State lawmakers on Tuesday proposed revised U.S. House districts, a map that could boost Republicans' advantage to 26 seats. Use this interactive to see the changes, and how they would have been affected in the 2008 presidential race.Full Story
Matt Stiles covers government and politics with a focus on data journalism, and he oversees and helps develop the Tribune's library of web applications and interactives. Previously, he was a government reporter at the Houston Chronicle. While there, he won the newspaper's Jesse Award for service journalism and beat reporting and was its reporter of the year in 2007. Before joining the Chronicle, Stiles worked as a reporter for nearly four years at The Dallas Morning News.
Internal Revenue Service 990 forms detail revenue and expenses listed by tax-exempt organizations, commonly known as 501(c) groups, named for section in the tax code. These annotated documents were filed by Empower Texans and the Texas Public Policy Foundation — both of whom seek to influence public policy in the Lone Star state — for calendar years 2007-09.Full Story
Candidates running for U.S. House and Senate races in Texas have raised millions of dollars to fund their campaigns during the 2011-12 election cycle. Use this news application to see which individual donors are helping finance those contests — or download the raw data filed by the candidates to the Federal Election Commission.
State Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, unveiled his proposed Senate redistricting maps this week and opened hearings on them on Thursday with a vote possible Friday. Use our interactive maps to see the proposed changes and who would be affected.Full Story
Members of Congress from Texas — and potential candidates for those offices — have raised more than $9 million in the first quarter of this year in advance of the 2012 federal elections, campaign records show.Full Story
Texas candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives have raised more than $9 million in the first quarter of this year in advance of the 2012 federal elections. This interactive map visualizes campaign finances by congressional district during the first quarter of 2011.Full Story
The Texas House approved new political maps last week as part of decennial redistricting. In many cases, the newly drawn state House districts changed boundaries so that Republicans could preserve their majority. Use this interactive map graphic the see the changes.Full Story
The House Redistricting Committee and its chairman, state Rep. Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton, have revised the current Texas House map. Use this interactive table to see which districts changed the most politically under the proposal, which is set for debate today.Full Story
A proposed map for redrawing Texas House district boundaries could help fortify the Republicans' majority in the lower chamber in 2012.Full Story
Solving the state's 2012-13 budget woes is a hard job and perhaps the best way to show that is to let you decide for yourself how the $27 billion shortfall should be closed. Use our interactive budget shortfall app to see what you're willing to give up to close the gap.Full Story
The Texas Forensic Science Commission is meeting to discuss a draft report on the controversial arson convictions and death sentences of Cameron Todd Willingham and Ernest Ray Willis. Read and search the report here.Full Story
The first House redistricting maps are out, creating one new Latino district, keeping the current number of black opportunity districts and pairing 16 incumbents in districts where they would face one of their colleagues in the 2012 elections.Full Story
The Texas House today passed a bill allowing TxDOT to increase the speed limit on certain highways to 85 miles per hour. These interactive maps visualize the vehicle speed limits set by states on rural interstates, with darker shades representing higher speeds.Full Story
Data enthusiasts may be cringing at proposed federal cuts to data transparency websites, but the Texas Senate passed a bill today that would promote state transparency by requiring agencies to post high-value data sets online.Full Story
She’s volunteered at Emancipet, an Austin animal rescue group. Her Facebook page is populated with posts from animal rights groups. And she’s an attorney for the state’s regulating agency who is helping to draft a bill that dog breeders say is designed to kill their industry.Full Story