is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Before joining the Tribune, Ross was editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly for 15 years. 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.
Lots of people get elected by voters who didn't look at their names — voting instead by choosing all candidates from one party or another. Much of the electorate only uses that one piece of information to determine who gets votes.
Tom DeLay is still in court a decade after engineering a Republican victory that resulted in convictions for conspiracy and money laundering. He might still win, but either way, his party came out ahead.
Randy Weber's latest ad says CD-14 opponent Nick Lampson voted against the Bush tax cuts, child tax credits and ending with this: "Voters fired him. Twice." It goes on TV on Friday, Weber's campaign said.
U.S. Rep. Francisco Canseco, R-San Antonio, says groups supporting Democrat Pete Gallego in that CD-23 race have spent $2.1 million on ads he says are "all false." Canseco says he is promoting energy jobs that Gallego's supporters oppose.
State Rep. Randy Weber's newest ad in his congressional race against Democrat Nick Lampson is a testimonial from local builder Terry Collins. He talks about Weber's help for a program called Operation Finally Home, which builds homes for wounded and disabled soldiers and their families.
In his new spot, Democrat Nick Lampson of Beaumont says his CD-14 opponent, state Rep. Randy Weber, R-Pearland, voted for "tax breaks for companies that send Texas jobs overseas" and says Lampson "protected jobs in Texas" when he was in Congress.
Defending incumbent U.S. Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco, R-San Antonio, the National Republican Congressional Committee is running an ad slamming state Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, for his support from "radical environmentalists in Washington."
In a new commercial, a rape victim credits state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, with legislation that put her attacker in jail, and says Davis' challenger, state Rep. Mark Shelton, R-Fort Worth, was one of eight lawmakers who voted against it.
For this week's nonscientific survey of politics and government insiders, we asked about the debates for president and the U.S. Senate, and about how the presidential election might affect Texas contests now an in the near future.
Hamilton and M. Smith on the committee shuffle in the Texas Senate, Hamilton on Judith Zaffirini’s reaction, Batheja’s take on what it means for David Dewhurst’s politics, Grissom on Michael Morton’s first anniversary of freedom, Aguilar on House rematches in South Texas and El Paso, Aaronson on a Medicaid change pressuring home health providers, M. Smith on the stresses of teaching, E. Smith interviews Greg Abbott on voter fraud and plans for 2014 and Murphy refreshes our interactive on Texas givers to Super PACs: The best of our best from October 1 to 5, 2012.
In the latest TV ad promoting Democrat Nick Lampson in his Congressional District 14 race against Republican state Rep. Randy Weber, a port worker disses Washington and praises Lampson for creating jobs.