covers government and politics with a focus on data journalism, and he oversees and helps develop the Tribune's library of web applications and interactives. Previously, he was a government reporter at the Houston Chronicle. While there, he won the newspaper's Jesse Award for service journalism and beat reporting and was its reporter of the year in 2007. Before joining the Chronicle, Stiles worked as a reporter for nearly four years at The Dallas Morning News.
State lawmakers on Tuesday proposed revised U.S. House districts, a map that could boost Republicans' advantage to 26 seats. Use this interactive to see the changes, and how they would have been affected in the 2008 presidential race.
Internal Revenue Service 990 forms detail revenue and expenses listed by tax-exempt organizations, commonly known as 501(c) groups, named for section in the tax code. These annotated documents were filed by Empower Texans and the Texas Public Policy Foundation — both of whom seek to influence public policy in the Lone Star state — for calendar years 2007-09.
The U.S. Census Bureau released data this week showing how many people moved to and from Texas in the last year. California sent more people our way than any other state — and we lost the most Texans to Oklahoma.
Candidates running for U.S. House and Senate races in Texas have raised millions of dollars to fund their campaigns during the 2011-12 election cycle. Use this news application to see which individual donors are helping finance those contests — or download the raw data filed by the candidates to the Federal Election Commission.
Candidates in next year’s U.S. House and Senate elections in Texas raised more than $5 million in the first quarter from individuals. Most live in Texas. But a significant portion came from outside the Lone Star State, according to the Federal Election Commission. California led the way, followed by Virginia, Washington, D.C. and New York.
State Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, unveiled his proposed Senate redistricting maps this week and opened hearings on them on Thursday with a vote possible Friday. Use our interactive maps to see the proposed changes and who would be affected.
Members of Congress from Texas — and potential candidates for those offices — have raised more than $9 million in the first quarter of this year in advance of the 2012 federal elections, campaign records show.
Texas candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives have raised more than $9 million in the first quarter of this year in advance of the 2012 federal elections. This interactive map visualizes campaign finances by congressional district during the first quarter of 2011.
The Texas House approved new political maps last week as part of decennial redistricting. In many cases, the newly drawn state House districts changed boundaries so that Republicans could preserve their majority. Use this interactive map graphic the see the changes.
The House Redistricting Committee and its chairman, state Rep. Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton, have revised the current Texas House map. Use this interactive table to see which districts changed the most politically under the proposal, which is set for debate today.
by Ross Ramsey, Matt Stiles, Niran Babalola, Christopher Chang and Noah Seger
Solving the state's 2012-13 budget woes is a hard job and perhaps the best way to show that is to let you decide for yourself how the $27 billion shortfall should be closed. Use our interactive budget shortfall app to see what you're willing to give up to close the gap.
Last year, after the Republicans won large majorities in the Texas House, state Rep. Aaron Peña of Edinburg left the Democrats to join the GOP. Is he now being rewarded with a district that a Republican can maintain? Check out these maps.
The first House redistricting maps are out, creating one new Latino district, keeping the current number of black opportunity districts and pairing 16 incumbents in districts where they would face one of their colleagues in the 2012 elections.