is a news apps fellow for the Texas Tribune and a graduate of the University of Florida where she studied journalism and business administration. Lauren has previously worked for the The News-Press of Fort Myers as a breaking news intern and as a intern for The Gainesville Sun covering the affairs of Alachua County.
Politicians like to think of the money in their campaign accounts as their own. It's not, but sometimes, it seems that way. Below are five actual cases where the Texas Ethics Commission has rendered its official position. Take the test: Given these situations, what do you think they can get away with? Full Story
Cotulla, population 4,000, built 20 hotels during a yearslong oil boom, calling itself the "Hotel Capital" of the Eagle Ford Shale. A plunge in oil prices has prompted questions about whether that was a good idea. Full Story
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the legal challenge to abortion restrictions passed by Texas lawmakers in 2013. The case may help clarify how far states can go in regulating the procedure. Full Story