Election News for March 20

CD7: Bellaire speech pathologist and former Harris Co. Dept. of Education trustee Debra Kerner has filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission for a potential challenge to U.S. Rep. John Culberson (R-Houston) as a Democrat. Kerner won a...

Election News for March 13

Voter ID: The Senate State Affairs Committee unanimously approved a bill updating the state’s Voter ID law consistent with last year’s court ruling. Senate Bill 5 by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) largely codifies a court-ordered process by which voters with a...

Zip Disks and Other Election News for March 12

CD21: Austin musician Rixi Melton filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission to challenge U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio) as a Democrat. Bexar Co.: “At least once a year, staffers in one of Texas’ largest election offices scour the web...

Election News for March 8

HD46: Lawyers for Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin) asked District Judge Brad Urrutia to throw out four of the 13 felony charges against her at a hearing today (Wednesday). Her attorneys argued that the statute of limitations had expired by the time of her indictment and...

Election News for March 7

CD3: Collin Co. Judge Keith Self (R-McKinney) has formed an exploratory committee as he considers a race for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Plano). The act of forming an exploratory committee does not trigger resign-to-run laws as it does not...

Huffman Files Voter ID Fix

Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston), chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee, filed Senate Bill 5 to update the state’s Voter ID law. The chamber’s other 19 Republican are listed as co-authors. The bill would largely codify the “reasonable impediment” declaration that...

New Challengers and Other Election News for February 16

SD2: Kendall Scudder, community services manager for a Dallas affordable housing organization, formally announced he would challenge Sen. Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) as a Democrat. We previously reported Scudder’s filing of campaign treasurer paperwork with the Texas Ethics...

Election News for January 30

SEN: U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) said he is “very close to making a positive decision” to challenge U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018, tweeted the Texas Tribune’s Patrick Svitek. Proposed Legislation: Reps. Pat Fallon (R-Frisco) and Matt Shaheen (R-Plano) filed bills...

Election News for January 25

Proposed Legislation: Rep. Mike Lang (R-Granbury) filed a bill requiring most elections – whether for office or for bonds and other propositions – to be held either in conjunction with the March primary in even-numbered years or on the November general election day in...

Appointments and a Resignation

Senate State Affairs: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appointed Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) as chair and Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) as vice chair of the Committee on State Affairs, the committee with jurisdiction over election matters. Huffman chaired the committee in 2015...