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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has announced that Governor Mike Pence of Indiana is his choice for vice president on the GOP ticket.

A note opposing the ordinance was left in a men's room at City Hall in Rockwall.
Kevin Jefferies

An ordinance to restrict bathrooms based on the sex listed on one’s birth certificate failed to make it to a vote Monday May 2nd in Rockwall. The ordinance introduced by Mayor Jim Pruitt had no other support from the council. Many transgender people and their allies gathered to voice their opposition to the ordinance and saw their wishes fulfilled with the proposal failing…but why it failed may still give pause.

A note opposing the ordinance was left in a men's room at City Hall in Rockwall.
Kevin Jefferies

A proposed "bathroom bill" in Rockwall was introduced at a May 2 public meeting, but failed to receive the support from the city council to bring the measure to a vote. 

Rockwall Mayor Jim Pruitt had no support on the city council for his ordinace to regulate bathroom use by birth sex on May 2.
Kevin Jefferies

ROCKWALL- After two rounds of open forum, over 30 people addressing the council, and almost four hours of city government in action, Rockwall Mayor Jim Pruitt’s proposed ordinance to regulate public restrooms according to biological sex failed when no other councilman seconded Pruitt’s call for a vote.

Lou Gigliotti of Princeton has filed to be on the Texas Republican Party ballot along with incumbent John Ratcliffe.
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U.S. Rep.  John Ratcliffe will likely have at least one opponent in the upcoming Republican primary election.

Lou Gigliotti of Princeton has filed to be on the Texas Republican Party ballot along with Ratcliffe.

Filing for the March 1, 2016, primary elections began on Nov. 14 and continues through Dec. 14. Early voting for the primary elections will occur Feb. 16-26.

Abbott calls for increased funding for online learning

May 10, 2014
NPR

Calling for millions of dollars in increased funding for online learning initiatives, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott announced the third plank of his education policy plan on Thursday — a proposal to increase access to the Texas Virtual School Network and to create several grant programs to fund the development and implementation of digital learning courses.

Alameel and Rogers, a study in contrasts, make their case

May 10, 2014

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is still waiting to find out whom he'll face in the November general election. In a May 27 primary runoff, Democrats will choose between Dallas dental center mogul David Alameel and Kesha Rogers, a Lyndon LaRouche disciple whom state Democratic leaders have shunned.

Dewhurst, Patrick engage in nasty lt. gov. debate

May 8, 2014
KETR / ketr.org

In the most contentious matchup yet in what has become an increasingly vicious Republican runoff for lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick and incumbent David Dewhurst hurled personal attacks at each other in Dallas on May 7.

The animosity between the two candidates became apparent within the first few minutes of the event, a political roundtable hosted by WFAA-TV in Dallas that included Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey. 

SBOE incumbent faces a strong tea party challenge

May 8, 2014
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Pat Hardy, a 12-year incumbent on the State Board of Education, is facing a tough challenge from a conservative activist in a Republican primary runoff that could shift the balance of power on the board. 

Dark money hearing centers on transparency, free speech

May 4, 2014
'Significant weaknesses' were found in the General Land Office's contracting procedures that threaten the agency's ability ensure wise spending.
NPR

Nearly a year after Gov. Rick Perry vetoed a bill that would have forced some tax-exempt, politically active nonprofits to disclose their donors, a hearing in the Texas House on Thursday showed that it remains as divisive a concept as ever.

For state politicians, BLM dispute is fertile turf

May 4, 2014
NPR

State Rep. James Frank has been hearing from constituents since February about goings-on along the Red River: The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, citing a series of court rulings dating to the 1920s, had decided that a 116-mile stretch of land belonged to the federal government.

The roughly 90,000 acres included property long ago deeded to residents who had raised crops and cattle and paid taxes on it.

A small subset of voters holds a lot of sway

May 3, 2014
NPR

In modern-day Texas, the election that matters is usually the Republican primary.

The winners who emerge from Tuesday’s Republican primary and subsequent May 27 runoff elections will in most cases be the prohibitive favorites to win in November.

Analysis: Some districts just don't vote

May 3, 2014
NPR

*Correction appended. 

In his 2012 bid to oust state Sen. Wendy Davis, state Rep. Mark Shelton, R-Fort Worth, received more votes than eight candidates who won seats in the Senate that year. But when those eight senators were sworn in, Shelton was back at his regular job as a pediatrician.

Ethics allegations shake up Texas Attorney General race

May 3, 2014

The battle for the Republican nomination for attorney general resembled most of the GOP primary fights this year: Candidates raced to the right, trying to claim the title of most conservative. But with less than a month until the primary runoff, one candidate has been busy fending off allegations that he broke the law. 

 

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2014/05/02/ethics-allegations-shake-texas-/.

Candidates talk urban-rural divide in runoff

Apr 30, 2014
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*Correction appended

The race to replace U.S Rep. Steve Stockman in Congressional District 36 is a battle of geographical allegiance between supporters of the two Republican candidates headed to the May 27 runoff: Brian Babin of southeast Texas and Ben Streusand of suburban Houston.

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