Should the state set limits on political contributions? Depends on which candidate you ask.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.
The state is cracking down on officials who run afoul of election, lobbying and officeholder rules. Just ask Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole.Full Story
If you're waiting for closure on questions of Cameron Todd Willingham's guilt or innocence, get comfortable. The Texas Forensic Science Commission's new chair tells the Tribune that he doesn't yet have the rules or resources to investigate whether faulty science led to the Corsicana man's conviction and execution.Full Story
Next month Houston voters will select a new mayor for the first time in six years, replacing the term-limited Bill White. The two remaining candidates discuss their paths to victory.Full Story
On an election day notable for its lack of civic activity, Houston voters sent two of their mayoral candidates to a runoff next month, and Texas voters approved all eleven proposed amendments to the state constitution.Full Story
On the day Gov. Rick Perry removed three forensic science commissioners, citing their expired terms, at least 100 appointees whose time was also up remained in their jobs.Full Story