Republicans Mike Schofield and Ann Hodge are speeding toward a May 27 runoff for House District 132, the Houston-area seat that state Rep. Bill Callegari is vacating after serving seven terms in the lower chamber.
A member of the House committee considering impeachment proceedings against a UT regent received a campaign contribution from a PAC that got hefty financial support from that same regent.
State Rep. Stefani Carter might have had an easy time seeking re-election to her seat in House District 102. But after she reversed a decision to run a statewide campaign for railroad commissioner, she re-entered what had become a crowded contest for her House seat. Now she's in a tight spot heading into her May runoff with Linda Koop.
Sen. Ken Paxton, the leading Republican candidate for attorney general, canceled his appearance at a Tea Party event Monday evening so he could focus on a review of his financial disclosure filings, a moderator said.
The campaign of attorney general candidate Ken Paxton is "reviewing and researching" its disclosure obligations in the wake of a Tribune investigation into his work as an investment adviser representative and other business relationships.
GOP House group takes in $21 million, outraised by Dems in first quarter.
Some new numbers released today from a new Texas Tech survey showing some very interesting findings about where Texans stand politically on issues like gay marriage, immigration and who will be the next Governor of Texas.
Politics is full of turnarounds, double-crosses and strategic misunderstandings. But a big business group's decision to switch sides in the race for lieutenant governor was a rare exhibition of political hardball.
Former state Rep. Mark Shelton and Tea Party favorite Konni Burton are vying in a Republican runoff election for the state Senate seat left open by Wendy Davis. It's a swing district that both political parties are paying close attention to.
With last session's divisive abortion debate as a backdrop, Democrats are getting help from the newly created Planned Parenthood Texas Votes Action Fund. Republicans say they don't expect much of a challenge, but they've established their own group to tackle women's issues.
Not all political candidates are chosen in primary elections. Some get on the November ballot with the votes of fewer people than you might see at a local Tea Party rally.
At the Texas State Teachers Association’s convention in San Marcos on Saturday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis accused her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, of retreating from his early education policy proposal.
Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, is trying to broaden her appeal beyond the filibuster that made her famous. But in her latest fundraising mailer to supporters, that June night is front and center, in the images and in the pitch itself.
After questions were raised about language in a policy proposal that appears to call for the biannual testing of pre-kindergarten students, Greg Abbott’s campaign is clarifying his early education plan, saying he is not calling for such tests.
Despite national improvement in election performance between 2008 and 2012, Texas ranked among the lowest-performing states, according to new data released Tuesday.
A former Texas Railroad Commission chairman is helping Ryan Sitton fight back against conflict-of-interest allegations in the Republican primary runoff for an open seat on the commission.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis highlighted her efforts to mobilize Texas voters at volunteer summit in Austin on Saturday.
State Sen. Dan Patrick has credited his success to grassroots support. But his momentum has also been built on lessons learned navigating the old-school politics of Harris County, where he has aggressively courted a small number of influential conservatives.
Davis is stopping in Amarillo today from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Fernando's Mexican Restaurant.
In his first run for public office, Malachi Boyuls encountered a big state, a crowded ballot and some difficulty with names — both his own and that of the office he sought.
John Ratcliffe, who is in a Republican primary runoff with U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, says the incumbent has been in Washington too long. What he's not saying is that Hall, who turns 91 next month, is too old for office.
18 candidates were on hand to talk with voters.
Take a look at how Texas' campaign finance system compares to the federal campaign finance system, and see how political contribution laws differ from state to state.
Two of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's top political aides have left his campaign amid internal conflict about the direction of his re-election bid.
Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott says he's looking “to make Texas the No. 1 education system in the United States within 10 years.” He has to find a way to suggest improvements while not criticizing his ally Rick Perry.
The Republican establishment is finding itself in the role of the hunted, as conservatives — especially in statewide races — dominate the political conversation.
Texas voters don't like property taxes, and Republican Glenn Hegar has said he favors eliminating them. His opponent in the comptroller's race, Mike Collier, is talking up the likely result: a huge increase in sales tax.
