HD145 open: Houston council member Melissa Noriega updated her campaign committee for a potential run for the seat expected to be vacated by Rep. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston), who won yesterday’s SD6 special election outright based on unofficial results. Noriega served as a temporary acting representative during and after the 79th Legislature when former Rep. Rick Noriega (D-Houston) was deployed in 2005. Meanwhile, Houston funeral home director Christina Morales announced she would seek the seat and established a campaign committee.

PRES: Former San Antonio Mayor and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro established an exploratory committee for a possible 2020 presidential candidacy.

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Cook Ratings: National pundit Charlie Cook released his initial 2020 ratings for the U.S. House of Representatives, including placing nine Texas seats outside the “solid” Democratic and Republican categories.

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