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Ross Ramsey

Ross Ramsey is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, where he writes regular columns on politics, government and public policy. Before joining the Tribune, Ross was editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly. He did a 28-month stint in government as associate deputy comptroller for policy and director of communications with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Before that, he reported for the Houston Chronicle from its Austin bureau and for the Dallas Times Herald, first on the business desk in Dallas and later as its Austin bureau chief, and worked as a Dallas-based freelance business writer, writing for regional and national magazines and newspapers. Ross got his start in journalism in broadcasting, covering news for radio stations in Denton and Dallas.

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In the Money: Campaign Balances at Year-End

Once upon a time, a campaign account with $100,000 or more was a peculiar thing; if not rare, then at least one of a small group. But that was back in the day: At the end of last year, there were 284 such committees, according to the campaign finance reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission.

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Ed Schipul

Campaign Chatter

"Suspended" doesn't necessarily mean a campaign is in its final state of rest, a congressman becomes a poster boy for a bill he probably didn't want to get tangled in, and other news in state politics.

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Uncharted, Still

Start here: The judges in charge of the redistricting case in Texas haven't rejected the maps proposed by the state and agreed to by some but not all of the plaintiffs. They simply observed that no deal has been made to satisfy everyone and told everyone to keep talking and get ready for a hearing next week.

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TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Tan on Ron Paul's small-state strategy, Root on Rick Perry's Super PAC, M. Smith on a state education official's sudden distaste for student testing, Ramshaw and Tan on the back and forth over Komen Foundation funding for Planned Parenthood, Philpott on an ugly state budget forecast, Murphy's interactive look at the tax returns of U.S. Senate candidates, Hamilton on basketball and academics, Grissom on the latest developments in the Michael Morton saga, Galbraith on waves of money coming to clean up Texas beaches and Aaronson's interactive on the uninsured in Texas: The best of our best content from January 30 to February 3, 2012.

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