Author: Ross Ramsey

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Competitiveness is the biggest difference between Texas House elections and those for Texas seats in Congress or in the state Senate. A dozen or so... [Read More]
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Twelve of the 15 districts on the Texas Senate ballot in 2018 are represented by Republicans. Most of those, and all of those held by... [Read More]
Past congressional elections in Texas have favored Republicans, but Texas Democrats are hopeful. Here's a look back. [Read More]
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The months leading up to Monday's candidate filing deadline were full of talk about who might challenge whom, a drawn-out round of punditry. Now we... [Read More]
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It's not that the Democrats don't have any candidates for governor of Texas; their problem is that the state's voters know next to nothing about... [Read More]
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Former Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has decided to challenge current Commissioner George P. Bush in next year's Republican primary. He is expected to announce... [Read More]
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It's not that Texas Democrats can't find anyone to run for governor in 2018. It's that none of the eight contenders (so far) is familiar... [Read More]
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Why run government like a business? Friends, there is a better way available: Run it like a major college football team. [Read More]
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Between courts and scandals, football and storms, rats of the literal and figurative varieties, state leaders have lately been forced to react to outside events... [Read More]
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One particular type of government program is hyper-sensitive to poor performance and quick to change at almost any dollar cost, which begs the question: Why... [Read More]
One particular type of government program is hyper-sensitive to poor performance and quick to change at almost any dollar cost, which begs the question: Why... [Read More]
The Brown-Heatly State Office Building in Austin is home to the state's Health and Human Services Commission. [Read More]
The infestation of Norwegian rats in a state building where health regulators work is not only a big, embarrassing mess — it's a metaphor for... [Read More]
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A half-dozen members of the Texas congressional delegation have already given up their seats — and the elections haven't even started yet. This cycle could... [Read More]
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Texas Democrats don't have a full slate of statewide candidates — and certainly nobody famous — at the top of their 2018 ballots. Maybe that... [Read More]
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Texas Democrats don't have a full slate of statewide candidates — and certainly nobody famous — at the top of their 2018 ballots. Maybe that... [Read More]
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It's not going to be any easier to police sexual harassment in the Texas Capitol than it is to police ethics violations; the difference, at... [Read More]
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It's not going to be any easier to police sexual harassment in the Texas Capitol than it is to police ethics violations; the difference, at... [Read More]
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