Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Brief: July 18, 2014

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is on his way out in a few months, but on Thursday he moved to fill some key Senate leadership slots to help the chamber prepare for the coming legislative session in January.

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John Jordan

The Brief: May 13, 2014

Texas' "sriracha delegation" on Monday made its long-awaited visit to California to woo the makers of the popular hot sauce, but it was no clearer at the conclusion of the visit what might come of it.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Down for the Recount

After a recount affirming his loss to state Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, former University of Texas lineman Dan Neil has asked that the Texas House settle the election’s outcome. What happens now?

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Bob Daemmrich

Tonight's the Night

Over the past year, we've seen nearly $100 million worth of gubernatorial politics in Texas and millions more spent maneuvering for advantage in Congress, in the Legislature and in other statewide and local offices. Tonight, we'll finally know what's what.

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Texas Weekly's Hot List, Vol. 8

This week's look at the most competitive races on the Texas congressional and legislative ballots sees HD-105 (Harper-Brown) downgraded from Red to Orange, HD-45 (Rose) upgraded from Yellow to Orange and two new ones, HD-106 (England) and HD-149 (Vo), added to the Yellow zone. Full Story 
Illustration by Todd Wiseman/Bob Daemmrich

The Great White Hope

Bill White, the Democratic nominee for governor, was a popular mayor of Houston who was twice returned to office by wide margins. So having him at the top of the ballot this November should help Houston-area Democrats win their races, right? "I can't think that it would do anything but help," says Democratic state Rep. Kristi Thibaut, who's in a tough contest for re-election against former Republican lawmaker Jim Murphy. But Harris County GOP Judge Ed Emmett insists White will have little impact on his own bid for re-election — and won't matter in legislative races either.

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Todd Wiseman

That's Right, He's Not From Texas

Farouk Mohammed Shami, who's running for governor as a Democrat, has a strong Middle Eastern accent and a strange name. Some of his fellow Democrats are loathe to talk about it. He's not worried. "If a president can be named Barack Hussein Obama, a governor can be named Farouk Shami," he said. "If a president can be black, a governor can be brown."

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