Some new numbers released today from a new Texas Tech survey showing some very interesting findings about where Texans stand politically on issues like gay marriage, immigration and who will be the next Governor of Texas.
Politics is full of turnarounds, double-crosses and strategic misunderstandings. But a big business group's decision to switch sides in the race for lieutenant governor was a rare exhibition of political hardball.
Former state Rep. Mark Shelton and Tea Party favorite Konni Burton are vying in a Republican runoff election for the state Senate seat left open by Wendy Davis. It's a swing district that both political parties are paying close attention to.
The telephone survey was continued April 13-15 among more than one thousand voters.
With last session's divisive abortion debate as a backdrop, Democrats are getting help from the newly created Planned Parenthood Texas Votes Action Fund. Republicans say they don't expect much of a challenge, but they've established their own group to tackle women's issues.
Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, is trying to broaden her appeal beyond the filibuster that made her famous. But in her latest fundraising mailer to supporters, that June night is front and center, in the images and in the pitch itself.
After questions were raised about language in a policy proposal that appears to call for the biannual testing of pre-kindergarten students, Greg Abbott’s campaign is clarifying his early education plan, saying he is not calling for such tests.
Despite national improvement in election performance between 2008 and 2012, Texas ranked among the lowest-performing states, according to new data released Tuesday.
A former Texas Railroad Commission chairman is helping Ryan Sitton fight back against conflict-of-interest allegations in the Republican primary runoff for an open seat on the commission.
State Sen. Dan Patrick has credited his success to grassroots support. But his momentum has also been built on lessons learned navigating the old-school politics of Harris County, where he has aggressively courted a small number of influential conservatives.
John Ratcliffe, who is in a Republican primary runoff with U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, says the incumbent has been in Washington too long. What he's not saying is that Hall, who turns 91 next month, is too old for office.
Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott says he's looking “to make Texas the No. 1 education system in the United States within 10 years.” He has to find a way to suggest improvements while not criticizing his ally Rick Perry.
The Republican establishment is finding itself in the role of the hunted, as conservatives — especially in statewide races — dominate the political conversation.
Neither Greg Abbott nor Wendy Davis has spent much of their gubernatorial campaigns talking about the energy industry and regulations. But Texans should have little trouble distinguishing their positions on the issue. As a lawmaker, Davis has a detailed record, and Abbott has staked his position in the courts.
A handful of candidates seeking election this year are trying to win the favor of some of the same voters who previously voted them out of office.
The Texas Senate's swing to the right started more than 20 years ago, when the incumbents' definition of extreme simply meant a Republican had entered the Capitol. Now some of those same Republicans are under fire for being too liberal.
For political challengers, a runoff can be good news: They lived to fight another day. For incumbent officeholders, runoffs are fraught with the idea that voters are shopping for someone new.
In the latest iteration of the fight over women's issues in the Texas governor’s race, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and his Democratic opponent state Sen. Wendy Davis are sounding off over equal pay.
As the campaigns for gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis use social media to expand the discourse on the issues they consider priorities, they must also deal with addressing issues like name calling and personal attacks in such forums.
It might be tempting to romanticize the Tea Party as something distinct from the Republican Party, but poll data suggests that Tea Party voters would support using government power to enact unquestionably conservative policies.
A week after the primary election, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples reflect on their failed bids for lieutenant governor, weigh in on David Dewhurst, Dan Patrick and the May runoff, and talk about what the future holds for them.
Will primary night results carry into runoffs? Not necessarily, political observers say. A recent change in election law has prompted Texas to extend the time between primaries and runoffs.
Jerry Patterson and Todd Staples offered differing takes on Tuesday on how the May runoff between their former lieutenant governor primary opponents — Dan Patrick and incumbent David Dewhurst — might turn out.
Wendy Davis isn't the first Democratic candidate for governor to lose a fifth of her primary vote, and GOP crowing about the size of its own electorate hides the overall unpopularity of voting in primary elections.
An email from a lobbyist at one of the state's largest law firms suggests there may be efforts underway to persuade three second-place Republican primary finishers to withdraw from the May runoffs.
What's in a name? For some candidates in this week's primaries, including Jim Hogan and Malachi Boyuls, the answer may have been a few thousand votes.
Some Republicans' digs at Wendy Davis' performance in the Democratic primary on Tuesday have obscured the fact that turnout was down for both parties compared with 2010.
