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Elise Hu is a political reporter who focuses on multimedia projects at the Tribune. She previously worked as the state political reporter for Austin's ABC affiliate, KVUE-TV, from 2006 to 2009. She was recognized by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters three years in a row for her beat reporting on state politics and was named Best TV Reporter Who Can Write by The Austin Chronicle. Before arriving in Austin, she held reporting positions at television stations in Waco; Greenville, S.C.; and Columbia, Mo. She's an evangelist for social media and multimedia journalism — her Political Junkie blog was listed as one of WashingtonPost.com's top Texas political blogs. A native of Plano, she has a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri.

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Is Rick Perry Transparent?

His campaign was criticized this week for failing to detail its expenditures. But Craig McDonald, who filed an ethics complaint on behalf of liberal watchdog group Texans for Public Justice, says there's a larger issue at play: the Perry administration's overall lack of openness. Full Story 

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 34

The latest poll in the governor's race, an ethics complaint over the governor's living expenses and fallout from the special election to replace Sen. Kip Averitt. Full Story 

Scott McCown vs. Talmadge Heflin

The executive director of the progressive Center for Public Policy Priorities and the director of the Center for Fiscal Policy at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation, debate the best way to dig out of Texas' multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall. Full Story 
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Face-Off: The Shortfall

While the right and left don't agree on much, both sides stipulate that the state's budget mess is a multibillion-dollar problem. In the debut of our new video series, the executive director of the progressive Center for Public Policy Priorities, former state district judge Scott McCown, and the director of the Center for Fiscal Policy at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation, former state Rep. Talmadge Heflin, debate the best way to dig us out of the hole — and how we got into it in the first place.

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2010: WFAA: Harper-Brown Under Ethics Cloud

Tribune news partner WFAA-TV reports that state Rep. Linda Harper-Brown, R-Irving, and her husband are driving cars owned by a highway contractor doing millions of dollars in business with the state. All the while, Harper-Brown sits on the influential House Transportation Committee.

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White: Perry Works Seven Hours A Week

As Gov. Rick Perry tours China as part of an economic development trip, his opponent, Democrat Bill White, is accusing the governor of working an average of seven hours a week. "Leadership starts at the top," White said, promising to put in more hours on the job if he's elected. Full Story 

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 33

Topics in this week's TribCast include the Texas GOP convention, the ongoing back-and-forth between the Perry and White camps, and the near-dissolution of the Big 12 conference. Full Story 

The Press Conference Crashers

In our latest HuTube vlog post, we venture to a Team Perry press conference at Bill White's Austin headquarters. White's volunteers must have had some advance notice. They came armed with signs, chants — and a guy in a chicken suit — to shout over the governor's spokesman. Full Story 
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TribLive: Craig Watkins, Full Audio

Full, unedited audio from Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkin's appearance at the Tribune's TribLive conversation series on Wednesday. Audio includes questions and answers from the audience. Full Story 

TribLive: Craig Watkins

Evan Smith's 35-minute interview with Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, from the Tribune's TribLive event series. Full Story 

White Fires Back Over "Profiteering" Claims

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White denies claims that he financially benefited from an investment in a company that helped in Hurrican Rita cleanup. Video courtesy of Tribune news partner KHOU-TV in Houston. Full Story