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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TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 5/16/11

Root and Galbraith on a Dallas billionaire's radioactive waste dump victory, Grissom on the passage of eyewitness ID reform, Hamilton on the old grudges bedeviling the debate over higher ed, Philpott on the status of congressional redistricting, Ramsey on Rick Perry's un-campaign for president, Ramshaw on why medical schools are the scorned children of the state's education budget, my session-wrap interview with three veteran Democrats, M. Smith on why Rob Eissler can't pass mandate relief for school districts and Stiles on who's giving what to which Texas candidates in 2011-12 congressional races: The best of our best content from May 16 to 20, 2011.

Roger Williams in ad
Roger Williams in ad

Roger Williams "Welcomes" Obama to Texas

President Barack Obama will be in Texas today for a fundraising event, and at least one Republican running for U.S. Senate, former Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams, is eager to welcome him to the state — sort of. He's using the opportunity to launch a new website and video comparing "the Obama economy" to "the Williams economy."

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn speaks to a TribLive audience on April 18, 2011
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn speaks to a TribLive audience on April 18, 2011

AUDIO: John Cornyn at TribLive

At Monday's TribLive conversation, I interviewed U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, about the President's plan to tax the wealthiest Americans, the perpetual fight between Texas and Washington and what's likely to happen in 2012 Senate races — including the one to succeed Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Ted Cruz, recently announced GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate, talks with The Texas Tribune about why he wants to go to Washington, how his experience as the state's solicitor general has prepared him for the job and about his conservative idols.

Ted Cruz: The TT Interview

Ted Cruz spent a half-decade defending Texas in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Now he wants to defend Texas against what he asserts is the most radical presidential administration in history as the state's next U.S. Senator. He sat down with the Tribune last week to talk about what makes him stand out in the GOP crowd running to replace U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, how serving as the state's Solicitor General prepared him for the U.S. Senate and about the Republican leaders he idolizes.

Ted Cruz: The TT Interview

Ted Cruz, recently announced GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate, talks with The Texas Tribune about why he wants to go to Washington, how his experience as the state's solicitor general has prepared him for the job and about his conservative idols.

Education Commissioner Michael Williams, a former railroad commissioner, is shown at a TribLive event on Jan. 27, 2011.
Education Commissioner Michael Williams, a former railroad commissioner, is shown at a TribLive event on Jan. 27, 2011.

A Conversation With Michael Williams

For our latest TribLive conversation, I sat down with the soon-to-be-ex railroad commissioner and declared 2012 U.S. Senate candidate to talk about why he's running, what he thinks of his potential primary opponents and how his campaign will or won't be impacted by his race.

Governor Rick Perry, Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst after their first weekly breakfast meeting saying they will work together on the state budget.
Governor Rick Perry, Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst after their first weekly breakfast meeting saying they will work together on the state budget.

Guest Column: Dewhurst's Senate Win Not Inevitable

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If the race to succeed Kay Bailey Hutchison is over before it begins — if the lieutenant governor and his vast personal wealth have this locked up — why are so many credible candidates saying they'll run? Because they see an opportunity.