For the second time in two years, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is in a primary runoff. And the odds are heavily against him. He'll face state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, who finished first in Round 1 of a race that Dewhurst hopes will win him another term.
Candidates in several races came out swinging during the primary season, and that is not expected to ebb during the runoff campaign — particularly in the GOP races for lieutenant governor and attorney general.
In an election year in which Hispanic voters are crucial to Democratic success, the first feud of the now-official general election gubernatorial match-up is being fueled by state Sen. Wendy Davis' primary performance on the border.
The down-ballot statewide races on both the Republican and Democratic sides yielded a number of runoffs and some surprises on Tuesday night.
Dewhurst is running against Senator Dan Patrick, Todd Staples, and Jerry Patterson in the Republican primary.
One of the Texas agriculture commissioner's biggest jobs is running the federally funded school breakfast and lunch program. Read what the Republican and Democratic candidates for agriculture commissioner have to say about the program.
With an unusually large number of statewide primary candidates running for an unusually large number of open seats, many races are expected to head into a runoff after Tuesday's election. For some campaigns, that likelihood has meant considering how their actions may impact a second round.
When Democrats blasted Attorney General Greg Abbott after recent stop in Lubbock, the front-running candidate for governor accused one of them of calling his "Latina wife of 32 years a prop." The Democrat says it never happened.
They start 11:30 a.m. Sunday on KCIT FOX 14.
Gov. Rick Perry, the state's top elected official, is missing from all but a handful of candidates' endorsements. Uncharacteristically, his is a mostly secret ballot in this year's Republican primaries.
The crowded field of candidates campaigning against 90-year-old U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall argues that 17 terms are enough for the Republican lawmaker.
Texas' voter ID law, which was passed in 2011 and will face its biggest statewide test yet in Tuesday's primaries, presents an added hurdle for transgender voters, who advocates fear may be discouraged from showing up at the polls.
With low turnout in statewide primaries and the two-decade dominance of Republicans, a bloc of a relatively few voters determines how Texas will handle long-term public policy challenges. And some worry that means voters who don't reflect the demographic makeup of the state are making most of the calls.
Some of the main issues on the ballot are the race for Potter County Judge, Texas Governor, Texas Attorney General, State Senator for District 31, And US Representative District 13.
Reporting of this week’s UT/TT Poll can’t help but present a simple story: Davis is down, Abbott is up. But these latest results reflect factors that are much more deeply rooted than the low-hanging fruit making headlines and feeding campaign emails.
With five Republicans fighting for the open state Senate seat vacated by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, one thing is almost certain: a May runoff.
State Sen. Glenn Hegar, a candidate for comptroller, amended his personal financial forms this week to include more information about his wife's income and investments.
Low voter turnout among Hispanics in Texas plays a key role in preventing the Republican-dominated state from being politically competitive, according to a new report.
Battleground Texas, the Democratic group working to make the state politically competitive, wrote a letter to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Tuesday saying it has broken no laws.
The way Democrats see it, Greg Abbott hurt himself by campaigning with caustic rocker Ted Nugent. In the Abbott camp, though, the Nuge blowback theory is another fiction spun by the liberal elites.
Greg Abbott had a campaign stop in Amarillo.
Three Texas Supreme Court justices up for re-election face GOP primary challenges. Backers of the incumbents are critical about where support for those challengers is coming from. And those challengers have questioned the current court's conservatism.
Early voting continues until Friday.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, the leading GOP candidate for governor, has raised another $2.45 million in the last month, his campaign said. His likely Democratic opponent, state Sen. Wendy Davis, has not yet reported her figures.
Maybe you were looking for a policy debate on transportation or water or school finance? That's not what the political candidates are talking about. They're focused on issues that motivate primary voters.
Republican Greg Abbott holds an 11-point lead over Democrat Wendy Davis in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, and a number of Republican primaries appear to be destined for May runoff elections. Both Abbott and Davis hold gaping leads over the other candidates in their party primaries.
Republican Greg Abbott included controversial musician and entertainer Ted Nugent in a couple of campaign stops this week. It could have been scripted by his likely November rival, Wendy Davis.
Though Republicans have dominated Texas politics over the last 20 years, GOP leaders have been preaching about the need for better minority outreach and updated technology. The emergence of the Democratic group Battleground Texas finally gave them a reason to get moving on it.
