State District Judge Eric Moyé (D) dismissed with prejudice the Dallas Co. Republican Party’s lawsuit seeking to remove dozens of Democratic candidates from the ballot. The lawsuit contended that those candidates’ applications were invalid because they were signed by Carol Donovan, the county party chair. Defendants and intervenors argued the party lacked standing, the law does not require the county chair’s signature and, because the election has already occurred, the argument is moot. The two-page ruling did not elaborate on the reason for the dismissal.

Early voting continues for the May 5 uniform and special elections. We have not seen much data on turnout, but it appears that ballots by mail are the predominant method of voting in many jurisdictions after the first day.

Redistricting: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for the Texas redistricting case tomorrow (Tuesday).

CD2 open: The Houston Professional Firefighters Assoc. PAC endorsed Sam Crenshaw in the Republican runoff over Rep. Kevin Roberts (R-Houston).

CD5 open: Former Rep. Kenneth Sheets (R-Mesquite) endorsed Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Terrell) in the Republican runoff over Bunni Pounds. Sheets finished fourth (12%) in the eight-way primary to succeed the retiring U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Dallas).

CD21 open: Former Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos (D-Austin) endorsed Joseph Kopser in the Democratic runoff over Mary Wilson.

Tarrant Co.: Justice of the Peace Russ Casey has resigned after pleading guilty to tampering with a government record stemming from his use of forged signatures to secure a spot on the primary ballot. Judge Wayne Salvant (R) sentenced Casey to five years’ probation. Casey withdrew from the primary in January after the allegations came to light.

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