Bill White

 Callie Richmond

What Went Wrong With Battleground Texas?

Battleground Texas launched nearly two years ago with the goal of turning reliably red Texas into a purple state where Democrats could compete. But after the 2014 general election, Texas looks redder than ever. So what went wrong?

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 Tesla Motors

The Brief: March 27, 2014

Executives with the electric carmaker Tesla Motors met on Wednesday with government officials in San Antonio, according to the San Antonio Express-News, a development sure to spur further talk about Texas' odds of landing the company's $5 billion battery plant.

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 Bob Daemmrich

Rick Perry and Get-'er-Done Politics

Ray Perry’s son apparently learned a little something at home from the county commissioner. As governor, Rick Perry is at his best — and many Perry haters will grudgingly confirm this — when there’s a hurricane, a tornado, a flood or other natural disaster.

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 Illustration by Jacob Villanueva

Guest Column: My Lege in a Box

Call it the Justin Timberlake Treatment: The Legislature has found itself boxed in as it searches for a way out of the budget divide.

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 Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Former Mayors Offer Advice to Austin

The city of Austin could follow in the footsteps of other major Texas cities if it changed its form of government to single-member districts in time for the next general election, former big-city mayors said Monday night.

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 Graphic by Matt Stiles/Many Eyes

Compare How the 2010 Candidates Spent Their Campaign Money

How did the candidates on the ballot last year compare in their political spending on advertising, polling and staff? Use our interactive bubble chart to explore category data released recently by the Texas Ethics Commission.

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 Graphic by Matt Stiles

On the Records: Charting the 2010 Campaigns

The 2010 political campaigns are over, but looking back at the fundraising and spending that financed them is now fully possible thanks to records made public by the Texas Ethics Commission after Tuesday’s filing deadline.

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 Bob Daemmrich

Gimme Shelter

Gov. Rick Perry’s focus on sanctuary cities — cities that don't allow their police officers to enforce federal immigration laws — could offer him safe passage through the contentious immigration debate. But it will be tricky.

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Who's Next?

Kay Bailey Hutchison’s announcement that she won't run again for her U.S. Senate seat wasn't entirely unexpected, but it still has the potential to overturn the state's political apple cart. To separate the would-bes from the could-bes in a 2012 race, we’ve created a guide to certain, likely and plausible candidates — as well a few who are plausible only to us here at the Trib.

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TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Galbraith on why the Lege meets only every two years, Hu picks the year's best political moments on video, Ramsey on the personalities who mattered in 2010, Stiles on lobbyists with conflicts of interest and what the census means for redistricting, yours truly on the new Cameron Todd Willingham documentary, Grissom on cockfighting and Trillin on Sissy Farenthold: The best of our best from Dec. 23 to 27, 2010.

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 Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Face Time

2010 didn't turn out like it looked a year ago. Unexpected people showed up. The political environment bloomed red instead of blue. The Tea was strong. And big shots turned into paper tigers. Here are some of the political personalities who mattered.

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