Politics

2014 Elections
4:31 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Statewide races offer some surprises, runoffs

KETR / ketr.org

*Correction appended

The down-ballot statewide races on both the Republican and Democratic sides yielded a number of runoffs and some surprises on Tuesday night.

In the highest-profile of those races, state Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, had a strong showing in the three-way primary to be the Republican nominee for attorney general, though not strong enough to win outright. He will face state Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, in the May runoff.

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2014 Elections
4:24 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

For Tea Party targets, enthusiasm no match for funds

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As the Republican primary results poured in Tuesday evening, a general rule of thumb emerged in races featuring Tea Party insurgents challenging Republican incumbents: Money matters.

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2014 Elections
3:03 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

A rundown of the runoffs on the May 27 ballot

KETR / ketr.org

Primary day may be over, but several primary races are far from settled. 

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2014 Elections
10:36 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Voters dispatch familiar figures to the private sector

KETR / ketr.org

It’s not every day that Texas voters can throw so many officeholders out on the streets, but they did on Tuesday.

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2014 Elections
10:17 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Easy primary victories for Abbott and Davis

Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott win the primary election for Governor.
NPR

They never had to sweat their primaries, so on Tuesday night Attorney General Greg Abbott and Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis turned their attention to a fall election that is shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested and closely watched Texas governor’s races in decades. 

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2014 Elections
10:13 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Immigration pits Texas ag candidates against farm lobby

NPR

When Republican agriculture commissioner candidate Eric Opiela appeared on television sets across Texas recently to declare “No amnesty under any circumstances,” he was no doubt attempting to appeal to the conservative constituency that is expected to turn out in next week’s primary election.

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2014 Elections
4:35 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

GOP primary: Van Zandt Co. ballot

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Regional and county offices

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2014 Elections
4:08 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

GOP primary: Rockwall Co. ballot

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Regional and county offices

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2014 Elections
9:18 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Hundreds cast early votes for primaries

NPR

Tuesday’s start of early voting in Hunt County for the March 4 political party primary elections saw more than 600 ballots cast, one of the busiest first days of primary early voting ever seen locally.

The total ballots received came in a little under the total from two years ago. Given that all of the contested races in Hunt County were included under the Republican Party primary ballot, it was understandable that most of the ballots were for the GOP candidates.

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2014 Elections
3:55 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Davis calls for increased access to full-day pre-K

State Sen. Wendy Davis wants to improve Texas education with her education plan.
NPR

In the latest of her education reform proposals, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is calling for increased access to full-day pre-kindergarten programs and an expansion of early-childhood reading programs.

Davis’ plan, which proposes that school districts across the state offer full-day pre-K programs beyond the three hours a day the state already funds, pivots on her push for further restoration of spending cuts made by the Legislature in 2011.

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2014 Elections
3:22 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Abbott brings Perry into the fold on campaign trail

Attorney Gen. Greg Abbott hopes to attract voters by recruiting Rick Perry for his campaign.
NPR

Though Attorney General Greg Abbott is working hard to become Gov. Rick Perry’s successor, Texans haven’t seen much of the two Republicans together on the campaign trail.

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2014 Elections
9:35 am
Wed February 12, 2014

GOP candidates square off in Greenville

Andrew Bench, right, the challenger for the 196th District Court Judge seat, debates incumbent Judge Steve Tittle Monday night during the Herald-Banner and Hunt County GOP Club forum at the Landmark on Lee Street.
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An overflow crowd of potential voters was in attendance in downtown Greenville Monday night, to hear from many of the candidates seeking Republican Party nominations during the March 4 primary elections.

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2014 Elections
4:26 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Candidates enter the spending season

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst raised $253,000 for his campaign to be re-elected as Lieutenant Governer of Texas.
KERA / keranews.org

In the final weeks before a primary election, the expenditures section of the campaign finance reports often reveals more than the contributions side. Money, after all, is truly interesting when it is put to use.

Take a peek at the reports filed last week by the four Republicans running for lieutenant governor. Until the end of the year, the attention was on fundraising. The amount raised is a proxy of the support for each candidate and an indication of whether the campaigns will be able to fight for attention in a state with 20 advertising markets.

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2014 Elections
8:00 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Republicans worried about March, but not November

State Senator Bob Deuell will be running against Mark Thompson and Bob Hall in the March 4 primary election.
KETR / ketr.org

The Republican candidates for lieutenant governor do not seem worried about Democratic challengers and independent voters, or particularly concerned about whether their public conversations and debates fuel the Democrats’ election-year motif of a war on women.

If they were, they would not be talking like this. You would not have seen what you saw during the debate early this week as they all raced to the conservative end of the pool, hoping to win the hearts of the Republican voters they will face in the primary election in March.

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2014 Elections
10:44 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Abbott bolsters outreach with Spanish-language website

Attorney General Greg Abbott campaigns toward Spanish-speaking community.
NPR

Texans who visit Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott's newly launched Spanish-language website, targeted at Hispanic voters, will see a new version of his campaign logo: Abbott Para Gobernador

 

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