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.
A documentary and a book in the works will document Texas A&M University’s transformational decision to join the Southeastern Conference, so we start this week’s R&B-themed Playlist with James Brown’s “Get On the Good Foot.”
As candidates pile up endorsements from political groups and newspapers, you need a scorecard to keep up. Here you go: Filter by candidate, race or endorsing group. We'll be constantly updating this tool; if you see a hole, let us know and we'll fill it.
Bernie Teide, convicted of murdering an elderly woman in Carthage 15 years ago, was back in court for proceedings reconsidering his life sentence, so we lead off this all-Texas Blues playlist with "How Long Blues" by T-Bone Walker.
The candidates have filed for the 2014 elections, and our election brackets — an idea lifted from the NCAA's March Madness basketball brackets — are back. We'll update these as officials from the state and large-county parties update their own lists.
In advance of a new op-ed and discussion site we plan to launch this spring — and in a general effort to improve the quality of discourse on texastribune.org — we've begun moderating comments much more vigorously.