Judge Issues Restraining Order on Minor Party Filing Fees

A state district judge has issued a temporary restraining order barring state and Harris Co. officials from imposing filing fees on minor party candidates. District Judge Kristen Hawkins found that plaintiffs “would not have an adequate remedy at law and would suffer...

Committee Hearing, Candidate and Lawsuit News for August 11

House Speaker: The House General Investigating Committee will meet tomorrow (Monday) beginning at 10 a.m. to take invited testimony regarding the June 12 meeting between Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton), Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) and Empower Texans CEO Michael...

Democrats Sue Sullivan and Candidate News for August 8

Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos (D-Dallas) and the Texas Democratic Party have filed suit (PDF) in Travis Co. against Empower Texans CEO Michael Quinn Sullivan and an “unknown named political committee.” The suit alleges the June 12 meeting between Sullivan, Speaker Dennis...

Texas Avoids ‘Bail In’ and Other News for July 24

A panel of federal judges overseeing the long-running litigation over the state’s legislative and congressional districts has denied plaintiffs’ motions to put Texas back under a federal preclearance regime before making changes to districts or election laws....

Lawsuit Targets State’s Ballot Access Laws

A group of voters, candidates and minor parties has filed a federal lawsuit against the state seeking to strike down several statutory provisions relating to ballot access on the basis that they violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Under current law, minor...

Brief Election News for March 31

Voter Registration: Thursday is the deadline to register to vote for the May 4 uniform election. SD13: Houston commercial financier William Booher established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Sen. Borris Miles (D-Houston) as a Republican. CD14:...

Candidate and Election News for February 20

HD64: Denton resident Angela Brewer established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Lynn Stucky (R-Sanger). We were unable to identify her conclusively. HD134: Houston attorney and law professor Ann Johnson re-established a campaign committee for a...