Tribpedia: 2012 Legislative Election

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2012 Legislative Election is on Nov. 6, 2012. 

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Democracy, as Far as It Goes

Texas Weekly

Texas politicians can easily represent the people who elect them without necessarily representing the people of Texas. To get re-elected, they have to please their voters, not the general population. These charts show the state's voting age population and the number of voters who turned out in each Texas 2012 election district.

Democratic Strategist Has Big Wins, Little Patience

Terrysa Guerra isn’t waiting for the right time to come along to help turn Texas blue. She’s tired of waiting, she said, and even more tired of her fellow Democrats biding their time. After successfully leading the campaigns for two state senators and a state representative, the unassuming strategist has emerged as a secret weapon for her party.

Perry Sets March 2 Runoff for Senate District 6

Gov. Rick Perry on Friday set a Mar. 2 special runoff election to fill the open seat created by the death of the late state Sen. Mario Gallegos. The race, between State Rep. Carol Alvarado and former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, will occur just six days before the deadline for lawmakers to file bills in the 83rd legislative session.

 

For Donors, the Political Season Comes to an End

The "late train" — the rush of supplicants making kiss-and-make-up contributions after an election — ended this weekend with the beginning of a blackout that outlaws political donations during a legislative session. The blackout is designed to create some distance between the giving of political money and the casting of governmental votes.

New Legislative Faces — and an Experience Deficit

With 43 legislators in the freshman class and 24 more who were new after the 2010 elections, the 150-member Texas House has a lot of new blood — and a lot of inexperienced officeholders. They aren’t stupid, and some are quite smart. But their lack of experience will become evident as they run into the particular quirks of the Texas Legislature.

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a location across the street from the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a location across the street from the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

Lots of New Names, but GOP Still Dominates Legislature

The Legislature will have 49 new members, but the party labels aren't changing much — Republicans will retain commanding majorities in both the Texas House and Senate. In the House, a number of incumbents held off challengers, and no incumbent state senators lost their races Tuesday.

Wendy Davis, flanked by her father, Jerry Russell at left and her two daughters, at right, applauds her supporters during her victory speech at the Fort Worth Hilton on November 6, 2012.
Wendy Davis, flanked by her father, Jerry Russell at left and her two daughters, at right, applauds her supporters during her victory speech at the Fort Worth Hilton on November 6, 2012.

Wendy Davis Clinches Re-election in SD-10

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, clung to her seat Tuesday night. One of the Democratic Party's rising stars, she fought off GOP state Rep. Mark Shelton in a bitter campaign contest. The victory kept Republicans from coming within one vote of the two-thirds majority needed to render Democrats virtually powerless in the upper chamber.

Finally, the Final Campaign Push

It's been an unconventional election cycle in Texas. Court challenges to redistricting led to an ever-changing primary date and created a packed schedule between the runoff and state and national conventions. The campaigns awake today knowing — win or lose — it all comes to end.

2012 Texas Election Brackets

Throughout the election year, we've tracked the progress of the candidates with our basketball tournament-inspired brackets. Now it's time for the final round. Once the elections end, the brackets will be full, with results from each round. And they will continue to include links to districts and candidate information.

Sign at the Acres Homes Center in Houston alerts voters to try a different location on Election Day
Sign at the Acres Homes Center in Houston alerts voters to try a different location on Election Day

What to Expect When You’re Electing

Texas Weekly

It’s not the most exciting election season Texas has ever seen. Most legislative races are over after the primaries and what’s left, with an exception in the Texas Senate, don’t appear to involve the balance of power in the House.

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.

In Ad, SD-10 Hopeful Mark Shelton Stresses Local Roots

State Rep. Mark Shelton, R-Fort Worth, highlights his ties to Fort Worth and work as a pediatrician in a new television ad. The 30-second spot features Shelton's mother and high school band teacher and contrasts with the campaign's earlier ads that focused on criticizing his SD-10 opponent, Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth. 

The ad will start airing on broadcast networks in North Texas starting Wednesday, according to his campaign. 

Fort Worth Senate Race Has Big Implications

All eyes are on the Fort Worth matchup between state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic incumbent, and her Republican challenger, state Rep. Mark Shelton — and not just because it is expected to be a nail-biter. The implications of winning the district are huge, both for Davis' future political career and for the Republican stronghold in the Legislature's upper chamber.

Republican Jason Villalba and Democrat Carol Kent are competing to represent District 114
Republican Jason Villalba and Democrat Carol Kent are competing to represent District 114

In HD-114, Newcomer Challenges Former Dallas Lawmaker

In Dallas, former Democratic state Rep. Carol Kent, who was swept out of office in the Republican wave of 2010, is vying for an open House seat against Jason Villalba, a political newcomer and Hispanic Republican who is being touted statewide by members of his party.

State Rep. Sarah Davis, R-Houston, and her opponent, Democrat Ann Johnson.
State Rep. Sarah Davis, R-Houston, and her opponent, Democrat Ann Johnson.

Despite Party Politics, HD-134 Foes Share Many Traits

The biggest challenge for state Rep. Sarah Davis, R-Houston, and her Democratic opponent, Ann Johnson, may be distancing themselves from each other: They are both lawyers and young cancer survivors campaigning on a platform of defending women’s health and supporting the region’s medical centers.