state lawmakers who would like to wean the state off tolled highways. Full Story
Despite Texas' reputation as being predominately Republican-leaning, Democrats backing their presidential nominee Hillary Clinton are hopeful the state will become competitive come November. Full Story
University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven hopes his athletes don’t get any ideas from the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, who remained seated or took a knee during the National Anthem. Full Story