Tribpedia: Linda Chavez-thompson

Linda Chavez-Thompson (born 1944) is a San Antonio-based labor organizer, Democratic activist, and former national AFL-CIO executive vice president. Raised in Lubbock, Texas, she is a 2010 candidate for lieutenant governor and serves as a vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Chavez-Thompson began her labor career in 1967 in Lubbock, where she worked for the local Laborers’ union. After that ...

A TribLive Thanksgiving

From day one, the Tribune has put a premium on events as a very vibrant, dynamically interactive form of journalism: always before an audience, always open to the public, always on the record, usually free and whenever possible resulting in recorded content that could be posted on our web site for everyone to see, not just those lucky ducks who happened to be in the room. Usually these so-called TribLive events have been conversations with high elected officials or other newsmakers, and, indeed, they've occasionally made news. But more often than not they've simply been a way to engage with people in power, to hold them accountable, to ask them questions, to get to know them better. Today we present videos of 21 of those conversations — our way of saying thanks to the men and women who've done their time in the hot seat.

Perry By 10 in New UT/TT Poll

Republican Gov. Rick Perry leads his Democratic challenger, Bill White by 10 points — 50 percent to 40 percent — in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. Libertarian Kathie Glass has the support of 8 percent of respondents; Deb Shafto of the Green Party gets 2 percent. In the last UT/TT poll, conducted in early September, Perry led by 6 points, 39 percent to 33 percent. In a red state in a red year, GOP incumbents in other statewide races are beating their Democratic opponents by between 13 points and 20 points, the new poll found.

BIll White, Rick Perry at their Primary 2010 reception speeches.
BIll White, Rick Perry at their Primary 2010 reception speeches.

2010: Perry 48, White 43

Republican Gov. Rick Perry leads Democratic challenger Bill White by 5 percent in a new poll.

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Aguilar on Mexican journalists in grave danger, Galbraith on the continuing saga of Texas vs. the EPA, Ramshaw on whether a broken hospital bed constitutes medical malpractice, M. Smith on the latest delay in the Cameron Todd Willingham case, Hamilton interviews a Sarah Palin-approved GOP candidate for Congress, Stiles goes all interactive in chronicling the massive increase in legislative filings in the last 20 years, Grissom talks about the criminalization of mental illness with an author who knows the subject first-hand, Philpott on closing the budget gap without federal stimulus money, Ramsey on everyone ignoring down-ballot candidates, Hu on the mysterious lack of Rick Perry yard signs and yours truly sits down with the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor: The best of our best from September 20 to 24, 2010.

Linda Chavez-Thompson speaks with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith about her run for the office of Lieutenant Governor during a taping of TribLive at the Austin Club.
Linda Chavez-Thompson speaks with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith about her run for the office of Lieutenant Governor during a taping of TribLive at the Austin Club.

Full Audio: Linda Chavez-Thompson at TribLive

Raw, unedited audio from Linda Chavez-Thompson's Wednesday morning appearance at our TribLive breakfast series. Features questions from Evan Smith and the audience.

A Conversation With Linda Chavez-Thompson

For the 13th event in our TribLive series, I interviewed the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor on running for office for the first time in a tough year, how she'd deal with the budget shortfall, whether she'd mess with the Senate's two-thirds rule and what's wrong with the Texas Enterprise Fund.

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 47

In this week's TribCast, Evan, Ross, Elise and Ben discuss Linda Chavez-Thompson and the other lesser-known statewide candidates, the impact of Libertarians at the polls and the choice between paper and plastic when Harris County voters cast their ballots.
Results of the September 2010 University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll in the general election for governor.
Results of the September 2010 University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll in the general election for governor.

Perry by 6 in Volatile Race

Gov. Rick Perry leads Bill White 39 percent to 33 percent in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll, whose most interesting finding is a restless electorate dissatisfied with conventional choices up and down the ballot. In the governor's race, 22 percent of respondents said they were undecided about which candidate to support with only seven weeks to go in the fall campaign. Third-party candidates are capturing enough of the vote to affect the outcomes of some statewide contests. And 31 percent of respondents — nearly one in three Texans — consider themselves part of the Tea Party movement.

And They're Off!

The start of the 2010 election sprint finds Texas Republicans feverish: Even the sober ones think they could snatch up to 10 more state House seats. Democrats maintain they can still wrest majority control away from the GOP.

The 2,694 political committees and campaigns that filed mid-year reports with the Texas Ethics Commission together held $167 million in their accounts, and the numbers offer a glimpse at what's competitive and what's not
The 2,694 political committees and campaigns that filed mid-year reports with the Texas Ethics Commission together held $167 million in their accounts, and the numbers offer a glimpse at what's competitive and what's not

Accounts Playable

The 2,694 political committees and campaigns that filed mid-year reports with the Texas Ethics Commission together held $167 million in their accounts, but only 274 of them had more than $100,000 on hand. Our interactive chart tells you who or what they are and how much they've banked.

Obama supporters awaiting President Obama's motorcade Austin, Texas on August 9, 2010.
Obama supporters awaiting President Obama's motorcade Austin, Texas on August 9, 2010.

2010: Inside the Obama Fundraiser

The menu, the people, the president. Details from inside the Austin DNC fundraiser headlined by President Barack Obama.

Bill White at the Texas Democratic Party State Convention.
Bill White at the Texas Democratic Party State Convention.

Lone Star?

Though he gave a memorable speech, Bill White wasn't the only candidate at the Democrats' state convention in Corpus Christi. The question is whether he's the only one of consequence, or if this is a legitimate statewide ticket that can return the party to power.

Last Call

Tonight is the legally imposed reporting deadline for the next round of campaign finance reports, which is big deal for two reasons: Candidates want to show momentum and credibility at mid-year, and they love having an excuse to ask supporters to pony up before the clock strikes midnight. Hurry, hurry, hurry!

Perry Up by 9 in New UT/TT Poll

Gov. Rick Perry leads his Democratic challenger, former Houston Mayor Bill White, 44 percent to 35 percent in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll, which was conducted May 14 to 20. Fifteen percent of the 800 registered voters surveyed are undecided about which of the gubernatorial candidates to support, while 7 percent prefer "someone else." Perry leads among men, women and Anglos. White leads among African-Americans and Hispanics. In five other statewide races polled, each Republican leads his Democratic opponent by a double-digit margin.

Jim Hightower viewing his archives at the Wittliff Collections.
Jim Hightower viewing his archives at the Wittliff Collections.

The Last Populist

Like his hero Little Richard, Jim Hightower knew how to scream and piss off the establishment. As a tour of his archives led by the man himself reveals, his is the story of a Texas-style progressive movement that peaked before the young Texans of today can even remember.

Rick Perry, Bill White
Rick Perry, Bill White

2010: Cook Calls Guv Race a Toss-Up

The Cook Political Report calls Bill White the strongest Democratic candidate since Ann Richards — possibly strong enough to oust Rick Perry.

Democrat Linda Chavez-Thompson on January 4, 2010
Democrat Linda Chavez-Thompson on January 4, 2010

Lt. Gov: Chavez-Thompson Grabs Early Lead

Linda Chavez-Thompson announces victory over Ronnie Earle and Marc Katz in the race for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. The winner of that contest will face incumbent Republican David Dewhurst in November.