creates graphics, interactive stories and data-driven features, wrangles difficult datasets and works on tools to make development for the team more efficient. He also oversees the design and maintenance of our large-scale explorers.
We've updated our campaign finance database to reflect state contribution and expenditure data reported by candidates and committees 30 days before Election Day. Use our tool to find out how much money was being spent in the final weeks of the 2012 election cycle.
Using data collected by the Texas Secretary of State's office, which provides early voting totals for the 15 counties with the most registered voters, we have built an interactive way to explore these numbers.
by Ryan Murphy, Maurice Chammah, Nick Swartsell and Audrey White
As Election Day nears, editorial boards at newspapers across Texas have begun endorsing candidates. Here's a list of official endorsements in particularly competitive or noteworthy races. We'll update the list as endorsements come in.
Early voting in Texas is under way for the Nov. 6 general election. In an effort to remind our readers of their districts, we have revived and revamped the district discovery tool we deployed during this year's redistricting battle, except this time without the comparison to last election's districts.
We've updated the data for 13 agencies in our government employee salary database. This update includes new information for the Austin Community College system, Houston ISD, the city of San Antonio and Angelo State University.
New campaign finance reports filed in September show that Texans are still giving generously to Super PACs. The top givers included Houston homebuilder Bob Perry, who gave $2 million to the pro-GOP American Crossroads, and former Texas Trial Laywers Association President Steve Mostyn and his wife, Amber, who gave $1.5 million to Democrat-supporting groups.
Texas has 148 public and private colleges and universities but no single source for easily finding statistics about how well they perform. This easy-to-navigate interactive database lets you explore key academic, enrollment and cost records on all of Texas' institutions of higher learning.
The drought that began in October 2010 has continued into 2012, and it has taken a toll on Texas' water supplies. As the summer of 2012 draws to a close, these communities are at risk of running out of water within 180 days.
Following up on our previous visualization of Super PAC contributions, we've prepared another way to analyze the data. This interactive shows the 10 Super PACs that received the most money from Texans.
On Aug. 20, another round of federal campaign finance reports was due. Use our interactive to see how much money Texans have given to Super PACs, which can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on behalf of candidates.
The state auditor's office on Friday released a report that breaks down the salaries of state agency executives in an effort to assess the current salary landscape at the executive level and identify pay disparities. Here's what it found.