Texas needs to be better prepared to respond to emerging infectious diseases like Ebola, the director of a new state task force on such diseases said Thursday.
The candidates and the campaigns are encouraging people to vote, but some of the political news in Texas makes voting sound difficult — or even criminal.
Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño, a Democrat, was sentenced to prison in July for taking money from a drug trafficker. But analysts say it's unlikely that the case will lead to a Republican taking the reins as sheriff after the next election.
When most Texas voters think of traditional political campaigns, they envision blockwalking and yard signs. In many races, however, the modern-day "ground game" has gone digital.
Longtime West Texas lawmaker Delwin Jones appeared to be on the mend early Wednesday morning.
Four days after Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott backed out of a planned debate with Democrat Wendy Davis in Dallas, it was unclear on Tuesday whether there would be a gubernatorial debate in Dallas at all.
While receiving praise from education leaders in Austin and fending off fresh criticism about her tax return, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis promoted the latest additions to her education reform proposals.
Voters have until tomorrow to request an absentee ballot for the August 26 Runoff Primary Election. Early voting for the runoff begins Thursday.
State Sens. Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte have taken to promoting their business credentials while campaigning to become the state's lieutenant governor in a race that influential groups say should be good for business.
State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, wants the state to pay college students’ tuition and fees for two years if they attend a public community college in the state.
Last week, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, shot down speculation she was considering a run for San Antonio mayor. The rumors could hurt her prospects on multiple fronts.
No debates have been scheduled yet between lieutenant governor candidates Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte. But the two spoke in front of the same crowd on Thursday, making a case for their candidacies and promoting their support for business.
Rick Perry's political star is rising again, and associates say the new man behind the curtain is Jeff Miller, a California transplant known for his fundraising prowess and overflowing address book. If Perry runs for president again, one former aide says Miller will be the "conductor of the orchestra."
Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, calls for reducing high-stakes testing in a new plan for Texas schools. The campaign of her Republican opponent, Dan Patrick, said the plan would do nothing to help turn around underperforming schools.
Here is the state of the Texas governor's race in the late summer of 2014: both candidates are speaking directly to their base voters and labeling each other as corrupt insiders out of touch with ordinary people.
Houston-area voters will select a new state senator Tuesday as they head to the polls in a runoff special election for a vacant state Senate seat.
Gov. Rick Perry took a beating on the presidential campaign trail for what some conservatives considered his soft stance on immigration. But now, as he eyes another bid, the same issue is allowing him to appeal to the voters who once rejected him.
Seeking to aid fellow Republicans in the November elections — and perhaps bolster his own chances for a 2016 presidential run – Gov. Rick Perry has formed a federal political action committee.
State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, urged the GOP to focus on appealing to Hispanic voters, emphasizing that the “ultimate survivability of the Republican Party” is at stake, in an Austin speech to young Republicans Thursday evening.
Rep. Scott Turner, R-Frisco, has not been in the Texas House for two years, but the freshman lawmaker and former California congressional candidate has his eye on the top job there: speaker.
The candidates for Texas governor have been raising millions for their campaigns since last summer. The Tribune identified their top donors, famous givers and other noteworthy contributions. Republican Greg Abbott has amassed a record-setting bank balance, and Democrat Wendy Davis received cash from a laundry list of celebrities.
Five Republican nominees for seats in the Texas Senate voiced public opposition Monday to a proposal that would allow a controversial new form of betting on horse races in Texas.
In Texas, the traditional model for general election campaign advertising — don't run ads before Labor Day — is being challenged by some campaigns. Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has aired ads in movie theaters, and Democratic comptroller hopeful Mike Collier has already bought TV airtime in some markets.
Two years after a national polling consortium opted to scale back its survey of Texas voters, the group plans to increase its exit polling in the state during this year's November elections.
Several thwarted legislative proposals to overhaul the Texas Railroad Commission — the state's curiously named oil and gas regulator — have resurfaced in the race for an open seat on the commission.
Critics of Attorney General Greg Abbott say the state's top lawyer has not fairly represented Texas homeowners who were charged too much by an insurance company whose employees' PAC has given generously to his campaign. Abbott, his campaign and Farmers Insurance contend a proposed settlement agreement is fair.
Ask Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial hopeful Greg Abbott about his record on providing the public greater access to government records and he will tell you it is one worth bragging about. But open government advocates find the transparency record of the state's longest-serving attorney general to be much more varied.
