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John Jordan

John Jordan does a little bit of everything at The Texas Tribune. In addition working with our great photographers to editing our Directory of elected officials, John manages the day-to-day operations at the Tribune and makes sure we have good coffee to drink. Before coming to work at the Tribune, John spent several decades as a touring and recording musician. In 2005, he left the road to join a statewide political campaign. After that, John worked for an Austin-based nonprofit, then joined the Austin Bureau of The Dallas Morning News, where he worked for four years before joining the staff at The Texas Tribune.

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The Playlist: Hog Heaven

After a marathon 17-plus hour debate that started just after noon last Tuesday, the House finally gave its preliminary nod to its version of the state budget, so we start this week's playlist of the week’s news with “For the Love of Money” by The O’Jays.

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The Playlist: Cruise Control

With a late night tweet, U.S. Sen Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for president then immediately hit the road, so we start our playlist with “Cruise Control” by the Dixie Dregs.

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The Playlist: She Caught the Katy

In a story this week about former Florida governor and likely presidential contender Jeb Bush's early Texas years, we learned that in college Bush and his roomies listened to jazz and Taj Mahal records on their stereo, so it's all Taj and jazz for this week's playlist of the week's news.

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The Playlist: Something in the Water

This week, we published Undrinkable, our series on why tens of thousands along the Texas border don’t have ready access to safe, clean drinking water, so we start this week’s playlist of the week’s news with “Something in the Water” by Prince.

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Inside Texas Politics: Mother, May I?

On this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics with host Jason Whitely, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy and Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey, talk turns to spending caps and constitutional amendments.

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The Playlist: The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines

With a story this weekend on a lawsuit involving a Houston dry cleaner, plus our coverage of Rick Perry and Ted Cruz appearing in Iowa, we're leading off this week's playlist of the week’s news with Joni Mitchell’s “The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines.”

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The Playlist: The Race is On

The first University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll of 2015 had good news for likely White House hopefuls Scott Walker and Hillary Clinton — so we’re kicking off this week’s playlist with George Jones singing “The Race Is On."

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The Playlist: Hamilton

This week's playlist is dedicated to Reeve Hamilton, one of the Tribune's original reporters who leaves us today after a memorable five-plus years.

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The Playlist: Falling Grace

This week, journalism lost two who were among its best: longtime CBS News correspondent Bob Simon and New York Times media columnist David Carr. This playlist is dedicated to them.

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Inside Texas Politics: "Crazy State"

On this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics with host Jason Whitely, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy and Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey: a widely shared video in which a Florida congressman calls Texas a "crazy state."

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