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Elise Hu is a political reporter who focuses on multimedia projects at the Tribune. She previously worked as the state political reporter for Austin's ABC affiliate, KVUE-TV, from 2006 to 2009. She was recognized by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters three years in a row for her beat reporting on state politics and was named Best TV Reporter Who Can Write by The Austin Chronicle. Before arriving in Austin, she held reporting positions at television stations in Waco; Greenville, S.C.; and Columbia, Mo. She's an evangelist for social media and multimedia journalism — her Political Junkie blog was listed as one of WashingtonPost.com's top Texas political blogs. A native of Plano, she has a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri.

Recent Contributions

Resign of the Times

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison finally ended the will-she-or-won't-she drama, saying she's staying put through the end of her term in 2012. But ever since she first announced she'd resign, she's been shifting positions. We take a look back. Full Story 

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 22

In this week's TribCast, Tribune reporters consider U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's decision to stay, health care costs to Texas, press coverage of Perry vs. White and that gay Jesus controversy at Tartleton State. Full Story 

HHSC Chief Testifies on Health Care Costs

Is the health reform price tag in Texas $1.4 billion... or more like $24 billion? State Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, asks HHSC Commissioner Tom Suehs to explain why his agency's estimate is so much higher than a federal estimate. Full Story 

John Cornyn on KBH's Decision to Stay

U.S. Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, on his colleague U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's decision to keep her Senate seat despite earlier promises she would resign before the end of her term. Full Story 

A Conversation with James Baker

Former Secretary of State and White House Chief of Staff James Baker on how Barack Obama is handling Israel, Afghanistan and other foreign policy challenges, why today's politics are so divisive, and why the rising national debt may be biggest problem we face. Full Story 

The Runoffs: HD-52

Two Republicans are battling for the chance to win back a Williamson County legislative seat from first-term state Rep. Diana Maldonado, D-Round Rock. They differ more in style than substance. One says he has deeper ties to the district. The other touts more than a decade's worth of experience as a Capitol insider. Full Story 

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 21

The TribCast gang is back together again to talk about health care reform's effect on Texas, the redistricting fight coming up for the next legislature, and U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison: Should she just stay in the Senate until 2012? Full Story 

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 20

In this week's TribCast, we consider the tax disclosure problems for Texas politicians, the response to drug violence along the Texas-Mexico border and discuss the pro-impeachment Democrat in a well-known Houston district. Full Story 

Meet Kesha Rogers

She's the Democratic nominee for Congress in Tom DeLay's old seat. But Texas Democrats don't want anything to do with her, citing her alignment with the LaRouche movement's "thuggish" behavior and more. Full Story 
She's the Democratic nominee for Congress in Tom DeLay's old seat. But Texas Democrats don't want anything to do with her, citing her alignment with the LaRouche movement's "thuggish" behavior and more.

The Curious Case of Kesha Rogers

She's their nominee for Congress in Tom DeLay's old district, but Kesha Rogers — who considers health care reform "fascist" and wants Barack Obama impeached — has few friends in the Democratic Party.

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A Conversation with Bill White

The full audio recording from TribLive featuring Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill White. White discusses his top priorities in his run for governor, why he won't promise to freeze or lower taxes and how he'll beat back charges that he's a liberal trial lawyer.

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The Weekly TribCast: Episode 19

In this week's skirmish, Evan, Ross, Elise and guest podcaster Julian Aguilar talk about the promise and potential pitfalls for Bill White, the legislative races to watch this fall and whether anyone is buying Karl Rove's new book. Full Story 

Advice for Bill White

Political strategist Matthew Dowd offers advice for Democrat Bill White as the general election race for Gov. Rick Perry's job gets underway.

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The Weekly TribCast: Episode 18

It's the post-primary edition of our weekly skirmish. Evan, Ross, Elise and Ben look ahead to Perry v. White, bid farewell to KBH and Farouk and list their biggest surprises of the election night that was. Full Story