joined the Tribune in 2014 as the publication's first Washington Bureau Chief. In this role, she won the 2017 National Press Club Award for Washington Regional Reporting. Previously, she covered political campaigns, House leadership and Congress for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper. A seventh-generation Texan, Abby graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. She grew up in Fort Worth and has appeared in an episode of "The Bold and The Beautiful." Abby pitched and produced political segments for CNN and worked as an editor for The Hotline, National Journal’s campaign tipsheet. Abby began her journalism career as a desk assistant at NBC News in Washington, working her way up to the political unit, where she researched stories for Nightly News, the Today Show and Meet the Press. In keeping with the Trib’s great history of hiring softball stars, Abby is a three-time MVP (the most in game history —Ed.) for The Bad News Babes, the women’s press softball team that takes on female members of Congress in the annual Congressional Women’s Softball breast cancer charity game.
If you listen to the early speculation about the 2016 presidential race, you won't hear Rick Perry's name mentioned much among national analysts. But Perry is taking on a strategy in Iowa that has proved successful in recent Republican contests.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush just picked up a serious GOP fundraiser in East Texas. Gaylord Hughey Jr., the top GOP bundler of East Texas, said in an interview with the Tribune that he is backing Bush, should he follow through on a presidential run.
After a week of legislative chaos over funding the Department of Homeland Security, a Republican group is running ads in U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert's East Texas district, looking to build support for a DHS funding bill.
Iowa and New Hampshire have the first presidential nominating contests, but there’s a key Republican primary fight going on in Texas: the money chase. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at GOP donors and bundlers in high demand.
Sen. Rand Paul won his third consecutive Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll Saturday, dashing the hopes of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who came in third, and former Gov. Rick Perry, who placed eleventh.
In a Friday night scramble with the clock running down, Congress managed to pass a stopgap measure funding the Department of Homeland Security for seven more days. The search for a more permanent solution continues.
At CPAC, the annual meeting of conservative firebrands, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday delivered a presidential pitch that highlighted his willingness to take on fellow Republicans in the name of the conservative cause.
A federal audit found that former U.S. House Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco's 2010 campaign accepted $100,000 worth of “prohibited contributions from a foreign national corporation” during his 2010 campaign.
In this nascent presidential cycle, there is no issue that has done more to light up the public health vs. personal freedom debate within the Republican Party than vaccinations. And former Gov. Rick Perry walked straight into it last week.
As the new chairman of an influential GOP caucus, U.S. Rep. Bill Flores could position himself for a seat at the U.S. House's leadership table. But in an interview with the Tribune, the Bryan Republican talked more about term limits than leadership posts.