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

Dan Patrick Won't Run for U.S. Senate

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, officially announced today that he will not run for the seat currently occupied by outgoing U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Dallas, but he is mulling a run for lieutenant governor.

Promising an "unapologetically conservative" campaign, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst today jumped into the Republican primary race to succeed Kay Bailey Hutchison in the U.S. Senate. Among other promises he made in a video sent to supporters, he pledged to support the controversial "Cut, Cap and Balance" budget plan under discussion in Congress.

Video: Dewhurst Releases New Senate Campaign Ad

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who is running for the U.S. Senate, has released a new ad attacking the president and Washington, D.C.

Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Iowa State Fair during a campaign stop on Aug. 14, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Iowa State Fair during a campaign stop on Aug. 14, 2011.

Begin the Beguine

Texas Weekly

The pace of campaign news and noise has quickened, and Labor Day is traditionally the last week of semi-sanity in the political season.

State Rep. Larry Taylor (l), R-League City, plays around with State Rep. Armando Martinez (c), D-Weslaco  on the House floor on March 21, 2011.
State Rep. Larry Taylor (l), R-League City, plays around with State Rep. Armando Martinez (c), D-Weslaco on the House floor on March 21, 2011.

Campaign Chatter

Texas Weekly

A comeback run, a couple of attempts at higher office, and a slew of challenges mark this week's campaign talk.

Attorney General Greg Abbott, Gov. Rick Perry, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson and Department of Public Safety chief Steve McCraw at the signing of House Bill 3000 on May 25, 2011.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, Gov. Rick Perry, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson and Department of Public Safety chief Steve McCraw at the signing of House Bill 3000 on May 25, 2011.

Something to Talk About

Texas Weekly

Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Attorney General Greg Abbott may well use a court ruling against the abortion sonogram law to their political advantage — to lure anti-abortion voters to the polls, and fuel their fire against so-called “activist” judges.

Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, during debate on higher education bill SB5 on May 3, 2011.
Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, during debate on higher education bill SB5 on May 3, 2011.

Campaign Chatter

Texas Weekly

Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, says he'll seek another term in 2012. Fun facts from his announcement: "Among his younger-life experience, he worked as a paper boy, TV station copy boy, waiter, dishwasher, library clerk, and taxicab driver."

Michael McCaul who serves the 10th District of Texas in Congress
Michael McCaul who serves the 10th District of Texas in Congress

GOP Sources: McCaul May Get in U.S. Senate Race

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, is quietly exploring a run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Kay Bailey Hutchison, Republican sources told The Texas Tribune on Tuesday. McCaul — the richest member of Congress — is telling potential supporters that he's prepared to spend $4 million to $6 million of his own money.

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (l), talks with Sen. Dan Patrick on the floor of the Texas Senate on April 18, 2011.
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (l), talks with Sen. Dan Patrick on the floor of the Texas Senate on April 18, 2011.

Tea Party, Others Put Texas Senate in Sights

The restricted club that is the Texas Senate will be invaded by noisy conservative voters and activists next year if senators have to choose a new leader from their own ranks, reprising the 2011 contretemps over the choice for Speaker of the House.

Sen. Mike Jackson R-La Porte on last regular day of the 82nd legislative session May 30th, 2011
Sen. Mike Jackson R-La Porte on last regular day of the 82nd legislative session May 30th, 2011

Campaign Chatter

Texas Weekly

As expected, state Sen. Mike Jackson, R-La Porte, will run for Congress next year instead of for re-election to the Texas Senate.

He's not alone: Candidates are popping up all over the state.

Presidential hopeful Gov. Rick Perry campaigns in Waterloo, Iowa on August 14th, 2011
Presidential hopeful Gov. Rick Perry campaigns in Waterloo, Iowa on August 14th, 2011

Slide Show: Perry Stumps Across Iowa

After officially launching his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination on Saturday, Gov. Rick Perry headed to Iowa and dived into retail politics. The Tribune compiled a slide show of images of the governor's Hawkeye state visit.

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst gestures toward Senate Democrats as they leave the chamber to caucus on Sunday afternoon May 29, 2011.
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst gestures toward Senate Democrats as they leave the chamber to caucus on Sunday afternoon May 29, 2011.

While We Were Out

Texas Weekly

Maybe it's the heat. Or redistricting. Or maybe Gov. Rick Perry's political hyperactivity is contagious. Whatever it is, candidates are popping up like it was Labor Day.