Lucio Leaving the House and Other News for October 1

Rep. Eddie Lucio III (D-Brownsville) announced he would not seek re-election. “It is with sincere gratitude, yet a heavy heart, that I have decided that I will not seek re-election to the Texas House,” Lucio said in a statement. “It has been one of the greatest honors...

Hunter Introduced House Redistricting Proposal

The draft map redrawing House districts was introduced today and scheduled for a public hearing on Monday. House Bill 1 by Rep. Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi) is the first step in the legislative process and is less likely to be a final product than the other...

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...

Election Bill Heads to Conference Over Cain Amendment

On Friday, the House gave final approval to Senate Bill 1 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), the session’s main elections bill, as amended. The final vote was 80-41 with all present Democrats voting no and all Republicans voting yes except for Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San...

Endorsement and Other Election News for February 4

We reported highlights of candidates’ 30-day-out campaign finance reports in another post. Our Crib Sheets have been fully updated. RRC: Texans for Fiscal Responsibility/Empower Texans endorsed Comm. Ryan Sitton (R) for re-election. HD76 open: El Paso Co....

Trump Taps Ratcliffe and Other News for July 28

President Trump tweeted that he would nominate U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Heath) to become the next Director of National Intelligence following Dan Coats’s August 15 departure. Ratcliffe’s nomination requires U.S. Senate confirmation. Trump would name an acting...

SB9 Hits Snag and Other Election News for May 16

Legislation: The House Elections Committee did not meet today (Thursday) to vote on pending business, including Senate Bill 9 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola). The House is in recess until 9 a.m. tomorrow (Friday). Saturday is the deadline for House committees to...

Unusual Campaign Donations and Other News for February 28

Early voting continues through Friday. As of yesterday, turnout in the 15 counties with the most registered voters crept past 5%. Democratic primary turnout is up 92% compared to the first eight days of 2014, while Republican primary turnout is up 15% over four years...