Tribpedia: Secretary Of State

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The Texas Secretary of State is one of six state officials that comprise the Executive Department of the state of Texas, as defined in the Texas Constitution.  The Secretary of State is appointed by the governor with confirmation by the Texas Senate to serve a four-year term. The office was originally held by Stephen F. Austin.

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2014 Primary Cost Per Vote for Texas Candidates

In competitive races, a candidate will ideally get the best bang for his or her buck, spending just enough to secure the victory. We've calculated how much each Texas candidate for state office spent (or did not spend) for each vote he or she received in the March 4 primary. Use our interactive to explore the numbers.

Texas Attorney General and candidate for Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott gives keynote speech during the Texas Rally for Life on January 25th, 2014
Texas Attorney General and candidate for Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott gives keynote speech during the Texas Rally for Life on January 25th, 2014

Abbott Steps Away From Battleground Probe

UPDATED: Attorney General Greg Abbott's office is recusing itself from any investigation of the Democratic group Battleground Texas, according to a letter obtained Friday by the Texas Tribune. Battleground Texas said it did nothing wrong and accused Republican leaders of trying to slow down its voter registration drives.

Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Ft. Worth, waves to the gallery while leaving the Senate chamber after midnight on June 26, 2013.
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Ft. Worth, waves to the gallery while leaving the Senate chamber after midnight on June 26, 2013.

Filibuster Launches Davis Onto National Stage

State Sen. Wendy Davis is no stranger to making legislative headlines. But Tuesday night’s marathon abortion filibuster propelled the Fort Worth Democrat into the national spotlight. By the time the Senate unsuccessfully forced the vote on some of the nation’s strictest abortion regulations, the 13 hours Davis had spent on her feet challenging the measure had gone viral.

 

A nurse explains to a patient the effects of taking the abortion pill at Whole Woman's Health Surgical Center in San Antonio, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Proposed state legislation would create greater restrictions on abortion facilities. Only five of the existing facilities offering abortions would meet the standards.
A nurse explains to a patient the effects of taking the abortion pill at Whole Woman's Health Surgical Center in San Antonio, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Proposed state legislation would create greater restrictions on abortion facilities. Only five of the existing facilities offering abortions would meet the standards.

Bill Could Reduce Number of Texas Abortion Facilities

A bill advancing through the Texas Legislature could drastically decrease the number of legal abortion facilities in the state. While supporters say Senate Bill 537 will improve women’s safety, abortion rights advocates say the bill is a thinly veiled effort to close 37 of the state’s 42 abortion facilities.

The second annual Texas Tribune Festival kicked off with with a conversation between Texas governor Rick Perry and Tribune founder and CEO Evan Smith in the Grand Ballroom of the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas on September 21, 2012.
The second annual Texas Tribune Festival kicked off with with a conversation between Texas governor Rick Perry and Tribune founder and CEO Evan Smith in the Grand Ballroom of the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas on September 21, 2012.

Perry Shuffles the Deck

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As he enters the last regular session of this term as governor, Rick Perry opts for a trusted supporter in a top political job and a respected agency manager to run his own office.

Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade watches the delivery of the Capitol Christmas trees at the south steps on November 28, 2011.
Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade watches the delivery of the Capitol Christmas trees at the south steps on November 28, 2011.

Secretary of State Hope Andrade Resigns

Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade is resigning effective Friday, her office has confirmed. Andrade has held the post since 2008, when her appointment by Gov. Rick Perry made her Texas' first Latina secretary of state.

Federal Court to Texas Election Officials: Wait

Election officials in Texas don't have to meet a Saturday deadline for getting their ballots and precinct lines in order, a federal court said Thursday. But with the state's political maps still in limbo, they also didn't get a new set of deadlines to help them get ready for the 2012 elections.

A child rides his bike in the Del Mar Heights colonia in the Rio Grande Valley.
A child rides his bike in the Del Mar Heights colonia in the Rio Grande Valley.

Red Tape, Catch-22s Impede Progress in Texas' Colonias

Life has clearly improved in the "colonias" — Spanish for neighborhood or community — since the 1950s, when opportunistic developers first established them for migrant workers on the Texas side of the Mexican border. But many efforts to better conditions for the half a million residents of the colonias have fallen short, the result of bureaucratic nightmares, mixed messages and a spiral of confusion and fees. 

Travis County's Democratic Coordinated Campaign Headquarters, days before the 2010 general election.
Travis County's Democratic Coordinated Campaign Headquarters, days before the 2010 general election.

Turnout in First Days of Early Voting Doubled Since '06

In the state's 15 largest counties, early voting has spiked. The percentage of registered voters who have already cast their ballots is nearly twice what it was at the same point back in 2006: 5.2 percent of registered voters this time, compared to 2.7 percent four years ago.

E-Voting Suit Reveals Frailties of the Ballot Box

It's the stuff of an Orwellian dystopia: a voting machine hacked, an election stolen, the public none the wiser. Yet some civil rights groups believe it's a legitimate threat in Texas, one of only 12 states that still use paperless electronic voting machines. Ensuring the purity of the ballot box has been a point of concern for lawmakers since "hanging chad" entered the lexicon. Congress passed the Help America Vote Act to improve the administration of federal elections, but an irony of post-2000 reforms is that the electronic machines brought in to replace outdated lever-and-punch-card-based systems have their own flaws.