Murphy Announces Retirement as Senate Tees Up Redistricting

Rep. Jim Murphy (R-Houston), the House Republican Caucus chair, announced he would not seek re-election, saying he is “looking forward to life’s next great opportunity.” Murphy becomes the 13th House member elected to the 87th Legislature who will not be returning....

Israel, Paddie Decide Not to Seek Re-election

Reps. Celia Israel (D-Austin) and Chris Paddie (R-Marsahll) announced they would not seek re-election to the House. “After four legislative sessions and all the special sessions that came with them, I am ready for a new challenge,” Israel said in a statement...

Redistricting Session, Special Election Early Voting Begin

The Third Called Session of the 87th Texas Legislature convened today (Monday). The Senate Special Redistricting Committee will consider Senate Bill 4 by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston), which would draw new Senate districts, and Senate Bill 7 by Huffman, which would...

Runoff and Candidate News for September 14

HD10 special: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) ordered a September 28 runoff election to fill the unexpired state House term of U.S. Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-Waxahachie). Early voting begins Monday. Former U.S. Health and Human Services official Brian Harrison (R) faces former Rep....

Candidate and Redistricting News for September 1

HD10 special: Brian Harrison (R), the first-place finisher in yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) special election, called on former Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie) to “not pursue a costly and unnecessary runoff.” Harrison finished five points ahead of Wray, 41%-36%, because a...

Harrison, Wray Advance to HD10 Runoff

Former U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services official Brian Harrison (R) and former Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie) advanced to a runoff in tonight’s (Tuesday) special election for HD10. Buoyed by a strong Election Day performance, Harrison finished first with 41% of...

Brief Election News for August 30

HD10 special: Tomorrow (Tuesday) is Election Day. Our likely sporadic live coverage will begin at 7 p.m. here, or you can follow us on Twitter here. HD118 special: Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC endorsed former Rep. John Lujan (R-San Antonio). Election Legislation: The...

Election Bill Heads to Conference Over Cain Amendment

On Friday, the House gave final approval to Senate Bill 1 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), the session’s main elections bill, as amended. The final vote was 80-41 with all present Democrats voting no and all Republicans voting yes except for Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San...

Early Voting to Begin in HD10 Special Election

An abbreviated early voting period begins tomorrow (Monday) for the HD10 special election and ends on Friday. August 31 is Election Day. The frontrunners appear to be former Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie) and former U.S. Health and Human Services Dept. official Brian...