The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for July 2, 2012

Culled:

  • Texas tops nation in ad spending by candidates (Houston Chronicle): "Texas tops the nation in political candidate advertising this year by a wide margin, spurred by the expensive and contentious race for U.S. Senate. Three of the nation’s top five spenders on campaign ads are from Texas. … The Texas Senate race has generated more than $12 million in radio and TV ads — or nearly one-fifth of the $69 million spent nationally on candidate advertising, according to a new analysis by the Sunlight Reporting Group of Federal Election Commission filings."
  • Newly Elected Mexican Leader Pledges Transparency (The New York Times): "Mexico’s president-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto, began the transition to power on Monday, declaring that he would begin to name members of his cabinet in the next few days, and pledging to lead an efficient, transparent administration focused on defeating organized crime and improving the economy."

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • Interactive Map: Texas House Committee Clout: Use this interactive to explore the geographic distribution of committee members in the Texas House, by committee, to see who's got what clout on what subject. Choose a committee and the map highlights the district of each member and, in a different color, the home districts of the chairs, vice chairs and co-chairs.
  • After Deal With State, Amazon Charging Sales Tax in Texas: "On Sunday, Texas became the sixth state in the country to charge sales tax on items sold by the online megaretailer Amazon. The switch comes after a deal was struck earlier this year in response to the state's claims that Amazon owed millions of dollars in uncollected sales tax."
  • T-Squared: Our Six-Month Stats: "I'm pleased to report that the Trib's first-half-of-the-year traffic and fundraising numbers are significantly ahead of where they were in 2011."

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