GOV: Democratic runoff candidates Lupe Valdez and Andrew White will reportedly debate May 11 in Austin. The debate will be organized by several Democratic groups, according to a press release issued by James Lee, Hispanic Caucus State Committeeman of the Texas Democratic Party. Details, including location (“projected to take place at the University of Texas at Austin”) and moderator “will be released over the coming days.”

House Speaker: Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) filed paperwork establishing his candidacy for Speaker. He joins three Republicans – Reps. Phil King (R-Weatherford), Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) and John Zerwas (R-Richmond) – in the race to succeed the retiring Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio). Others are expected to enter the race before the Legislature convenes in January.

Johnson’s entry into the race drew praise from a number of Democrats and at least one Republican:

https://twitter.com/RepStickland/status/991674121862905858

HD8 open: Former Gov. Rick Perry (R) endorsed Thomas McNutt in the Republican runoff over Cody Harris.

HD13 open: The Texas Home School Coalition has withdrawn its endorsement of Ben Leman in the special and Republican runoff elections.

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