Endorsement, Ad, Poll and Lawsuit News for September 9

SD30 special (Safe Republican): The Texas Oil & Gas Assoc. PAC endorsed Rep. Drew Springe (R-Muenster). HD96 open (Toss Up): Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed Republican nominee David Cook. HD138 open (Lean Democratic): The Texas State Teachers Assoc. endorsed...

Appeals Court Upholds Minor-party Candidate Filing Fees

Newly required filing fees do not “unreasonably burden minor-party candidates” ruled a panel of the Fourteenth Court of Appeals. The decision overturns a temporary injunction issued in December that prevented state and county officials from enforcing the requirement....

Home Stretch Begins for the 2020 General Election

Early voting clerks must give voters a “meaningful opportunity” to confirm their identity before rejecting an absentee ballot because of a “perceived signature mismatch.” Under current law, voters must be informed that their ballot has been rejected within 10 days...

Texas Supreme Court Scuttles Effort to Boot Libertarians

In a unanimous – minus a pair of recusals – decision, the Texas Supreme Court rejected the Texas House Republican Caucus and others’ suit to remove 44 Libertarian Party candidates from the general election ballot. These candidates did not pay a newly required filing...

DMN/UT-Tyler Poll: Trump 48, Biden 46

President Trump leads Democratic challenger Joe Biden, 48%-46%, among respondents “most likely to vote,” according to a new Dallas Morning News/UT-Tyler poll (PDF). Biden leads Trump by a point, 44%-43%, among all registered voters and “likely voters.” Biden led...

Ads, Polls and a Disavowal for September 4

A new Data for Progress survey (PDF) conducted entirely online finds Democratic challenger Joe Biden leading President Trump, 48%-45%, with 8% unsure. Biden leads among “independents,” 47%-33%. Within 34 “battleground” Texas House districts, Biden leads Trump,...

Brief News for Labor Day Weekend Eve

HD134 (Lean Democratic): Planned Parenthood Texas Votes PAC endorsed Rep. Sarah Davis (R-Houston) over her Democratic challenger Ann Johnson. CD7 (Lean Democratic): U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher’s (D-Houston) campaign released a new ad, “Test,” focusing on health care....

Endorsement, Ad and Injunction News for September 2

SD30 special: The National Rifle Assoc. Political Victory Fund endorsed Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster). HD65: Rep. Michelle Beckley’s (D-Carrollton) campaign released a new ad, “No Bull,” focusing on the recently canceled contract the state had with a firm to do...

Poll, Endorsement and Ad News for September 1

PRES: The latest Morning Consult poll of the state shows President Trump leading Democratic challenger Joe Biden, 48%-47%, virtually unchanged from its pre-convention poll (47%-46%). No other details were provided at the state level. At the national level, three...

AG Sues to Stop Harris Co. Mail Ballot Plan

Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton has filed suit seeking a temporary restraining order (PDF) against interim Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins to stop him from mailing applications for absentee ballots to all of the county’s registered voters. Hollins has already sent...