Tribpedia: 2009 House Speaker's Race

The 2009 race for Texas House Speaker describes the internal challenge to topple incumbent Republican Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Midland. The high-stakes contest was characterized by drama of secret meetings, public defections and rumors leaked to reporters. Craddick ultimately lost his bid for a fourth term as speaker to an unexpected challenger, state Rep. Joe Straus III, R-Alamo Heights.

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The Political Window Is About to Close

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.