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 Missing Piece in the Voter ID Debate

Vote signs outside early voting locations in Austin on Feb. 23, 2014.
Vote signs outside early voting locations in Austin on Feb. 23, 2014.

State leaders asked for and received a study that said the voter photo ID law would leave more than a half-million voters without required state-issued IDs. But they didn't tell most legislators about it, according to a federal judge's findings. And recent court rulings put that law into a strange place: It is simultaneously enforceable and unconstitutional.

Eva Longoria: The TT Interview

The actor, political activist and Corpus Christi native on her efforts to mobilize Hispanic voters, Texas' voter ID law and the impact of groups like Battleground Texas. Longoria, the co-founder of the Latino Victory Project, a political advocacy organization, was in San Antonio on Wednesday to speak at the Women in the World Texas summit and to campaign with Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor.

Despite a double-digit shortfall in most early polls, Democratic candidate Wendy Davis predicts victory in the race for Texas governor on Oct. 22, 2014.
Despite a double-digit shortfall in most early polls, Democratic candidate Wendy Davis predicts victory in the race for Texas governor on Oct. 22, 2014.

Davis: I'd Be "Thrilled" to Have Obama's Help

While many Democrats in southern states are running away from Barack Obama as fast as they can, Sen. Wendy Davis leaned into her embrace of the president on Wednesday, saying she valued his support and would welcome him on the campaign trail. 

State Sen. Glenn Hegar, the Republican nominee for state comptroller, is shown at a TribLive event on May 29, 2014.
State Sen. Glenn Hegar, the Republican nominee for state comptroller, is shown at a TribLive event on May 29, 2014.

Analysis: Campaigning for a Seat That's Not Yet in Play

Three candidates are vying for the state Senate seat occupied by Glenn Hegar, a Katy Republican. They're even advertising. But Hegar, the GOP nominee for state comptroller, is still in office, and his Senate seat is not on the November ballot.

Dan Patrick, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, is shown at the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth on June 7, 2014.
Dan Patrick, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, is shown at the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth on June 7, 2014.

Details Yet to Emerge in Patrick's Tax Proposal

Dan Patrick, the GOP nominee for lieutenant governor, has made clear that he wants to lower property taxes. What he has left unclear — both to voters and to prominent business groups that have endorsed him — is exactly how he'll do that.

Sam Houston, the Democratic nominee for Texas attorney general, in Houston on Oct. 7, 2014. Despite his GOP opponent's ethical troubles, Houston faces long odds and is struggling to draw attention.
Sam Houston, the Democratic nominee for Texas attorney general, in Houston on Oct. 7, 2014. Despite his GOP opponent's ethical troubles, Houston faces long odds and is struggling to draw attention.

A Day in the Life of Sam Houston

With little money and swimming against the conservative tide, Democrat Sam Houston acknowledges he has little choice but to campaign for attorney general "the old fashioned way" — on the cheap, and largely from the front seat of his Toyota Prius. Despite the ethical troubles of his Republican opponent, Houston faces a steep climb. 

Explore 30-Day Campaign Finance Reports

Now that the deadline for filing 30-day campaign finance reports ahead of the Nov. 4 election has passed, we can get a better snapshot of the financial health of Texas candidates. Use this tool to search data for all statewide, State Board of Education and legislative candidates who filed electronically with the Texas Ethics Commission. You can see the top-line totals for contributions, expenditures, loans and cash on hand for each campaign.

A line of Department of Public Safety troopers keeps order in the House gallery on July 9, 2013.
A line of Department of Public Safety troopers keeps order in the House gallery on July 9, 2013.

Analysis: A Simple and Very Expensive Proposal

It's one thing to say highway funds should go to highways. The problem is with all of the other programs those funds support, like the Department of Public Safety — and where to get the money to replace the highway funds when the budgets are straightened out.

The Third General Session during platform debate at the Republican Convention, Fort Worth on June 6, 2014.
The Third General Session during platform debate at the Republican Convention, Fort Worth on June 6, 2014.

Analysis: In Democrats' Fall, a Lesson for GOP

The Texas Democrats are now where the Republicans were when Wayne Thorburn was executive director of the Texas GOP. Thorburn, who held the post from 1977 to 1983, says the minority party is not yet a statewide contender but could become one.