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...

Endorsement and Ad News for February 12

Friday is the deadline for candidates to file for local offices on the May 2 general election ballot. HD45: The Austin American-Statesman endorsed Rep. Erin Zwiener (D-Driftwood) and Bud Wymore (R) for their respective party’s nominations. HD47: The Austin...

Turner Ahead in New Poll as Early Voting Begins

Early voting begins tomorrow (Monday) for the November 5 constitutional amendment, general and special elections. Houston: Mayor Sylvester Turner leads the field of mayoral candidates but lacks enough support to win outright, according to a new Univ. of Houston Hobby...

Candidate and Deadline News for October 6

Deadlines: Tomorrow (Monday) is the deadline to register to vote for the November 5 general, constitutional amendment and special elections. It is also the deadline for candidates in the three legislative special elections and local candidates on the general election...

New Candidates and Other News for June 23

HD41: Mission physician John R. Guerra established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Bobby Guerra (D-Mission), likely as a Republican. John Guerra unsuccessfully ran for Mission city council P4 in 2018 (22%) and mayor of Mission in 2014 (20%)....

Another Round of Runoffs and Other News for June 14

Early voting continues in jurisdictions holding runoff elections on June 22. We will have live coverage of Saturday’s runoff elections beginning at 7 p.m. CDT. We will focus primarily on: Abilene – P5 runoff between incumbent Kyle McAlister and challenger Cory...

Day After Filing Deadline News, Updates and Corrections

The filing deadline for a spot on the 2018 primary ballot has passed, but the candidate rosters are not yet finalized. The parties have until December 19 to submit their final certified candidate lists to the Secretary of State. Corrections We corrected three mistakes...

Blue Travis Co. Gets Bluer

Nearly 40K more Travis Co. residents cast straight-ticket Democratic votes this year than in 2012, and Democrats pushed their advantage in straight-ticket voting to at least 14K in five of the six state House districts and at least 21K in three of them. Republicans...

Campaign News for April 29

Voter ID: The U.S. Supreme Court will let the Texas Voter ID law stand (PDF), for now, paving the way for its continued use in the general election. However, SCOTUS gave the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals a July 20 deadline to rule on the case pending there. Oral...