Early Voting Begins and Other News for October 21

Early voting began today (Monday) for the November 5 constitutional amendment, general and special elections. More than 13K voted in person or by mail in Harris Co., many of them in Houston. A little over 3K voted by mail in Dallas Co. (In person results were not...

Olson Announces Retirement and Other News for July 25

U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) announced he would not seek re-election to a seventh term. U.S. Rep. Pete Olson Calling his service to the district “a tremendous blessing,” Olson said his time in Congress “has come at great personal sacrifice to my family.” He...

The Other Election News for July 16

Our analysis of July semiannual campaign finance reports can be found here. Our Crib Sheets have been fully updated with the latest results. HD10 open: Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC endorsed Jake Ellzey (R). HD37: Cameron Co. Democratic Party chair Amber...

Candidate and Local Election News for July 10

HD10 open: Waxahachie title company executive Ryan Pitts, son of former Rep. Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie), announced he would seek his father’s old seat, which is being vacated by the retiring Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie). Midlothian business owner and former Naval...

Census Reversal and Candidate News for July 7

In a reversal, the Trump Administration is once again pursuing the inclusion of a citizenship question on the Census form sent to all households, even as printing of those forms without the question continues. A new team of attorneys from the U.S. Justice Department...

Citizenship Question Nixed and Candidate News for July 2

The U.S. Census form that goes to all households will not include a question about citizenship, the U.S. Justice Dept. confirmed. The decision comes days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Commerce Dept.’s rationale for including the question was “contrived.” The...

Legislative and Congressional Candidate News for November 8

CD2 open: Rep. Kevin Roberts (R-Houston) formed a campaign committee and announced he would seek the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Humble). Roberts will not be seeking re-election to a second term in the state House. HD8 open: Palestine real estate broker...

10 New Candidates Take Steps Toward 2018 Campaigns

GOV: Arlington resident Edward Lee Nash formed a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Gov. Greg Abbott (R). We were unable to determine his occupation and political affiliation definitively. HD10: Seven Points resident Matt Savino formed a campaign...

Election News for June 17

Re-election Announcements: Reps. Doc Anderson (R-Lorena), Justin Holland (R-Heath), Dade Phelan (R-Port Neches) and John Wray (R-Waxahachie) recently announced they would seek re-election. We cover the week’s challenger filings in another post. LTGOV: Mike Collier, a...