As former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gears up for an expected presidential run, longtime friends and colleagues say the native Texan always had the aura of political potential hanging over him. From his backyard ballpark in Houston to his years with Texas Commerce Bank, Bush stood out for his abilities — and his relatability.
Sen. Rand Paul won his third consecutive Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll Saturday, dashing the hopes of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who came in third, and former Gov. Rick Perry, who placed eleventh.
Over the weekend, federal officeholders filed their final campaign reports for 2014. They offer a glimpse into members of the Texas delegation who are sitting pretty financially, and which my need to get to work soon dialing for dollars.
Former Austin County Judge Carolyn Bilski led the race to fill the HD-13 seat but will face Leighton Schubert in a runoff.
Voting ended Tuesday night in three crowded elections — Senate District 26, House District 17 and House District 123 — and all are now headed for runoffs.
After the winners of Tuesday’s elections are sworn in, there will be only seven white Democrats left in the Texas Legislature. That complicates the party's efforts to attract independent voters if it is unable to argue that it represents all Texans, including Anglos.
Thousands of Texans who voted in 2010 did not come back to do it again in 2014, and most of those voted for the Democratic candidate for governor four years ago. At the same time, another kind of voting — mail ballots — is booming.
Texas voters have picked the agriculture commissioner for more than a century. But is that a good idea in a state almost 90 percent urban?
Battleground Texas launched nearly two years ago with the goal of turning reliably red Texas into a purple state where Democrats could compete. But after the 2014 general election, Texas looks redder than ever. So what went wrong?
Twenty-nine Texans who weren't in the state Legislature last session will take their seats as new members of the Texas House and Senate in January. All but three of them are Republicans. Explore our list of fresh faces.
Denton on Tuesday became the state’s first city to ban hydraulic fracturing, setting up a high profile property clash likely to be fought in courtrooms and the Legislature.
For the third time in as many elections, CD-23 is changing changed hands, this time going back to the GOP after challenger Will Hurd ousted incumbent Democrat Pete Gallego.
Wendy Davis on Tuesday lost a bit more than her gubernatorial race. Her vacated Texas senate seat flipped to Republicans on a rough night for Democrats in legislative races.
Texas voters reasserted themselves in the face of ballyhooed Democratic voter turnout efforts: This remains — emphatically — a Republican state.
Texas voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly supported using oil and gas tax revenue to fund new road projects. Further down the ballot, a trio of highly contentious district attorney races led a roster of high-profile local contests.
Texas Democrats maintained their 16-year losing streak on Tuesday night, with Republicans decisively sweeping all 15 statewide races on the ballot.
As expected, Attorney General Greg Abbott crushed Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis in the Texas governor's race. Abbott, 56, who will become the first Texas governor in a wheelchair, presided over an expected sweep and helped usher in a whole new crop of Republican leaders.
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Greg Abbott supporters who dialed into a Monday evening tele-townhall were exhorted to get out the vote on Tuesday, lest Democratic opponent Wendy Davis usher into Texas the evils of liberalism and Barack Obama.
It's Election Day, and Texans will turn over every statewide executive office, settle some locally important legislative and congressional races, and decide on issues like transportation funding.
President Obama on Monday urged Democratic voters to turn out on Election Day for Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte, the candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, warning in a conference call that voter apathy would ensure Republicans retain control in Texas.
After Tuesday's general election, political observers will examine voter turnout and exit poll data, seeking insights into where Texas is politically, and where it may be headed. Here are the questions most drawing their attention.
If the Republicans win control of the U.S. Senate in Tuesday's elections, the second-ranking member of what is now the minority party — John Cornyn of Texas — could be sitting pretty.
With early voting wrapping up Friday, turnout numbers don't seem to reflect much result from Democratic efforts to cultivate new voters.
In two legislative contests in Tarrant County — House District 94 and Senate District 10 — Democrats are pinning their hopes on Republican voters soured by the most conservative elements of their party.
