News For January, 2010

Last Man Standing

As a holiday gift to Tribune readers, I'm pleased to present Last Man Standing, my documentary about the 2002 Texas House race between Rick Green and Patrick Rose.

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Time's Up

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.

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Money Matters

The four major gubernatorial campaigns will spend big bucks — maybe as much as $60 million — between now and the March 2 primary. What is that deluge of cash and advertising going to look like? Ben Philpott, who's covering the 2010 elections for KUT News and the Tribune, filed this report.

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Do Coattails Exist?

The idea that the popularity of a candidate at the top of the ballot can pull down-ballot candidates to victory may be only slightly more real than the Loch Ness monster.

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The Brief: January 4, 2010

As we approach today’s filing deadline, there are — to paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld — known knowns. We also know there are known unknowns. But there are also unknown unknowns; the ones we don't know we don't know.

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Off to the Races!

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.

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Meet Linda Chavez-Thompson

She was born into a family of eight children near Lubbock, worked on cotton fields in her teens and later became a Hispanic labor leader. Now she's running for lieutenant governor. We've packaged resources (in various media platforms) on the latest entrant to the race.

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Here's how to submit a video, introducing yourself and your platform, that we'll aggregate on the Tribune site.

HuTube: Candidate Video Project

We've begun collecting clips for our "Better Know a Candidate" video project that I introduced in the week before break. In case you were too busy during the holiday season to read it (I totally understand), here's the 4-1-1.

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