Democrat Wendy Davis' campaign for governor boasted that it outraised Republican Greg Abbott over the last few months and had hauled in $13.1 million. The actual reports, published online Wednesday, told a different story.
Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick, who are facing off in a fiery race for lieutenant governor, have both raised about $1 million since the end of May.
Attorney General Greg Abbott has amassed a $35.6 million war chest in the race for Texas governor. His Democratic opponent, Sen. Wendy Davis, says she has $13.1 million for the effort.
Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, wrapped up her five-day “Texans Deserve to Know” tour on Saturday, calling Republican opponent Greg Abbott an “insider working for other insiders.” The Abbott campaign said Davis was misleading Texans.
Democrats in Texas are busy talking up their ticket, and most of that conversation has been about Wendy Davis, their nominee for governor. But Leticia Van de Putte, running for lieutenant governor, looks like the crowd favorite.
After Robert Duncan stepped down to become the Texas Tech University System Chancellor, now two candidates have confirmed they're running for his vacant state senate seat.
Travis County now finds itself, along with Los Angeles County in California, at the cutting edge of a race against time to create an alternative voting technology system.
Candidates are about to hit a deadline for financial reporting — money in, out, borrowed and on hand — that will offer a glimpse into the political health of their campaigns.
The Texas Democratic Party officially kicks off its convention Thursday in Dallas. The party is expected to adopt a platform with few changes and showcase the candidates at the top of its statewide ballot.
On the anniversary of her filibuster, Wendy Davis' message moved beyond women’s health and abortion to broader criticism of the state’s Republican leadership. Greg Abbott's campaign called her out of touch with "Texas values.
It's been a year since Wendy Davis' filibuster against new abortion restrictions. Texas Democrats have used the filibuster as a rallying point, while some Republicans are using it to talk about changing the way the Senate does its business.
John Cornyn's campaign is actively seeking to reach diverse communities that haven’t been traditional Republican supporters, from Indian-Americans to Latinos in the border colonias. And his team is trying to use Tea Party-style strategies to do it. Democrats have two words for them: good luck.
With the anniversary of the filibuster that made her a star for Texas Democrats, Wendy Davis is still trying to turn a momentous event into the kind of campaign that will upset the state's entrenched political order.
Voters do not see the necessity of a college education as strongly as they did four years ago, and they are open to a range of potentially major changes in public education, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. But the overall support hides some strong partisan disagreements over which proposals are best.
U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, is facing a challenge from former CIA agent Will Hurd, a Republican. The contest is considered a toss-up, with immigration and border security likely to be key issues in the border district.
The economy and immigration are among the issues of most concern to Texas voters, but there are partisan concerns over leadership and corruption right under the surface, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Attorney General Greg Abbott leads state Sen. Wendy Davis by 12 percentage points in the race for Texas governor, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. And U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has a commanding lead over the Republican pack in a hypothetical race for the 2016 presidential nomination.
With state Rep. Ron Reynolds preparing to stand trial in late summer on criminal and civil charges related to an alleged elaborate kickback scheme, Republicans see a chance to take back a district long held by Democrats.
The Texas GOP's hardline stance on immigration in its recently approved party platform has drawn criticism from Democrats and some Republicans. And it comes amid a gubernatorial race in which both Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis are working to court Hispanic voters.
Some analysts think Leticia Van de Putte is the Democrat most likely to win a statewide race in November. For that to happen, she would have to find voters willing to switch from Republican Greg Abbott in the first race to her in the second.
In 1961, a Wichita Falls political science professor became the first Texas Republican to win a statewide seat since Reconstruction. It took another 37 years for the party to sweep the other major offices. That history provides insight into the challenges now facing Democrats, and the reasons Republicans are taking the current threat to their winning streak seriously.
Ken Paxton's violation of securities law gives Sam Houston, his opponent in the race for attorney general, something to talk about for the next five months. It could also limit one of Greg Abbott’s lines of attack against Wendy Davis.
A year ago, Texas Democrats were still looking for candidates willing to jump into races Republicans have been winning for 20 years. Now the candidates are looking for Democrats, hoping there's a chance to break the pattern.
Republican primary voters have already decided one thing for the rest of the state's citizens: The Texas Senate that takes office in January will be more conservative than its predecessor.