is a native of Liberty. He never knew any reporters growing up, and he has never taken a journalism class in his life. But somehow he got hooked on the news business. It all started when Root walked into the offices of The Daily Texan, his college newspaper, during his last year at the University of Texas in 1987. He couldn't resist the draw: it was the biggest collection of misfits ever assembled. After graduating, he took a job at a Houston chemical company and soon realized it wasn't for him. Root applied for an unpaid internship at the Houston Post in 1990, and it turned into a full-time job that same year. He has been a reporter ever since. Root has covered natural disasters, live music and Texas politics — not necessarily in that order. He was Austin bureau chief of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for a dozen years, most of them good. He also covered politics and the Legislature for The Associated Press before joining the staff of the Tribune.Root is the author of “Oops! A Diary From The 2012 Campaign Trail,” an insider’s account of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s dramatic collapse in the 2012 presidential race. The book was released in September, 2012.
The agency charged with prosecuting public corruption cases wrapped up an investigation into Wendy Davis last year without finding any issues worth pursuing and did not uncover anything it believed it should refer to the FBI.
The former TWIA chief says two top Republicans tried to pressure him into fighting more cases and complained that fees paid to lawyers were ending up in Democratic coffers. The Republicans said their actions were appropriate.
Democrat Wendy Davis said last summer that she would quit doing private legal work for her public sector clients if she ran for governor. But months after she kicked off her campaign, the Fort Worth senator continues to represent them.
When Democrats blasted Attorney General Greg Abbott after a recent stop in Lubbock, the front-running candidate for governor accused one of them of calling his "Latina wife of 32 years a prop." The Democrat says it never happened.
Wendy Davis has released her first attack ad against Greg Abbott. The web ad features an interview with a rape victim who expresses shock that Ted Nugent, who has admitted having affairs with underage girls, appeared with Abbott on the campaign trail.
The campaigns for two GOP attorney general candidates — state Rep. Dan Branch and state Sen. Ken Paxton — are accusing each other of benefiting from President Obama's 2009 stimulus package. Those are fighting words in a Texas GOP primary.
State Sen. Wendy Davis has filed a corrected 2013 personal financial statement, and her campaign said the new filing corrected minor technical errors. The campaign of her likely gubernatorial opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, said the timing of the correction raises questions.
Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis is calling on her likely Republican opponent in the governor's race, Attorney General Greg Abbott, to quit defending the state's school finance system and reach a settlement instead. Abbott said Davis was focused on the past.