In the spirit of our regular offerings in TribWeek and TribMonth, we present TribYear: 10 of our best stories from 2011.
The Texas Tribune covered its first legislative session in 2011 and its first presidential campaign. A Republican supermajority that took office after the 2010 elections controlled the session. The leading topic of the six-month lawmaking marathon was the budget, followed by redistricting and a host of issues that grew out of the 2010 elections and took root as legislation. Education — both the public and higher varieties — was an important story line in 2011, as were criminal justice issues, health care, immigration and, as always, politics and general government. Herewith, a sampling of some of our best work of the year:
• The governor who would be president, detailed in our PerryPedia.
• Why it's so hard to sue over emergency room mistakes.
• Thousands of untested rape kits that are gathering dust on property storage room shelves.
• Whether a small town would survive without a school district.
• An interactive app that lets you balance the Texas budget.
• Recapping 20 weeks at the Capitol in which the budget held sway.
• Thirty-one ways the Legislature's work changed Texas on September 1.
• The case of Michael Morton, wrongly convicted of the 1986 murder of his wife.