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.
Early discussions about the next state budget include an old and politically hazardous debate: Property values are rising, meaning the local share of education spending will rise while the state share drops.
More than two months after the president ended the "zero tolerance" policy on the border, more than 400 of the kids separated from their migrant parents remain in U.S. custody. Dozens of them won't be reunited with their parents.
Texans will start casting ballots in less than eight weeks and campaigns are turning their attention from raising money and organizing to those voters: winning their support, revving them up and getting them to the polls. The stakes are big.
Polls point to a close U.S. Senate race and to a potential blowout in the race for governor. For that to happen, some voters in this politically polarized state would have to switch sides as they move down the ballot.
Nobody in politics wants their own party's candidates to lose, especially in the top races. But losing by a little is better than losing by a lot — and not just for pride's sake: It can help down-ballot candidates in close contests.