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.
There's no mention of his opponent in the latest ad from Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Instead, he touts his business credentials and says, "I don’t think President Obama understands business" or "the potential of the private sector."
In years when both parties had statewide primary runoffs, turnout in the second round of voting averaged almost half of turnout in the first round. On average, the runoff got a vote for every two in the primary. In elections with a statewide runoff, the average Republican runoff turnout was 27.3 percent of the party's average primary turnout. For Democrats, the corresponding number was 34.9 percent.
Gov. Rick Perry looks like he will be in office as long as voters will have him. He talks like he wants voters to keep him where he is. Many think he's just bluffing, but that's not how he has operated in the past.
Grissom's analysis of misconduct by prosecutors and Murphy's interactive guide to the data and documents behind it, Aguilar on Mexico's presidential election and the official counting, Batheja and Root on donor vetting in the U.S. Senate race, Galbraith on what the drought has done to the Ogallala Aquifer, Hamilton queries education experts on STEM, M. Smith's cheat sheet to guide you through the state's school finance lawsuits and Dehn's latest Weekend Insider on runoff elections and prosecutors: The best of our best from July 2 to 6, 2012.
Corporations and unions can play in politics, but complete disclosures are not required. A corporate political campaign in Texas two years ago was unusual, featuring an unknown corporation that was open about what it was doing.