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Interactive Map: Hispanic Growth in House, Senate Districts

The U.S. Census Bureau collected 2010 population trend data for Texas political districts, separating out totals by race to enable the redrawing of district boundaries during the 2011 session of the state Legislature. This interactive map displays those totals in shades, with darker colors representing higher rates of total population growth overall and by residents of Hispanic origin.

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 Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Interactive: Texas Superintendent Salaries

Facing an unprecedented budget shortfall, some state lawmakers are questioning whether public schools spend too much on administration — specifically, on pay for superintendents. Use this table to sort those records by salary, district enrollment and pay per student, and see how each superintendent ranks.

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Interactive Map: 2010 Census Totals by County

The U.S. Census Bureau collected 2010 population totals for Texas counties, breaking down the figures by race and Hispanic origin. The data will be used for redistricting of political districts during the 2011 session of the Texas Legislature. This interactive map displays those totals in shades, with darker colors representing higher rates of total population growth.

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 Bob Daemmrich

At Blackout Hearing, Big Political Donors Grilled

The big power companies in Texas on the hot seat during a Senate hearing about this month's rolling blackouts have donated more than $400,000 since 2000 to members of the two committees asking questions. The donations are part of nearly $4 million in campaign money the companies and their employees have spent on political candidates during that time.

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 Graphic by Matt Stiles/Many Eyes

Interactive: Texas Political Spending: July 1-Dec. 31, 2010

The Texas Ethics Commission now requires political candidates to document their political spending in specific categories — advertising, consulting, polling, etc. — allowing the public to better understand campaign-finance filings. This interactive bubble chart visualizes those spending categories by candidate, political party and election type in the second half of 2010.

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Who Profited Most in the Fall Campaign?

We already know that the major-party candidates in the governor's race spent more on advertising than others on last year's ballot, thanks to the cost of television. But some other ad vendors also received lucrative business from the competitive state House races, with mixed results.

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