As the election season comes to a close, it's instructive to see whom the candidates call in for special appearances and reinforcement — and whom they don't call on at all.
Green Party candidate Emily Sanchez has few resources in her bid for U.S. Senate. What she does have is a nickname, SpicyBrown, that voters will see on the ballot.
Attorney General Greg Abbott voted for himself in Austin on Thursday, then confidently predicted he would reach his goal of a strong finish in heavily Latino South Texas.
State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, is reaching out to voters in conservative hotbeds in North and East Texas — a nod to Democrats’ dependence on increasing voter turnout in statewide races.
In his second race after switching to the GOP, incumbent state Rep. J.M. Lozano thinks HD-43 voters are more comfortable with his party choice. But Democratic challenger Kim Gonzalez isn't going to let it go.
After months of chasing his opponent, Democratic Comptroller candidate Mike Collier finally had his chance Wednesday night to outline and contrast his accounting experience against Republican candidate Glenn Hegar — a cornerstone of his campaign.
Buoyed by recent polling numbers in the Texas governor's race, Republican nominee Greg Abbott touted his support among female voters during a Wednesday campaign stop, less than a week before the Nov. 4 election.
Texas is a red state when it comes to electoral politics. But in its second-largest county, some Republican incumbents are playing defense. And at least one other is hoping for an upset in the heart of Dallas County.
After Democrat Susan Motley complained about mailers attacking her in a state House race, state GOP chairman Steve Munisteri agreed that the ads were inaccurate. And he's issued a rare retraction to voters in North Texas.
The once-obscure General Land Office has gained national attention now that George P. Bush wants to run it. If he wins, its functions — from managing oil and gas leases to dealing with rising sea levels and maintaining historical treasures — are sure to get more scrutiny.
The state's drilling and fracking frenzy is raising questions about safety, earthquakes and water use. That's raising the stakes for this year's Railroad Commission race.
Requiring voters to show a photo ID has proved controversial in the federal courts, but the law is popular with Texas voters, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Texas voters favor it by a 3-to-1 margin, even though 38 percent say it decreases voter turnout.
For the first time in 20 years, Texas House District 23 will have a new representative. And in the race to succeed state Rep. Craig Eiland, Republican Wayne Faircloth and Democrat Susan Criss have zeroed in on the issue of insurance.
During an appearance on The Daily Show in Austin on Monday, state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, dismissed speculation that Texas is showing no signs of turning blue.
Since November of 1980, Lubbock has consistently voted for republicans over democrats in the vast majority of elected offices. But despite that long history, democratic candidates continue to bring their campaigning to West Texas.
Democrats are hoping to take advantage of the shifting demographics in Irving to flip Texas House District 105, which has been held by a Republican for more than a decade.
It would take more than 10 days to watch all the ad spots on broadcast television that the campaign of Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for Texas governor, has bought from July to Election Day.
State leaders asked for and received a study that said the voter photo ID law would leave more than a half-million voters without required state-issued IDs. But they didn't tell most legislators about it, according to a federal judge's findings.
Democratic state Rep. Celia Israel and Republican Mike VanDeWalle are in a rematch for the state House less than a year after their last face-off.
While many Democrats in southern states are running away from Barack Obama as fast as they can, Sen. Wendy Davis leaned into her embrace of the president on Wednesday, saying she would welcome him on the campaign trail.
Corpus Christi personal injury lawyer Thomas J. Henry has poured $694,000 into the campaign of Democrat Nicholas LaHood, who is trying to unseat 16-year Republican incumbent Susan Reed as Bexar County district attorney. Henry plans to give even more, and some folks in San Antonio are wondering what all that cash is for.
Three candidates are vying for the state Senate seat occupied by Glenn Hegar, a Katy Republican. They're even advertising. But Hegar is still in office, and that seat is not on the November ballot.
In the battle to represent Congressional District 23, U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, and Republican Will Hurd have built substantial war chests for the stretch run in what many view as the state’s only toss-up race for Congress.
