Candidate and Judicial Nomination News for December 14

The filing deadline for a spot on the 2018 primary ballot has passed, but the candidate rosters are not yet finalized. The parties have until December 19 to submit their final certified candidate lists to the Secretary of State. Please see our Crib Sheets for...

Statewide Candidate News and Announcements for November 8

AG: Austin attorney Justin Nelson announced he would challenge Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) as a Democrat. Nelson founded the group One Nation One Vote, which seeks to elect the president by popular vote. Lubbock attorney John Gibson, who was mulling a challenge,...

Candidate and Endorsement News for October 31

Early Voting continues for the November 7 general and constitutional amendment election through November 3. Sen. BryanHughes CD5 open: Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) is considering running for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Dallas). Because...

Endorsement and Candidate News for October 30

GOV: Vice President Mike Pence will headline a November 13 fundraiser in Washington, D.C., for Gov. Greg Abbott (R). Meanwhile, University of Texas Chancellor Bill McRaven said he had no interest in running for governor. AG: Texans for Fiscal Responsibility/Empower...

Election and Candidate News for October 27

Early Voting continues for the November 6 general and constitutional amendment election through November 3. Turnout continues to be very light across most of the state. Redistricting: The state of Texas filed its formal appeal (PDF) with the U.S. Supreme Court of a...

Candidate Filing and Election News for October 25

The big news – the retirements of Speaker Straus and Chairman Cook – is covered here. HD127: Humble construction company executive Kyle Stephenson announced he would challenge Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Humble) in the Republican primary. Stephenson established a campaign...

Election News for October 5

Correction: In yesterday’s report, we erroneously identified the Williamson County Judge as former Rep. Dan Gattis (R-Georgetown). Judge Dan A. Gattis is of course the father of former Rep. Gattis. We regret the error. AG: The office of Kaufman Co. District Attorney...

Paxton’s Criminal Trial Delayed, Again

District Judge Robert Johnson granted the prosecutors’ request to delay Attorney General Ken Paxton’s criminal securities fraud trial for a third time so that issues regarding their compensation can be resolved. Prior delays were caused by disputes over the venue and...

Paxton Gets Trial Date and Other Election News for July 27

AG: The first criminal securities fraud trial of Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton will begin in Houston on December 11 before state District Judge Robert Johnson (D). The date had been recommended by Paxton’s legal team and agreed to by the state. That date is also the deadline...