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.
Tuition and fees at the state's public colleges and universities would be capped at their current levels and only be permitted to grow at the rate of inflation under a bill filed Tuesday by state Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown.
During a news conference in which he announced the selection of his senior staff, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott said Monday that he wants to improve the educational foundation that students receive in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade.
Gov. Rick Perry is stepping up his game ahead of a potential presidential bid by breaking bread with donors and engaging in long policy briefing sessions, so we open our weekly news-inspired playlist with "I'm Getting Ready" by Michael Kiwanuka.
Tensions at the nearly 80-year-old Kilgore College have reached new — and possibly violent — heights amid allegations that the school was in the habit of improperly removing and disposing of asbestos from its buildings.
If he opts to run for president again, Gov. Rick Perry wants to ensure that his entry into the field bears little resemblance to 2011, when he jumped into the Republican presidential primaries with little preparation or forethought.
Reeve, Evan, Terri and Ross discuss the case of a schizophrenic man on death row, the spending cap for the next budget, Gov. Rick Perry's presidential prep work, and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott's latest lawsuit against President Obama.
Before transitioning to the governor's office, Greg Abbott, the outgoing attorney general, indicated that he intends to file at least one more lawsuit against the Obama administration, so our playlist starts with the Levon Helm Band's "One More Shot."
Reeve, Emily, Ross and Morgan talk about Gov.-elect Greg Abbott's plans to sue the federal government again, squabbles over social studies textbooks at the State Board of Education and disagreements over who in the Legislature qualifies as "pro-life."
Little known outside the halls of Texas government, Daniel Hodge has become one of its more powerful behind-the-scenes figures. That's only becoming more true: He's expected to serve a key role in the new governor's administration.
With enough House Republicans publicly backing Speaker Joe Straus to all but guarantee his re-election, excitement about the speaker's race is dissipating. So, this week's playlist starts with B.B. King and Tracy Chapman singing "The Thrill is Gone."
Reeve, Ross, Emily and Aman discuss the status of the race to be Texas House speaker, the latest on Gov. Rick Perry's indictment, concerns about economic incentive programs and a coming cascade of elections.