Tribpedia: Republican Party Of Texas

The Republican Party of Texas is the state branch of the Republican Party, generally considered to be center-right on the political spectrum. It is one of the two major political parties in Texas, the other being the Texas Democratic Party. The party raises money, organizes events, and campaigns for Republican candidates.

In addition to being the majority in the Texas ...

Analysis: Live by the party, die by the party

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at the Flawn Academic Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.
Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at the Flawn Academic Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.

Straight-ticket voting is generally popular with the political party in power, but not all Texas Republicans like it. The advantages and disadvantages vary widely by county. Don't be surprised if the next legislative session sees another bid to do away with the straight-ticket option. 

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton take the stage at their presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis on Oct. 9, 2016.
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton take the stage at their presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis on Oct. 9, 2016.

Analysis: A history lesson amid Texas Democrats’ hopes of a blue November

Texas Democrats have pined for years for a candidate who could turn their luck around. Now they're hoping a Republican will answer their prayers.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Rick Perry and state Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, are shown at a press conference at Fort Hood, Texas, on April 4, 2014.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Rick Perry and state Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, are shown at a press conference at Fort Hood, Texas, on April 4, 2014.

Analysis: That Silly Perry Vs. Cruz Idea? Don’t Be So Quick to Dismiss It

Ted Cruz and Rick Perry are well known across Texas, able to raise money inside and outside of the state, and demonstrably ambitious. The speculation about a 2018 matchup will probably come to nothing, right?

Attendees at the Texas Democratic Convention in San Antonio (top) and the Republican Party of Texas Convention in Dallas (bottom)
Attendees at the Texas Democratic Convention in San Antonio (top) and the Republican Party of Texas Convention in Dallas (bottom)

Platforms Reveal Common Ground Between Texas GOP, Democrats

Though they disagree on almost every policy issue, from education funding to abortion to immigration, Texas Republicans and Democrats seem to have common ground on a few things, according to their newly approved platforms. 

The entrance to the 2016 Republican Party of Texas convention at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
The entrance to the 2016 Republican Party of Texas convention at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.

Analysis: Selling Ideas to the People Who Influence Texas Lawmakers

The more prescriptive a party platform becomes, the more it reads like a directive to the Legislature. In Texas, the GOP platform becomes a way to build the kind of grassroots support that can spur action from legislators. That, in turn, attracts lobbyists.

Texas Republicans study the proposed party platform as the debate plays out in Dallas on May 13, 2016.
Texas Republicans study the proposed party platform as the debate plays out in Dallas on May 13, 2016.

Analysis: Texas Republicans, in Their Own Words

It’s not really news that the latest Republican Party of Texas platform has some offbeat ideas in it. That’s always the case. The platform is the state GOP’s biennial gift to political reporters and columnists. But it's also the clearest expression of the GOP's preferences and intentions.

Linda Eden of Denton County poses with Donald Trump poster while attending the trade show at the Republican Party of Texas convention on May 13, 2016.
Linda Eden of Denton County poses with Donald Trump poster while attending the trade show at the Republican Party of Texas convention on May 13, 2016.

Scenes from the Texas GOP Convention

Scenes from the 2016 state Republican Party convention in Dallas, Texas.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (l.) and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. Both spoke at the state GOP convention in Dallas Texas on May 14, 2016.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (l.) and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. Both spoke at the state GOP convention in Dallas Texas on May 14, 2016.

Analysis: A Place at the Table for Two Texas Republicans Under Fire

The two statewide officials whose halos have slipped got a couple of the least-prominent speaking spots at the Texas GOP convention. They weren’t the stars of this show, but the GOP faithful appear to be giving both the benefit of the doubt.

Texas Republicans study the proposed party platform as the debate plays out in Dallas on May 13, 2016.
Texas Republicans study the proposed party platform as the debate plays out in Dallas on May 13, 2016.

Texas GOP Approves Platform with Transgender Bathrooms, But Not Secession

Texas Republicans approved their 2016 platform, weighing in on transgender bathroom rules and many other aspects of American life. Party officials, however, averted determined efforts by some delegates to insert a plank in favor of allowing Texas to secede from the United States. 

Former presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at the state Republican convention in Dallas, Texas on May 14, 2016.
Former presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at the state Republican convention in Dallas, Texas on May 14, 2016.

Texas GOP Hears Cruz on "Challenges Ahead," Sessions on Unity

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, sought Saturday to re-energize his most loyal supporters after a tough defeat in the presidential race, urging them not to abandon the conservative movement. U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama urged the delegates to unite and forge ahead.

The Ted Cruz booth at the Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas was lined with notes to the U.S. senator on May 12, 2016, the week after he bowed out of the presidential race.
The Ted Cruz booth at the Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas was lined with notes to the U.S. senator on May 12, 2016, the week after he bowed out of the presidential race.

Analysis: Regardless of 2016 Results, Texas GOP Still Enthralled by Cruz

Ted Cruz, for perfectly sound reasons, packed the Republican Party of Texas convention with his own supporters. As of last week, he’s no longer a candidate for president of the United States, but he’s still the favorite here.

Republicans posing with the elephant at the Fort Worth Convention Center on June 5, 2014.
Republicans posing with the elephant at the Fort Worth Convention Center on June 5, 2014.

Analysis: Whose Texas GOP Is It, Anyway?

The Republican Party of Texas’ convention in Dallas gives the heart of the state’s GOP electorate a chance to see their heroes and stars and to figure out — if possible — where the various conservative tribes are going to come together.

Outgoing Chairman James Dickey speaks to the Travis County Republican Party on Tuesday Mar. 8, 2016, the first executive committee meeting since Robert Morrow was elected chairman.
Outgoing Chairman James Dickey speaks to the Travis County Republican Party on Tuesday Mar. 8, 2016, the first executive committee meeting since Robert Morrow was elected chairman.

Travis County GOP Condemns Its Next Chairman

At a packed Travis County GOP executive committee meeting Tuesday night, it took less than a minute for someone to acknowledge the elephant not in the room — newly elected chair Robert Morrow.