Abbott Signs Election Bill Already Facing 5 Lawsuits

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed the session’s main election bill into law today (Tuesday) in Tyler, and it already faces at least five lawsuits. Senate Bill 1 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) does not take effect until December 2, which means the changes in law it makes...

Leman Announces Retirement and Other Labor Day Weekend News

Rep. Ben Leman (R-Iola) announced he would not seek re-election. The former Grimes County Judge won a 2018 special election for the seat and the next two general elections. “It is clear the current season of my public service is winding down for the near future,”...

Republican-backed Election Bill Finally Passes

The House and Senate adopted the conference committee report for Senate Bill 1 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), sending the session’s main elections bill to Gov. Greg Abbott (R). No Democrats voted to adopt the report, and Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio) was the...

Brief Election News for August 30

HD10 special: Tomorrow (Tuesday) is Election Day. Our likely sporadic live coverage will begin at 7 p.m. here, or you can follow us on Twitter here. HD118 special: Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC endorsed former Rep. John Lujan (R-San Antonio). Election Legislation: The...

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...

Early Voting to Begin in HD10 Special Election

An abbreviated early voting period begins tomorrow (Monday) for the HD10 special election and ends on Friday. August 31 is Election Day. The frontrunners appear to be former Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie) and former U.S. Health and Human Services Dept. official Brian...

House Achieves Quorum After Threshold Drops to 99

Rep. Leo Pacheco’s (D-San Antonio) resignation is effective today (Thursday), triggering a special election to fill his unexpired term. With HD10 also vacant, the House now has 148 members, which temporarily lowers the threshold for establishing a quorum to 99. While...

8 File to Succeed Ellzey

Eight candidates filed for the August 31 special election to fill the unexpired state House term of U.S. Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-Waxahacie): Kevin Griffin (R), Midlothian rancher Brian Harrison (R), Midlothian former U.S. Health & Human Services official and former...