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Matt Stiles 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.

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D is for Democratic

Texas may be reddening, but Dallas County’s turning a darker shade of blue. While the GOP picked up hotly contested Dallas-area state House seats in November, the county voted for challenger Bill White over incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Perry by a margin of 12 percentage points. Straight-ticket voters also helped Democratic District Attorney Craig Watkins cling to his office in a squeaker and gave the County Commissioners Court its first Democratic majority in nearly 30 years.

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Interactive: Texas House Travel Expenses

Members of the Texas House on average spent about $11,000 on travel expenses in the last fiscal year, which ended August 31. This table details those records by member. Click the column headers to sort the table and compare their spending in the various categories Full Story 
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Interactive: U.S. Population Change

Later this month, the U.S. Census Bureau will announce apportionment based on the 2010 decennial population count, and Texas could gain an extra four seats in the U.S. Congress. Explore historical population growth, density and apportionment data since 1910 with interactive maps and charts released today by the bureau. Full Story 
Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Interactive: House Travel

Retiring state Rep. Joe Crabb, R-Atascocita, led all Texas House members in government-funded travel expenses in the last fiscal year, according to a Texas Tribune review of expense reports obtained from the state comptroller. Crabb spent $48,400, versus a per-member average of about $11,000. In all, 14 members spent more than $30,000. View a sortable table of travel totals by member.

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Debbie Irvine: The TT Interview

The newly christened executive director of the Texas Legislative Council on how the upcoming session is going to be "really, really difficult," how technology has changed her job, whether redistricting maps can get drawn and agreed upon by June and how she keeps politics from impacting her work.

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Debbie Irvine on Role as Lege Council Boss

The newly christened executive director of the Texas Legislative Council on how the upcoming legislative session is going to be difficult, how technology has changed her job, whether redistricting maps can get drawn and agreed upon by June and how she keep politics from impacting her job. Full Story 
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On the Records: How White Fared at Home

A few days ago, we noted the geographic similarities in the statewide performance of Democrats Bill White and Barack Obama in their respective (and losing) Texas campaigns. The same patterns held true in Harris County, where the former Houston mayor narrowly defeated incumbent Gov. Rick Perry, according to precinct-by-precinct maps.

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Search: Pre-Filed Bills

Following a biennial custom, Texas lawmakers filed hundreds of bills this week ahead of the 82nd legislative session. Use this database to search the bill captions, which contain a lay description of the legislation. Filter the results by a bill's primary author and subject.

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What Your Vote Cost

Carol Kent, a freshman Democrat who unsuccessfully defended her north Dallas seat in the Texas House, spent $64.06 per vote — the most of any of the 194 candidates running for state offices in this year’s general election, according to an analysis of campaign-finance data by The Texas Tribune.

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