Take an issue that's full of sometimes-complicated details like Texas public school finance, throw in an element of urgency like the need for better transportation solutions in Dallas-Fort Worth, add a healthy helping of local interest spiced with some controversy and you have the perfect assignment for Mike Norman to examine in depth. Mike is the newspaper's editorial director.

E-mail: mnorman@star-telegram.com

Size of the sales tax enters Texas political debate

| |Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014

Some of the talk says the rate could go higher, but don’t believe it.

Texas governor candidates in classic clash over education

| |Friday, Apr. 04, 2014

Focus pre-k on serving more kids or on results-based methods?

Comptroller shines light on May bond elections

| |Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014

Arlington ISD proposal is the third-largest in the state, but still looks good.

Abbott backed into a corner on equal pay

| |Friday, Mar. 21, 2014

Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has let himself be out-wrestled on the sensitive issue of equal pay for equal work by Texas women.

When the Texas governor talks pot, people listen

| |Friday, Mar. 14, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry makes a media splash every time he talks about Texas easing off on marijuana penalties. He’s not above grabbing attention, so he has talked about it several times recently.

‘Kinder and gentler’ GOP has gone from Texas

| |Thursday, Mar. 06, 2014

Tea Party’s primary election success will shape legislative session.

Arlington school bonds can withstand opposition

| |Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

Anti-debt argument can be expected but doesn’t hold water.

Speech must still be free on the Internet

| |Friday, Feb. 14, 2014

A Texas case shows how government regulators sometimes step on the First Amendment.

Editorial: Fast-moving trains may be headed for Fort Worth

| |Friday, Feb. 07, 2014

All that talk about high-speed rail in Texas is quickly turning to action.

News of ‘abnormal’ Muñoz fetus dims hope

| |Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

Sustaining brain-dead woman now has little chance of good outcome.