New campaign finance reports filed in September show that Texans are still giving generously to Super PACs. The top givers included Houston homebuilder Bob Perry, who gave $2 million to the pro-GOP American Crossroads, and former Texas Trial Laywers Association President Steve Mostyn and his wife, Amber, who gave $1.5 million to Democrat-supporting groups.Full Story
Ryan Murphy plays a role in developing the Tribune's collection of data interactives (with a focus on mapping), conducts data analysis and currently maintains and updates the government employee salary database. Ryan graduated in 2010 with a degree in multimedia journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where he served as the web editor for The Daily Texan.
Texas has 148 public and private colleges and universities but no single source for easily finding statistics about how well they perform. This easy-to-navigate interactive database lets you explore key academic, enrollment and cost records on all of Texas' institutions of higher learning.Full Story
The drought that began in October 2010 has continued into 2012, and it has taken a toll on Texas' water supplies. As the summer of 2012 draws to a close, these communities are at risk of running out of water within 180 days.Full Story
Following up on our previous visualization of Super PAC contributions, we've prepared another way to analyze the data. This interactive shows the 10 Super PACs that received the most money from Texans.Full Story
The drought that began in October 2010 has continued into 2012, and it has taken a toll on Texas' water supplies. This map shows communities that are at risk of running out of water within 180 days.Full Story
On Aug. 20, another round of federal campaign finance reports was due. Use our interactive to see how much money Texans have given to Super PACs, which can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on behalf of candidates.
Many of the general election races are already decided, because redistricting made some districts unfavorable for one party or another. Use these maps of the Texas House, the state Senate and the U.S. House to see which districts are without major party candidates.Full Story
The general election ballot has more than 240 races, listed here by type and district, with candidates, the political temperature of each district, what looks competitive — and what doesn't.Full Story
With Tuesday night's execution of Marvin Wilson, Gov. Rick Perry has now overseen 245 executions. Use this updated interactive to learn more about the prisoners who have been executed since Perry became governor.Full Story
State candidates spent $5 million in their bids for a party nomination. Some got more for their money than others. Use our interactive to see where candidates ranked in spending per vote.Full Story
Ted Cruz won the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, and Paul Sadler won the Democrats' backing. Our county-by-county map of the election results shows where the candidates' support came from.Full Story
Two rural Texas counties that held party primaries but not subsequent runoffs violated the state's election code, according to the Secretary of State's office.Full Story
The primaries and the runoffs and the state conventions are now behind us, and the ballots for November are set. Here are our updated election brackets, including the latest results, showing the matchups on the general election ballot.Full Story
There is no exact number for the number of drug-related murders in Mexico since the government started cracking down on cartels. Use our interactive, which uses two sets of statistics, to track such murders by month.Full Story
If preclearance for the state’s voter ID law is granted, the state has promised to issue free “election identification certificates," forms of photo ID for use only in voting. But some argue that Texas voters could have a tough time reaching the Department of Public Safety offices to get those IDs. Take a look for yourself at our map of the all the DPS driver's license offices in Texas.Full Story