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.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has appointed Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, to chair the budget-writing Senate Finance Committee. He'll replace Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, who isn't seeking another term.
Grissom profiles the lawyer investigating the wrongful conviction of Michael Morton, Tan reports on access to abortions in the Rio Grande Valley, E. Smith interviews three U.S. senators on Todd Akin’s rape comments, Root notes the relative absence of Texans on stage at next week’s GOP convention, Ramshaw on potential changes to Medicaid fraud investigations, Hamilton looks into free online courses from elite universities, Batheja interviews Phil Wilson about high-speed rail and paying for roads, Aguilar on whether certain immigrants can get Texas driver's licenses, Aaronson maps the scarcity of healthy food and Dehn’s Weekend Insider looks at a Texas lawmaker and a Texas lawyer: The best of our best from Aug. 20 to 24, 2012.
For this week's nonscientific survey of government and political insiders, we asked what will dominate the next legislative session and about the odds for school vouchers, high-stakes testing and a Medicaid expansion.
The high points and the low ones. Lessons learned and earlier lessons that were forgotten. Low turnout, unfortunate incumbents, successful climbers, the Hispanic Thing, the races ahead, the turnover and some things to help understand what happened on Tuesday.
For this week's nonscientific survey of political and governmental insiders, we asked about the Senate in general and its two-thirds rule in particular, and about personal financial disclosures by public officials.
Lawmakers say they want transparency and that the public should be able to see their finances. But state requirements allow officeholders to report their financial interests vaguely enough to hide conflicts.