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Early voting for the March 6 primary election begins one week from tomorrow.

LTGOV: The campaign of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) released a new ad focused on property taxes. The ad repeats visual cues and the “I won’t back down” tagline that appeared in a previous ad regarding sanctuary cities.

AGRIC: The Trey Blocker campaign released a new video responding to Comm. Sid Miller’s (R) ad we highlighted yesterday on the issues of sanctuary cities and illegal immigration.

Meanwhile, the Houston Chronicle endorsed Blocker.

SD8 open: Texas Right to Life PAC endorsed Phillip Huffines for the seat being vacated by Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano). Yesterday we reported that the group had thus far not weighed in on the race.

SD25: The San Antonio Express-News endorsed challenger Shannon McClendon over Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) and Steve Kling (D) in their respective primaries.

HD23: Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC endorsed Rep. Wayne Faircloth (R-Dickinson).

HD46: Annie’s List endorsed challenger Sheryl Cole over Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin).

HD47: A new ad for Rep. Paul Workman (R-Austin) focuses on sanctuary cities and features Gov. Greg Abbott (R).

TV Ad: Workman Banned Sanctuary Cities in Texas

I wanted to make sure you were among the first to see our campaign’s new TV ad, featuring Gov. Greg Abbott. As your State Representative, I co-authored the law that bans sanctuary cities in Texas, and I was proud to work shoulder to shoulder with Gov. Abbott to keep our communities safe.

Posted by Paul Workman on Monday, February 12, 2018

HD88: The Ken King (R-Canadian) campaign released a new ad highlighting his work for rural Texans despite being outnumbered by urban legislators.

"Outnumbered"

I work hard with fellow rural legislators to get results for the Panhandle and the South Plains.

Posted by Ken King on Monday, February 12, 2018

HD98: Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC endorsed Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake).

HD102: Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC endorsed Rep. Linda Koop (R-Dallas).

Statewide Judicial Elections: A trial that could change the way Texas Supreme Court justices and Court of Criminal Appeals judges are elected got underway today in Corpus Christi. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos will consider a lawsuit that, if successful, could force drawing single-member districts from which the high courts would be elected. The suit alleges the current statewide election of the justices “submerges Latino voters” and violates the federal Voting Rights Act. The state has argued that Hispanics/Latinos’ preferred candidates lose for partisan, not racial, reasons. The trial is expected to take up to a week.

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