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.
Texans will start casting ballots in less than eight weeks and campaigns are turning their attention from raising money and organizing to those voters: winning their support, revving them up and getting them to the polls. The stakes are big.
Polls point to a close U.S. Senate race and to a potential blowout in the race for governor. For that to happen, some voters in this politically polarized state would have to switch sides as they move down the ballot.
Nobody in politics wants their own party's candidates to lose, especially in the top races. But losing by a little is better than losing by a lot — and not just for pride's sake: It can help down-ballot candidates in close contests.
When the state hands out report cards on school districts, don't forget the elected officials who write the policies those districts follow. Voters will grade their papers later this year — in the general election.
The state is about to hand out report cards on Texas schools and school districts, raising anxiety levels among educators and — once the grades are out — with parents, businesses, politicians and taxpayers.
On this week’s TribCast, Ross talks with Evan, Matthew and Patrick about Gov. Greg Abbott’s fake Winston Churchill quote, the U.S. Senate race, the chancellor-to-be at the University of Texas System and guns.