Politics

2014 Elections
4:56 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Analysis: Down the ballot, few races in November

The Texas House of Representitives general elections are in November of this year.
NPR

The Texas House has 95 Republicans and 55 Democrats. Don’t be surprised if November's general election leaves the numbers relatively unchanged.

This is the benefit or the price, depending on your point of view, of partisan redistricting. The mapmakers are so effective at what they do that one party or the other more or less owns each congressional and legislative district in Texas. As a practical matter, that puts most of the competition for those seats in the March primaries, when Republicans and Democrats fight for the nominations to the seats their parties already control.

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2014 Elections
5:00 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Abbott calls for more local control of school options

Greg Abbott's education policy wants to make it easier for school districts and parents to control their students' education.
NPR

Unveiling his latest education policy plan, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott on Wednesday proposed giving school districts and parents more control of students' education by tossing out state mandates and regulations that promote “one-size-fits-all solutions.”  Abbott’s plan, which he presented at Northbrook High School in Houston, proposes letting parents more easily petition the state’s educatio

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Texas Politics
4:35 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

AG seeks details on federal plans for land by Red River

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will be deciding how the land next to the Red River will be used for the next 15 to 20 years. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has been inquiring about what those plans are.
NPR

Does the federal government plan to take control of 90,000 acres of Texas land along the Red River?

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is the latest state official asking that question in relation to a looming U.S. Bureau of Land Management decision about what to do with a swath of federal and American Indian land in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas — including the acreage in Texas along a 116-mile stretch of the Red River.
 

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Texas Politics
3:03 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Analysis: Perry and the threat that boomeranged

Gov. Rick Perry is feeling the backlash after he cut funding for public integrity unit to make good on a threat to get District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign.
NPR

A Travis County grand jury is deciding whether Gov. Rick Perry broke the law trying to sink a prominent Democrat or merely offended his detractors with a brazen demonstration of hardball politics. If that panel of citizens thinks he broke the law, he could be indicted and tried. If they don't, add a new verse to the Ballad of Rick Perry. Either outcome figures into his future, as the 2016 presidential race begins to loom in political conversation.

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Texas Politics
2:32 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Sources: Perry offered to restore vetoed funding if DA resigned

As more information is being uncovered about Rick Perry's alleged "bribe", Perry offers to reverse his veto to defund the Texas public integrity unit.
NPR

Even after Gov. Rick Perry stripped funding for the agency that prosecutes state public corruption cases, his emissaries worked to swap the resignation of embattled Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg for restoration of the money, several sources told The Texas Tribune this week.

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Texas Politics
1:00 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Analysis: Smitherman lost, but remains in the game

Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, Barry Smitherman may have lost the primary election for attorney general, but he has his eyes on being the head of the Texas Oil and Gas Association.
NPR

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.

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2014 Elections
5:00 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Two aides leave Dewhurst campaign in runoff shake-up

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's campaign hits a bump in the road as two of his political aides leave his campaign.
NPR

Amid internal conflict about the direction of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's re-election bid, two of his top political aides have left his campaign, The Texas Tribune has confirmed.

"Everyone agrees that there is a path to victory, but there is disagreement about what that path to victory is," said Dewhurst communications director Travis Considine.

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2014 Elections
8:00 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Ratcliffe talks term limits, not age, as he faces Hall

John Ratcliffe says Ralph Hall has been in Washington too long and uses term limits as one of his campaign platforms.
The Texas Tribune

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.

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2014 Elections
8:00 am
Sun March 30, 2014

A big idea, with a big price tag

Republican nominee for comptroller, State Sen. Glenn Hegar, says he would like to get rid of property taxes.
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Property taxes are easy to hate, and Texas property taxes are high enough to turn this civic irritation into a full-blown political issue.

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2014 Elections
11:32 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Report questions attorney general's office salaries, heats up governor's race

Wendy Davis makes equal pay an key issue in her campain against Greg Abbott for Texas governor.
KERA / keranews.org

Democrats in the Texas Senate are asking the lieutenant governor to investigate pay discrimination for women in state agencies, including the Attorney General’s Office, according to KERA News.

It’s the latest salvo being fired by supporters of Democrat Wendy Davis, who has made equal pay a key issue in her race for governor against Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott.

The history behind the issue and the Texas battle being fought today date back to 1963.

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