TLR Backs Buckingham and Other News for July 21

CD6 special: Early voting continues through Friday for the July 27 special runoff election. In Tarrant Co., in-person voting again ticked upward to just over 1,800 votes cast, bringing the three-day total of in-person and absentee voters to more than 7K (2.1% of...

Special Session and Campaign Finance News for July 13

By an 18-4 parry-line vote, the Senate passed Senate Bill 1 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola). Nine of the chamber’s 13 Democrats were in Washington, D.C., with more than 50 House Democrats to advocate for federal election legislation. Seven amendments were added to...

House Democrats Break Quorum Over Election Bills

More than 50 House Democrats left the state today (Monday) for Washington, D.C., with the intent to break quorum to prevent passage of Republican-backed election legislation. Unlike their quorum break near the end of the regular session, this action may compel them to...

Election Bills Advance Following Marathon Hearings

After a nearly 24-hour hearing, a House committee advanced the special session’s key election legislation, a provision of which would prevent counties from offering 24-hour voting opportunities. House Bill 3 by Rep. Andrew Murr (R-Junction) passed out of the Select...

Election Bills Set for Hearings and Other News for July 9

The First Called Session of the 87th Legislature convened yesterday (Thursday). Both chambers’ election bills will be heard in their respective committees tomorrow. The Senate State Affairs Committee will consider Senate Bill 1 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), the...

Parker Announces Bid to Succeed Nelson

SD12 open: Rep. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) announced he would seek to succeed the retiring Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound). Rep. Jared Patterson (R-Frisco) is considering the race. HD65: Lewisville landscaping business owner and 2020 Republican nominee Kronda...

Dems Aim to Register 2M Voters and Other News for June 8

The Texas Democratic Party announced a new $1.7M voter registration program, Project Texas, which aims to register 2M voters, which would be just about everyone who is eligible but not registered. The Democratic Party’s announcement included an estimate of 3M eligible...

Abbott: Two Special Sessions Coming

As “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks used to say, “Let’s play two.” Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said he would call a special session this summer to address priority issues that did not pass during the regular session, including Senate Bill 7 by Sen. Bryan...

Senate Bill 7 Dies as House Lacks Quorum

This post has been updated since our Breaking News alert. The clock ran out on the session’s most significant election legislation, Senate Bill 7 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola). The official cause of death is the House being forced to adjourn because it lacked...