Litigation and Courtroom Update for June 7

Voter ID: U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos presided over a status conference on the ongoing Voter ID litigation today in Corpus Christi to discuss potential remedies. Broadly, the state argued that Senate Bill 5 appropriately remedied any outstanding issues...

‘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’...

Key House Race 8-day-out Report Highlights

Eight-day-out campaign finance reports were due yesterday for state and legislative candidates (and some local candidates) with general election opponents. The reports cover contributions received and expenditures made between September 29 and October 29. From this...

Ads and Endorsement News for October 19

RRC: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram endorsed Libertarian Mark Miller. HD107: The Kenneth Sheets campaign released a new ad, “Choice,” which draws distinctions between him and his challenger, including a claim her “million-dollar home” lies outside the district....

HD107 Campaign Contribution Analysis

At least in terms of campaign finances, HD107 is the state’s hottest legislative race. Rep. Kenneth Sheets VictoriaNeave Rep. Kenneth Sheets (R-Dallas) entered the campaign’s final weeks with significant advantages over Democratic challenger Victoria Neave in cash on...

Endorsement News for October 16

Early voting in person begins one week from tomorrow (Monday, October 24). SC: The Houston Chronicle endorsed incumbent Justices Debra Lehrmann (SC3) and Eva Guzman (SC9) and challenger Dori Contreras Garza (SC5). SD12: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram endorsed Sen. Jane...

Dark Money, Endorsements and Ads for October 13

Dark Money: By a unanimous vote, the Texas Ethics Commission dismissed complaints against Texans for Fiscal Responsibility/Empower Texans’ Michael Quinn Sullivan. The earliest complaints were filed in 2012 by Rep. Jim Keffer (R-Eastland) and former Rep. Vicki Truitt...

Key House Race Campaign Finance Update

State and legislative candidates with general election opponents were required to file 30-day-out campaign finance reports on Tuesday. These reports cover all contributions received and expenditures made between July 1 and September 29, and they are a good barometer...

Record Registrations and Campaign News for September 21

Voter Registration: More than 14.8 million voters are registered in Texas, up about 600K since March and around 1.2 million since the 2012 presidential election. It is the highest number of registered voters in state history, and the Secretary of State believes that...