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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Inside Texas Politics: Border Surge

(L-R) WFAA-TV's Jason Whitely, Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey and Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on June 29, 2014.
(L-R) WFAA-TV's Jason Whitely, Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey and Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on June 29, 2014.

On this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics, I talked with host Jason Whitely and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy about the surge of immigrants at the border, Libertarian candidate for governor Kathie Glass and the start, in earnest, of the General Election campaign.

Democratic nominee for governor Wendy Davis (r.) and lieutenant governor Leticia Van de Putte at the Democratic state convention in Dallas, Texas, on June 27, 2014.
Democratic nominee for governor Wendy Davis (r.) and lieutenant governor Leticia Van de Putte at the Democratic state convention in Dallas, Texas, on June 27, 2014.

Texas Democrats Rally Around Davis, Van de Putte

In speeches that combined homespun biography and harsh political attacks, Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte accepted the Texas Democratic Party's nominations for governor and lieutenant governor. 

Clockwise, from top left: Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor; University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall; Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst; former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison; and state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor.
Clockwise, from top left: Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor; University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall; Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst; former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison; and state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor.

Political Landscape Shifts as Hall Inquiry Continues

As a lengthy legislative investigation of University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall appears to be nearing an end, the 2014 elections and developments at the University of Texas System are adding new twists.

Protesters filled the Texas Capitol in June 2013 when state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filibustered a bill on abortion regulations.
Protesters filled the Texas Capitol in June 2013 when state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filibustered a bill on abortion regulations.

Analysis: Multiple Takeaways From Davis' Filibuster

It's been a year since Wendy Davis' filibuster against new abortion restrictions. Texas Democrats have used the filibuster as a rallying point, while some Republicans are using it to talk about changing the way the Senate does its business.

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte D-San Antonio, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, hugs one of her grandsons during a campaign event on June 4, 2014, in Austin.
State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte D-San Antonio, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, hugs one of her grandsons during a campaign event on June 4, 2014, in Austin.

For Van de Putte, Surname Could Add to Challenge

Political analysts say that state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte's prospects in her lieutenant governor race rely largely on a significant turnout from Hispanic voters in the general election. Could her last name impact her ability to motivate some of those voters?

State senator Ken Paxton with supporters as he announces his win as the republican primary nominee for Attorney General on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
State senator Ken Paxton with supporters as he announces his win as the republican primary nominee for Attorney General on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

Analysis: Paxton's Legal Trouble Puts Abbott in a Bind

Ken Paxton's violation of securities law gives Sam Houston, his opponent in the race for attorney general, something to talk about for the next five months. It could also limit one of Greg Abbott’s lines of attack against Wendy Davis.