I'm a freelance writer living in Texas. I currently cover Texas politics for Quorum Report. I previously was the community calendar editor and a staff writer for the Voice and an assistant editor and reporter for Truthout.org.
My byline's also appeared in the Fort Worth Weekly and its website, F...
February 16, 2018      1:17 PM
Several Texas House candidates fail to disclose hefty contributions from Empower Texans PAC
Donations range from $75K to $10K, many in hot races
Republican Texas House candidates failed to disclose tens of thousands of
dollars in donations to their campaigns from Empower Texans PAC, according
to campaign finance filings with the state.
Villalba pushes back against opposition to red meat issues, emphasizes bipartisanship and policyDALLAS –– An early morning debate hosted by the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce and League of Women Voters of Dallas today highlighted the Republican primary race pitting Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas against businesswoman Lisa Luby Ryan. The two agree on many issues.
February 7, 2018      5:35 PM
30 day campaign finance reports roll in
Some incumbents and some challengers playing catch up now
With less than 30 days to go
until the March 5 primary elections, another round of campaign finance reports are now popping up online. Here are the latest reports in
some of the most closely watched races around the Great State. By James Russell
Houston Press Club's annual awards honoring best in journalism from across the state. Second place in the Internet Commentary category for my Bought and Sold portfolio connecting dark money to hyper conservative politics in the Texas Legislature.
Society of Professional Journalists of Fort Worth's annual First Amendment Awards honor the best in open government reporting, commentary and advocacy journalists across Texas, Oklahoma and elsewhere. I came in 2nd place in the Internet commentary category for a bill filed in the 84th legislative session that would have hindered out-of-state access to open records. (http://www.dallasvoice.com/bill-limit-access-state-public-records-10189647.html)
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