Early Voting and Campaign Finance Update for April 28

Early voting continues through Tuesday in most jurisdictions holding local elections on Saturday. Turnout continues to be light across most of the state. Bexar Co.: Through Saturday, just over 35K people have voted in person, which is around 3.5% of registered voters....

Early Voting Begins on Day After Easter

Early voting begins tomorrow (Monday) in most jurisdictionsfor the May 4 uniform election. HD67: Dallas resident Anthony Lo established a campaign committee for an undetermined state office, but an ActBlue page indicates it may be HD67, which is held by Rep. Jeff...

Brief News and a Clarification for April 18

Early voting begins Monday for the May 4 uniform election. SC7: McAllen attorney Brandy Voss amended her campaign committee for a potential challenge of Justice Jeff Boyd (R), likely as a Democrat. HD47: Austin attorney Jenny Roan Forgey established a campaign...

Castro to Decide ‘Soon’ and Other News for April 17

Early Voting for the May 4 uniform election begins Monday. SEN: At a press conference in the state Capitol today (Wednesday), U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) said his decision on whether to challenge U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R) would come “soon.” Castro pointed...

Quarterly Report Highlights and Other News for Tax Day

Note: This post has been updated to include additional information about Sen. Cornyn’s report. Today (Monday) was the deadline for federal officeholders and candidates to file their April quarterly campaign finance reports, which disclose contributions received...

Milasincic Backs Bacy and Other News for April 14

HD138: 2018 Democratic nominee Adam Milasincic announced he would not run again in 2020 and instead endorsed Houston attorney Akilah Bacy. Milasincic lost to Rep. Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) by just 47 votes out of more than 48K votes cast in 2018, 50.0%-49.9%. Campaign...

By the Numbers: Local Election Turnout

9% Average turnout since 1999 in Dallas Co. for an odd-year May election for which the mayor of Dallas is on the ballot. Voter turnout in Texas is low, compared to other states, even under the best of circumstances. About 53% of registered voters cast ballots in the...

Candidate and Local Campaign Finance News for April 4

HD45: Dripping Springs health and wellness businesswoman Carrie Isaac, wife of former Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) established a campaign committee for an unspecified House seat, which is almost certainly HD45. The former representative confirmed to the Texas...

Busby Confirmed and Other News for March 20

SC8: The Texas Senate unanimously confirmed former appellate justice Brett Busby for the Supreme Court seat vacated by former Justice Phil Johnson, whose November resignation took effect at the end of 2018. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) nominated Busby last month. Busby lost...

Runoff Election Updates and Other News for March 4

HD125 special: Early voting began today (Monday) for the special runoff election between Fred Rangel and former San Antonio council member Ray Lopez. A total of 845 people voted in person on the first day. It took four days  to reach this total for last month’s...

Special Election and Local News for February 26

HD125 special: Land Comm. George P. Bush endorsed Fred Rangel for the runoff. HD145 special: Runoff campaign finance reports were due Monday. They disclose contributions received and expenditures made between January 20 and February 23. Christina Morales out-raised...