Tribpedia: Texas Democratic Party

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 ...

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. 

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.

Texas Democrats Gained, if Only a Little, in 2012

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. They held their ground in the Senate, gained seven seats in the House, split the four new seats in Congress and wrested another one away from the red team. The rebound from the disastrous 2010 election was not dramatic, but a gain is a gain.

Video: Texas Democratic Delegates Aim to Turn the Tide

At the Democratic National Convention, Texas Democratic delegates see reasons for hope in making gains in their home state, and they say enthusiasm hasn't waned for President Obama. Some delegates say they also want to hear reinvigorated messages of hope, looking for that "spark to relight the fire."

The Tribune is collaborating with YNN/Capital Tonight to provide convention coverage. 

Video: Texas Democratic Chief Says Latino Vote is Key

At the Democratic National Convention, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa says the Latino population is the potential "game-changer" in Democrats' quest to turn Texas blue. 

Hinojosa also said that the selection of San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro as the convention's keynote speaker is a recognition of his leadership and shows the importance of the Latino population to the party.


The Tribune is collaborating with YNN/Capital Tonight to provide convention coverage. 

Watching the Election From the Cheap Seats

Texas hasn't been a swing state in a national election for a long, long time, and unless they have big bank accounts, Texans aren't at the top of candidates' lists of people to see right now. The focus at the political conventions and in the weeks leading up to the election is on the states where the outcomes are uncertain.

Yarbrough Pushes for Amnesty in Latest Ad

Retired educator Grady Yarbrough, one of the two Democrats in a primary runoff to replace U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is airing a new television ad focused on immigration.

In the second television ad of his campaign, Yarbrough advocates for passing the DREAM Act, sealing the border "by whatever means necessary" and granting citizenship to all illegal immigrant workers who have been in the country at least seven years and have no criminal history.

Yarbrough said he has personally visited television stations around the state in recent weeks in order to purchase time for the ad to air. He has also produced a Spanish version of the ad.

"I’m going into pretty much all the major markets in the state and spending thousands of dollars in each of those markets," Yarbrough said. "I’ve probably spent $25,000 to $30,000."

This is Yarbrough's second television ad of his campaign. The first one aired just once in Waco before the primary, he said.

Yarbrough's campaign spending has become an issue in his runoff against former state Rep. Paul Sadler. Yarbrough, who says he is spending only his own money, had not filed a single campaign finance report when he came in second in the May 29 primary. Since then, Yarbrough has filed reports, though he has not spelled out where he is spending his money. The Federal Election Commission has sent him two letters asking for more information.

Sadler said Yarbrough's immigration stance is not in line with the state's Democrats and is turning off voters. He pointed to Yarbrough's reference to building a "Berlin Wall" at the U.S. southern border in last month's televised debate.

An Election Sprint-Turned-Slog Comes to an End

A long and grinding political primary season is finally coming to an end Tuesday. Redistricting drastically altered the primary schedule, so a runoff that was originally scheduled for May is taking place two months later. The delay provided momentum to some candidates while taking it away from others.