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Jeremy Bird speaking at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sep. 28, 2013
Jeremy Bird speaking at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sep. 28, 2013

Battleground Misfires On Voter Turnout Memo

Oops. Battleground Texas, a liberal group working to boost Democratic hopes in conservative Texas, admitted Friday that it erred in claiming that early voter turnout in the 70 largest counties was rising dramatically. State figures show turnout is flat at best so far.

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From State of Pappy and Kinky, SpicyBrown Seeks U.S. Senate Seat

Emily "SpicyBrown" Sanchez is on the ballot as the U.S. Senate Green Party nominee. Sanchez, a full-time physical therapist assistant, is also a slam poet who travels throughout the state for performances. Photographed at the Spider House Ballroom in Austin on Oct. 26.
Emily "SpicyBrown" Sanchez is on the ballot as the U.S. Senate Green Party nominee. Sanchez, a full-time physical therapist assistant, is also a slam poet who travels throughout the state for performances. Photographed at the Spider House Ballroom in Austin on Oct. 26.

Green Party candidate Emily Sanchez has few resources in her bid for U.S. Senate. What she does have is a nickname, SpicyBrown, that voters will see on the ballot.

The Brief: Oct. 29, 2014

The Tribune today launches its 15-part The Shale Life series, which tells in a variety of visual styles the stories of those who are living through the effects, both good and bad, of the shale boom in Texas.

In Rare Retraction, GOP Repudiates Flyers

Texas Republican Party chairman Steve Munisteri speaks to the Grassroots Club in Fort Worth on June 5, 2014.
Texas Republican Party chairman Steve Munisteri speaks to the Grassroots Club in Fort Worth on June 5, 2014.

After Democrat Susan Motley complained about mailers attacking her in a state House race, state GOP chairman Steve Munisteri agreed that the ads were inaccurate. And he's issued a rare retraction to voters in North Texas.

Van de Putte's Statewide Bus Tour Ventures off Democrats' Beaten Path

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte waves to the delegates at the 2014 Texas Democratic Convention held at the Dallas Convention Center on June 27, 2014.
State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte waves to the delegates at the 2014 Texas Democratic Convention held at the Dallas Convention Center on June 27, 2014.

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, is reaching out to voters in conservative hotbeds in North and East Texas — a nod to Democrats’ dependence on increasing voter turnout in statewide races.

The Brief: Oct. 30, 2014

A cascade aerator is shown at the Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant outside of San Antonio, where the San Antonio Water System maintains an underground storage reservoir.
A cascade aerator is shown at the Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant outside of San Antonio, where the San Antonio Water System maintains an underground storage reservoir.

Questions continue to be raised about a giant water pipeline project that would pump roughly 16 billion gallons of groundwater annually from Burleson County to San Antonio.

Abbott: I'm Winning the Women's Vote

Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor, speaks at a GOP women's luncheon on Oct. 8, 2014.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor, speaks at a GOP women's luncheon on Oct. 8, 2014.

Buoyed by recent polling numbers in the Texas governor's race, Republican nominee Greg Abbott touted his support among female voters during a Wednesday campaign stop, less than a week before the Nov. 4 election.