Tribpedia: Rodney Anderson

Pokémon Politics: In Bid for Votes, Texas Rep Wants to Catch ’Em All

James Ratcliff, 39, plays "Pokémon Go" outside the Texas Capitol on Thursday. "We're trying to figure out if there are more people here playing than visiting the Capitol," he said. "We think there is."
James Ratcliff, 39, plays "Pokémon Go" outside the Texas Capitol on Thursday. "We're trying to figure out if there are more people here playing than visiting the Capitol," he said. "We think there is."

The craze over the smartphone game “Pokémon Go” is coaxing Texans out of their homes and into the summer heat — and now at least one state lawmaker is looking to the game to bolster voter engagement efforts. State Rep. Rodney Anderson, up for re-election this fall, is organizing a canvass Saturday themed to the game.

Jeremy Bird speaking at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sep. 28, 2013
Jeremy Bird speaking at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sep. 28, 2013

What Went Wrong With Battleground Texas?

Battleground Texas launched nearly two years ago with the goal of turning reliably red Texas into a purple state where Democrats could compete. But after the 2014 general election, Texas looks redder than ever. So what went wrong? 

 

Texas Republican Party chairman Steve Munisteri speaks to the Grassroots Club in Fort Worth on June 5, 2014.
Texas Republican Party chairman Steve Munisteri speaks to the Grassroots Club in Fort Worth on June 5, 2014.

GOP Issues Rare Retraction of HD-105 Flyers

After Democrat Susan Motley complained about mailers attacking her in a state House race, state GOP chairman Steve Munisteri agreed that the ads were inaccurate. And he's issued a rare retraction to voters in North Texas.

A nod to the city's changing demographics, the masthead for a branch of Jefferson Dental Clinics in Irving, Texas includes a large Spanish-language sign on its storefront that reads, “A friend of the Hispanic family.”
A nod to the city's changing demographics, the masthead for a branch of Jefferson Dental Clinics in Irving, Texas includes a large Spanish-language sign on its storefront that reads, “A friend of the Hispanic family.”

Demographics Create Electoral Battleground in HD-105

Democrats are hoping to take advantage of the shifting demographics in Irving to flip Texas House District 105, which has been held by a Republican for more than a decade.