LTGOV: The Texas Parent PAC has placed its crosshairs on Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. “In 2018, the parents and grandparents of Texas must elect a new Lieutenant Governor and many new state senators and representatives,” said Carolyn Boyle, the group’s chair, in a message posted to its home page. Her message accompanied an op-ed by Fort Bend ISD board president Kristin Tassin (which appeared in the Austin American-Statesman last week) blaming Patrick for the failure of school finance reform. The group did not endorse a specific candidate running against Patrick. Instead it singled him out for defeat, the first time that the group has used such a tactic (as far as we can tell).

HD48: Austin psychological evaluator Zack Tedder filed paperwork establishing a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) as a Republican.

HD78: Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso) appears to be looking toward 2018.

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