Two Congressional Districts Invalidated, Must Be Redrawn

Two of the state’s congressional districts were struck down by a unanimous panel of federal judges and must be redrawn: CD27, currently represented by U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Corpus Christi), and CD35, currently represented by U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin)....

Election News for August 2

CD23: Gina Ortiz Jones, a former Air Force intelligence officer from San Antonio, announced she will challenge U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-San Antonio) as a Democrat. Former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine) has formed an exploratory committee for what would be a third...

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...

Challengers and Announcements for July 5

GOV: Gov. Greg Abbott has scheduled a “special announcement,” widely expected to be an announcement for his re-election campaign, in San Antonio on July 14. LTGOV: Former Rep. Allen Vaught (D-Dallas) has taken to Facebook to seek “candid input” on whether he should...

DCCC Targets 3 Texas Districts

In a memo titled, “House Democrats Playing Offense,” the federal Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced three Texas congressional seats are among its “round one” targets for 2018: CD7, a district entirely within Harris Co. held by U.S. Rep. John...

By the Numbers: Congressional War Chests

7 Number of Texas U.S. representatives who exit the 2015-16 federal election cycle with more than $1M cash on hand. Post-general campaign finance reports were due late last week for federal candidates on the general election ballot. Seven of the state’s 36 incumbents...

Campaign News for November 4

SEN: U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) said at a Texas Tribune event that he is considering challenging U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018 or U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in 2020. O’Rourke, a supporter of term limits, has pledged to leave office after four terms. His fourth term...

‘Late-train’ Money Flooding CD23, Little Else

With so many Texans voting early in general elections and a paucity of competitive races, the impact of “late-train” money in close campaigns is muted. As a result, we are seeing fewer, and smaller, infusions of cash and in-kind contributions during the campaigns’...