Tribpedia: 2012 Elections

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In the election cycles that follow political redistricting — including the one in 2012 — everybody in the state's congressional delegation and the Legislature and on the State Board of Education is on the ballot. Some incumbents find themselves in new districts or paired with other incumbents. Turnover of the voluntary and involuntary kinds is high after new maps are drawn ...

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Texplainer: Will the Texas Primary Actually Matter?

Hey Texplainer: With several states racing to move up their primaries, will my vote even matter when Texas finally holds its primary? Yes, at least for every candidate other than the ones running for president of the United States — and even there the GOP nomination may not be settled before the spring.

Tourists enter the empty Senate chamber Wednesday morning as the Texas Senate adjourned sine die the day before, leaving the House with unfinished business on June 29, 2011.
Tourists enter the empty Senate chamber Wednesday morning as the Texas Senate adjourned sine die the day before, leaving the House with unfinished business on June 29, 2011.

Gone, Baby, Gone

Texas Weekly

Lost track of who's leaving and who's staying in legislative office?

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaks to an aide on the Senate floor on May 16, 2011.
State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaks to an aide on the Senate floor on May 16, 2011.

An Inside Game, Already Afoot

Texas Weekly

The possibility of five or more new Republican senators in 2013 opens a tactical door for conservatives who'd like to gain control of the Legislature.

State Rep. Will Hartnett (r), R-Dallas, listens to a question from the back mike as State Rep. Rene' Oliveira (l), D-Brownsville, waits on May 6, 2011.
State Rep. Will Hartnett (r), R-Dallas, listens to a question from the back mike as State Rep. Rene' Oliveira (l), D-Brownsville, waits on May 6, 2011.

Campaign Chatter

Texas Weekly

Chris Harris and Will Hartnett say they won't be back, but the horde of candidates for state and federal legislative seats is growing.

State Sen. Steve Ogden (r) chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, visits in the House chamber with State Rep. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, while he waits to visit with State Rep. Jim Pitts on May 18, 2011.
State Sen. Steve Ogden (r) chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, visits in the House chamber with State Rep. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, while he waits to visit with State Rep. Jim Pitts on May 18, 2011.

Campaign Chatter

Texas Weekly

Rep. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, will run for Steve Ogden's Senate seat. Ogden isn't running, and Williamson County has become the 300-pound gorilla of that district in terms of population. Rep. Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock, won't run.

State Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin, looks through redistricting maps on display during debate on the House floor on June 14, 2011.
State Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin, looks through redistricting maps on display during debate on the House floor on June 14, 2011.

The Texas Weekly Index: New Maps Heavily Favor GOP

General elections in Texas will be less competitive than ever under the redistricting maps approved by the Legislature earlier this year. The takeaway is simple: Texas has a strongly Republican map, and the political threats to incumbents, if any, will come in primaries and not in general elections.

Retired Galveston County Judge Ray Holbrook at his home in Santa Fe, Texas, on Sept. 12, 2011. A public official for 28 years, Holbrook led the effort to opt out of Social Security in 1981.
Retired Galveston County Judge Ray Holbrook at his home in Santa Fe, Texas, on Sept. 12, 2011. A public official for 28 years, Holbrook led the effort to opt out of Social Security in 1981.

In Galveston, an Alternative to the "Ponzi Scheme"

Gov. Rick Perry calls Social Security a “Ponzi scheme” and says people ought to control their own retirement money. But if the social safety net program created in 1935 were eliminated what might take its place? Galveston County has a possible answer: its 30-year-old private plan.

State Rep. Will Hartnett (r), R-Dallas, listens to a question from the back mike as State Rep. Rene' Oliveira (l), D-Brownsville, waits on May 6, 2011.
State Rep. Will Hartnett (r), R-Dallas, listens to a question from the back mike as State Rep. Rene' Oliveira (l), D-Brownsville, waits on May 6, 2011.

Campaign Chatter

Texas Weekly

A handful of Texas House members who say they're leaving — either getting out or trying to move into other posts — top this week's roundup of campaign news.

Maps Ensure Melees in March, Peace in November

Texas Weekly

General elections in Texas will be less competitive than ever under the redistricting maps approved by the Legislature earlier this year. The takeaway is simple: Texas has a strongly Republican map and the political threats to incumbents, if any, will come in primaries and not in general elections.

U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz makes a point to moderator Evan Smith during a TribLive event on September 9, 2011.
U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz makes a point to moderator Evan Smith during a TribLive event on September 9, 2011.

Audio: Ted Cruz at TribLive

At our latest TribLive conversation, U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz talked about President Obama's jobs speech, Social Security, the debt ceiling debate and his chief rival in the GOP primary, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz makes a point to moderator Evan Smith during a TribLive event on September 9, 2011.
U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz makes a point to moderator Evan Smith during a TribLive event on September 9, 2011.

TribLive: A Conversation with Ted Cruz

At last Friday's TribLive conversation, U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz talked about President Obama's jobs speech, the future of Social Security and the debt ceiling debate, among other topics that could impact his 2012 GOP primary race.

State Sen. Dan Patrick holds a short press conference on his intentions to run for U.S. Senate on May 27, 2011.
State Sen. Dan Patrick holds a short press conference on his intentions to run for U.S. Senate on May 27, 2011.

Campaign Chatter

Texas Weekly

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, is still in the maybe column in the race to replace U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. But Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, says he won't run for that federal job; he might be looking instead at the lieutenant governor's post in 2014.

Court Cartography

Texas Weekly

Don't expect a redistricting ruling out of San Antonio quickly. Some of the lawyers — and this requires more lawyers than a Hollywood divorce — say the Texas judges might hold their ruling until the DC courts are finished. That could be November, or even December.