Tribpedia: Bryan Hughes

Bryan Hughes, David Simpson Vie for Senate

State Reps. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, and David Simpson, R-Longview, competed in a runoff in the GOP race for Senate District 1.
State Reps. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, and David Simpson, R-Longview, competed in a runoff in the GOP race for Senate District 1.

A mere 13 votes allowed state Rep. David Simpson to sneak into a runoff in the Republican primary campaign to fill Sen. Kevin Eltife's open seat. Now, the Longview Republican faces a steeper challenge — garnering enough support to triumph over fellow state Rep. Bryan Hughes.

State Rep. Molly S. White, R-Belton, and Major General James K. "Red" Brown Jr.
State Rep. Molly S. White, R-Belton, and Major General James K. "Red" Brown Jr.

Two Close Races May Be Heading to Recounts

Two of the closest races in Tuesday’s Texas Republican primary may not be over yet, as one candidate is requesting a recount and two others remain unclear which one of them made an expected runoff.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick hugs Sen. Kevin Eltife after he is sworn-in as President pro tempore of the Texas Senate on June 1, 2015
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick hugs Sen. Kevin Eltife after he is sworn-in as President pro tempore of the Texas Senate on June 1, 2015

The Brief: June 3, 2015

With legislative business concluded, talk has immediately turned in some quarters to the next election season.

Jill Ramirez, the director of outreach for the Latino Healthcare Forum, passes out flyers and explains components of the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 5, 2013.
Jill Ramirez, the director of outreach for the Latino Healthcare Forum, passes out flyers and explains components of the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 5, 2013.

The Evening Brief: Jan. 6, 2014

Your evening reading: Democrats continue criticism of proposed state regulations of health navigators; critics of new abortion law face tough questions at 5th Circuit; judge says Texas Supreme Court justice can stay on ballot

Former state Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, shown in 2011, took the reins as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System in 2014.
Former state Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, shown in 2011, took the reins as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System in 2014.

Updated: The 2012 Holdouts List

Some are waiting to see what the courts will do. Others want to see if any opponents surface. Regardless, with six days to go until the filing deadline, how many incumbents haven't filed yet? A whole bunch.

State Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs.
State Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs.

TribBlog: The First Non-Vote

After winning a rough and tumble contest for his seat, freshman state Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, got his first chance at a record vote in the Texas House of Representatives today. And when that vote finally came, what did he do? He abstained.

State Rep. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney
State Rep. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney

TribBlog: Four for Paxton

Add four East Texas state representatives to Rep. Ken Paxton's list, bringing the McKinney Republican closer to a dozen-and-a-half votes in his quest for 76. Paxton is challenging Speaker Joe Straus for the top job.

In a House Ethics Committee meeting Tuesday, state Rep. Chuck Hopson, R-Jacksonville, revealed that state Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, is the man behind an alleged threat that lawmakers who fail to support Speaker Joe Straus for re-election could face retribution through redistricting. Hopson named Phillips before the panel went into a closed executive session to discuss the allegation.

House Committee Can't Confirm Misconduct

Members of the Texas House General Investigating and Ethics Committee heard testimony today on whether or not a lawmaker used redistricting to threaten a member into supporting Speaker Joe Straus. Their conclusion: We can't tell.

Interactive: The Speaker's Race!

We’ve reached a point in the soap opera known as the House Speaker’s Race at which it's tough to track all the characters and their connections. To keep his post, current Speaker Joe Straus is actively campaigning for the votes of House members who will elect him — or his replacement — in January. In recent weeks, two of his fellow Republicans have emerged as challengers, and the involvement of sundry outside interests make for an increasingly tangled web. As the House General Investigating and Ethics Committee prepares to hold a hearing today about alleged threats made against one minor player in the drama, we present this handy interactive to help make sense of it all.