Ross Ramsey Executive Editor

Ross Ramsey is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Before joining the Tribune, Ross was editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly for 15 years. 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.

Recent Contributions

Schools and Taxes: The Next Big Thing

Texas Weekly

The primary elections come in less than five months. The general election is about a year away. When that's all out of the way, we'll all be talking about lawsuits — some that have been filed, some that will be filed later — on school finance and franchise taxes.

Texas Political News for the Week of 10/26

Sen. John Carona (r) R-Dallas, and Sen. Chris Harris (l), R-Dallas, listen to Sen. Eddie Lucio object to the the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) bill passed out of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee on June 22, 2011.
Sen. John Carona (r) R-Dallas, and Sen. Chris Harris (l), R-Dallas, listen to Sen. Eddie Lucio object to the the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) bill passed out of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee on June 22, 2011.

State campaign news, candidate announcements, retirements and rumors from the past week.

Court Hears Challenge to State Business Tax

Texas Supreme Court justices listen to the State of the Judiciary speech on February 23, 2011.
Texas Supreme Court justices listen to the State of the Judiciary speech on February 23, 2011.

A successful challenge to the state's primary business tax would throw lawmakers into special session to try to find enough money to pay for public schools, a lawyer for the state told the Texas Supreme Court today.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 10/17/11

Hamilton on efforts to boost faculty productivity, Grissom on newly uncovered evidence in an old murder case, Galbraith on a wind-powered construction boom, Dehn unfurls the new Texas Tribune Weekend Insider, Aguilar on this year's record number of deportations, Ramshaw and Tan on budget cuts and cervical cancer screenings, M. Smith on local control over student grades, Root and Ramshaw on Rick Perry's latest debate performance, Philpott on an issue that didn't get its due in that debate and Titus and Murphy on fundraising and spending in congressional races: The best of our best content from October 17 to 21, 2011.

Campaign Chatter

Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, votes to table an amendment by Sen. Wendy Davis (not shown) on SB8 an education bill that gives school administrators added powers to lower teacher pay and establish furloughs.  The bill tentatively passed, 18-12 on June 6, 2011.
Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, votes to table an amendment by Sen. Wendy Davis (not shown) on SB8 an education bill that gives school administrators added powers to lower teacher pay and establish furloughs. The bill tentatively passed, 18-12 on June 6, 2011.
Texas Weekly

Collin County's Republican primary for the state Senate is going to be very interesting.

A Fight Outlasts the Proposal that Sparked It

UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell asks the Board to support Chancellor Dr. Franciso Cigarroa at their Austin meeting on May 12, 2011.
UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell asks the Board to support Chancellor Dr. Franciso Cigarroa at their Austin meeting on May 12, 2011.
Texas Weekly

 A recurring theme questioned the status quo of the boards that govern higher education at this week’s day-long meeting of the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence, and Transparency: Are the boards that govern higher education due for more restrictive conflict-of-interest policies?

Campaign Chatter for 10/17

State Rep. Joe Driver, R-Garland, on the House floor.
State Rep. Joe Driver, R-Garland, on the House floor.
Texas Weekly

Another veteran is retiring from the Legislature, special election candidates are flinging endorsements at each other, and a doctor is leaving the House.

Wait and See

Gov. Rick Perry at the Republican presidential debate at Dartmouth College on Oct. 11, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry at the Republican presidential debate at Dartmouth College on Oct. 11, 2011.
Texas Weekly

The Texas governor turned presidential candidate isn't as sick as he looks. And by the way, he wasn't as healthy as he looked a couple of weeks ago.