Israel, Paddie Decide Not to Seek Re-election

Reps. Celia Israel (D-Austin) and Chris Paddie (R-Marsahll) announced they would not seek re-election to the House. “After four legislative sessions and all the special sessions that came with them, I am ready for a new challenge,” Israel said in a statement...

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...

By the Numbers: Sitting Legislators Running Statewide

0 Number of sitting state representatives to win a statewide race since 1990. It’s been three decades since a House member last won statewide office. Then Reps. Dan Morales (D-San Antonio) and Rick Perry (R-Haskell) won their races for Attorney General and...

Endorsement and Other Election News for September 15

SD12 open: The campaign of Rep. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) released a new list of endorsements including the entire Denton Co. Commissioners Court, Denton Co. Sheriff Tracy Murphree (R), Tarrant Co. Sheriff Bill Waybourn (R), and the mayors of Lewisville, Ponder,...

Abbott Raised Nearly $2.3M During 1st Special Session

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) raised $2.27M during the first special session. His largest contributors for the period were Houston foundation president Nancy Kinder ($250K), Midland investor Douglas Scharbauer ($100K) and San Antonio alcoholic beverage distributor Alan Dreeben...

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)...

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...

White Retiring, Possibly Eying Statewide Office

Rep. James White (R-Hillister) announced he would not seek re-election. White, who is serving his sixth term, was first elected in 2010. “I’m a term limit guy by nature,” White said during an appearance on KTRE-TV’s East Texas Now’s Legislative...

Prosecutors: AG Trial Venue Fight Not Over

As expected, the attorneys charged with prosecuting Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R) have appealed a ruling sending the criminal fraud case back to Collin Co. from Harris Co., where it has transferred more than four years ago. A divided panel of three Democratic justices...

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...