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.
In this edition of the TribCast, the first one after the party primary runoffs, Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey sits down with Political Editor Aman Batheja and reporters Patrick Svitek and Emma Platoff.
Maybe the mass shooting at Santa Fe High will be the one that spurs Texas leaders to replace thoughts and prayers with thoughts, prayers and action. In a state with a list of seemingly intractable problems, that would be a useful precedent.
Texas Democrats face a true juggernaut in this year's race for governor, and they'll need a juggernaut of their own to pull it off. Last week's debate illustrated how much work they'll have to do to compete.
Andrew White is finally getting his debate with Lupe Valdez tonight in Austin. In a low-profile race for the Democratic nomination for governor of Texas, that could make a difference — if, that is, people watch.
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a Texas redistricting case that could ultimately result in big changes to the state's political maps. But the courts have taken seven years to get this far, and that's a win for the Republicans favored by the current maps.