King Announces Senate Bid, Patrick Endorsement

Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) announced he would run for SD10 if it is redrawn as proposed by the Senate’s current redistricting plan, and he was promptly endorsed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R). An amendment filed by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) to her redistricting...

Murphy Announces Retirement as Senate Tees Up Redistricting

Rep. Jim Murphy (R-Houston), the House Republican Caucus chair, announced he would not seek re-election, saying he is “looking forward to life’s next great opportunity.” Murphy becomes the 13th House member elected to the 87th Legislature who will not be returning....

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...

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...

Settlement Ends Long ‘Motor Voter’ Fight

The state reached a settlement with plaintiffs seeking to bring it in compliance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, the relevant portion of which is commonly referred to as “Motor Voter,” ending nearly seven years of litigation. Under the...

Revisiting Our Election Predictions

Now that most of the dust has settled, we take a look back at our predictions about the overall state climate and specific legislative and congressional races. We’ll take each of our five predictions in order. 1. Republicans sweep statewide races, including the...

‘Late-train’ Money Favors Federal Races

“Late-train” money is flowing into close Congressional races but largely ignoring state races as the election campaign nears its end. Part of this disparity is due to the dates covered. Congressional candidates began disclosing contributions in “24-hour” reports on...