Justin Dehn, Texas Tribune

Texas Tribune Multimedia Producer

Justin Dehn is a multimedia producer at the Tribune whose focus is videography and television production. He's been shooting TV news for more than a decade, most recently as a staff photojournalist at Austin's KVUE-TV from 2006 to 2010. At the Tribune, Dehn has been behind the camera for Tribune franchises Stump Interrupted, Face-Off and all the TribLive conversations, as well the stories we've produced each week for our dozen TV partners around the state.

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The recent case of a former legislative staffer who was accused of the hit-and-run death of a 30-year-old Austin woman drew widespread attention, particularly after the staffer received a sentence of 10 years of probation and a $10,000 fine for her conviction on a criminally negligent homicide charge.

This week, GOP presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry outlined his plans to criminalize insider trading in Congress and to make it a part-time body, similar to the Texas Legislature. One fiscal watchdog group, Texans for Public Justice, warns that Perry should be careful what he wishes for. The Lone Star state, they say, may not be a model of good government.

Photo illustration by Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

More than twenty years ago, a young and newly converted Republican named Rick Perry introduced himself to Texans in a statewide campaign ad that personified Texas-sized confidence. If you saw the spot, you heard an authoritative man's voice tell the simple story of why a small-town farmer was born to be a leader for the Lone Star State. Not everyone can sport chaps and a cowboy hat, throw around some rope, ride a horse, and sip from a steaming hot cup of coffee without looking ... well, a little phony.

Want a quick recap of some of the happenings this week in the Texas Legislature? Our political reporting partner the Texas Tribune has made it easier for you with a weekly video rundown of the action under the dome.