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.
Aguilar on the aftermath of changes in U.S. immigration policy, Batheja on how the Republican candidates for Senate are handling that sensitive issue, KUT's Philpott on new driver's license laws and immigration, M. Smith on racial tensions and an ousted police chief in Jasper, Galbraith on the state's efforts to limit electric service blackouts, Hamilton on the hot Campbell-Wentworth Senate runoff in Central Texas, Murphy maps the May primary voting, Root on the restoration of the arson-damaged Texas Governor's Mansion and Dehn's latest Weekend Insider on obese Texans: The best of our best content from June 18 to 22, 2012.
So far, 37 members of the Texas House, four members of the Texas Senate, and three members of the 32-person congressional delegation from Texas are on the list. Runoffs could add more, and so will the general election.
House Speaker Joe Straus, coming out of a big and expensive win in a rare contested primary at home, began the runoff reboot by tweaking Michael Quinn Sullivan and his Empower Texans group, deriding them as ineffective, ugly and resentful of his success.
Republicans outvoted Democrats by almost two-and-a-half to one, but that's not saying much, as fewer than one in nine adult Texans bothered with this year's party primaries. Also: Who spent the most to win? To lose?
The primaries left 37 runoffs — 25 on the Republican side, 12 on the Democratic side. That includes five races at the statewide level, 11 for Congress, three for the State Board of Education, one for the state Senate and 17 for the state House.
For this week's nonscientific survey of governmental and political insiders, we asked about the election results, about Joe Straus' chances for another term as speaker, about who might replace David Dewhurst as presiding officer of the Senate, and about who'll control that selection.
So much for sure things: David Dewhurst was expected to walk away with the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, even in a field of nine candidates. Now he's in a runoff — and it's been a good year for insurgents like opponent Ted Cruz.
Our reports from the Republican convention in Fort Worth here,here and here, and from the Democratic convention in Houston here and here, Batheja on what the losers in the first round of the U.S. Senate primaries will do, Murphy compares campaign spending and results, Galbraith finds the state's cities raising rates for increasingly scarce water, Ramshaw on a California hospital company's past and its move into Texas, Aaronson maps food stamps and food insecurity in Texas, and Dehn's Weekend Insider looks at transportation funding and political conventions: The best of our best content from June 4 to 8, 2012.