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The Texas House of Representatives is one arm of the the Texas Legislature, the other being the Texas Senate. It is considered the "lower" chamber, with 150 members who represent districts of 150,000 people each. The primary legislative power is enacting laws, and the most visible function of the Legislature is to make public policy through drafting, considering and ...

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In Bid for Speaker, Turner Looks to Beat the Odds

State Rep. Scott Turner, R-Frisco, spoke at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth on Aug. 8, 2014.
State Rep. Scott Turner, R-Frisco, spoke at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth on Aug. 8, 2014.

The Texas House hasn't held a contested record vote for speaker since 1975, but state Rep. Scott Turner aims to change that. Turner is looking to unseat House Speaker Joe Straus, who has held the office since 2009. With more than 70 House GOP Caucus members backing Straus, Turner faces an uphill battle. But he is undaunted.

House Speaker Joe Straus (l) faces a challenge from Frisco state Rep. Scott Turner
House Speaker Joe Straus (l) faces a challenge from Frisco state Rep. Scott Turner

Analysis: In the Texas House, a Dose of Moderation

As the numbers mount in favor of House Speaker Joe Straus' reelection, the establishment wing of the Republican Party in Texas appears to be prevailing over activists who insist the state is more conservative than its Legislature. To succeed against Straus, the insurgents would have to collect some votes from the group they deplore the most: Democrats.

House Speaker Joe Straus (l) faces a challenge from Frisco state Rep. Scott Turner
House Speaker Joe Straus (l) faces a challenge from Frisco state Rep. Scott Turner

New Pledges Likely to Keep Straus in Speaker Post

Twelve more Republican House members publicly pledged their support for House Speaker Joe Straus Tuesday, making the path to victory for challenger Scott Turner exceedingly difficult. Turner has said he plans to continue his campaign until a vote is held Jan. 13, the first day of the legislative session. 

House Speaker Joe Straus (l) faces a challenge from Frisco state Rep. Scott Turner
House Speaker Joe Straus (l) faces a challenge from Frisco state Rep. Scott Turner

Turner Vows Floor Vote in Challenge to Straus

In his bid to unseat House Speaker Joe Straus, Frisco state Rep. Scott Turner is making it clear that he plans to force a vote on the first day of the legislative session. Tea Party activists are strongly backing Turner, and outraged that state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione has switched sides.

Attorney General Greg Abbott, who was elected Texas governor, waves to supporters after his victory speech in Austin on Nov. 4, 2014.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, who was elected Texas governor, waves to supporters after his victory speech in Austin on Nov. 4, 2014.

Analysis: Blue Hopes Drowned by a Sea of Red

Texas voters reasserted themselves in the face of ballyhooed Democratic voter turnout efforts: This remains — emphatically — a Republican state. The GOP swept the statewide executive and judicial offices, as it has in every election since 1994, and gained one seat in the state Senate and three in the state House. 

Travis County residents line up to vote at Austin's Highland Mall on Nov. 4, 2014.
Travis County residents line up to vote at Austin's Highland Mall on Nov. 4, 2014.

Liveblog: 2014 General Election Results

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Throughout the night, our liveblog will keep you updated on the results of general election battles statewide, from the first early voting totals through the last ballots counted, from local legislative races to the governor's race.

 

 

A nod to the city's changing demographics, the masthead for a branch of Jefferson Dental Clinics in Irving, Texas includes a large Spanish-language sign on its storefront that reads, “A friend of the Hispanic family.”
A nod to the city's changing demographics, the masthead for a branch of Jefferson Dental Clinics in Irving, Texas includes a large Spanish-language sign on its storefront that reads, “A friend of the Hispanic family.”

Demographics Create Electoral Battleground in HD-105

Democrats are hoping to take advantage of Irving's shifting demographics to flip Texas House District 105. But Republicans are also making a push among new residents. The race pits Democrat Susan Motley against Republican Rodney Anderson. 

 

 

House Speaker Joe Straus is shown on Sept. 20, 2014, during an interview at The Texas Tribune Festival.
House Speaker Joe Straus is shown on Sept. 20, 2014, during an interview at The Texas Tribune Festival.

Analysis: For Straus, Division Might Be Strength

House Speaker Joe Straus, seeking a fourth term at the helm of the chamber, is facing a challenge from state Rep. Scott Turner. If Straus prevails, he could gain an advantage in setting the agenda for the next legislative session. Everybody else in management — the governor and the lieutenant governor — will be new on the job. 

A voting precinct at the Parker Lane United Methodist Church in Austin is shown in November 2013.
A voting precinct at the Parker Lane United Methodist Church in Austin is shown in November 2013.

Analysis: A Lot of Races, But Not as Much Drama

With fewer than 10 weeks left until Election Day, almost all of the Texas races for Congress and the Legislature are all but over. Just a handful of competitive races — one each in the congressional delegation and the state Senate and fewer than a dozen in the House —  remain. 

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.

House Speaker Joe Straus gavels out the 83rd Legislative session at Sine Die 5:03 PM on May 27, 2013.
House Speaker Joe Straus gavels out the 83rd Legislative session at Sine Die 5:03 PM on May 27, 2013.

Analysis: A Speaker Who May Have Less of a Say

House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, enters the next legislative session as a clear favorite for re-election, but the issues raised in the conservative wave in this year's elections, along with the influence of a fresh batch of new Republican state senators, could dominate the Legislature's calendar.

Democratic candidates Susan Motley (l.) and Terry Meza, in a runoff for House District 105.
Democratic candidates Susan Motley (l.) and Terry Meza, in a runoff for House District 105.

HD-105 Runoff Candidates Hope to Claim District for Democrats

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In the May 27 Democratic runoff for House District 105, two lawyers from Irving are contending for the chance to take on a former Republican former state legislator. Democrats are hoping to end 12 years of Republican representation in the Dallas-area district. 

House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations co-chairs Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, and Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, during a hearing on Oct. 22, 2013.
House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations co-chairs Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, and Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, during a hearing on Oct. 22, 2013.

Flynn: "Obnoxious Attitude" Not a Basis for Impeachment

The co-chair of the committee considering the actions of University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall, after listening to hours of testimony and reading thousands of documents, has concluded that the regent's behavior does not warrant impeachment.