Election Day is March 4.
In the 12-way Republican primary for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, the candidates are running more against President Obama than against one another. The crowded field of candidates has had just three months to convince voters they are the best pick for Congress.
The office of Secretary of State Nandita Berry suggested that voter registration practices by Battleground Texas might rise to a “potential level of offense” of state election law. Battleground said it did nothing wrong.
There's a growing push to expand absentee voter rights ahead of the upcoming midterm elections.
Fox News pundit and famed political consultant Karl Rove has become fodder for both Democrats and Republicans in this year's elections. Once considered among the most powerful people in Texas Republican politics, Rove is being used by some GOP candidates to challenge Sen. John Cornyn's conservative credentials.
The forum includes uncontested and contested positions.
In Potter County, there are five Early Voting locations.
Ryan Sitton (bottom right), a Republican candidate for railroad commissioner, says that if elected, he would remain involved with his company, which consults with some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies. Some of his opponents have raised concerns.
When news broke that Greg Abbott, the Republican front-runner for governor, would be appearing at a campaign stop in North Texas with Ted Nugent, the self-proclaimed “Madman,” Democrats and social media erupted.
In a general election in November, a voter who doesn't know the candidates by name can make choices based on political party. It's not so easy in March, especially when the primary ballot is crowded.
Texas Democrats are hoping to win the support of people who have never voted before. They should be looking, as well, for Texans who voted for Democrats once before and never came back.
All of the GOP candidates for agriculture commissioner have benefited from farm subsidies, and they could benefit from the new farm bill. But they are also critics of the federal government, which writes those subsidy checks.
President Obama has been a frequent target for the candidates in the Republican race for Texas attorney general. Now the campaigns for two of those candidates — state Rep. Dan Branch and state Sen. Ken Paxton — are accusing each other of benefiting from the president's 2009 stimulus package. Those are fighting words in a Republican primary in Texas.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has released the latest of her education reform proposals, calling for the state to increase access to full-day pre-kindergarten programs and prioritize early-childhood reading programs.
After at first distancing himself from Rick Perry on the campaign trail, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott is set to make a joint appearance at a fundraiser in Houston on Wednesday with the man he's hoping to succeed, marking a shift in campaign strategy.
A new state law effective Nov. 1, 2013, changed the dates and times state voters have come to expect for in-person early absentee voting across Oklahoma.
The program will begin at 7 p.m., when each candidate will be introduced and have an opportunity to make a statement giving their reasons for seeking office and what they hope to accomplish.
Campaigns, always trying to raise money, shift into another gear when the primaries are looming: It's time to spend some of that cash.
Greg Abbott's comparison of South Texas corruption to "third-world country practices" has made the GOP gubernatorial candidate a target for Democrats and drawn criticism from border leaders.
Though there are no major differences on immigration policy between the Republican candidates running for lieutenant governor in Texas, the issue has taken center stage in the race. Heated rhetoric has drawn concern from groups focused on courting Hispanic voters.
For voters who don't know all of the candidates, slate cards that list this or that group's endorsements in the primaries can be useful. And sometimes, that drives the campaigns batty.
Four Republicans running for Texas railroad commissioner are working to differentiate themselves. But speaking Thursday at a Republican Women of Austin luncheon, they found plenty upon which to agree.
Sen. Wendy Davis has riled conservatives with talk of gun restrictions. But now she's stirring controversy among fellow Democrats for embracing reforms that would allow Texans to openly carry handguns — even into the state Capitol.
This year, a new Oklahoma state law ha
Fundraising reports for the month of January show Greg Abbott largely outraising Wendy Davis with the help of several six-figure contributions, while Davis relied on smaller donations.
It's almost time to cast your ballots, and amidst new voter laws, the state wants to make sure Texans are informed.
As the election approaches, Election Identification Certificates (EICs) will be available at mobile stations counties around Texas for Texans who do not already have an acceptable form of photo identification necessary to vote.
More than 20 years after then-Texas Comptroller John Sharp launched a popular program to cut government waste, the candidates to be the next comptroller are talking about reviving it. But the reasons that state lawmakers stripped the office of that power in 2003 may remain a roadblock.
If you've moved or something has changed since the last election you need to fill out an updated card.
