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.
Even if none of the remaining incumbents gets beat or loses, this will be the biggest freshman class over all — legislative and congressional officeholders combined — since 1983, when 63 newbies came in.
Voter registration is over for this election — now it's up to the campaigns to convince people to get up and vote. The competitive races are relatively static. What was hot last week remains so this week, and so on. Here's the latest Hotlist.
For this week's nonscientific survey of political and government insiders, we asked about the nascent race for Speaker of the House, about the reorganization of the Senate, the influence of outside groups on lawmakers and about which chamber will be the friendliest to "hot-button" issues next year.
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."