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Tea Party Not Bagging Texas Congressional Seats

Congressman Ralph Hall waves to the crowd at Frisco 2008 community parade.
Congressman Ralph Hall waves to the crowd at Frisco 2008 community parade.

The GOP's Tea Party wing has made serious inroads into Texas state offices, but the movement has come up short when it comes to congressional elections, succeeding only once so far in ousting a sitting U.S. House member. Experts say that's a testament to the powers of incumbency.

Trade Clears Senate Hurdle, Despite Cruz Backing Out

Despite Sen. Ted Cruz’s eleventh-hour change of heart on the biggest vote since he became a presidential candidate, the U.S. Senate cleared a major procedural hurdle Tuesday that will likely give President Obama the authority to negotiate the largest trade deal in American history. After aligning himself as a chief advocate behind granting the president the power to negotiate a trade deal with 11 other Pacific Rim countries, Cruz abruptly pulled his support.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas' 10th District talks about recent immigration issues at TTEvents on Feb. 19, 2015.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas' 10th District talks about recent immigration issues at TTEvents on Feb. 19, 2015.

Trade Deal Squeezes Texas Congressional Democrats

Texas Democrats in the U.S. House face an agonizing choice: oppose a sweeping trade measure and deep-six President Obama’s economic legacy, or support it and antagonize labor, one of the largest financial constituents in the party.

Former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (left) was ousted by Republican Will Hurd, right, in the 2014 CD-23 contest.
Former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (left) was ousted by Republican Will Hurd, right, in the 2014 CD-23 contest.

Gallego to Seek Rematch With U.S. Rep. Hurd

As expected, former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, will run for Congress in a rematch against Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio. Hurd ousted Gallego in 2014 by a 2-point margin. The race for the 23rd District is likely to be Texas’ most exciting federal race in the fall of 2016, thanks to a lack of competitive House races.

Blake Farenthold speaks at the state Republican convention in Dallas on June 12, 2010.
Blake Farenthold speaks at the state Republican convention in Dallas on June 12, 2010.

Democrats Aim for Blake Farenthold's Seat

The hunt is on in Southeast Texas for a Democrat to challenge U.S. Rep. Blake FarentholdAt first glance, it might seem like an absurd notion; the Corpus Christi Republican won re-election easily in 2014. But some Democrats say they have designs on his seat because of accusations against him in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed last year

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.

Chris Christie Hires Austin Digital Firm

An Austin digital firm signed on Wednesday with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's leadership PAC. Leadership Matters for America PAC hired Upstream Communications as part of its digital operation. The move could mean that the firm would be part of a presidential campaign, should Christie follow through on a run for the GOP nomination. 

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, is shown at the annual alumni Aggie Muster on April 21, 2012, at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, is shown at the annual alumni Aggie Muster on April 21, 2012, at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.

GOP Group Targets Gohmert on Homeland Security Funding

After a week of legislative chaos over funding the Department of Homeland Security, a Republican group is running ads in U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert's East Texas district, looking to build support for a DHS funding bill.

 

 

John Ratcliffe, Republican candidate for Texas' 4th U.S. Congressional District speaks in Fort Worth on June 5, 2014.
John Ratcliffe, Republican candidate for Texas' 4th U.S. Congressional District speaks in Fort Worth on June 5, 2014.

John Ratcliffe: The TT Interview

The new Texas congressman on ousting the dean of his home state's delegation, making friends in Washington and his insistence that he won't "fit into a particular box." 

U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, in his House office in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, in his House office in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Rep. Flores Doesn't See New Post as a Springboard

As the new chairman of the influential Republican Study Committee, U.S. Rep. Bill Flores could position himself for a seat at the U.S. House's leadership table. But the Bryan Republican is talking more about term limits than leadership posts. In an interview with the Tribune, Flores also talked about the committee's growth and who his favorite Democrat is.