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Debates Few and Far Between Among Statewide Races

The second and final gubernatorial debate between Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, was held in Dallas on Sept. 30.
The second and final gubernatorial debate between Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, was held in Dallas on Sept. 30.

Candidates for three of the eight major statewide races on this year’s November ballot appear likely to reach Election Day without ever engaging in a debate with their opponent, according to campaign representatives.

Austin Mulls Regulations for Uber, Lyft

Above: Austin City Councilman Chris Riley joins supporters of legalizing vehicle-for-hire apps Uber and Lyft at a rally Thursday outside of a city council meeting. Below: Supporters of traditional taxi companies sit at the same city council meeting as the council considers an ordinance for vehicle-for-hire apps.
Above: Austin City Councilman Chris Riley joins supporters of legalizing vehicle-for-hire apps Uber and Lyft at a rally Thursday outside of a city council meeting. Below: Supporters of traditional taxi companies sit at the same city council meeting as the council considers an ordinance for vehicle-for-hire apps.

Over the next year, at least half a dozen other Texas cities are likely to tackle the same thorny debate that's under way in Austin over how to regulate vehicle-for-hire apps like Uber and Lyft while maintaining traditional taxi services.

Davis Intends to Use Executive Action, Veto Power if Elected

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, the Democratic nominee in the 2014 Texas governor's race, Spoke at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 20, 2014.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, the Democratic nominee in the 2014 Texas governor's race, Spoke at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 20, 2014.

At the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday, state Sen. Wendy Davis said that if elected, she would consider using “executive action” to expand the state's Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.