Republicans running for lieutenant governor demonstrated in their debate Monday that they are concerned about their March primary, not about how their positions might sound in November.
Texas ranks 33rd for its percentage of female legislators. The number of women in the upper chamber is unlikely to increase, even as two of the seven in the Senate — Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte — pursue statewide office.
Twenty candidates — including seven Republicans and five Democrats — are hoping to unseat U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. It is by far the most crowded statewide race in Texas this year.
The four Republican candidates for lieutenant governor took on end-of-life issues, border security, and of course, each other, in an hour-long Dallas debate.
Republican Greg Abbott has become the first gubernatorial candidate to launch a Spanish-language website as he and his expected Democratic opponent, state Sen. Wendy Davis, court Hispanic voters ahead of the general election.
The leading candidates for governor have already started a war of words. Last week, it was about divorce and disability — and political correctness.
The two leading candidates for governor are making education a talking point in their campaigns. Attorney General Greg Abbott is exploring charter schools and virtual learning, while state Sen. Wendy Davis is focused on teacher recruitment.
GOP gubernatorial front-runner Greg Abbott attacked chief Democratic rival Wendy Davis — though not by name — at a boisterous anti-abortion rally at the Texas Capitol on Saturday.
The 13th District of Texas encompasses more than 40,000 square miles and all or part of 41 counties, which make its one of the largest in the entire country.
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, Senator Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples will take the stage in Dallas.
After re-electing Harvey Hilderbran every two years since 1992, the voters in House District 53 are vetting a group of fresh faces and hosting a slew of candidate forums to hear where the GOP primary candidates stand on issue No. 1 — water.
With most candidates' campaigns for the March primaries in full swing, Hispanic Republicans trying to increase their numbers in the state House are mostly looking past the primaries. The three Hispanic GOP incumbents don't have any primary challengers, and Hispanic Republicans will challenge four Hispanic House Democrats in November.
Dr. Pam Barlow and Elaine Hays will be there.
The main voting site inside the Randall County Justice Center will be moved to the Randall County Elections Administration office on fifth avenue in Canyon.
As the Texas school finance trial reopens Tuesday, it has become a political football in the state’s 2014 gubernatorial contest. State Sen. Wendy Davis' campaign has lobbed attacks at Attorney General Greg Abbott based on his role in the litigation.
Early voting begins February 18 and continues through February 28.
Attorney General Greg Abbott demonstrated his fundraising prowess over the last half year with 25 six-figure donations, including a total of $900,000 from the late Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons.
Democratic and Republican voters favor many provisions of proposed immigration law reforms and of the Affordable Care Act. But the rhetorical emphasis on unpopular provisions of those policies has made them nonstarters with those same voters.
Republicans have a comfortable majority in the Texas Legislature, but in the primaries, the debate is over which sorts of Republicans should be in control.
Wendy Davis and a joint "victory committee" committed to her election as governor have raised a combined $12 million since July, her campaign announced Tuesday. Greg Abbott announced he raised $11.5 million in the same period.
Election Day is right around the corner — at least for voters in one Travis County state House district. Democrat Celia Israel and Republican Mike VanDeWalle will face off Jan. 28 in a special election runoff to succeed retiring Rep. Mark Strama.
If the past is a guide, gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott will soon report big money from wealthy donors, and his opponent, state Sen. Wendy Davis, will report many small donors from around the U.S.
Republican candidates in the crowded field for agriculture commissioner could benefit from talking about a lot more than agricultural issues, and some are relying on that strategy more than others.
Nearly 700 people are running for various state offices, but to figure out the direction of Texas politics, you only need to see the results in a few of those contests.
More and more Americans are ditching political parties and identifying themselves as independents. A new Gallup Poll shows there are more independents than ever before.
A new political action committee will allow Texans for Education Reform, the education advocacy group that became a lobbying powerhouse during the 2013 legislative session with the backing of tort reform heavyweights, to put some of its resources toward candidates for office.
You'll remember, commissioners in two districts were recalled in November: Dora Salinas-Mctigue in district one and Jimmy Sandoval in district two.
For Texas Democrats, 2014 marks another run at the statewide offices that have remained out of their reach for two decades. Their challenge: convincing voters that a Democrat can win a statewide race here.
Many Republican officials have pointed to George P. Bush, the odds-on favorite in the 2014 land commissioner's race, as an example that Hispanic candidates are able to win statewide GOP primaries. But several political observers do not see a trend starting.
