Long rumored to be a contender, state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte announced her candidacy for lieutenant governor Saturday in her hometown of San Antonio. The six-term Democratic senator will face the winner of a four-way Republican primary.Full Story
The Texas Democratic Party is the state branch of the Democratic party, generally considered to be center-left on the political spectrum. It is one of the two major political parties in Texas, the other being the Republican Party of Texas.
The TDP raises money, organizes events, and campaigns for state Democratic candidates.
After many decades in the majority, Democrats have ...
The office measures about 300 square feet and the mismatched, rickety furniture inside looks like leftovers from a charity garage sale. But the headquarters of Battleground Texas is humming with activity.Full Story
Seventeen Democrats in the Texas Legislature participated in a new video offering support to gay teens. The video is the latest entry in the nationwide "It Gets Better" campaign, which began in 2010.Full Story
Republican leaders in Texas want the Legislature to take up redistricting this session. That's a bad idea, writes Matt Angle, director of the Lone Star Project.Full Story
A couple of Democrats won election in 2012 talking about education, but that doesn't mean the issue was a silver bullet for the minority party. Lots of others talked about it and lost, and the two who won were victorious in districts favorable to them.Full Story
With the death this weekend of Houston homebuilder Bob Perry, Texas Republicans lost one of their stalwarts, and one of their biggest and most reliable donors. So did a few Democrats.Full Story
The organizers hoping to make Texas a safe place for Democrats to run for office will know how they're doing by how their volunteers answer a simple question: Would they let a friend run as a Democrat, or would they advise against it?Full Story
The newest Texas Weekly Index measures each of the state's legislative and congressional districts, based on how statewide Republicans and Democrats fared in races in each district over the 2010 and 2012 election cycles.Full Story
In 2011, Texas House Democrats were dejected, demoralized and badly outnumbered. Their numbers have improved. Now the question is whether they can move as a bloc.Full Story
Texas Democrats don't hold any statewide offices, and they are terribly outnumbered in the state Legislature. But they were the only gainers in this year's elections.Full Story
An endorsement by the most famous political independent in the country highlights a political fault line: the partisan division over the usefulness of science in policy making.Full Story
Lots of people get elected by voters who didn't look at their names — voting instead by choosing all candidates from one party or another. Much of the electorate only uses that one piece of information to determine who gets votes.Full Story
For this week's nonscientific survey of insiders in state government and politics, we asked about the November race for U.S. Senate, whether Democrats will recover faster if Romney or Obama wins, about the GOP's weak spots and about whether the voters are as conservative as the people they've elected.Full Story
The conventions start next week, with Republicans going first, in Tampa, and Democrats following, in Charlotte. Both parties are going South, but they're interested in swing states. Texas isn't one.Full Story
Delegates at the 2012 Democratic National Convention reflect proudly on diversity in the party.Full Story
The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community celebrated the Democratic Party's platform, which calls for marriage equality. For members of the LGBT community, it's one of several milestones they have seen in recent years.