Candidate, Endorsement and Rating News for November 20

Filing for the 2020 election continues through December 9. Our Crib Sheets have up-to-date filing status of the candidates we are tracking. At least 289 candidates have already filed, and likely many more have done so. We are seeing far less information from county...

Jose Rodriguez Retiring and Other News for September 13

SD29: Sen. Jose Rodriguez (D-El Paso) announced he would not seek re-election. He won a three-way Democratic primary for the open seat in 2010 and was re-elected in 2012 and 2016. Rodriguez served as chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus, a post he said yesterday...

Candidate Announcements and Other News for September 12

HD26: Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC endorsed Rep. Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land) for re-election. At least three Republicans have taken a formal step toward challenging him in the primary. Earlier this week, Miller took his name out of consideration as the next head of...

Candidate and Constitutional Amendment News for July 23

HD67: Frisco attorney Rocio Gosewehr Hernandez established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Jeff Leach (R-Allen), likely as a Democrat. She is at least the fifth Democrat to take a formal step toward challenging Leach. See our Crib Sheets for the...

The Other Election News for July 16

Our analysis of July semiannual campaign finance reports can be found here. Our Crib Sheets have been fully updated with the latest results. HD10 open: Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC endorsed Jake Ellzey (R). HD37: Cameron Co. Democratic Party chair Amber...

Straus Launches New PAC and Other News for June 26

Former Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) announced the creation of Texas Forever Forward PAC to “promote a thoughtful, conservative approach to governing and rising political leaders ready to ensure a bright future for all Texans.” The PAC will support candidates...

Early Voting Begins on Day After Easter

Early voting begins tomorrow (Monday) in most jurisdictionsfor the May 4 uniform election. HD67: Dallas resident Anthony Lo established a campaign committee for an undetermined state office, but an ActBlue page indicates it may be HD67, which is held by Rep. Jeff...

SD6 Turnout Lurches Toward 2% and Other News for December 2

SD6 special: Not quite 6K people – 1.8% of registered voters – have cast ballots early in person (2K) and by mail (just under 4K) in the special election to fill the unexpired term of former Sen. and now U.S. Rep.-elect Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston). About 6K mail ballots...

Endorsement News for October 11

GOV: Humorist Kinky Friedman, himself a former independent candidate for the state’s highest office, endorsed Libertarian nominee Mark Tippetts. “They still try to screw the Libertarians and independents,” Friedman said in a statement. “Ironically, most Texans are...

Candidate Filing and Endorsement News for November 21

Filing for a place on the 2018 continues until 6 p.m. local time on December 11. Please see our Crib Sheets for candidates’ filing status. Many party offices have limited hours, or are closed entirely, for the Thanksgiving weekend. GOV: Houston council member Dwight...