Humdrum Ramsey

The agenda of Texas Tribune managing editor Ross Ramsey, and the publication at large, could be coming into focus right in time for November elections. Ramsey looks to have been tasked with slinging “non-partisan” residency mud. His marching orders are to message...

Tribune Tarring a Hero

Papers like the Austin American Statesman and the Waco Herald-Tribune should think twice before running articles from non-profit political muckraking outfits, like the Texas Tribune. Today, Ross Ramsey, managing editor of the Tribune, ran an ill-conceived poorly...

Course Management

Schools around Texas once again find themselves in the troughs of the summer budget writing process. Before the bell tolls in September some districts will be tapping reserve funds and making cuts others will try to raise taxes. School districts, much like our state...

Eltife Carries Obama’s Water, Until 2012

Senator Kevin Eltife was in Austin yesterday rehashing his failed effort to raise taxes last session. That’s an interesting move in these political times. Here’s the quick summary of the fight. During the session $555 million in Unemployment Insurance...

Voters Aren’t Buying

With the end of another bout of elections comes shortsighted, shallow analysis and whining by the print media. This week Enrique Rangel provided the former and the Dallas Morning News the latter. Given Rangel’s long history of being a Delwin Jones apologist his...

Cut Superintendents From Equation

With all of the hand wringing over the SBOE these last couple of weeks some education headlines have fallen by the wayside. One such headline was Time to Consolidate School Districts. Glen Hartman, a former San Antonio city councilman wrote to the San Antonio Express...

Stuck in the Middle with Straus

How can you rush to a man’s side if that man is stuck in the middle? Republican Speaker Joe Straus is a moderate hoping to retain his position of leadership but that could prove to be a difficult task when the 2011 Legislature convenes. Recently newsman Jason Embry...

Ahead of HD 105 General

Democrat operatives continue to have high hopes for winning in House District 105. While contributors to the Texas Tribune and party insiders respectively speculate and fantasize about HD 105 slipping from the grasp of the GOP they avoid addressing the failed attempt...