SD6 “open”: The word “intent” appears to be keeping Gov. Greg Abbott (R) from ordering a special election to fill what will be the unexpired term of Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston), the presumptive new member of Congress from CD29. Last month, Garcia submitted a letter to Abbott stating her “intent to resign” effective January 2.

Citing a 1996 case before the Texas Supreme Court, on which Abbott served at the time, Abbott’s office said her letter does not trigger Abbott’s authority to call a special election. Garcia’s office noted that the phrasing of her letter is nearly identical to one filed by former Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) to then-Gov. Rick Perry (R) in 2014. Perry ordered the special election less than a month later.

If Abbott does not order an election by August 24, it is doubtful that could coincide with the November general election. He could call an emergency special election shortly thereafter or wait until the May 2019 uniform election date. The latter would obviously leave the district without representation in the Senate for most, if not all, of the regular legislative session.

HD112: Annie’s List endorsed Democratic challenger Brandy Chambers. She faces Rep. Angie Chen Button (R-Richardson).

Dallas Co.: The Dallas Co. Republican Party has filed notice that it will appeal an April ruling dismissing its lawsuit to remove dozens of Democratic candidates from the ballot.

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