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2014 Elections
8:08 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Hall defeats Deuell in Texas Senate GOP runoff

Bob Hall
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Tea-party favorite and retired businessman Bob Hall has defeated incumbent Bob Deuell in the Republican Party primary runoff election for the Texas State Senate District 2 seat.

Deuell, a physician based in Greenville, has served in the Texas Senate since 2002. He is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Economic Development, the vice-chairman of the Senate Affairs Committee and Health and Human Services Committee. He also serves on the senate Finance and Natural Resources committees.

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2014 Elections
8:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Ratcliffe defeats Hall in historic result

John Ratcliffe, second from left, celebrated his victory Tuesday night with neighbors.
Stella M. Chavez KERA

John Ratcliffe declared victory Tuesday night after defeating longtime incumbent Ralph Hall, America’s oldest Congress member.

The district runs from Rockwall County to East Texas and along the Red River. Hall is well-known and admired by many, but Ratcliffe's supporters say Hall has spent enough time in Congress and that it's time for new leadership.

 

Hall, 91, has spent 34 years in office. Hall conceded Tuesday night to Ratcliffe and reflected on his lengthy career.

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2014 Elections
7:02 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Tea Party candidates take top Texas races

NPR

Tea Party-backed candidate state Sen. Dan Patrick became the Republican candidate for Texas lieutenant governor on Tuesday, soundly defeating three-time incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a bitterly fought runoff election.

"For everyone watching tonight, if you love America, the Constitution, Texas, free markets, the Second Amendment and the liberty that comes from God, welcome to the grassroots of the Republican Party," Patrick told a cheering crowd in Houston.

Patrick cruised to victory, beating Dewhurst by more than 30 percentage points. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

'Reveal' complete, A&M-C marches toward 125th anniversary

Wyman Williams
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

After the recent "reveal" unveiling a new logo encompassing all of the University's names, College of Business and Entrepreneurship director of development Wyman Williams is looking ahead to the 125th anniversary of Texas A&M University-Commerce this fall.

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2014 Elections
2:34 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

In Ag Commissioner race, focus not on the farm

Runoff candidates for the nomination for Texas agriculture commissioner, from left to right: Republican former state Rep. Tommy Merritt, Republican former state Rep. Sid Miller, Democrat Jim Hogan and Democrat Kinky Friedman.
Credit Texas Tribune

Farmers and ranchers in Texas are in trouble, according to the latest U.S. Census of Agriculture report, which is released every five years. Cropland and cattle herds are on the decline, and while the farmers and ranchers who tend them are rapidly aging, few are stepping into the fields behind them.

Nearly a month after the report's release, not one of the four candidates on the ballot to become the next state agriculture commissioner had read it. In the race, farming and ranching have often taken a back seat to other hot-button issues, like gun rights and pot legalization.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Commerce, A&M-C arrange for citizens to use rec center pool; city pool's future doubtful

Dr. John Ballotti
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses details of the arrangement for citizens of Commerce to use the pool at the Morris Recreation Center on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus this summer.  The mayor says the future of the municipal pool at City Park is doubtful, but it's unlikely the pool can be repaired.

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2014 Elections
9:08 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Radio-ad scuffle latest in pro-life rift

Dr. Bob Deuell
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The battle for Texas Senate District 2 has turned a little chippy in its closing weeks. The most recent nastiness concerned a radio ad targeting incumbent Bob Deuell. The ad was the latest joust in an ongoing schism within the pro-life movement in Texas.

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2014 Elections
5:52 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Analysis: Ugly histories trump campaign promises

Dan Patrick and David Dewhurst have not been the only candidates enmeshed in a negative campaign.
NPR

Many of this year’s primary election campaigns seem to hinge more on the antics of the candidates than on the future of the communities they hope to serve. 

Unmarked manila envelopes from campaigns to reporters, full of headline-grabbing historical tidbits — bankruptcies, government filings, medical records, police accident reports and rap sheets — outnumber the white papers detailing public policy issues that might be addressed by competent leaders performing their official duties. 

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2014 Elections
5:22 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Hall defends against court-document claims

Bob Hall
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In many of the Republican primary runoff elections this year in Texas, the campaigns have turned negative, with personal attacks on the character of candidates mixing in with debate on the issues.

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2014 Elections
1:34 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Texas primary campaigns long, costly

Republican congressional challenger John Ratcliffe, left, and incumbent Ralph Hall.
Credit Texas Tribune

The primary runoff contests on Tuesday might be as much a test of voter memories as a referendum on which candidates made the most successful appeals to the electorate. 

The state lengthened the party primary season in order to conform with a federal law meant to ensure that members of the military, their families and overseas voters can cast ballots. 

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