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.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, opened her television campaign for re-election with a biographical spot that also promotes her position on education. Davis faces state Rep. Mark Shelton, R-Fort Worth, in the competitive SD-10 race.
The Congressional Leadership Fund, a Washington, D.C.-based Super PAC supported by several GOP members of Congress, announced a $330,000 ad buy against Democrat Pete Gallego in the race for Congressional District 23.
State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, challenging U.S. Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco, R-San Antonio, in the race for Congressional District 23, is running a Spanish-language biographical spot in advance of their Spanish-language debate this week.
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More money for classrooms and less for administration and other school expenses is a staple of Texas politics. Now, with education on voters' minds, some Republican candidates are talking about higher pay for teachers.
If a federal court decides that the state intentionally discriminated when drawing its new political maps, is it more difficult for Texas lawyers to argue against Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act? And is it fuel for the constant struggle over the leadership of the Texas House?
Republican Randy Weber, a state representative from Pearland trying to make the leap to U.S. Congress in CD-14, unveiled his first commercial of the general election — a takeoff on the president's "You didn't build that" speech.