Redistricting Session, Special Election Early Voting Begin

The Third Called Session of the 87th Texas Legislature convened today (Monday). The Senate Special Redistricting Committee will consider Senate Bill 4 by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston), which would draw new Senate districts, and Senate Bill 7 by Huffman, which would...

Redistricting Prepares to Take the Stage

The Third Called Session of the 87th Texas Legislature convenes at noon tomorrow (Monday). Redistricting and a handful of other items are on Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) proclamation (PDF) calling the session. Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) pre-filed Senate Bill 4, that...

Runoff and Candidate News for September 14

HD10 special: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) ordered a September 28 runoff election to fill the unexpired state House term of U.S. Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-Waxahachie). Early voting begins Monday. Former U.S. Health and Human Services official Brian Harrison (R) faces former Rep....

Candidate and Redistricting News for September 1

HD10 special: Brian Harrison (R), the first-place finisher in yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) special election, called on former Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie) to “not pursue a costly and unnecessary runoff.” Harrison finished five points ahead of Wray, 41%-36%, because a...

State Officials, Legislators Raise $36M in 10 Days

Statewide and legislative elected officials and candidates on the ballot in 2022 raised $42.9M, almost all of which was raised in the last 10 days of June. Collectively, they reported having more than $175M on hand. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R)...

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...

Patrick Seeking Re-election and Other News for June 10

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) announced he would seek re-election to a third term. Patrick’s campaign account had $19.5M on hand as of December 31, the highest cash-on-hand figure ever reported by a Texas lieutenant governor. As of that date, Patrick has raised $43.1M...

Trump Swipes at Roy, West Swipes at Patrick

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R) will make a long-shot bid to become the next Republican Conference chair, challenging the presumptive candidate, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.). Roy had been considering entering the race to be a conservative alternative for members who...

Huffines Announces Primary Challenge of Abbott

Former Sen. Don Huffines (R-Dallas) announced he would challenge Gov. Greg Abbott (R) in the Republican primary. Defining himself as an “actual Republican,” Huffines said he is “tired of being lied to” by elected Republicans. “Texans are running out of time to root...