A few things we wanted to share with you today:
San Antonio Mayor. The San Antonio Police Officers Association released results of a new poll to WOAI News Radio 1200 today. The poll shows former Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (29%) and Mayor Ivy Taylor (24%) leading the pack of 14 candidates with less than two weeks to go to Election Day. Former Rep. Mike Villarreal (18%) and former Bexar Co. Commissioner Tommy Adkisson (17%) were third and fourth. Another 11% were undecided or supported one of the other 10 candidates. The poll of 1,108 registered voters was conducted by Anderson Williams Research. Field dates and margin of error were not provided in the WOAI report.
The Mike Villarreal campaign said the poll looked “bogus” and was “intended to shore up Van de Putte, a candidate who has been wrongly branded as the front runner for months.” No other candidates’ reactions were mentioned.
Today was the third day of early voting. So far, a total of 16,952 have voted early in person in San Antonio. This appears to be slightly ahead of early voting in 2013, when Julian Castro received 67% of the vote in his re-election bid.
2019 Inauguration. Earlier this week, the Senate approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would move the inauguration of the governor and lieutenant governor to the Monday before the legislative session convenes. Senate Joint Resolution 66 by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) ultimately passed by a 24-6 vote. Six Republicans — Eltife, Estes, Fraser, Hancock, L. Taylor and V. Taylor — were opposed. Freshman Sen. Don Huffines (R-Dallas) offered an amendment to include term limits for the state’s top two offices, but he withdrew it prior to a vote. The joint resolution is awaiting referral to a committee by Speaker Straus.
New CTAs. No new campaign treasurer appointments (CTAs) of interest have been filed since our last report.