Tribpedia: Texas Democratic Party

The Texas Democratic Party is the state branch of the Democratic party, generally considered to be center-left on the political spectrum.  It is one of the two major political parties in Texas, the other being the Republican Party of Texas.

The TDP raises money, organizes events, and campaigns for state Democratic candidates.

After many decades in the majority, Democrats have ...

Analysis: A political fishing guide for the 2018 elections in Texas

Trump supporters at the Harris County Republican Party headquarters election watch party  in Houston on Nov. 8, 2016
Trump supporters at the Harris County Republican Party headquarters election watch party in Houston on Nov. 8, 2016

A small group of Texas Republican officeholders in the Legislature and Congress have something new to worry about in the Donald Trump era: They won their November elections, but Hillary Clinton beat Trump in their districts.

Clockwise from left: former state Sen. and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, (r.) and his twin brother, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.
Clockwise from left: former state Sen. and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, (r.) and his twin brother, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.

Texas Democrats begin to plot out strategy for 2018 midterms

A recent private meeting of some of the Democratic Party's most well-known Texas figures suggests party leaders see glimmers of hope for the midterm elections thanks to President Donald Trump.

Some candidates vying to lead the Democratic National Committee appeared at the Regional DNC Future Forum in Houston on January 28, 2017. Clockwise from top right: Tom Perez, Jaime Harrison, Jehmu Greene, Keith Ellison, Pete Buttigieg, Peter Peckarsky, Ray Buckley, Sally Boynton Brown and Vincent Tolliver.
Some candidates vying to lead the Democratic National Committee appeared at the Regional DNC Future Forum in Houston on January 28, 2017. Clockwise from top right: Tom Perez, Jaime Harrison, Jehmu Greene, Keith Ellison, Pete Buttigieg, Peter Peckarsky, Ray Buckley, Sally Boynton Brown and Vincent Tolliver.

In Houston, DNC chair candidates talk fighting Trump, turning Texas blue

At a forum in Houston Saturday, the 10 candidates for Democratic National Committee chair trained almost all their fire on President Trump, assailing him as a threat to Democracy who deserves little, if any, Democratic cooperation. 

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.

Analysis: Live by the party, die by the party

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.

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.

Former state Sen. Wendy Davis getting ready for a television interview inside of the Wells Fargo Center, site of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, on July 27, 2016.
Former state Sen. Wendy Davis getting ready for a television interview inside of the Wells Fargo Center, site of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, on July 27, 2016.

Wendy Davis Draws Starstruck Fans in Philly, 3 Years After Pink Shoes

Judging by the throngs of adoring fans at the Democratic National Convention, you'd never guess former state Sen. Wendy Davis lost her bid for Texas governor by 20 points. 

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 Texas Republicans, Democrats Actually Agree on Stuff

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. 

A Democratic convention attendee holds up signs during remarks by U.S. Congressman and convention chair Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, at the Alamodome on June 17, 2016.
A Democratic convention attendee holds up signs during remarks by U.S. Congressman and convention chair Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, at the Alamodome on June 17, 2016.

Scenes From the Texas Democratic Convention

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Scenes from the Texas Democratic Party's convention in San Antonio.

Former state Rep. Lon Burnam, a candidate for the Texas Railroad Commision, thanks Jim Hightower at his campaign kickoff at Scholz Garten on January 28, 2016.
Former state Rep. Lon Burnam, a candidate for the Texas Railroad Commision, thanks Jim Hightower at his campaign kickoff at Scholz Garten on January 28, 2016.

Democrats' Alliance with Battleground Texas Shows Strains Ahead of Elections

While many Democrats have mixed feelings about the group that helped lead the party's election efforts in 2014, Battleground Texas officials still believe in their long-term strategy to turn Texas blue.