Campaign advertising is all about what appeals to the audience of voters — even if that means ignoring the office the candidates are seeking.
If you want to know why Republican candidates for lieutenant governor favor teaching creationism in schools, just look at conservative voters' views on the subject.
The race to replace U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Friendswood, drew six additional Republicans in the last week, bringing the full field to 12. The Texas Republican Party extended the filing deadline an extra week after Stockman abruptly withdrew his re-election bid to run for the U.S. Senate.
The short game in Texas politics is the year ahead — the primaries in March and the general election in November. But a loss in 2014 might lead to something bigger in a future election.
Commissioners in two districts were recalled last month: Dora Salinas-Mctigue in district one and Jimmy Sandoval in district two.
The next primary election is March 4.
A few more people will be facing Nancy Tanner and Debra McCartt for the position of Potter County Judge.
Mike Minter is a Wichita Falls businessman who announced his candidacy today.
March 4th is the Texas primary.
Time is running out if you're thinking of running in the March primary.
Tom Pauken said on Thursday that he wouldn't file for the GOP primary for governor, explaining that the difficulties of running against the best-funded statewide candidate in the state would be too great.
Democratic dental center mogul David Alameel, who spent millions on a losing campaign for Congress in 2012, told the Tribune on Friday that he'll run for the U.S. Senate seat held by John Cornyn in 2014.
With less than three months before early voting starts in the primary, the race to succeed Attorney General Greg Abbott is still up in the air as the candidates vie for the public's attention in a crowded Republican field.
Democrats seeking a return to the Texas Governor's Mansion are betting on the suburbs — and, in particular, on the women there who they think can be swayed to vote for Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte. But Republican leaders say they're confident their support remains robust.
The Attorney General is the most powerful legal position in Texas Government.
The multitude of candidates for statewide office, mainly on the Republican side, will make it difficult for unknown contestants to get noticed in the short period between the holidays and the primary elections.
The commissioners, Dora Salinas-Mctigue from District 1 and Jimmy Sandoval from District 2 were named in the recall petitions.
Wendy Davis formally filed to run for governor over the weekend. But since her announcement in early October, only a handful of other Democrats have announced for other statewide posts up and down the ballot.
Seliger helped pass reforms in education and water this past session.
Seeking place on the 2014 Republican Primary Ballot
The 2014 election season is packed with competitive statewide races pitting current officeholders against one another, which means that a lot of those candidates may not be serving in public office anywhere come 2015.
Tom Pauken is the only statewide candidate who has made higher education a central issue in his campaign thus far. But his approach to it is drawing criticism from within the higher education community.
State Proposition 6 passed last night, with 73% of the vote. The passage allows for a constitutional amendment to create the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas. From that money, loans will be given out to cities around the state to finance their water projects. State Representative Four Price co-authored the bill that led to the proposition.
Texas voters addressed the state's fast growth and lingering drought Tuesday by approving a $2 billion water fund and eight other constitutional amendments in a low-turnout election. House Speaker Joe Straus was among the politicians who led the charge in support of Proposition 6.
Proposition 6 is on the ballot this election, to aid in the state's water problem.
For Republican gubernatorial candidates, going too far right in March could mean trouble in November.
Republicans see an opening for the 2014 election as they work to reach out to Hispanic voters who could be spurred to the polls by the party’s anti-abortion stance. Democrats say it's a losing proposition.
Whether or not Texas voters approve Proposition 6, which would take $2 billion from the state's savings account to use for water financing, the state has a long way to go in dealing with its water deficit.
Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott has a single-digit lead over Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis in the 2014 race for governor, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. Head to head versus Davis, Abbott leads by only 6 points. In a three-way race against Davis and Libertarian Kathie Glass, his lead shrinks to 5 points.
Polls at the Santa Fe building for Potter County and four locations in Randall County were open til seven.
A federal judge's decision this week to block parts of Texas' strict new abortion law was just the first step in a legal battle that could drag on for months, or even years, meaning that the courtroom drama will play out against the 2014 governor's race.
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The League of Women Voters' public forum will address the ARC's $31.5-million bond issue and the proposed Texas Constitutional Amendments.
Two of the nine constitutional propositions on the ballot in Texas this November will lower property taxes for disabled veterans or a surviving spouse.