SEN: U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) said he is “very close to making a positive decision” to challenge U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018, tweeted the Texas Tribune’s Patrick Svitek.

Proposed Legislation: Reps. Pat Fallon (R-Frisco) and Matt Shaheen (R-Plano) filed bills identical to House Bill 1061 by Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R-Irving) that would limit primary participation only to those voters who are affiliated with that political party.

San Antonio: As expected, former Bexar Co. Democratic Party Chair Manuel Medina filed for mayor, becoming the eighth challenger to file against incumbent Ivy Taylor.

Partisan Gerrymandering: A federal court has ordered the Wisconsin legislature to draw new districts for the 2018 election after striking down the district boundaries as unconstitutional in November.

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