It's no April Fool's joke: Our first quarter stats on site traffic and fundraising are significantly ahead of this time last year — and augur extremely well for a robust and record-breaking 2012.

Our monthly uniques in the first three months of the year were up 50 percent: 1.531 million in 2012 vs. 1.018 million in 2011. Our visits, at 2.522 million, were up by more than a third, and our page views were strongly up as well. I'm moved to point out that this is in a non-legislative session year, with Rick Perry long-ago out of the presidential race and the election season only recently revived after weeks of redistricting catatonia. Next year, when the 83rd session gavels in, should be something.

On the financial side, I'm pleased to report that we've already raised 53 percent of our revenue for 2012 ($2.377 million of our annual goal of $4.508 million) with only 25 percent of the year elapsed. All told, we're at $12 million raised since launch. Our hope was to raise $9 million by the end of 2012, so we're truly knocking the cover off the ball.

As always, many thanks to our friends and fans for getting us to this point. Stick with us — we have amazing things planned.

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