House Speaker: By a 36-28 vote, the executive committee of the Bexar Co. Republican Party approved a resolution calling for “a change in leadership in the Texas House … due to the non-support of the Republican Party of Texas platform by the current incumbent,” Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio). There were 244 Republican precinct chairs in Bexar Co. (out of a potential 723 precincts), so the vote occurred at a meeting where nearly three quarters of the membership were absent. With one week left before a special legislative session convenes, no other representative has filed paperwork making him or her a candidate for Speaker.

CCAP: Fate attorney and Court of Appeals Justice (D5-P6) David Bridges updated his campaign committee for a potential primary challenge of Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon Keller (R). Bridges was first elected to the Fifth District Court of Appeals in 1996 and was re-elected in 2002 (100%), 2008 (52%) and 2014 (100%). He unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 1992 and 1994, losing to U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall (D-Rockwall), 58%-38% and 59%-40%, respectively.

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