Tribpedia: Ronnie Earle

Ronnie Earle is a former Travis County District Attorney. He held the office from 1976 until his retirement at the end of 2008. A Democrat, he made national headlines in 2005 when he filed campaign finance fraud charges against U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

In addition to his investigations into political corruption as district attorney, Earle also argued ...

Witch Hunters?

Former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land, and former Travis County D.A. Ronnie Earle.
Former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land, and former Travis County D.A. Ronnie Earle.

Talking point No. 1 for an elected official facing an ethics investigation in Texas: Blame the politicization of the Public Integrity Unit, which is funded by the Legislature but operates out of the district attorney's office in heavily Democratic Travis County.

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.

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

Meet Linda Chavez-Thompson

She was born into a family of eight children near Lubbock, worked on cotton fields in her teens and later became a Hispanic labor leader. Now she's running for lieutenant governor. We've packaged resources (in various media platforms) on the latest entrant to the race.

Chavez-Thompson Gets In

San Antonio’s Linda Chavez-Thompson has filed to run for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor. The former state and national labor leader is one of the few Hispanic Democrats to run for state-wide office in 2010. Ben Philpott, who's covering the 2010 elections for KUT News and the Tribune, has this profile.

The Brief: January 4, 2010

As we approach today’s filing deadline, there are — to paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld — known knowns. We also know there are known unknowns. But there are also unknown unknowns; the ones we don't know we don't know.

Time's Up

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.

2010: Running Lite

David Dewhurst will seek reelection on the Republican side, effectively ending that party's primary for lieutenant governor. But the Democrats are still stirring the pot. Ronnie Earle, the former Travis County DA is in. As of earlier today, Austin restauranteur Marc Katz is in. Will Linda Chavez-Thompson sign up?

The Brief: December 30, 2009

Here’s one of U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison ’s New Year’s resolutions: “clean up” the Texas Department of Transportation.

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Ronnie Earle in Austin, July 2008
Ronnie Earle in Austin, July 2008

2010: Earle Explains

Most money was on a run for governor or attorney general, but — as you’ll hear — Ronnie Earle wants to be a part of the legislative process and thinks the Lite Guv position suits him best.

Ronnie Earle's Decision

Former Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, a Democrat, explains why he chose — from all his options — to run for lieutenant governor.

The Brief: December 21, 2009

Just like Santa needs Rudolph et al. to get him through Christmas, Democrat Farouk Shami needs a good team to carry him to the March gubernatorial primary.

Ronnie Earle in Austin, July 2008
Ronnie Earle in Austin, July 2008

2010: Ronnie Earle Files for Lite Guv

The former Travis County District Attorney was expected to file for some statewide race, though precisely which one has been something of a mystery. Mystery solved.