Politics

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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Texas Health
11:07 am
Fri March 28, 2014

5th Circuit upholds Texas abortion regulations

The 5th Circuit Court's decision upholds new abortion regulations

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld the new abortion regulations that were passed in July by the Republican-led Texas Legislature.

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It's All Politics
8:00 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Analysis: A movable definition of conservative

Over the past 20 years, the Texas Senate has become increasingly more conservative.
NPR

Jane Nelson was considered a “crazy right-winger” when she was elected to the Texas Senate in 1992.

The pejorative was attached to anyone entering the sacred space of incumbent senators at the time — most of whom were Democrats.

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2014 Elections
3:42 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Analysis: Runoffs put incumbents on the brink

KETR / ketr.org

It is way too early to write the political obituaries of David Dewhurst, Patricia Hardy, Ralph Hall, Bob Deuell and Stefani Carter.

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2014 Elections
10:44 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Campaigns contend with vitriol on social media

Both Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis try to win over voters through the social media.
KETR / ketr.org

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.

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Texas Politics
4:00 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Does the tea party really want to limit government?

Republican State Sen. Dan Patrick is known to have conservative grassroots political views that are shared with the tea party.
KERA / keranews.org

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.

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2014 Elections
1:30 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Analysis: A Kink in the Democrats' chain

Kinky Friedman has a shot at the democratic party nomination for agriculture commissioner with the runoff election May 27.
NPR

The Texas Democrats’ best hopes of entering the statewide win column in November’s general election could lie with Kinky Friedman. Wouldn’t that be awkward?

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2014 Elections
11:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Analysis: For Dewhurst, this is all too familiar

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is in a runoff once again.
KETR / ketr.org

It would be interesting to know whether the film Groundhog Day is on the “recently viewed” list on David Dewhurst’s Netflix account.

The lieutenant governor is right back where he was two years ago, a prominent and wealthy Republican officeholder locked in a primary runoff with a populist conservative.

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2014 Elections
1:00 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Davis' primary losses in border counties encourage GOP

Dem. Wendy Davis continues to fight for her campaign to become governor of Texas.
NPR

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.

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2014 Elections
7:00 am
Sun March 9, 2014

Tone of Races Could Grow Nastier During Runoffs

Incumbent David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick continue to battle for lieutenant governor.
KERA / keranews.org

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. 

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2014 Elections
3:39 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Patrick and Dewhurst heading to runoff in lt. gov. race

Incumbent David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick will be going head-to-head again on May 27 to win the republican primaries for lieutenant governor.
KERA / keranews.org

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. 

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