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Based in his hometown of Austin, David is a political reporter and feature writer whose work has appeared in the likes of The Washington Post, the Texas Observer, and Public Health Watch. He’s also a graduate of the University of Texas, where he studied government and wrote for the school’s newspaper, The Daily Texan. In addition to providing a blend of reported pieces and opinion columns for the Texas Signal, David is a frequent guest on the outlet’s signature podcasts. You can find him playing basketball or hanging out poolside in his free time.

Ken Paxton: The political cockroach

The stories flooded across the country in 2015. “Grand Jury Indicts Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, on Felony Charges,” a New York Times headline read. Another by the Texas Tribune declared “Paxton Surrenders in Securities Fraud Indictment.” Nevermind that it had...

Inside Senator Sarah Eckhardt’s Big Gamble

In the pantheon of Texas royalty, there are few politicians with more cachet than State Senator Sarah Eckhardt (D-14). Her mother, Nadine, worked as assistant with LBJ and legendary political firebrand Molly Ivins, and was also the first wife of author Billy Lee...

Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick failed — again

Sniping tweets. Public critiques and blistering feuds. And the leader of one chamber of the Legislature being denied entry to another. The tension between top Texas Republicans has been impossible to ignore over the past week, a stretch that’s proven to be one of the...

Austin’s camping ban was always a GOP Trojan horse

It’s been an eventful month for Texas, to say the least. Bravo’s Housewives of Dallas was embroiled in race-fueled controversy. New arrival Elon Musk hosted one of the most awkward shows in Saturday Night Live history. And the Dallas Mavericks, who haven’t won a...

LGBTQ activist Ash Hall is doubling down

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 is a night Ash Hall will never forget. For nearly seven months, the Clear Lake, Texas, native had spearheaded advocacy efforts to combat the state legislature’s now-infamous “bathroom bill” — an undertaking that was as ceaseless as it was...