The big news – the retirements of Speaker Straus and Chairman Cook – is covered here.

HD127: Humble construction company executive Kyle Stephenson announced he would challenge Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Humble) in the Republican primary. Stephenson established a campaign committee for a House race in early August but did not indicate which seat he would seek.

Early Voting continues for the November 6 general and constitutional amendment election. Turnout has been very light across most of the state. Less than 0.5% of registered voters in the state’s 15 most populous counties voted early in person or by mail through Tuesday, the second day of the early voting period. This is slightly more than half the turnout from the first two days of the 2015 general election.

Voter ID: Oral arguments before a three-judge panel of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will be December 5. Plaintiffs had hoped to expedite the process by taking the case straight to the full Fifth Circuit. Earlier this month, the court denied their request.

GOV: Houston investor Andrew White, son of former Gov. Mark White (D), has established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Gov. Greg Abbott (R) as a Democrat. We reported on his potential candidacy yesterday.

AG: Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) announced he would seek re-election. As far as we can tell, no one has taken a formal step toward challenging him.

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