The candidates have filed for the 2014 elections, and our election brackets — an idea lifted from the NCAA's March Madness basketball brackets — are back. We'll update these as officials from the state and large-county parties update their own lists.Full Story
Ross Ramsey Ross Ramsey is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Before joining the Tribune, Ramsey was editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly for 15 years. He did a 28-month stint in government as associate deputy comptroller for policy with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and the agency’s director of communications. Before that, Ramsey reported for the Houston Chronicle from its Austin bureau and for the Dallas Times Herald, first on the business desk in Dallas and later as the paper’s Austin bureau chief, and worked as a Dallas-based freelance business writer, writing for regional and national magazines and newspapers. Ramsey got his start in journalism in broadcasting, working for almost seven years covering news for radio stations in Denton and Dallas.
Republican Lawrence Meyers, one of the nine judges on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, will run for Texas Supreme Court — as a Democrat.Full Story
State Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, up for re-election in 2014, grabbed an endorsement from Carol Everett, founder of The Heidi Group, an anti-abortion organization.Full Story
Politicians have to learn how to read voters, even when the voters aren't telling them what they want to hear.Full Story
The Texas House has four Kings, three members named Davis, three Turners and two each named Gonzalez, Rodriguez and Thompson. But it's the two who share the name Sheffield who could face some voter confusion.Full Story
Former Midland Mayor Mike Canon said Saturday he will challenge state Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, in next year's Republican primary.Full Story
Two Republican Dallas legislators — one state, one federal — each face conservative challengers in the coming primary elections. Their districts overlap, and so do their risks that anti-establishment voters might come knocking.Full Story
Texas doesn't require enough disclosure from its judges to fully inform the public about conflicts of interest, according to a report from the Center for Public Integrity.Full Story
Some Texas Republicans would like to change a rule that allows Democrats to block bills favored by the majority of the state Senate. They have a new ally, at least on the idea: Democrats in the U.S. Senate.Full Story
For the third time in a row, Texas Democrats are staking their hopes for a win in the lieutenant governor's race on a Latina, betting this time that the political environment will favor San Antonio's Leticia Van de Putte.Full Story
Two experts in campaign finance and its effects on how judges decide cases say the money has a measurable effect and that some changes in law can help.Full Story
The state's two U.S. senators couldn't be more different — at least on the surface. They've done it in different ways and at different speeds, but both John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are near the center of national politics.Full Story
The best of our best content from Nov. 18-22, 2013.Full Story
What had been a private battle over whether and when a nonprofit political group has to register as a lobbyist — or list the donors to its political purse — is slowly edging toward public hearings.Full Story
The three Republicans running against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst are, at the moment, running for second place — for a spot, they hope, in a May 27 runoff against a wounded incumbent.