A few things we wanted to share with you today:
Gallego Seeks Rematch. Former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine) announced he would challenge current U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-San Antonio) in 2016. CD23 has switched hands four out of the last five election cycles and tends to be more Democratic in presidential election years. Meanwhile, Hurd announced he raised more than $500K in the first quarter of 2015.
San Antonio Mayor. Leticia Van de Putte’s campaign said it “walk back” a $300K transfer to her mayoral campaign account from her state campaign account to ensure compliance with the city’s election code. The move comes one day after rival Mike Villarreal filed an ethics complaint with the city.
More Good News for Cruz. An ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 13% of “leaned Republicans” would vote for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, making him one of three candidates to top 10% (The other two are former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker). Rick Perry was preferred by 2% of respondents.
Earlier Oaths of Office. The Senate State Affairs Committee on Thursday will hear a pair of bills by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) that would change the date the governor and lieutenant governor take office to the day before the Legislature convenes. Currently, these offices’ terms begin on the Tuesday after the Legislature convenes, permitting the Legislature to canvass the results. SJR 66 would amend the constitution to change the term dates, and SB 1984 would shift the canvass responsibility to the attorney general.
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