Several nonprofits, local governments and philanthropy organizations have formed Texas Counts, a coalition aimed at ensuring an accurate census count in 2020, which could affect representation in Congress and billions in federal funding.
Topically, a state legislator's cocaine possession case and the intemperate conversation that undid the speaker of the Texas House aren't related. But both are fodder for anyone who wants to shake up state government.
The starting gun wasn't loud, but the 2020 elections in Texas began — officially — last Saturday, when candidates could start filing for office. That's the beginning of a sprint from now to the March primaries.
Amid confusion over the state’s mandatory retirement law, a state official confirmed to the Democratic Party months ago that the race for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Place 6 would appear on the 2020 ballot. It probably won't.