On the Records

Alcoholic Drinks Bring in Revenue, County by County

Interactive map shows per capita revenue from mixed beverage taxes.
Interactive map shows per capita revenue from mixed beverage taxes.

A sizable chunk of the state's general revenue — $635 million — in 2010 came from the mixed beverage tax. Texans drank 1.1 gallons of distilled spirits (liquor) each in 2010, which at 1.5 ounces a shot equals 94 mixed drinks a year. Check out our interactive map to see where Texans are going out for drinks.

Perry's Term Thrice as Long as Average Texas Govs'

Texas Gubernatorial Term Lengths: 1846-2011
Texas Gubernatorial Term Lengths: 1846-2011

Most people know that Gov. Rick Perry, inaugurated to a third term Tuesday, has served longer than any other chief executive in Texas history. What's remarkable, though, is just how much longer than the state's previous governors — even those who've served during the modern era.

Word Cloud Shows Lege Priorities So Far

House and Senate bills filed from 11/8-1/4.
House and Senate bills filed from 11/8-1/4.

A new word cloud visualizes the bills filed so far according to their Texas Legislative Council assigned categories. After education, which accounts for more than a quarter of the bills, the top categories are elections, criminal procedure, vehicles and traffic, and taxation.