Tribpedia: Texas Democratic Party

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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.

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Rick Perry speaks at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth on Aug. 8, 2014.
Rick Perry speaks at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth on Aug. 8, 2014.

After Perry Indictment, Democrats Look to Pounce

Following Gov. Rick Perry's indictment on charges of abuse of power and coercion, Texas Democrats are trying to capitalize, saying the case raises larger questions about ethics within the Republican Party. Whether that strategy can sway voters in November is an open question. 

Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks at a NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting at Concordia Lutheran Church in Bedford on Nov. 12. State Sen. Wendy Davis, who is also running for governor, speaks to veterans at Luby's in Forest Hill the day before.
Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks at a NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting at Concordia Lutheran Church in Bedford on Nov. 12. State Sen. Wendy Davis, who is also running for governor, speaks to veterans at Luby's in Forest Hill the day before.

Abbott Campaign Reports $35.6 Million War Chest

Attorney General Greg Abbott has amassed a $35.6 million war chest in the race for Texas governor. His Democratic opponent, Sen. Wendy Davis, says she has $13.1 million for the effort. 

Trey Martinez-Fischer, D-San Antonio, in legislative action at the Texas Capitol during the 83rd Legislative Session in the spring and summer of 2013.
Trey Martinez-Fischer, D-San Antonio, in legislative action at the Texas Capitol during the 83rd Legislative Session in the spring and summer of 2013.

Analysis: Is That Any Way to Attract Gringos?

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, speaking at the Texas Democratic Party convention on Friday night, referred to the GOP as "Gringos y Otros Pendejos." The line drew gasps and laughter from the audience and sputtering anger from conservatives on social media.

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. 

Texas' Shift From Blue to Red Informs 2014 Races

In 1961, a Wichita Falls political science professor became the first Texas Republican to win a statewide seat since Reconstruction. It took another 37 years for the party to sweep the other major offices. That history provides insight into the challenges now facing Democrats, and the reasons Republicans are taking the current threat to their winning streak seriously.

A Polling place in Austin, TX on March 4th, 2014.
A Polling place in Austin, TX on March 4th, 2014.

Analysis: Some Districts Just Don't Vote

It doesn't matter how many votes you get in a legislative or congressional election as long as it's more than the opponent. It is possible — common, even — to win a legislative election with fewer votes than some of the losers receive. The guy who lost to Wendy Davis in 2012? He had more votes than eight winning candidates in other districts. 

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

Liveblog: 2014 Primary Election

Texas voters are making the first round of decisions this year about who they want to lead their state in 2015 and beyond. In Tuesday's primary elections, Democrats and Republicans are choosing their nominees for public office.

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at the Flawn Academic Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.
Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at the Flawn Academic Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.

Texplainer: Besides Elections, What’s Going on Today?

The Democrats are delaying their usual primary election night precinct conventions until March 22, when they hold county conventions. The state's Republicans will hold some tonight and combine others with the county conventions. 

 

Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott and rock musician Ted Nugent.
Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott and rock musician Ted Nugent.

Abbott: Let's Move On After Nugent Apology

UPDATED: Attorney General Greg Abbott said he wants "to move beyond" the controversy sparked by campaign appearances he made with conservative rocker Ted Nugent, the self-proclaimed “Madman,” who apologized Friday for calling President Obama a "sub-human mongrel."

The Texas Democratic Party will hold its 2014 convention in Dallas.
The Texas Democratic Party will hold its 2014 convention in Dallas.

Analysis: The Case of the Missing Democratic Voters

Texas Democrats are hoping to win the support of people who have never voted before. They should be looking, as well, for Texans who voted for Democrats once before and never came back. More than 2 million voters who turned out for a hot presidential primary in 2008 haven't voted in a primary since then.

Clockwise, the four GOP Candidates for Lt. Gov.: incumbent David Dewhurst, Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples; Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson; and state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston.
Clockwise, the four GOP Candidates for Lt. Gov.: incumbent David Dewhurst, Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples; Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson; and state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston.

Republicans Worried About March, but Not November

The Republicans running for lieutenant governor demonstrated in their debate on Monday night that they are very concerned about their March primary. They're not so worried about how their positions might sound in November, when the opponent is a Democrat and more moderate voters might participate.