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.
Speaker Joe Straus defended the House's redistricting work and said they'll continue their legal fight after a second Republican — Bill Zedler of Arlington — joined Democratic inquiries about how Straus' staff handled those political maps in 2011.
The Congressional Leadership Fund's new spot attacks state Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, for his support from environmental groups that, according to the CLF, have a "job-killing agenda." Gallego is challenging U.S. Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco , R-San Antonio, in CD-23.
State Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, finds himself under attack for suing a taxpayer-supported insurance fund on behalf of taxpayers in a race with Republican Wayne Faircloth, a Dickinson insurance agency owner.
In a new TV ad, state Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, touts his efforts to win Hurricane Ike relief money for UTMB in Galveston, and his lawsuits on behalf of property owners trying to get settlements from their insurance companies.
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The Congressional Leadership Fund has launched a TV ad attacking Democrat Pete Gallego in his CD-23 race against U.S. Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco, R-San Antonio. The group said it will spend more than $1 million in that swing district.