The strangest things become commonplace in politics, like the ties that bind the oil and gas business and some of its regulators.
After finishing third in this year’s Republican primary for attorney general, Barry Smitherman, chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, returned to his job regulating the oil and gas industry (along with two other elected commissioners) for the remaining nine months of his term.
John Ratcliffe has a lot to say about U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, the oldest member of Congress and Ratcliffe’s opponent in a May 27 Republican primary runoff. Ratcliffe accuses Hall, R-Rockwall, of having stayed in Washington too long and of having become a “less effective” legislator.
What Ratcliffe is not saying is that Hall, who turns 91 next month, is too old for office.
The Texas gubernatorial candidates’ Facebook pages and Twitter feeds are prime opportunities for the hopefuls to take their messages directly to supporters and other interested parties, allowing them to showcase their latest announcements and provide forums for comments and feedback.
By Jim Henson and Joshua Blank - The Texas Tribune
For many in the Republican establishment, the ongoing flirtation with conservative grassroots over the last few years began to look a little like a walk of shame after Tuesday’s emergence of state Sens. Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton as front-runners in their respective runoffs against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Rep.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include a response from Wendy Davis.
In an election year in which Hispanic voters are crucial to Democratic success, the first feud of the now-official general election gubernatorial matchup is being fueled by state Sen. Wendy Davis' primary performance on the border.
After a primary season rife with attacks — which included allegations about hiring undocumented workers and accusations of ethics rules violations — the state’s intraparty faceoffs could turn more contentious during runoff season.
Tuesday's primary election brought sobering results for Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who finished second to primary challenger Dan Patrick and will compete with the Houston state senator in the May 27 runoff.
The longtime incumbent — who hovered below 30 percent of the vote as ballot counting continued into Wednesday morning — appeared likely to trail Patrick by at least a 10-point margin in final vote tallies.