R.G. Ratcliffe is the political editor of Texas Monthly. He has covered state government, as well as state and national politics since 1983. He also has covered multiple natural disasters, and survived a 7.5 earthquake in Mexico while reporting on an even greater one that occurred several days before that leveled Mexico City. As a young reporter in Florida and Georgia, Ratcliffe wrote about civil rights protests, Ku Klux Klan activity, the cocaine cowboy wars, and the trial of serial killer Ted Bundy for the murder of two Florida State University sorority sisters.