Tribpedia: 2012 Elections

In the election cycles that follow political redistricting — including the one in 2012 — everybody in the state's congressional delegation and the Legislature and on the State Board of Education is on the ballot. Some incumbents find themselves in new districts or paired with other incumbents. Turnover of the voluntary and involuntary kinds is high after new maps are ...

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 127

Evan, Ross, Reeve and Thanh talk about Rick Santorum's campaign suspension, the plight of failing schools in Texas, and the latest developments in the world of political scorecards.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination, speaks at a town hall event at Texas A&M University on April 10, 2012.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination, speaks at a town hall event at Texas A&M University on April 10, 2012.

Ron Paul Faces Long Odds and Large Crowds

The veteran congressman may not have a real shot at becoming the GOP's presidential nominee, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have something to gain by taking a tour of his home state.

Tribweek Friday, April 6th.
Tribweek Friday, April 6th.

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

The first two parts of M. Smith's series on failing school districts (plus Murphy and Seger's interactive on how districts' characteristics relate to ratings), Root on lagging GOP candidates for president trying to shore things up in Texas, Ramshaw on a "fiscal switcheroo" to get federal money for women's health programs, Galbraith talks to a West Texas farmer about crop insurance and climate change and Aguilar on the money behind a lawsuit on long rifle sales: The best of our best content from April 2 to 6, 2012.

Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams announces U.S. Senate candidacy at TribLive on January 27, 2011.
Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams announces U.S. Senate candidacy at TribLive on January 27, 2011.

Campaign Chatter

The filings are in, the candidates are raising money and looking for support. It is finally primary season in Texas.

Michael Quinn Sullivan, president and CEO of Empower Texans and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, at a 2012 Texas Tribune event.
Michael Quinn Sullivan, president and CEO of Empower Texans and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, at a 2012 Texas Tribune event.

Updated: Sullivan Says He's Not a Lobbyist

Michael Quinn Sullivan said he hadn't seen the ethics complaints filed by two Republican legislators, but "I do know, they're just trying to distract people about their record."

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Aaronson interactively maps Texas Medicaid providers, Aguilar talks legalization with the head of the Drug Policy Alliance, Galbraith on farmers watering what they know won't grow, Grisson sits down with exoneree Michael Morton, Hamilton on the elusive $10,000 college degree, Murphy et al. update the 2012 election brackets, Ramsey on Bill Ratliff's frank budget analysis, Ramshaw on a hospital where the overweight need not apply, Root on Joe Straus' primary opponent and Tan rounds up reactions to the Supreme Court's health care hearings: The best of our best content from March 26-30, 2012.

Republican candidates, left to right, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul say the Pledge of Allegiance at the CNN Charleston debates on January 19, 2012.
Republican candidates, left to right, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul say the Pledge of Allegiance at the CNN Charleston debates on January 19, 2012.

Texas GOP Pursuing Presidential Debate

The Republican Party of Texas is making plans to host a presidential debate in Texas before the May 29 primaries. Party chairman Steve Munisteri announced Friday that all the major candidates except Mitt Romney have accepted the invitation.