Tribpedia: 2012 Legislative Election

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2012 Legislative Election is on Nov. 6, 2012. 

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TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 4/9/12

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Tribweek 04092012

Aaronson maps Medicaid patients' access to pharmacies, Aguilar on Mexicans in exile, Batheja on an unlikely threat to a veteran lawmaker's re-election, Galbraith and Murphy interactively track reservoir levels around the state, Grissom on the ringleaders who rule the state's largest youth lockup, Hamilton on how much Texas professors are paid, Ramsey on who's conservative, Ramshaw and Tan on the latest Planned Parenthood kerfuffle, Root on what Santorum's exit means for the Texas primary, and parts 4 (by M. Smith) and 5 (by Tan and Dehn) of our series on school district closures: The best of our best content from April 9-13, 2012.

The chamber of the Texas House
The chamber of the Texas House

Lawmaker Job Has Lousy Pay, but Great Benefits

The pay for Texas lawmakers is low, but the pension benefits are sweet. Lawmakers are guaranteed pensions after serving eight years, and the amount is based on the salary paid to state district judges. Some say that lawmakers who are convicted of felonies should have to forfeit their pensions, which they don't have to do under current law.

Garcia's Congressional Campaign May Upend Burnam's Bid

Former state Rep. Domingo Garcia's campaign for Congress could play an indirect role in a Democratic primary in Fort Worth between longtime state Rep. Lon Burnam and challenger Carlos Vasquez. "Domingo Garcia is the major issue in this race," Burnam said. Garcia's campaign denies playing an active role for Vasquez, but Vasquez sees things differently.

January 12th, 2012: TribLive event with Michael Quinn Sullivan, president and CEO of Empower Texans and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility
January 12th, 2012: TribLive event with Michael Quinn Sullivan, president and CEO of Empower Texans and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility

Updated: Sullivan Says He's Not a Lobbyist

Michael Quinn Sullivan said he hasn't seen the ethics complaints filed by two Republican legislators. They said the conservative activist and the group he leads haven't filed required disclosure reports on their lobbying and campaign activities. "I do know, they're just trying to distract people about their record," Sullivan said.

Campaign Chatter

Texas Weekly

Now that the filing deadline has passed, the congressional and legislative candidates are scouting their field. Some are shoo-ins, others have a primary crowd and a few are seeking another chance at the Lege. Here's who's who — and how the Tribune expects them to fare. 

Not Every Election is Such a Big Drama

Elections aren't as competitive as they look. Most attention is on the races that either have a lot of candidates or are really close for other reasons. But lots of elections are decided quietly, without drama. Now that Texas candidates have filed for the primaries, it's clear that half of these contests aren't contests at all.

The House chamber below a mostly empty gallery during the final days of the special session on June 27, 2011.
The House chamber below a mostly empty gallery during the final days of the special session on June 27, 2011.

The Freshman 30

Texas Weekly

No matter how the elections swing, one thing is certain about the 83rd legislative session: There will be a lot of new faces.

Group Aims to Bring God Into Politics

God and Country, a new Texas-based organization, will hold a rally Saturday at a Tyler church to “draw a line in the sand and aggressively and publicly defend those certain unalienable rights endowed by our creator.”

Slow Redistricting Lowers Clout of Texas Voters

Texas would have been the biggest state on the biggest day of the primary season, Super Tuesday. But pushing the state's primaries from March back to April (or further) could cheat Texas voters out of a rare chance to choose the next nominee for president. The earliest possible date for the state's primary elections will come after 34 states and territories have already spoken.

Campaign Chatter

Texas Weekly

"Suspended" doesn't necessarily mean a campaign is in its final state of rest, a congressman becomes a poster boy for a bill he probably didn't want to get tangled in, and other news in state politics.

Uncharted, Still

Texas Weekly

Start here: The judges in charge of the redistricting case in Texas haven't rejected the maps proposed by the state and agreed to by some but not all of the plaintiffs. They simply observed that no deal has been made to satisfy everyone and told everyone to keep talking and get ready for a hearing next week.

With Lawmakers Under Scrutiny, STOCK Vote Nears

In a political season that has revolved around questions of transparency and fiscal integrity, lawmakers in the U.S. House are getting ready to vote on the STOCK Act. The measure, which has passed the U.S. Senate, has the backing of more than a dozen prominent Texans in Congress. But many House lawmakers — including several from Texas — are still under intense scrutiny. 

Texas Unveils Proposed Redistricting Maps

Attorney General Greg Abbott said he had reached agreement on most parts of the proposed redistricting maps with most of the parties involved. Absent from the deal are the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, the Legislative Black Caucus and the NAACP. Federal judges said that their hearing on the agreement and other ideas would still be held Feb. 15.

Redistricting: Phone a Friend

Texas Weekly

This week, the redistricting judges in Washington did the judges in San Antonio a favor, telling them the D.C. panel won't be ruling on its part of the case for a month. The Texans can start drawing maps.

Austin High School
Austin High School

Schooling the GOP

Texas Weekly

As the field of candidates shapes up for the March 2012 primaries, a new — at least since last election cycle — breed of GOP hopeful is emerging: the education Republican.