Tribpedia: 2012 Elections

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 ...

In First TV Ad, Sadler Calls Cruz "Extreme"

With just more than a week until Election Day, former state Rep. Paul Sadler, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, released his first television ad Monday. He touts his experience and derides Republican Ted Cruz as "the most extreme Senate candidate in Texas history."

In the ad, Sadler highlights a string of accolades he earned while representing Henderson in the House during the 1990s, as well as endorsements he's received from several Texas newspapers. The campaign also posted a longer version of the ad that features letters of support to Sadler from U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Gov. Rick Perry when Sadler was in the Legislature.

Sadler campaign spokesman Chuck McDonald said the ad will run in "targeted markets" later this week. In an email to supporters Monday, the campaign asked for donations to pay for more airtime in the last days of the race.

UT/TT Poll: Romney, Cruz Comfortably Ahead in Texas

Republican Mitt Romney remains comfortably ahead of Democrat Barack Obama in the presidential race in Texas, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. Republicans in other statewide races are in similar shape, including U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz in his race with Paul Sadler, illustrating the GOP's continuing domination of Texas politics.

In Ad, Wendy Davis Accuses Mark Shelton of Lying

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, accuses state Rep. Mark Shelton, R-Fort Worth, of deceiving voters in her latest television ad in the SD-10 race.

In the ad, Davis' campaign cites reports from North Texas news outlets questioning the accuracy of a Shelton ad released this month that charged Davis with supporting higher taxes and having questionable ethics.

The ad began airing Friday in the Fort Worth area, according to Davis' campaign.

Texas Newspaper Endorsements

As Election Day nears, newspapers around Texas have begun to endorse candidates, and already there have been some surprises. In this list, we have compiled official endorsements in particularly competitive or noteworthy races. We'll update the list as endorsements continue to be published.

Interactive: Find Your District

The general election is on Nov. 6, and early voting in Texas is under way. So in effort to remind our readers of their districts, we have revived and revamped the district discovery tool we deployed during this year's redistricting battle, except this time without the comparison to last election's districts.

Cruz Touts "American Dream" in New Election Ad

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz released a new television ad Tuesday targeting general election voters called "American Dream."

In the ad, Cruz touts his interest in shrinking the size of government and encouraging the growth of small businesses. He also highlights his father's journey as a young man from Cuba to Texas. 

Cruz is running against Democrat Paul Sadler, Libertarian John Jay Myers and Green Party candidate David Collins to replace U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Libertarian U.S. Senate Candidate Myers Releases TV Ad

Libertarian John Jay Myers, a candidate for U.S. Senate, released a TV commercial in time for the start of early voting. 

In the ad, Myers highlights his support for ending U.S. involvement in foreign wars and more broadly keeping the government out of people's lives.

"You should be able to eat, drink or smoke whatever it is you like," Myers says in the ad. "It's certainly not governmnet's business to tell you who you can marry."

Myers said the commercial will air in the Ellis County area on CNN, the History Channel, FOX News, ESPN and the Discovery Channel. His campaign is asking for donations to air the ad in other markets around the state.

Myers is running against Republican Ted Cruz, Democrat Paul Sadler and Green Party candidate David Collins to replace U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Steve Munisteri, campaigning for Texas GOP chairman at the party convention in Dallas.
Steve Munisteri, campaigning for Texas GOP chairman at the party convention in Dallas.

The Chairman is Out

Texas Weekly

The chairman of the Republican Party of Texas says he won't be home before Election Day. He'll be in Austin, he says, so the Houston resident voted by mail.

The Texas Weekly Hotlist for 10/15/12

Texas Weekly

Voter registration is over for this election — now it's up to the campaigns to convince people to get up and vote. The competitive races are relatively static. What was hot last week remains so this week, and so on. Here's the latest Hotlist.

Lack of Competition Keeps Voters at Home

Forty-five percent of the Texas voting age population turned out for the 2008 presidential election. That's about a half a percentage point below the 2004 election. Gubernatorial elections bring out less than 30 percent, and constitutional elections hover in the single digits. Ben Philpott reports for KUT News and the Tribune on why Texans do and don’t participate in elections.

Sen. Hinojosa Admits Errors on Mileage Reimbursement

State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, acknowledges errors were made in how his campaign reimbursed him for the use of his personal vehicle. Rather than relying on a “good-faith estimate” of his fuel expenses, Hinojosa says he plans to now keep a log of his miles and charge his campaign for the actual mileage he drives.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on July 31, 2012, in Houston addressing the crowd at a watch party following the announcement that he lost the U.S. Senate runoff to Ted Cruz.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on July 31, 2012, in Houston addressing the crowd at a watch party following the announcement that he lost the U.S. Senate runoff to Ted Cruz.

Shuffling of Senate Chairs May Be Nod to Critics

After a crushing loss in his bid for U.S. Senate, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's influence in next year's legislative session remains a question mark. Thursday's committee assignments may reflect efforts to appease some of his harshest critics during the Republican primary.