Single-punch Elimination: The Senate gave final passage to House Bill 25 by Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton), sponsored by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills), to end the practice of single-punch, straight-ticket voting in the state. None of the chamber’s Democrats voted for the bill. Because the Senate added an amendment to delay implementation until 2020, the bill will return to the House for an expected vote to concur.
Note: Jeff Blaylock, publisher of Texas Election Source, is on record as being in favor of House Bill 25.
SD19: The former county judge of Reeves Co. will plead guilty to a pair of federal charges connected to the charges filed against Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio). Jimmy Galindo was not named as a conspirator in indictments unsealed Tuesday but not charged with a crime. His plea deal means prosecutors will not present his case to a grand jury, and he will “fully cooperate in the investigation and prosecution of any and all criminal transactions” related to his case. Nevertheless, Galindo faces up to five years in federal prison. Uresti has proclaimed his innocence to all charges.
SD31: Former Midland Mayor Mike Canon announced he will once again challenge Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) in the Republican primary. Canon lost the 2014 Republican primary to Seliger by 5 percentage points.
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