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.
For this week's nonscientific survey of political and government insiders, we asked about the state's infrastructure problems, about tax incentives for a cash-rich company and about the economic effects of Texas vs. the EPA.
In her first TV commercials — running during college basketball games this weekend and then in broader rotation in Austin and San Antonio starting next week — Texas Senate candidate Elizabeth Ames Jones says she'll create jobs and fight "Obama bureaucrats."
For this week's nonscientific survey of government and political insiders, we asked who's likely to get beat in this year's elections, who would replace the lieutenant governor if he leaves, and whether the speaker of the House is safe.