Aman Batheja worked for eight years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, most of that time covering state and local politics. A native of Cedarhurst, New York, he has an undergraduate degree in journalism and psychology from New York University and a master's in economics from the University of Texas at Arlington.
The Texas Transportation Commission voted 4-0 Friday to hire a former military leader and longtime friend of Gov. Rick Perry as the new executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation.Full Story
Take a look at how Texas' campaign finance system compares to the federal campaign finance system, and see how political contribution laws differ from state to state.Full Story
Gov. Rick Perry is encouraging state transportation commissioners to tap Joe Weber, Texas A&M’s vice president of student affairs, to be the next executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation.Full Story
Mayors Annise Parker of Houston, Mike Rawlings of Dallas and Betsy Price of Fort Worth on Thursday announced their support for a privately funded high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston.Full Story
The former Houston mayor and past Democratic candidate for governor on his new book, a history of federal debt spending and the future of the Democratic Party in Texas.Full Story
Across wide swaths of state government, male employees make more on average than their female colleagues. But a closer look at the payrolls of individual agencies and offices presents a more complicated picture.
At dozens of Texas state agencies, male workers are better compensated than female workers, on average. Use our interactive to compare compensation by gender at state agencies with at least 100 employees, excluding universities.
As Texas Central Railway works to develop a high-speed rail line connecting Dallas and Houston, its leaders say they expect to avoid the pitfalls that killed a similar project more than 20 years ago.Full Story
As statewide candidates recover from primary elections and, in some cases, prepare for runoffs, use our interactive to see which campaigns purchased network airtime in Texas' four biggest media markets.Full Story
In the most closely watched races, strong interest among Tea Party groups turned out to be a first step for campaigns hoping to unseat incumbents. The next step, access to ample funding, proved pivotal to a campaign's success.Full Story
Several incumbents in Congress fended off primary challenges Tuesday night, while U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Rockwall, heads into a runoff against John Ratcliffe.Full Story
Two federal complaints filed by Dwayne Stovall, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, accuse fellow primary opponent and U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman of putting Texans' personal information at risk.Full Story
An unusually large number of statewide primary candidates are expected to head into a runoff. For some campaigns, that likelihood has meant considering how their actions may impact a second round.Full Story
A political action committee is buying airtime in the state's biggest media markets ahead of Tuesday's primary to run a TV ad decrying anti-immigrant rhetoric in this year's Republican primaries.Full Story