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.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate David Alameel has threatened Republican incumbent John Cornyn’s campaign with legal action over statements in a fundraising email.
The conciliatory tone that marked Dan Patrick's victory speech — in which he pledged to make inroads with Latinos — was unlike the fiery rhetoric voters were accustomed to from the lieutenant governor candidate. But political observers say it's an approach he will have to take in a general election battle against Leticia Van de Putte.
Dan Patrick won the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor with 65 percent of the votes in Tuesday's runoff election, but he earned votes from only 3.5 percent of registered Texas voters.
Texas Democrats believe wins by Tea Party candidates in Tuesday's Republican primary runoffs could turn off swing voters in November. But if Democrats can't close the deal, those Republicans will be running Texas.
As Republicans and Democrats finalized their ballots Tuesday for November's general election, the GOP loaded many of its top spots with candidates promoted by the state’s Tea Party and social conservative groups.
It started late last year and finally ends today. The primary election runoffs are topped by four particularly noisy and aggressive statewide Republican races, a couple more involving Democrats and about a dozen and a half legislative contests around Texas.
In this month's runoff elections, the candidates have concentrated on qualifications, personal history and reputation. Policy, for now, is taking a back seat.
Farmers and ranchers in Texas are in trouble, according to recently-released data, but the candidates for Texas agriculture commissioner are talking more about conservative credentials and pot than farming woes.
In the Republican race for attorney general, state Sen. Ken Paxton is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to tell voters his opponent, state Rep. Dan Branch, is too liberal. Branch is buying airtime to question his opponent's ethics. Together, the campaigns have spent more than $2 million on TV ads statewide since March 4.
In closing arguments to voters Tuesday night, incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and his challenger, state Sen. Dan Patrick, avoided much of the spitefulness that has characterized the Republican contest.
Nationally, the Tea Party may have lost some strength since its rise four years ago. But in Texas, one large Tea Party organization has joined forces with other conservative groups to try to become the dominant voice in Texas Republican politics.
The nasty tone of the GOP lieutenant governor's race is not new in Texas politics — just think back to when Jim Mattox and Ann Richards faced off in the 1990 Democratic runoff for governor.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst reiterated Monday that his campaign was not responsible for the release of GOP runoff opponent Dan Patrick’s medical records, though he stopped short of saying the information was irrelevant.
The Texas State Comptroller is the chief tax collector, and the chief accounting officer for the State of Texas.
Early voting will be at the Santa Fe Building at 900 S. Polk from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, May 19-23.
The election year doesn't end until the first Tuesday in November, but in the Texas Legislature, most of the competition is over, and lawmakers can dig into issues otherwise too dangerous for political season.
An email sent to political reporters Friday suggests Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's campaign was involved in exposing detailed information about GOP runoff opponent Dan Patrick's history of medical treatment for mental health issues.
In the runoff for the Republican nomination for agriculture commissioner, former state Rep. Sid Miller is touting his conservative credentials, but his opponent, former state Rep. Tommy Merritt, is more focused on experience.
Andrew Murr and Rob Henneke are facing off in the GOP runoff in the race to succeed state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, R-Kerrville. The conversation in the race has shifted as each tries to stand out as the conservative choice.
Reports of a state senator’s 1980s treatment for depression and exhaustion became an issue in the lieutenant governor’s race late Thursday, when the Quorum Report, a political newsletter, unearthed court papers detailing Dan Patrick’s medical history.
Morgan Meyer and Chart Westcott are battling for an open Dallas County House seat in an urban Republican district where the pockets are deep, the endorsers are famous and the Tea Party is relatively weak.
In the May 27 Democratic runoff for House District 105, two lawyers from Irving are contending for the chance to take on a former Republican former state legislator.
A candidate's record as a lawyer has become an issue in the Republican runoff for attorney general. Something very much like this happened in the GOP runoff for the office in 1998.