In blood-red Texas, 19 border legislative races are up for grabs in 2010 — but Republicans are running in only 6. And only 2 GOP candidates have raised any significant cash so far.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 ...
In the Information Age, it still takes the major political parties in Texas three weeks to figure out who should be listed on their state ballots.Full Story
Rick Perry's Blogger Summit featured big-name speakers, social media strategizing and a chance to shoot guns with the Governor. What it didn't feature: much talk about Texas.Full Story
You cannot win if you do not play: Poker players know it, and the Ds, if they mean to make this a two-party state again, need to know it too.Full Story
Monday was the filing deadline for the 2010 elections, and the parties published preliminary lists of the people who want to run the state next year. By our tentative count, 89 members of the House won't have major-party competition, while nine of the 16 senators on the ballot and four members of the state's congressional delegation all apparently drew byes. The full ballots, as they stand now, are in our Election 2010 database.Full Story
The political window is about to close: Today's the last day to become a candidate in the 2010 state elections. What we know so far is that the ballot will have a fireworks show at the top, with contested and well-financed gubernatorial primaries on both sides. A couple of statewide Democratic races will be competitive, but with incumbents seeking reelection on the Republican side, there's little action there.Full Story
In every major urban and suburban Texas county, where the vast majority of Texans cast their ballots, the Democratic vote share increased betweeen 2004 and 2008. Montgomery County was the single exception. In Denton, Collin, Fort Bend, and Williamson Counties — four of the five most populous traditionally Republican suburban counties — the Democratic vote rose.Full Story
Humorist and author Kinky Friedman is setting his sights on a new prize: the agriculture commissioner post.Full Story
In the wake of Bill White’s entry into the Governor’s race, Texas Democrats are understandably — and dangerously — optimistic.Full Story
It's not an accident that Democrats have been winning races in Republican-held urban and suburban districts, and narrowing statewide Republican margins. That Democrats are attracting A-team candidates like Mayor Bill White is testimony to years of hard work, not coincidental political evolution.Full Story
Candidates from both sides of the spectrum are self-recruited and responsible for their own campaigns. So what's the value of a relationship with the state's political parties?Full Story
Bill White's expected to announce for governor today. We'll get you caught up to speed on what led to this day, help flesh out what it all means, and take a quick look ahead.Full Story
This holiday weekend, Democrats up and down the ballot are giving thanks for the prospect of a Bill White gubernatorial candidacy.Full Story
It's a Bill White-Tom Schieffer-Kinky Friedman-Farouk Shami-Rick Perry mashup to get you caught up on Monday's developments, if you missed them.Full Story
If we didn't think campaign finance law was confusing before this morning, well, we do now.Full Story
Multi-part stories from Ramshaw and Grissom and Stiles on mental health services for detained immigrants and on payday lenders who provide exorbitantly priced credit to people with nowhere else to turn... Twitter, word clouds and the race for governor — a Stiles joint... Farouk Shami is in and Hu was there to watch... Philpott went to Bastrop for a gather of Republican governors... Rapoport finds a State Board of Education that's trying to control itself... and we have the skinny on legislative races that are likely to be competitive (only about 5 percent of the races on the ballot). It's the best of The Texas Tribune from November 14 to 20, 2009.Full Story