Tribpedia: 2014 Statewide Elections

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The 2014 statewide elections feature more open seats — posts without incumbents seeking re-election — than any Texas election since 1990. And even though presidential ballots attract bigger turnouts, a gubernatorial year with competitive races from the top to the bottom of the ballot should engender some voter interest.

As with the 2012 elections, the courts could have a role to play ...

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Analysis: A Betrayal Roils a Top Political Race

Politics is full of turnarounds, double-crosses and strategic misunderstandings. But a big business group's decision to switch sides in the race for lieutenant governor was a rare exhibition of political hardball. Texans for Lawsuit Reform left David Dewhurst in a runoff after supporting him in the primary and threw its support to Dan Patrick

Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott after speaking to the media promoting his Pre-K-3rd grade education proposals on April 2nd, 2014 at IDEA Carver Academy in San Antonio, Texas
Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott after speaking to the media promoting his Pre-K-3rd grade education proposals on April 2nd, 2014 at IDEA Carver Academy in San Antonio, Texas

Abbott Campaign: Pre-K Plan Does Not Mean More Tests

After questions were raised about language in a policy proposal that appears to call for the biannual testing of pre-kindergarten students, Greg Abbott’s campaign is clarifying his early education plan, saying he is not calling for such tests.

 

 

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaks to supporters in Houston after primary election results indicate he is heading into a runoff with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaks to supporters in Houston after primary election results indicate he is heading into a runoff with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

Patrick, Now in Driver's Seat, Credits Grass Roots

State Sen. Dan Patrick has credited his success to grassroots support. But the Houston Republican's momentum has also been built on lessons learned navigating the old-school politics of Harris County.

Attorney General Greg Abbott speaks to press after voting in the primary on March 4th, 2014 at South Austin church. Abbott is running for the Republican nomination for Governor of Texas
Attorney General Greg Abbott speaks to press after voting in the primary on March 4th, 2014 at South Austin church. Abbott is running for the Republican nomination for Governor of Texas

Analysis: On Education, Abbott Must Aim Carefully

Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott says he's looking “to make Texas the No. 1 education system in the United States within 10 years.” He has to find a way to suggest improvements while not criticizing his ally Rick Perry.

Pictured are (clockwise, from top left) Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, state Sen. Dan Patrick, state Rep. Dan Branch and state Sen. Ken Paxton.
Pictured are (clockwise, from top left) Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, state Sen. Dan Patrick, state Rep. Dan Branch and state Sen. Ken Paxton.

Analysis: For the GOP, This is the Year of the Hunter

The Republican establishment is finding itself in the role of the hunted, as conservatives — especially in statewide races — dominate the political conversation.