Key meetings and events for the coming week.Full Story
2012 Legislative Election is on Nov. 6, 2012.
Key meetings and events for the coming week.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.
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.Full Story
The 2012 elections are in the bag. We look at wins, losses and where the Texas Legislature stands in the upcoming session.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
Will Democrat Nick Lampson upset Republican Randy Weber in CD-14? Can Republican Mark Shelton defeat incumbent Democrat Wendy Davis in Fort Worth's SD-10? And will Democrat Pete Gallego oust U.S. Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco to claim the CD-23 title? Tribune reporters will provide live results and analysis throughout the night.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
There probably won't be any surprises when it comes to the presidential race in Texas. But there are still some questions that Texas political observers are eager to see answered on Election Day. Here are four things to watch for as the election returns come in Tuesday night.Full Story
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.Full Story
State Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, finds himself under attack for suing a taxpayer-supported insurance fund on behalf of taxpayers in a race with Republican Wayne Faircloth, a Dickinson insurance agency owner. The Gulf Coast was changed by Hurricane Ike and politically altered by redistricting mappers. Now HD-23 is a swing district.Full Story
In Nueces County's HD-34, Rep. Connie Scott, R-Robstown, is facing former Rep. Abel Herrero, D-Robstown, for the third time in as many election cycles. She says he tried to block a tax cut for small business and tried to increase nursing home costs; he says she voted to cut education funding and Medicaid payments to doctors.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
Four new senators are coming from the Texas House, where their voting records can be analyzed. Compared to the people they're replacing, they're more conservative.Full Story
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.Full Story