For those obsessed with Texas government and politics, 2016 was filled with big news, from the somber (the ambush of police officers in Dallas) to the absurd (University of Texas students toting dildos to protest the new campus carry gun law). And then there was the election. Here's our roundup of the year's most memorable Texas stories.
Politically speaking, 2016 was one for the history books. Of course, there was the presidential campaign, which seemed to have new drama every day. Texas also saw heated debates on policy issues and implemented new laws. Here's a look back at some of The Texas Tribune's top 2016 video stories.
Election years in Texas are never for the faint of heart, but 2016 proved even more chaotic than usual — and everyone who wrote for TribTalk had an opinion on the direction the state and country are headed. Here are the most talked-about topics from 2016.
Ken Starr on the victimization of Art Briles. Michael Young on the future of Aggie football. Konni Burton on corporate welfare. Wendy Davis on how Texas treats women. Joe Straus on bathroom politics. Sid Miller on Sid Miller. And — duh — Ted Cruz on Donald Trump. Here are the conversations that made 2016 the newsiest news year in ages.
From U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's Republican National Convention speech to U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela's letter to Trump, 10 days in 2016 stand out for how they disrupted, empowered or otherwise messed with members of the Texas delegation.
The July ambush of police officers in downtown Dallas was one of the highest-profile examples of the intense community-law enforcement divide in 2016. The year also saw more efforts to reform the state's criminal justice system, particularly jail conditions.
After Uber left Austin, state lawmakers are now poised to take up regulations of ride-hailing companies. They may also look at a high-speed rail developer's ability to use eminent domain for a Dallas-Houston bullet train.
It may have been the offseason for the Texas Legislature, but there was still ample news coming from state officials, much of which will reverberate through the legislative session starting in January.
Riot police were called out at Texas A&M and thousands of students carried dildos at the University of Texas at Austin in a tense year for Texas colleges thanks to campus carry, racial incidents and the election. Here are the highlights of higher education news in 2016.
School districts lost a court case that could have forced the state to reform its school finance system, and federal officials toured Texas to investigate claims that special education services were arbitrarily capped. Here are the 2016 highlights of public education news in Texas.