TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 11/5/12

On election night, the Tribune posted up-to-the-minute results in more than 200 races — every statewide, state House, state Senate, and State Board of Education, and Congressional race.

Planned Parenthood will continue participating in the Women’s Health Program — for now. On Thursday, a state district judge approved a temporary injunction to delay the state’s implementation of the “Affiliate Ban Rule."

George P. Bush filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission on Wednesday, seemingly in preparation for a run for local or statewide office.

Ongoing efforts to fix the strained Texas power market will almost certainly have an effect on the monthly power bills for ordinary Texans. But there has been little discussion, or study, of the impact on ratepayers.

State Rep. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola and a candidate for speaker of the House, promised his colleagues on Thursday that he will decentralize power in the lower chamber if he is elected.

Now that we know who will be serving in the Texas Legislature in 2013, we take a look at how much they spent to get the job. Use this interactive to take a look at which state candidates got the most bang for their campaign bucks, and who spent the most money but lost.

With 43 legislators in the freshman class and 24 more who were new after the 2010 elections, the 150-member Texas House has a lot of new blood — and a lot of inexperienced officeholders.

As Democratic victories in races across the nation left Republicans with several questions, Texas Republicans enjoyed another statewide sweep. But there are some exceptions to the GOP's victory narrative here. Texas Democrats are crowing about a handful of electoral successes.

Full video of Evan Smith's Nov. 8 TribLive conversation — a post-election debrief — with state Sens. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, and Dan Patrick, R-Houston.

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