Tribpedia: Wendy Davis

On Oct. 3, 2013, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, ended months of speculation when she announced her candidacy for governor of Texas. Held at the auditorium where she graduated from high school, her announcement settled the question of whether she’d run at the top of the ticket, but it’s also expected to open the way for Democratic candidates — ...

Wendy Davis Tries to Calm Hillary Clinton Backers

Former state Sen. Wendy Davis stumps for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.
Former state Sen. Wendy Davis stumps for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.

Stumping in New Hampshire for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, former Texas Sen. Wendy Davis tried to assure voters that early losses in Iowa or New Hampshire won't doom Clinton's bid and disputed the notion that Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will win big among younger women.

Former Texas state Senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on the presidential campaign trail for Hillary Clinton in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Dec. 18, 2015.
Former Texas state Senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on the presidential campaign trail for Hillary Clinton in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Dec. 18, 2015.

Wendy Davis "Would Love the Opportunity to Serve Again"

Nobody, including Wendy Davis, knows where she’s headed in politics. "I don't have my sights set on anything right now," she said in an interview with The Texas Tribune. But she wouldn't rule out a future political run if an opportunity arises.

Governor candidate Wendy Davis thanks her supporters Oct. 22, 2014 prior to their block walking on her behalf in Travis County.
Governor candidate Wendy Davis thanks her supporters Oct. 22, 2014 prior to their block walking on her behalf in Travis County.

Clinton Camp Sending Davis to Iowa's Democratic Strongholds

As former state Sen. Wendy Davis begins stumping for Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton today in Iowa, the Clinton camp expects the erstwhile gubernatorial candidate will draw interest from some key voting blocs, such as women and Iowans who care strongly about abortion rights.

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis greets supporters after holding an event Wednesday in Austin to endorse Hillary Clinton for president. Davis said Clinton, the former secretary of state, holds Texas in a "very dear place in her heart."
Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis greets supporters after holding an event Wednesday in Austin to endorse Hillary Clinton for president. Davis said Clinton, the former secretary of state, holds Texas in a "very dear place in her heart."

Wendy Davis Hits Iowa for Clinton Next Week

Wendy Davis, the former Texas gubernatorial candidate and state senator, will campaign for Democrat Hillary Clinton in Iowa, the Clinton campaign announced Wednesday.

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, speaks at a women's conference in Dallas on Oct. 19, 2015.
U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, speaks at a women's conference in Dallas on Oct. 19, 2015.

U.S. Rep. Veasey Keeps His Fingers Crossed

Sophomore U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey appears on track to coast to a third term representing his hybrid Dallas-Fort Worth seat in Congress. "Appears," being the operative word. It's a safe Democratic seat, but it's primarily Dallas and mostly Hispanic, while Veasey is a Fort-Worth based African American. 

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis greets supporters after holding an event Wednesday in Austin to endorse Hillary Clinton for president. Davis said Clinton, the former secretary of state, holds Texas in a "very dear place in her heart."
Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis greets supporters after holding an event Wednesday in Austin to endorse Hillary Clinton for president. Davis said Clinton, the former secretary of state, holds Texas in a "very dear place in her heart."

Wendy Davis Endorses Clinton for President

Former Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on Wednesday endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, saying Clinton's deep history with Texas politics will pay off come Election Day. 

State Sen. Wendy Davis speaking to the press after a Travis County Democratic campaign rally on Oct. 22, 2014.
State Sen. Wendy Davis speaking to the press after a Travis County Democratic campaign rally on Oct. 22, 2014.

Wendy Davis Fined $5,000 for Ethics Violation

The Texas Ethics Commission has fined former state Sen. Wendy Davis $5,000 after finding "credible evidence" she failed to disclose her relationship with two lobbyists on financial disclosure forms filed during her 2012 re-election campaign. 

Rep. Giovanni Capriglione R-Soutlake waits to testify during a March 14th House Homeland Security & Public Safety committee hearing.
Rep. Giovanni Capriglione R-Soutlake waits to testify during a March 14th House Homeland Security & Public Safety committee hearing.

Ethics Bill Would Shed Light on Contracts

State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, a leading advocate of ethics reform in the notoriously unrestrained Texas Legislature, filed legislation Tuesday designed to shed more light on lawmakers who make money off of government contracts.

 

A grassroots effort to ban fracking in Denton succeeded last fall, but has now been trumped by state lawmakers.
A grassroots effort to ban fracking in Denton succeeded last fall, but has now been trumped by state lawmakers.

Dissecting Denton: How a Texas City Banned Fracking

State lawmakers, the oil and gas industry and national environmental groups are asking deep questions about Denton, home to two universities, 277 gas wells and, now, thanks to a rag-tag group of local activists, Texas’ first ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. 

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: How Red is Texas? Count the Ways.

Republicans didn't just win their statewide elections earlier this month — they won in ways that only become apparent when you dig into the numbers. In many counties, the Democrats could not attract more than one voter in five.

White, right, speaks on a women's health panel at the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 20, 2014.
White, right, speaks on a women's health panel at the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 20, 2014.

For Rep.-Elect Molly White, Abortion Changed Everything

When Rep.-elect Molly White takes office in January, she will immediately be one of the Texas House’s most conservative members. But to a degree unique among her new colleagues, ending abortion is White’s personal and political passion. And a nonprofit she founded counsels against both birth control and sex education that promotes it.

State Sen. Wendy Davis speaking to the press after a Travis County Democratic campaign rally on Oct. 22, 2014.
State Sen. Wendy Davis speaking to the press after a Travis County Democratic campaign rally on Oct. 22, 2014.

Internal Memos Detail Davis Campaign Dysfunction

Consultants for Democrat Wendy Davis warned her campaign months ago that the Fort Worth senator was headed for a humiliating defeat in the Texas governor’s race unless she adopted a more centrist message and put a stop to staggering internal dysfunction. After Election Day, their warnings seem eerily prescient.

Picture of Mitt Romney's Facebook page
Picture of Mitt Romney's Facebook page

The Brief: Campaigns 2.0

Examples are starting to pile up of the arrival of social media as a force with an effect on political campaigns as influential as traditional media coverage and advertising buys.

Sarah Floerke, deputy campaign manager for Greg Abbott's successful campaign for governor, oversaw an extensive field operation, spread out across Texas and costing $5 million to $6 million.
Sarah Floerke, deputy campaign manager for Greg Abbott's successful campaign for governor, oversaw an extensive field operation, spread out across Texas and costing $5 million to $6 million.

Abbott Campaign Credits Sophisticated Turnout Machine

Greg Abbott's gubernatorial campaign pulled back the curtain this week on its exhaustive ground game and voter targeting efforts. The campaign credits those efforts for aiding the Republican's strong showing among Hispanics and his eye-popping margin of victory — 20 points — over Democrat Wendy Davis

Jeremy Bird speaking at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sep. 28, 2013
Jeremy Bird speaking at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sep. 28, 2013

What Went Wrong With Battleground Texas?

Battleground Texas launched in January 2013 with the goal of turning reliably red Texas into — at minimum — a purple state where Democrats could compete. But nearly two years later, on the day after the 2014 general election, Texas looks redder than ever. What went wrong?