Vela Out of SD14 Race and Other Brief News for March 17

SD14 special: Attorney Chito Vela III announced he would not seek the seat being vacated by Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Auston) and would instead run for Austin council if council member Greg Casar vacates his seat to run for SD14. Casar would automatically resign from the...

Watson Resigns to Accept Academic Post

Note: This report has been updated since we sent our Breaking News alert. Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin) announced he is resigning effective April 30 to become the founding dean of the Univ. of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs. Sen. KirkWatson “Thank you for all...

Candidates Filing Up and Down Ballot as Deadline Looms

Correction: In yesterday’s edition, we erroneously indicated Jacey Jetton was running for Congress when we reported that U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) had endorsed him. Jetton is running to succeed the retiring state Rep. Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land). We regret...

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...

Ads, Endorsements and Debate News for May 8

GOV: The hourlong debate between Democratic runoff candidates Lupe Valdez and Andrew White will be held Friday at 7 p.m. in St. James Episcopal Church in Austin. It will not be televised but instead will be streamed live by KXAN-TV at kxan.com. HD46 open: Planned...

Early Voting Ends and Other Election News for May 1

Early voting has ended for the May 5 uniform and special elections. Saturday is Election Day. HD46 open: Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas), chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, endorsed Chito Vela in the Democratic runoff over Sheryl Cole. HD62 open: The...

Endorsement, Litigation and Candidate News for April 22

Early voting begins tomorrow (Monday) for the May 5 uniform and special elections. Redistricting: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for the Texas redistricting case on Tuesday. GOV: The San Antonio Express-News endorsed Andrew White in the Democratic...

Election Timing and Endorsement News for April 19

SD6: Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston) may be planning to remain in her Senate seat until the general election. In a conversation livestreamed on the Texas Tribune’s web site, Garcia told Evan Smith, “I feel strongly that the voters must have the final say.” Garcia is...

Candidate and Lawsuit News for April 16

To a SD6 (special): Emily’s List endorsed Rep. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) for the seat expected to be vacated by Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston), the presumptive successor to retiring U.S. Rep. Gene Green (D-Houston). SD19: Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) has...

Endorsement and Election News for April 2

SD19: Former Rep. and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine) will formally announce his candidacy for the seat currently held by Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) at an Eastside San Antonio eatery on Thursday. Rep. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio), who has already made...

Endorsement News for March 28

Jeff continues to be in the Big Bend area with limited connectivity and mobile service. We will resume our regular schedule on Monday. GOV: Twenty-two Democratic state representatives endorsed Lupe Valdez in the Democratic runoff. Of those, only Reps. Jessica Farrar...

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...