2013 wasn't supposed to be a very political year, but in this very political state, it became one. Rick Perry got out, others piled in, two new stars grabbed the microphone and jumped into the political spotlight, the Republicans started a contentious bunch of primary races and the Democrats began showing signs of political life.
In 2013, for the third straight year, the Texas higher education story that bogarted the limelight was the ongoing tension swirling around the University of Texas System. But there are reasons to believe that won't be the case in 2014.
A sampling of our coverage in 2013, from our Bidness as Usual series to the Wendy Davis filibuster and Ted Cruz's fauxlibuster, water fights to death row, health care to electoral and legislative politics, and a month full of ways the Texas Legislature changed our civic life.
Advocates for immigration reform hoped 2013 was the year they'd get a comprehensive overhaul of the country’s immigration system. But lawmakers left D.C. without passing a measure. On the border, a new mayor took the helm of Ciudad Juárez, where murders have dropped but the aftershocks of the drug war are still strong.
For transportation advocates in Texas, concerns over a lack of funding overwhelmed all other issues in 2013. Lawmakers ultimately approved a partial solution that voters will be asked to approve in 2014.
A new direction for standardized testing and high school curriculum, expansion for charter schools, No Child Left Behind jettisoned and the aftermath of a cheating scandal: Let's just say 2013 was a significant year for Texas public education policy.
Every year we're fortunate to grill, for 30 minutes at a time, the most powerful elected and appointed officials in Texas as part of our regular TribLive conversation series at The Austin Club. We had especially provocative and interesting guests in 2013. Here are 10 must-watch clips from the many interviews we conducted.