Key Legislative Race Campaign Finance Highlights

State candidates and officeholders were required to file their July semiannual campaign finance reports yesterday (Monday). These reports include contributions received and expenditures made between the last date covered by a report and June 30. The reporting period...

Identifying Districts in Play This November, Part 1

Today we begin our exploration of districts that may be in play in the general election by examining a metric we call “relative performance factors,” which measure the partisan lean of a district relative to the state. Two dozen Texas congressional and...

Runoff Storylines We’ll Be Watching Tomorrow

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time across the state as voters determine the final major-party nominees for the general election. Here are some of the storylines we will be watching as the evening unfolds: Looking for a Wave: Democrats are deciding...

State Runoff Candidates Raise $4.3M Since Primary

State candidates (and local candidates where required) on the May 22 primary runoff election ballot were required to file their runoff reports on Monday. Most of them became available online today. These reports disclose contributions received and expenditures made...

Endorsement and ‘Every Vote Counts’ Moments for May 7

HD4 open: The Texas Assoc. of Business BIZPAC endorsed Keith Bell in the Republican runoff over former Rep. Stuart Spitzer (R-Kaufman). HD107: Sen. Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) endorsed Deanna Metzger in the Republican runoff over Joe Ruziclka. CD2 open: Former Gov. Rick...

Valdez, White to Debate and Other News for May 2

GOV: Democratic runoff candidates Lupe Valdez and Andrew White will reportedly debate May 11 in Austin. The debate will be organized by several Democratic groups, according to a press release issued by James Lee, Hispanic Caucus State Committeeman of the Texas...

Oliveira Cited for DWI and Other News for April 29

Rep. René Oliveira (D-Brownsville) was charged with a Class B misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated after his vehicle struck another car at a stop light Friday night. In a statement, Oliveira apologized for “a mistake in judgment,” adding he was thankful “no...

Endorsement and Appointment News for March 23

HD46 open: The Sheryl Cole campaign released a list of endorsements including former Rep. Wilhelmina Delco (D-Austin), seven current legislators (none from Travis Co.), Travis Co. Comm. Jeff Travillion (D), Harris Co. Comm. Rodney Ellis (D), former Dallas Mayor Ron...

Brief Election News for March 14

SD19: The co-defendant for the second criminal trial of Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) has asked that the trial be delayed until October. Uresti and Lubbock businessman Vernon Farthing III were charged in May with conspiracy and bribery in connection with a...