Six New Challengers Establish Campaign Committees

HD87: Panhandle resident and Fritch city manager Drew Brassfield established a campaign committee for a potential primary challenge of Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo). HD109: Glenn Heights resident Casey Littlejohn established a campaign committee for a potential...

Election News for August 1

SD15: Houston attorney Damian LaCroix said via Twitter that he is considering a primary rematch against Sen. John Whitmire (D-Houston). LaCroix received 26% of the vote against Whitmire in the 2014 Democratic primary. HD46: In a statement, Travis Co. District Attorney...

Dukes Deal and a Duo of Redistricting News

HD46: The Austin-American Statesman’s Ryan Autullo reported that Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin) has been offered a deal to drop the criminal charges against her if she resigns by Tuesday. “It is truly not dignifying this new low that such character assassination has hit...

Paxton Gets Trial Date and Other Election News for July 27

AG: The first criminal securities fraud trial of Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton will begin in Houston on December 11 before state District Judge Robert Johnson (D). The date had been recommended by Paxton’s legal team and agreed to by the state. That date is also the deadline...

Election News for July 20

Special Session: Gov. Greg Abbott formally expanded the special session call to include the 19 items previously included in a draft supplemental call. The Dallas Morning News published an op-ed by Abbott on the subject. HD37: Rep. Rene Oliveira (D-Brownsville)...

Election News for July 6

Voter ID: The U.S. Dept. of Justice has asked the federal court overseeing Voter ID litigation to “decline any further remedies” following the Legislature’s passage of Senate Bill 5. The brief completes the federal government’s reversal of its position during the...

HD46: Dukes Pleads Not Guilty

Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin) pleaded not guilty to felony charges of tampering with a government record and misdemeanor charges of abuse of official capacity. District Judge Brad Urrutia set an October 16 trial date. Dukes said she would not accept any plea deal. She...

Election News for June 21

HD46: Austin computer programmer and gay rights activist Michael Hendrix told the Austin American-Statesman’s Marty Toohey that he is considering a primary challenge of Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin). HD47: Austin registered nurse and health policy consultant Candace...

By the Numbers: Spared from Primaries

32 Number of current members of the Texas Legislature who have not had a primary opponent for their current office in at least eight years, despite an overall rise in the number of contested primaries for legislative seats. Ten members’ last primary challenge...

Election News for May 5

Election Day is tomorrow (Saturday) for many local jurisdictions across the state. We will have live coverage of selected races beginning at 7 p.m. SD8: The Dallas Morning News’s Gromer Jeffers Jr. reported Rep. Matt Shaheen (R-Plano) is waiting for Sen. Van Taylor...

Dukes’ Motion Denied and Other Election News for April 4

HD46: District Judge Brad Urrutia denied a motion by attorneys representing Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin) to dismiss four felony counts against her. Her attorneys argued last month that a waiver signed by Dukes waiving the statute of limitations was invalid. Had the...