Election News for January 17

Filing Begins: Starting tomorrow (Wednesday), candidates may begin filing for offices on the May 6 uniform election date ballot. We have a list of those offices for the state’s 100 largest municipalities available here. Campaign Finance: January semiannual campaign...

Election News for December 7

RRC: Comm. Christi Craddick was elected chair of the Railroad Commission of Texas by her peers, Comm. Ryan Sitton and outgoing Comm. David Porter, for a two-year term. By tradition, the gavel rotates among the sitting commissioners. First elected in 2012, she is up...

More Observations on 8-day-out Reports

Eight-day-out campaign finance reports were due yesterday for state and legislative candidates (and some local candidates) with general election opponents. The reports cover contributions received and expenditures made between September 29 and October 29. From this...

Campaign News for October 25

PRES: The Dallas Morning News’s Jamie Lonegrove tweeted total campaign contributions to presidential nominees from Texas in the last three election cycles. He determined that Hillary Clinton’s $18.3M is almost equal to Barack Obama’s 2012 efforts ($18.6M) and ahead of...

Endorsement News for October 20

Early voting in person begins Monday. MPACT: The Texas Assoc. of Manufacturers MPACT announced its endorsement of 29 incumbent legislators and open-seat candidates of the current incumbent’s party. All endorsed candidates were Republicans except for Sen. Chuy Hinojosa...

Ads and Endorsement News for October 19

RRC: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram endorsed Libertarian Mark Miller. HD107: The Kenneth Sheets campaign released a new ad, “Choice,” which draws distinctions between him and his challenger, including a claim her “million-dollar home” lies outside the district....

Campaign News for October 17

PRES: The Hillary Clinton campaign released a new ad that’s part of a “modest” ad buy in Texas. She is believed to be only the second Democratic presidential candidate to buy local ad time in Texas since Jimmy Carter in 1976 (Bill Clinton in 1992). The ad quotes the...

Dark Money, Endorsements and Ads for October 13

Dark Money: By a unanimous vote, the Texas Ethics Commission dismissed complaints against Texans for Fiscal Responsibility/Empower Texans’ Michael Quinn Sullivan. The earliest complaints were filed in 2012 by Rep. Jim Keffer (R-Eastland) and former Rep. Vicki Truitt...

Other Campaign Finance Highlights

We previously covered the 30-day-out reports for most competitive and potentially competitive House races. Since we published it, we became aware of a mistake with HD144. We erroneously used Rep. Gilbert Peña’s (R-Pasadena) July semiannual report in our...

Endorsement News for September 28

TLR Endorsements: The Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC announced its endorsements for the general election. All but one of the endorsed candidates are Republicans, and all but one of them running for statewide or legislative office have a Democratic opponent and are...

Campaign and Election News for September 26

PRES: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who chairs Donald Trump’s campaign in Texas, announced a “Texas Strategic Advisory Board,” which includes former Gov. Rick Perry as honorary co-chairman and several state and legislative leaders: Agriculture Comm. Sid Miller Railroad Comm....