Big Bets in Key Races Revealed in 8-day-out Reports

After 5 p.m. today, the Texas Ethics Commission posted totals for the 8-day-out reports candidates filed on Monday. The actual reports are generally not yet available, but we were able to determine many candidates’ largest donors between January 26 and February 24. We...

Incumbents Generally Ahead in 30-day-out Reports

State candidates with primary opponents were required to file 30-day-out campaign finance reports on Monday. These are normally accessible online early the next morning, but today they were not available until late afternoon. We are in the process of going through the...

Endorsement and Campaign News for January 24

LTGOV: The campaign of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) released its first television ad, which focuses on boarder security and sanctuary cities. “Big city liberals want open borders,” Patrick said in the ad, “But I won’t back down.” Also, the Texas Oil & Gas Assoc. PAC...

At Least 8 House Incumbents Trail Primary Challengers

January semiannual reports were due for state officeholders and candidates on Tuesday. They cover contributions received and expenditures made during the second half of 2017. For most primary challengers and open-seat candidates, they are the first window into their...

Poe Retiring and Other Candidate News for Election Day

CD2: Seven-term U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Humble) announced he would not seek re-election. He is the fourth Republican incumbent from Texas to announce his retirement, joining U.S. Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-Dallas), Sam Johnson (R-Plano) and Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio). U.S....

Candidate and Endorsement News for October 31

Early Voting continues for the November 7 general and constitutional amendment election through November 3. Sen. BryanHughes CD5 open: Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) is considering running for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Dallas). Because...

Candidate News for October 15

Campaign Finance: Today is the deadline for federal officeholders and candidates to file quarterly campaign finance reports if required. We will explore the results of those reports during the week. ED7: Katy researcher and tutor Eliz Markowitz established a campaign...

Nine House Districts Ruled Unconstitutional

A panel of U.S. district judges ruled that nine Texas House districts must be redrawn because their configuration intentionally discriminated against minorities. In Dallas Co., the court determined that the intentional discrimination it found in the western part of...