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Robert Inks

Robert Inks is the night news editor at the Tribune. Before joining the Tribune in October 2015, Robert copy edited for several newspapers in and outside Texas. He also was a writer and editor for online global affairs website Stratfor and a project manager for newspaper publisher GateHouse Media. Robert is an Austin native and a UT-Austin graduate.

Recent Contributions

Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

The Brief: Texas electors make Trump's victory official

Thirty-six of Texas' 38 electors voted for Donald Trump at a Monday afternoon meeting at the Capitol, enough to put the real estate mogul over the 270-vote tipping point to be confirmed as the next president of the United States.

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New in TribTalk: Fetal remains

The fetal remains rule move places an additional barrier on women who seek to exercise their constitutional right and represents another attempt to shame and restrict access to abortion care, writes Nancy Cardenas of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

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Todd Wiseman

New in TribTalk: Texas House power shifts

In 2015, Democrats were less frequently able to keep legislation they opposed off of the floor or gain majority backing for legislation they supported than in previous sessions, writes political scientist Mark P. Jones.

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Ivan Pierre Aguirre

New in TribTalk: Outlawing sanctuary cities

Cities that flout the law by enacting sanctuary city policies are not just turning a blind eye to the problem of illegal immigration but are encouraging it, writes Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin.

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New in TribTalk: Business, privacy and bathrooms

The Texas Association of Business claims that legislation that allows businesses to protect women and young girls is "discriminatory," but this couldn't be further from the truth, writes state Rep. Matt Shaheen, R-Plano.

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Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

New in TribTalk: Trump and Latinos

The rhetoric of President-elect Donald Trump against Mexican-Americans is striking, but the ideas aren't new, writes University of Houston associate professor Raúl A. Ramos. Latinos and Latinas faced similar attacks in Texas more than 160 years ago from the Know-Nothing movement.

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MIchael Stravato

New in TribTalk: Fighting HIV/AIDS in Texas

As World AIDS Day is commemorated Dec. 1, health care providers, the public and policymakers in Texas must realize the virus is still invading neighborhoods at astonishing rates, write Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Legacy Community Health CEO Katy Caldwell.

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Laura Buckman

New in TribTalk: LGBT youth and faith-based systems

In faith-based foster care, there is an increased likelihood of prospective foster and adoptive parents’ theological and personal convictions directly conflicting with the acceptance and affirmation LGBT youth require, writes St. Edward's University assistant professor Adam McCormick.

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Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

New in TribTalk: What El Paso kids are asking about Trump

Children along the U.S.-Mexico border have perhaps the most pressing and heartbreaking questions one could imagine about the incoming Trump administration, writes University of Texas at El Paso assistant professor David DeMatthews.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

New in TribTalk: How do Texas Democrats win?

The Democratic Party already possesses a path to victory in Texas, but only if it assembles an unabashedly liberal, multiracial coalition that connects high politics with robust social movements, writes Texas Christian University assistant professor Max Krochmal.

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John Jordan

New in TribTalk: Saving for a rainy day

Legislators will be tempted to tap the Economic Stabilization Fund for many reasons, but restraint should be exercised, write Vance Ginn and Elliott Raia of the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

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