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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.

Recent Contributions

Inside Intelligence: About School Finance...

For this week's nonscientific survey of insiders in politics and government, we asked about the recent school finance ruling, and whether it will be upheld, whether it will result in tax increases, and who — if anyone — will get the blame for the consequences.

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

M. Smith on the decision that Texas school funding is unconstitutional, E. Smith’s TribLive conversation with House Speaker Joe Straus, Rocha and Dehn’s look at how Texas got its current ethics laws, Ramshaw peeks into the lobby’s bag of gifts for lawmakers, Batheja finds state lawmakers who lobby other government entities, KUT’s Philpott on federal health care in Texas, Murphy reveals the geography of House committee assignments, Hamilton on a Caribbean medical school that wants to operate in Texas, Grissom at a court of inquiry on a murder prosecutor’s conduct, Aguilar on a decision that allows an open-pit coal mine to operate on the state’s Mexican border and Aaronson’s report on legislative inquiries about the state’s cancer prevention agency: The best of our best for the week of Feb. 4, 2012.

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman / Teoh Chie / Humberto Pornaro

Some Lawmakers and Lobbyists Tied by Blood

In a state capital where moving from the Legislature to the lobby — and, sometimes, the other way — is unremarkable, it’s also common to find the relatives of lawmakers lobbying the state government.

 

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Bob Daemmrich

Signs of Legislative Motion

Lawmakers are diving into the state budget, figuring out which parts of the governor's State of the State speech they liked and didn't like, and watching out of the corners of their eyes at the latest in the 2014 race for governor.

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

E. Smith’s interview with David Dewhurst, Batheja reports on a battle over budget arithmetic, Dehn and Rocha pay a visit to Gun Appreciation Day, Hamilton on the legislative implications of a college shooting in Houston, M. Smith on what school districts have to say about guns, Galbraith reports on prospective changes at the Texas Railroad Commission, Murphy and Root examine holes in reports filed by state lawmakers, Ramshaw’s talk with Donna Howard and Sarah Davis about women’s health policy, and Aaronson’s interview with Sarah Weddington on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade: The best of our best content from Jan. 20 to 25, 2013.

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Time lapse video of the opening day of the 83rd Legislature on Tuesday, as the Capitol welcomed legislators, their families, staff, lobbyists and hundreds of other Texans.

The 83rd Comes to Town

Lawmakers came to Austin, took their oaths, started organizing and setting the table for the 83rd time, facing legal and fiscal uncertainties in court and hearing from leaders who want to focus on water, transportation and other infrastructure.

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