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 ...

Two Different Parties, Two Very Different Moods

David Dewhurst makes a final statement during his speech to the Texas Republican Convention on June 9, 2012.
David Dewhurst makes a final statement during his speech to the Texas Republican Convention on June 9, 2012.

Texas Democrats are looking for a place at the table, but they don't have much weight to throw around these days. Texas Republicans control the table, but they are trying to stop the food fights as different factions debate over who is holding truest to the conservative mission. Running a political party isn't easy.

Texas Democrats elected their first Hispanic party chairman, Gilberto Hinojosa, on June 9, 2012.
Texas Democrats elected their first Hispanic party chairman, Gilberto Hinojosa, on June 9, 2012.

Texas Democrats Elect Their First Hispanic Chairman

Texas Democrats made Gilberto Hinojosa their first Hispanic chairman Saturday, closing a convention peppered with questions about the viability of the party that once dominated the state's politics. Hinojosa has said he'll appeal to the party's base — like, he said, the Republicans do — to energize voters and bring the Democrats back.

Why State Conventions, Besides the Funny Hats?

Conventions might not be absolutely necessary to conduct the state's political business, but they're important to the partisans who, just like other kinds of enthusiasts, find strength in numbers. The Democrats and Republicans meeting in Houston and Fort Worth are getting a few days with thousands of people just like them.

Gov. Rick Perry, closing his speech to the first general session of the Texas Republican Convention.
Gov. Rick Perry, closing his speech to the first general session of the Texas Republican Convention.

State Parties Will All Convene This Weekend

Political parties are getting down to the business of state conventions. In Texas, the four top parties will convene, in different cities, this weekend. Ben Philpott reports for KUT News and The Texas Tribune.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 4/30/12

Aguilar on the House District 77 primary, Batheja on the HD-101 and SD-9 primaries, Galbraith on the GOP candidates for two Railroad Commission slots, Grissom on the latest in the Kerry Max Cook case, Hamilton on Texas A&M's new accountability website, Murphy and M. Smith on how much superintendents make, Ramsey interviews a would-be Democratic Party chair, Root on that nice Ted Nugent, M. Smith on the resignation of the state's education commissioner and Tan on the continuing court fight over Planned Parenthood: The best of our best content from April 30 to May 4, 2012.

Gilberto Hinojosa: The TT Interview

The former county judge is running to lead a political party that hasn't won a statewide election in nearly two decades. He talked with the Tribune about why he's running for chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, what would pull the Democrats out of the doldrums and what he really thinks of the Republicans. 

Kesha Rogers,  a LaRouche candidate running in the Democratic primary for U.S. Congress District 22 once held by Tom Delay, at a LaRouche office in Houston Monday, March 19, 2012.
Kesha Rogers, a LaRouche candidate running in the Democratic primary for U.S. Congress District 22 once held by Tom Delay, at a LaRouche office in Houston Monday, March 19, 2012.

Candidate is an Issue in Democratic Primary Race

The Fort Bend County Democrats have made a rare primary endorsement in the Congressional District 22 race, choosing K.P. George over Kesha Rogers, who wants President Obama impeached. Officials worry that Rogers, the Democratic nominee for the same seat in 2010, would affect straight-ticket balloting if she wins.

State Rep. J.M. Lozano of Kingsville officially announcing on March 8, 2012, his switch to the Republican Party.
State Rep. J.M. Lozano of Kingsville officially announcing on March 8, 2012, his switch to the Republican Party.

Where Republican Math Gets Complicated

Texas Republicans are stuck, having won as many seats as it is possible to win by elections or by creative political mapping. But the solution is simple: Since Hispanic voters in Texas are among the groups protected by the federal Voting Rights Act, Republicans have to draw Hispanic districts and then win them.

State Representative J.M. Lozano announces that he's switching to the Republican Party during a press conference Thursday at the Republican Party of Texas.
State Representative J.M. Lozano announces that he's switching to the Republican Party during a press conference Thursday at the Republican Party of Texas.

Campaign Chatter

Texas Weekly

After weeks with no political maps, and with an impending deadline to a week of filings, the political activity has picked up considerably.

Democratic Party Chair Boyd Richie at the 2010 Texas Democratic convention in Corpus Christi, Tex. on June 26.
Democratic Party Chair Boyd Richie at the 2010 Texas Democratic convention in Corpus Christi, Tex. on June 26.

Texas Dems Launch "Truth Team"; GOP Calls Them Copycats

Just like Democrats all over the country, Texas lawmakers in the president's party are coming to his defense with a new "Truth Team." Texas Republicans say they've already been there and done that.

Group Aims to Bring God Into Politics

God and Country, a new Texas-based organization, will hold a rally Saturday at a Tyler church to “draw a line in the sand and aggressively and publicly defend those certain unalienable rights endowed by our creator.”

Former State Rep. Paul Sadler, D-Henderson, shown here at the Texas Capitol in May, 2001, has announced a run for U.S. Senate.
Former State Rep. Paul Sadler, D-Henderson, shown here at the Texas Capitol in May, 2001, has announced a run for U.S. Senate.

Democrats Try Again to Break the GOP Hold on Texas

Every Texas Democrat who has run for statewide office in the last 18 years has been defeated. Every Democrat on the ballot this year hopes to bust that slump. And it may be hard to believe today, but Republicans in Texas have suffered a longer drought than what Democrats are currently facing.

U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz during final comments at an Austin debate on January 12, 2012.
U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz during final comments at an Austin debate on January 12, 2012.

Campaign Roundup: Political News for the Week of 1/25

One of the "poor" U.S. Senate candidates in Texas claims to have caught up with one of the "rich" ones, and both camps, incidentally, are getting outside help with television ads. That leads this week's roundup of political and campaign news from around the state.