SD13 open: Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) is expected to announce tomorrow (Thursday) whether or not he will seek the seat being vacated by Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston). The other announced candidates are Reps. Borris Miles (D-Houston) and Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) and former Houston City Controller Ron Green. Rep. Harold Dutton (D-Houston), Houston council member Dwight Boykins and former Houston council member C.O. Bradford have indicated they are not seeking the seat.

Fundraising deadline looms. Tomorrow (Thursday) is the deadline for candidates and office-holders to accept contributions and have them count toward their July semiannual campaign finance reports (or July quarterly, for federal candidates). Reports are due July 15.

For candidates who were unopposed in the primary, this will be the first opportunity since January to measure their fundraising success, which can be a measure of their competitiveness in November.

Houston increases contribution limits. Without discussion, the Houston City Council approved changes to its campaign finance ordinances intended to settle issues arising from a court-ordered end to the so-called “blackout” period and conform to voters’ approval of four-year terms.

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