House Speaker: The House Freedom Caucus wrote to Rep. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound), chair of the Texas House Republican Caucus, asking him to call a meeting “for the sole purpose of discussing and/or adopting a procedure to determine our nominee for Speaker of the House” for the 2019 legislative session. The House adopts a resolution shortly after it convenes to establish the process for nominating candidates and electing its presiding officer. The Freedom Caucus’s letter indicates it wants the Republican members to nominate a single candidate that has “the confidence of a majority of his or her fellow Republicans.” Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) was unanimously elected to the post for a fifth term in January.

HD41: Rep. Bobby Guerra (D-McAllen) announced he would seek re-election.

CD16: El Paso immigration attorney Enrique Garcia established a campaign committee for a potential run for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) as a Democrat.

No One, Part Two: Last week, we reported on a town in Michigan where no one filed to run for mayor. This week, no one struck again. An Iowa town’s special election drew zero voters to the polls. On the ballot were two proposed amendments to the McIntire city charter that would increase the terms of the mayor and council to four years from two. Not a single one of the town’s 70 registered voters, including the mayor and council members, cast ballots. Even the poll workers did not vote, but they were unable to participate. None of them were residents of McIntire.

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