Israel, Paddie Decide Not to Seek Re-election

Reps. Celia Israel (D-Austin) and Chris Paddie (R-Marsahll) announced they would not seek re-election to the House. “After four legislative sessions and all the special sessions that came with them, I am ready for a new challenge,” Israel said in a statement...

White Challenging Miller and Other News for June 30

Rep. James White (R-Hillister) announced in an email to “Friends and Patriots” that he is challenging Agriculture Comm. Sid Miller (R) in the Republican primary. White had previously hinted that he might run statewide following his announcement that he would not seek...

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...

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...