Insurance Lawsuits Loom Large in HD-23 Faceoff

The race in the state's House District 23 isn’t just another political fight; what’s going on between Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, and Wayne Faircloth, a Republican from Dickinson, is a proxy for the differences between insurance companies and trial lawyers, between Republicans and Democrats, between newcomers and establishment candidates.

As recently as two years ago, Faircloth was among Eiland's contributors. Two major changes have taken place since 2010. That was a huge election for Republicans in Texas (and elsewhere), sending a Republican supermajority to the Texas House and Senate that was able to draw new political ...

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