DPS is resuming the issuance of Election Identification Certificates after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit today ruled unanimously that the states voter ID law will remain in effect for the November 2014 election.
Candidates & incumbents for City Commissioner, and Mayor will be at Amarillo Senior Citizens Center tonight at 7 p.m.
School board members also want voters to pass a more than $34.5 million bond proposal.
Canyon Independent School District is preparing for their trustee elections.
School Board election results from Curry, Quay, and Roosevelt counties.
Walter Wolfram today officially announced his candidacy for Place Four.
Early voting lasts until January 30th.
At least three incumbents are planning to seek re-election.
Jimmy McCaslin was elected the new Swisher County Sheriff on Tuesday, beating incumbent Burnie Wells. And McCaslin wasn't even on the ballot.
Representative Four Price wins the House seat for District 87
Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick cruised to a landslide victory Tuesday night in the race for lieutenant governor, easily defeating Democratic opponent, Leticia Van de Putte.
The race for governor continues in Oklahoma and New Mexico
Midterm election madness is in full swing and it's all building up to Tuesday.
For the last three decades Texas Governor Rick Perry has held state office.
Early voting numbers are down this midterm elections compared to 2010's.
The League of Women Voters of Texas is urging Texas voters to prepare to vote tomorrow by going to VOTE411.org.
He is looking for feedback on the last legislative session before the next session starts.
The U.S. rejected royalty when it was founded, but dynasties are part of American political culture.
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that by a 4-to-1 margin, domestic issues like the economy, health care, medicare and social security are more important to determining the votes of Americans than issues like Ebola and ISIS.
Early voting goes through 7 p.m. tonight then 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow.
Early voting ends this Friday.
Election day is Tuesday.
Fritch residents consider alcohol sales during this years election.
Attorney General Greg Abbott and State Senator Dan Patrick paid a visit to Amarillo today.
The republican candidate for Texas Comptroller pays a visit to Amarillo, today.
With early voting underway we will be providing information on the issues and candidates on the ballot.
Election day in Texas is November 4th.
State Senator Kel Seliger continues his annual tour through the counties of Senate District 31, meeting with the citizens of the Panhandle, South Plains, and Permian Basin.
Voters must either register in person or mail their registration forms in and have them postmarked before the end of tomorrow.
"The town hall meetings will be very important in helping develop legislation and addressing concerns of West Texas. I look forward to beginning the process," said Seliger.
For the first time in 14 years, the Lone Star State will be getting a new governor.
Students say it's a great way to get people more involved with local politics.
They're proposing a .25-percent increase.
Libertarian Candidate Kathie Glass will host a Meet & Greet tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Acapulco Mexican Restaurant in downtown Amarillo.
Leticia Van de Putte is a San Antonio native.
"Voting by mail is a convenient way to cast your ballot in Oklahoma without having to worry about lines on Election Day," Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said.
Early voting will begin October 20 and run through October 31.
Eva Community Center and the Guymon City Hall are now former polling locations.
Six candidates were looking to fill the senate seat left behind by Robert Duncan of Lubbock.
Representative Four Price stopped by to help welcome the new place.
Six candidates are hoping to replace Texas State Senator Robert Duncan.
There are many things on tonight's ballot.
Voters have until tomorrow to request an absentee ballot for the August 26 Runoff Primary Election. Early voting for the runoff begins Thursday.
The deadline for people in Oklahoma is tomorrow. That's the last day you can register to vote in upcoming elections.
Commissioners also voted to continue to use their main open voting center.
Trenton Garza announced his intent to file and pursue the Justice of the Peace position for Potter County's Precinct 3 in the 2014 General Election.
Commissioners voted to make county polling places the same as those used by the city.
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Oklahoma has a closed Primary system, meaning only registered voters of a political party may vote in that party’s Primary.
Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said voters should be aware of several upcoming election-related dates and deadlines.
The general elections is November 4.