HD134: The Gov. Greg Abbott campaign released a second television ad attacking Rep. Sarah Davis (R-West University Place) for opposing his agenda. “Davis has sold out conservative values,” says the narrator, focusing on state spending and abortion, before the ad pivots to challenger Susanna Dokupil and Abbott’s endorsement. “Her ad is a disgrace,” Davis said in a statement outlining her objections to the claims made by the ad. “This ad completely distorts my record and is another example of untruths peddled to prop up” Dokupil’s campaign.


Texans View of Trump: A new Gallup poll indicates President Trump’s job performance is viewed unfavorably by a majority of Texans. Thirty-nine percent of Texas respondents approve Trump’s job performance, while 54% disapprove. His net favorability rating of -15 is the lowest for any state he won in 2016, tying Michigan’s 40/55, and even ranks below three states won by Hillary Clinton.

Trump’s net approval rating in the Gallup poll is lower than the one observed in the October 2017 UT/Texas Tribune poll (PDF). In October 45% of respondents approved (27% strongly) of Trump’s job performance while 50% disapproved (42% strongly).

Year-end campaign finance reports are due for federal candidates and officeholders tomorrow. They cover contributions received and expenditures made during the last three months of 2017. Our federal Crib Sheet has been updated to show results from reports that were filed before this evening.

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