covers higher education and politics for The Texas Tribune and hosts the Tribune's weekly podcast. His writing has also appeared in Texas Monthly and The Texas Observer. Born in Houston and raised in Massachusetts, he has a bachelor's degree in English from Vanderbilt University.
UPDATED: Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman released a web video via Twitter, Facebook, and his website on Monday formally announcing his candidacy for the 2014 Republican nomination for attorney general.
UPDATED: State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, the House's chief budget writer and a critic of some current University of Texas System regents, said Friday he is confident he has the support needed to unseat UT Regent Wallace Hall.
Touting a new collaboration, Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp asserted on Wednesday that the system's flagship university in College Station "has become the premier research university in the Southwest."
Reeve, Ross, Brandi and Jay discuss legislation vetoed by Gov. Rick Perry, the status of a special session bill dealing with the penalty for 17-year-old murderers and the significance of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's recent visit to a steakhouse.
Two legislators from Hidalgo County and two from Cameron County recall what it took to come up with a compromise on the bill to create a new university in South Texas, which Gov. Rick Perry recently signed into law.
For higher education followers, one of the great lingering mysteries of the 83rd session is the fate of a special committee that was formed to examine governance issues at the University of Texas System.
As legislative supplicants yearn for Gov. Rick Perry to add their pet issues to the agenda of the special session, we begin our weekly news-inspired playlist with Buddy Holly's "Crying, Waiting, Hoping."
A plan to issue billions in bonds for campus construction became a casualty of a legislative game of chicken in the regular session. Our new interactive illustrates just what was at stake at schools statewide.
No sooner did lawmakers gavel out the 83rd regular session than Gov. Rick Perry called them back for a special session. So this week's news-inspired playlist starts with "Stay a Little Longer," by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.