Most Senators Report $1M-plus War Chests

July semiannual campaign reports indicate most senators up for re-election in 2018 have formidable cash on hand totals, but a couple of incumbents could soon feel heat from well-financed opponents. Sen. John Whitmire (D-Houston), the Dean of the Senate, once again...

Election News as the Special Session Convenes

Special Session: A called session of the Texas Legislature will convene tomorrow at 10 a.m. At this point, only a single item – adjusting the Sunset review dates for several agencies – is on the call, but Gov. Greg Abbott has promised to add 19 other items via a...

Election News for June 30

HD11: Alto Marine Corps veteran Danny Ward filed paperwork establishing a campaign committee for a potential primary challenge of Rep. Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches). Ward’s Facebook page indicates he is running as a “conservative” against “false republicans in the...

By the Numbers: Abbott and Congress

11.99 Amount, in millions of dollars, that Gov. Greg Abbott reported having on hand as of December 31 in excess of the total cash on hand reported as of the same date by all 36 U.S. Representatives from Texas combined. Abbott reported having $34.4M on hand, the second...

Election News for January 31

Campaign Finance Reports Due: Today (Tuesday) is the deadline for federal candidates and officeholders to file their ear-end campaign finance reports, which cover contributions received and expenditures made since their post-general reports, if they were on the...

Initial Thoughts on House Campaign Finance Reports

Campaign finance reports covering either the last six months of 2016 or, for candidates who had a contested general election, the period from October 29 to the end of the year, were due Tuesday. We have begun to incorporate those fundraising numbers into our Crib...

Election News for January 17

Filing Begins: Starting tomorrow (Wednesday), candidates may begin filing for offices on the May 6 uniform election date ballot. We have a list of those offices for the state’s 100 largest municipalities available here. Campaign Finance: January semiannual campaign...