A blog about the inner workings of The Texas Tribune.
A blog about commercials, mailers, and other campaign materials.
A blog about our public opinion surveys (and everyone else's).
What you need to know each weekday.
Our weekly panel of Capitol insiders weigh in on issues of the moment.
The week's news through song
Ever hear something about Texas politics or public policy and wonder what it is? Ask Texplainer.
See how Texas' fastest-growing areas compare with the 3,000 other counties across the country.
Search our updated database of Gov. Rick Perry's more than 2,000 current appointees to state boards and commissions.
An analysis by the The Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan watchdog group in Washington, D.C., shows that BP is responsible for almost all of the nation's "willful" safety violations at refineries. Check out their interactive map.
Today we're adding another 17 agencies to our government salaries database, an extra 67,000 workers who collectively earn $2.9 billion in public payroll. The database now has records on more than 550,000 employees working at 62 of the largest state agencies, cities, universities, counties and mass-transit authorities.
The next legislative session is more than eight months away, but that doesn't mean you can't explore the Capitol grounds — from your desk — thanks to Google Maps.
On Tuesday, the Federal Election Commission for the first time released detailed records for all congressional candidates' campaign spending. These records tell us who the candidates hire for advertising, consulting, etc., and can often be more interesting to politics junkies than lists of campaign donations. We've made spending by the Texas delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives searchable.
We've updated our Texas prisons app to include data and visualizations about inmates from each of the state's 254 counties.
President Obama and the U.S. Senate haven't yet installed U.S. Attorneys in any of Texas' four federal court districts. As our national map shows, more than half of the country is in the same situation.
We've created three new maps for visualizing district-level demographics in Texas schools.
What do "word clouds" tell us about the rhetoric in the governor's race.
The U.S. Census Bureau today updated its data on how many households had returned the decennial questionnaire. Texas is still seven percentage points behind the national rate — ahead of only Mississippi and Alaska.