Voter ID: In a filing, the state informed the federal judge overseeing the ongoing Voter ID litigation that it will “seek Supreme Court review of the Fifth Circuit’s opinion.” Further, the state argued that the district court should not go forward with “further consideration of discriminatory-purpose” claims until after the end of the 2017 legislative session, during which the Legislature may act “to ameliorate the issues raised” by the Fifth Circuit.

SD3: Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) is not on the ballot until 2018, but it appears that the NE Tarrant Tea Party is already targeting him. The Texas Tribune’s Patrick Svitek tweeted what appears to be a call to action from the group urging the recipient to contact Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and ask that he “replace liberal Nichols w/conservative Kolkhorst as Transportatn Chair” [sic]. Nichols was unopposed in the 2014 primary.

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