Tribpedia: Tom Pauken

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Tom Pauken is a former chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission and agency head during the Reagan administration. He also served as chairman of the Texas Republican Party during the GOP’s rise to dominance in Texas politics in the 1990s. On March 21, he confirmed his candidacy for governor of Texas.

Pauken was born Jan. 11, 1944, in Victoria ...

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In Texas, Conservative Candidates Ride Out Hard Hits

Dan Patrick (l) in Salado, Tex., and David Dewhurst in Austin.
Dan Patrick (l) in Salado, Tex., and David Dewhurst in Austin.

In three statewide Republican runoff races, candidates who have aligned themselves to the right of their opponents are poised to capture their party's nomination despite fielding significant blows from their opponents, including forays into mental health records three decades old and a potentially disqualifying violation of state securities law.  

Tom Pauken, who is running for governor, speaking to a young Republicans group in Houston on June 27, 2013.
Tom Pauken, who is running for governor, speaking to a young Republicans group in Houston on June 27, 2013.

A Candidate Experienced Enough to Drop Out

Texas Weekly

Politicians have to learn how to read voters, even when the voters aren't telling them what they want to hear. Tom Pauken lost the finance primary and, unlike some less experienced or self-aware candidates, realized it and got out of the 2014 race for the Republican nomination for governor.

 

Republican Tom Pauken discusses his challenge to Attorney General Greg Abbott for the Republican nomination for Texas governor on July 9, 2013.
Republican Tom Pauken discusses his challenge to Attorney General Greg Abbott for the Republican nomination for Texas governor on July 9, 2013.

Tom Pauken Withdraws From Governor's Race

Tom Pauken said on Thursday that he wouldn't file for the GOP primary for governor, explaining that the difficulties of running against the best-funded statewide candidate in the state would be too great. 

Governor's Race Draws Spotlight on Red Light Cameras

Three candidates for Texas governor have taken different positions on red light cameras, a controversial traffic enforcement tool employed by dozens of Texas cities. While supporters of the cameras insist they reduce accidents, critics argue that they actually trigger more collisions and that cities employ them to collect millions in fines.

Texas gubernatorial candidate Lisa Fritsch at a candidate forum at the Texas Capitol on Nov. 10, 2013.
Texas gubernatorial candidate Lisa Fritsch at a candidate forum at the Texas Capitol on Nov. 10, 2013.

Lisa Fritsch Now Biggest Small Fish in GOP Race

Among the primary challengers to front-running GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, former Workforce Commission Chairman Tom Pauken has gotten the most attention. But former talk show host Lisa Fritsch has the bragging rights among the small fish right now, besting the others in a recent opinion poll and a Tea Party contest.

Sometimes, It's Hard to Make a Good Political Bet

Political donors, endorsers and activists like to pick the winners, to be the early backers of the candidates who go on to become officeholders. They’ve grown accustomed to the certainty and comfort of a Republican state ticket full of incumbents. All of the competition this political season is disquieting.

Greg Abbott announces his candidacy for governor at La Villita in San Antonio on July 14, 2013.
Greg Abbott announces his candidacy for governor at La Villita in San Antonio on July 14, 2013.

Abbott Urges Reform, Not Repeal, of DREAM Act

While other Republicans make noise about repealing the law that lets young undocumented immigrants pay in-state tuition rates, the front-running GOP candidate for governor has been silent on the issue. Aides say he wants to reform the law — not repeal it.

Debra Medina hosts a monthly potluck with Tea Party activists at her home in Wharton on Sept. 6, 2013.
Debra Medina hosts a monthly potluck with Tea Party activists at her home in Wharton on Sept. 6, 2013.

Spoiler Alert: Medina Switch Could Upend Electoral Math

Republican Debra Medina says she has been encouraged to drop her bid for comptroller and to run instead for governor — as an independent. Why would someone ask her to do that? Political tricksters could be hoping an independent candidate will siphon off votes and change the outcome of the gubernatorial election. 

Bill Hammond is the CEO of the Texas Association of Business.
Bill Hammond is the CEO of the Texas Association of Business.

Business Group Breaks With Abbott Over Lawsuit

The governing board of the Texas Association of Business (TAB), in a slap at Attorney General Greg Abbott, has voted unanimously to support the merger between American Airlines and US Airways. Abbott, the frontrunning candidate for Texas governor, has joined with the U.S. Justice Department in fighting the merger.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 9/16/13

M. Smith drops in on state textbook hearings, E. Smith interviews Tom Pauken, Satija on water rationing along the Colorado River, Root probes Dan Patrick’s unexpected investment, KUT’s Philpott sorts out clinic closings, Murphy maps the latest census data, MacLaggan on a welcome turn in poverty, Malewitz finds a race for energy efficiency, Hamilton reports on better grades for Sul Ross, Grissom on bad grades for the death penalty, Batheja on Debra Medina’s dilemma, Aguilar on the glum forecast for immigration reform and Aaronson looks at the latest hurdle for Obamacare: The best of our best for the week of Sept. 16-20, 2013.

Abbott Detours Around Government Shutdown Idea

Attorney General Greg Abbott said Thursday he would never give up the fight against Obamacare, but the frontrunning candidate for Texas governor declined to embrace one of the key strategies promoted by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and other Tea Party-backed Republicans in Washington: a temporary shut-down of the federal government.