Tribpedia: 2012 Legislative Election

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2012 Legislative Election is on Nov. 6, 2012. 

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U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz speaks at the Texas Tea party rally Sunday May 6, 2012 at the Texas Capitol.  Cruz is trailing frontrunner David Dewhurst in the race to replace current Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz speaks at the Texas Tea party rally Sunday May 6, 2012 at the Texas Capitol. Cruz is trailing frontrunner David Dewhurst in the race to replace current Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Campaign Chatter

Texas Weekly

Cruz has a big week. Dewhurst has some big numbers. News from the campaigns around the state. 

Republicans Face Off in Collin, Denton Counties

Republicans are expected to win easy victories in several Collin and Denton county legislative races. But that hasn't stopped the candidates from duking it out, largely over who has the most conservative credentials. Here's a look at five races to watch. 

Texas Weekly's Hotlist for 5/21

Texas Weekly

Early voting is underway and candidates have only a few days left before they get the news: In, Out, or Runoff. This is the penultimate list for the primaries. Consultants are in full spin mode. Ads are up. Polls are coming out. It is, finally and mercifully, more than two months late, time for the parties to pick their favorites.

Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, prepares to leave the Senate chamber after he tried to generate support for his guns-on-campus bill SB354 on April 11, 2011
Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, prepares to leave the Senate chamber after he tried to generate support for his guns-on-campus bill SB354 on April 11, 2011

Wentworth Files Defamation Suit, Jones Responds

Elizabeth Ames Jones, a candidate in SD-25, has filed her response to a defamation suit filed against her by incumbent state Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio. Her campaign calls his suit "frivolous and politically-inspired."

Turnover Provides Leaders With a Political Tool

It's great to have experienced leaders on hand to help run the Legislature. But it's also great — at least from a leader's perspective — to have some openings to offer to potential supporters. With at least nine committee chairs leaving the House and four leaving the Senate, there are some goodies to hand out.

Ron Paul speaking at a rally at the University of Texas at Austin on April 26, 2012.
Ron Paul speaking at a rally at the University of Texas at Austin on April 26, 2012.

Campaign Chatter

Texas Weekly

Rallies, speeches, endorsements, and that's just the presidential race. News from the campaigns around the state. 

The Texas Weekly Hot List

Texas Weekly

With early voting upon us, a handful of races have changed position on the Hotlist this week, and here's a spoiler: At least a dozen are nearly certain to go to runoffs on July 31. Of the 75 races in play in a serious way in these primaries, 33 have only two candidates, meaning they'll definitely be decided this month.

Dallas attorney Domingo Garcia, left, and Fort Worth state Rep. Marc Veasey, right.
Dallas attorney Domingo Garcia, left, and Fort Worth state Rep. Marc Veasey, right.

Race for New North Texas Congressional Seat is Crowded

Want to guarantee a campaign throwdown? Toss two major U.S. cities, two large minority populations and 15 candidates into one newly drawn North Texas congressional district. There are 11 candidates in the Democratic primary alone, including state Rep. Marc Veasey and lawyer Domingo Garcia.

Fake Twitter Feeds, Deceptive Websites Shake Up Primary

Straddling the line between dirty tricks and political strategy is as old as elections. And campaign impersonation dates at least as far back as President Richard Nixon’s 1972 re-election bid; one of his political operatives was sent to prison for it. But social media sabotage is in high gear in Texas’ later-than-usual primary, from fake Twitter feeds to deceptive website domains to allegations of email and Facebook forgery.