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.
The state of Texas used to cover half of the costs of higher education at state colleges and universities. Now it's around 13 percent at the University of Texas at Austin and 22 percent at Texas A&M University in College Station.
The latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll probes the elections, the mood of the state and voters’ views on issues. Aguilar on a pugilistic Democratic leader in the Texas House. Rocha on John Carona’s evolving views on same-sex unions. E. Smith interviews state health czar Kyle Janek. KUT’s Philpott on the choices in the U.S. Senate race. Grissom, Murphy and Seger with a look at the 250 executions during Gov. Rick Perry’s tenure. Galbraith on educating students about water. Aaronson on the turbulence around the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. The best of our best from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, 2012.
Early voting is underway as of this week. The presidential and U.S. Senate debates are over as of this week and last, respectively. All that's left is getting out the votes and then counting them. That said, here is our second-to-last Hot List of the year.
News flash: Texans aren't big fans of the state government in Austin, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. But if you really want to get their dander up, ask about the government in Washington.
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.