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.

After many decades in the majority, Democrats have ...

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Analysis: The Case of the Missing Democratic Voters

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

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.

At separate events, Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filed for governor in Austin, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.
At separate events, Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filed for governor in Austin, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.

Just a Few Races Will Tell You How the Wind Blows

Nearly 700 people are running for various state offices, but to figure out the direction of Texas politics, you only need to see the results in a few of those contests. The bell cows on this year's ballot should reveal the strength of the state's Democrats, and of the various factions in the GOP.

Changing the Characters, but Not Their Parts

The legislative changes coming in the 2014 elections mean several current lawmakers will be replaced. But their voters, in almost all instances, are likely to stick with politicians of the same party. Redistricting has made it nearly impossible to flip seats from one party to the other in most districts.

Year in Review: Texas Politics

2013 wasn't supposed to be a very political year, but in this very political state, it became one. Rick Perry got out, others piled in, two new stars grabbed the microphone and jumped into the political spotlight, the Republicans started a contentious bunch of primary races and the Democrats began showing signs of political life.

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.

For Texas Democrats, a Habit of Losing Big Elections

For Texas Democrats, 2014 marks another run at the statewide offices that have remained out of their reach for two decades. And their challenge is twofold: convincing voters they have the better candidate in any given race, and that a Democrat — no matter how talented — can win a statewide race here. 

Sen. Leticia van de Putte, D-San Antonio announces her candidacy for Lt. Governor at San Antonio College on November 23, 2013.
Sen. Leticia van de Putte, D-San Antonio announces her candidacy for Lt. Governor at San Antonio College on November 23, 2013.

Van de Putte Joins Race for Lieutenant Governor

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.

President Barack Obama speaking in Austin on Thursday, May 9, 2013.
President Barack Obama speaking in Austin on Thursday, May 9, 2013.

Republicans Running Against Obama's Legacy in 2014

No matter what office they are running for in 2014, every Republican in Texas seems to be running against the same opponent: Barack ObamaIf Obama is popular a year from now, Democrats will be begging him to visit Texas and to appear onstage with them. If his numbers then look like his numbers today, Republicans will be begging him to appear onstage with those same Democrats.

Travis County Democratic Party volunteers make calls to voters on Election Day from the coordinated campaign headquarters in Austin, Texas.
Travis County Democratic Party volunteers make calls to voters on Election Day from the coordinated campaign headquarters in Austin, Texas.

Behind the Scenes at Battleground Texas

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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, dedicated to turning the GOP stronghold blue, is humming with activity.

Sen. Wendy Davis addresses the Stand with Texas Women Rally crowd at the state Capitol the first day of the second special session.
Sen. Wendy Davis addresses the Stand with Texas Women Rally crowd at the state Capitol the first day of the second special session.

Texas Democrats Looking for a Pied Piper

Texas Democrats want to fill out a statewide ballot that so far just has one candidate on it, and they're hoping a marquee candidate like Wendy Davis might prime the pump. For sheer political theater, a governor’s race that includes Davis would be a lot more interesting than one with a very well-financed Republican candidate and no Democrats, which is what the ballot looks like now.

 

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.

For Democrats, a Line in the Sand

A combination of good strategy, bad strategy and dumb luck, made it possible for abortion to reach the full Senate on the last day of the special session, within range of a filibuster. Texas Democrats had a big win on a big stage Tuesday night. Can they keep it going?

Chris Perkins is a partner at the Republican polling firm Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research.
Chris Perkins is a partner at the Republican polling firm Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research.

Polling Center: Education No Magic Bullet for Democrats

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.

Losing a Once-in-a-Lifetime Political Donor

With the death this weekend of Houston homebuilder Bob Perry, Texas Republicans lost one of their stalwarts and most reliable donors. The self-made Houston homebuilder was one of the biggest bankrollers of conservative causes over the past two decades. But the prolific donor gave to Democrats, too.