Voter ID: A three-judge panel of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals convened today in New Orleans to hear oral arguments regarding whether the state’s revised Voter ID law should be allowed to take effect. No timetable for a decision was announced. In September, in a 2-1 decision, a different Fifth Circuit panel stayed a lower court ruling preventing the state from implementing its revised Voter ID law. In October, the Fifth Circuit denied plaintiffs’ request to hear the case en banc. Whichever party loses with the three-judge panel will almost certainly seek an en banc hearing.

Filing for a place on the 2018 continues until 6 p.m. local time on December 11. Please see our Crib Sheets for candidates’ filing status. We’ve added about three dozen Libertarian candidates that have filed with the state party so far.

Weston Martinez

Weston
Martinez

Comm. Christi Craddick

RRC: San Antonio media strategist and Texas Real Estate Comm. Weston Martinez is campaigning for a primary challenge against Comm. Christi Craddick (R). Martinez received 10% of the vote and finished fifth in the 2016 Republican primary for an open RRC seat.

SD30: Bridgeport firefighter and council member Kevin Lopez established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) as a Democrat.

HD11: Nacogdoches environmental activist Alec Johnson established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches) as a Democrat.

HD15 open: Rep. Mark Keough (R-The Woodlands) endorsed former Rep. Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) to succeed him.

Subscribers can read the rest of this report which includes news about HD6, HD7, HD45, HD46, HD58, HD60, HD67, HD82, HD103, HD144 and HD150.

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