Early voting begins on Monday for the November 5 constitutional amendment, general and special election. The League of Women Voters has created a Constitutional Amendment Election Voters Guide which explains each amendment, provides arguments for and against each and a short video about each. For communities with a local League, the www.VOTE411.org website gives voters the opportunity to view local races and create a personalized ballot they can print to take to the polls.
House Speaker: Reps. Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin), Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) and Tony Tinderholt (R-Arlington) called on Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) to resign. In a statement, Tinderholt said a change in leadership is needed “in order to restore significant trust and confidence in the people’s Legislature.” Parker said in a statement that “Speaker Bonnen should resign in order for the House to heal and move forward.” At least six Republican members have called for Bonnen’s resignation. Rep. Phil Stephenson (R-Wharton), who is among the six, told the Dallas Morning News that he thought 35-40 other Republicans agree with him. The Republican Caucus is scheduled to meet in Austin on Friday.
Meanwhile, about two dozen members of the Democratic Caucus met. The caucus did not issue any official statement on Bonnen. Rep. Chris Turner (D-Arlington), the caucus chair, said no one at the meeting defended the Speaker.
RRC: Dallas attorney Chrysta Castañeda announced she would seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Comm. Ryan Sitton (R). We previously reported she was exploring the race.
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