Neither Greg Abbott nor Wendy Davis has spent much of their gubernatorial campaigns talking about the energy industry and regulations. But Texans should have little trouble distinguishing their positions on the issue. As a lawmaker, Davis has a detailed record, and Abbott has staked his position in the courts.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on Monday renewed her attack on her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, for his opposition to a Texas version of the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
A handful of candidates seeking election this year are trying to win the favor of some of the same voters who previously voted them out of office.
The Texas Senate's swing to the right started more than 20 years ago, when the incumbents' definition of extreme simply meant a Republican had entered the Capitol. Now some of those same Republicans are under fire for being too liberal.
In 2013, developer Don Huffines and state Sen. Ken Paxton backed the expansion of a taxing district in North Texas — a practice that isn’t uncommon, but that has exposed a fiscal rift among conservatives. Neither Paxton nor Huffines sees a conflict with their conservative ideology, but critics on the left and right have raised questions about the districts.
For political challengers, a runoff can be good news: They lived to fight another day. For incumbent officeholders, runoffs are fraught with the idea that voters are shopping for someone new.
As the campaigns for gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis use social media to expand the discourse on the issues they consider priorities, they must also deal with addressing issues like name calling and personal attacks in such forums.
As they put their focus squarely on the November general election, Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis are pushing the issue of potential conflicts of interest for officeholders into a brighter political spotlight.
It might be tempting to romanticize the Tea Party as something distinct from the Republican Party, but poll data suggests that Tea Party voters would support using government power to enact unquestionably conservative policies.
Texas Democratic leaders tried to keep Kinky Friedman off of their November ticket, for fear voters will not take him seriously. But if he wins a runoff for agriculture commissioner in May, he might offer them their best odds for a win.
A week after the primary election, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples reflect on their failed bids for lieutenant governor, weigh in on David Dewhurst, Dan Patrick and the May runoff, and talk about what the future holds for them.
Will primary night results carry into runoffs? Not necessarily, political observers say. A recent change in election law has prompted Texas to extend the time between primaries and runoffs.
Jerry Patterson and Todd Staples offered differing takes on Tuesday on how the May runoff between their former lieutenant governor primary opponents — Dan Patrick and incumbent David Dewhurst — might turn out.
Wendy Davis isn't the first Democratic candidate for governor to lose a fifth of her primary vote, and GOP crowing about the size of its own electorate hides the overall unpopularity of voting in primary elections.
An email from a lobbyist at one of the state's largest law firms suggests there may be efforts underway to persuade three second-place Republican primary finishers to withdraw from the May runoffs.
Democrat Wendy Davis said last summer that she would quit doing private legal work for her public sector clients if she ran for governor. But months after she kicked off her campaign, the Fort Worth senator continues to represent them.
During its five-year lifetime, the Tea Party has lost some of its original focus on national spending and national debt. But it's hard to win a Republican primary without its support.
What's in a name? For some candidates in this week's primaries, including Jim Hogan and Malachi Boyuls, the answer may have been a few thousand votes.
Some Republicans' digs at Wendy Davis' performance in the Democratic primary on Tuesday have obscured the fact that turnout was down for both parties compared with 2010.
During a TribLive interview, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis said she’s not concerned by primary losses in several border counties, and that she was a better option for South Texas voters than Greg Abbott.
For the second time in two years, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is in a primary runoff. And the odds are heavily against him. He'll face state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, who finished first in Round 1 of a race that Dewhurst hopes will win him another term.
Candidates in several races came out swinging during the primary season, and that is not expected to ebb during the runoff campaign — particularly in the GOP races for lieutenant governor and attorney general.
In statewide races, Republicans who touted their stance against abortion — even when the offices they sought had little to do with the issue — saw strong primary night returns on Tuesday.
"We felt like we were going to have a lot more people come out and vote for the primary," stated San Angelo Election Administrator Vona McKerley.
After three months in office, incumbent Steve Floyd is running for county judge. Read more here.
Candidate Janet McEntyre is running for public office for the first time. Read more here.
Terry Mobley is running for county clerk's office. Read the full story here.
Incumbent Elizabeth McGill is running for a fourth term. Read more here.
Richard Easingwood is running for Tom Green County Judge. He said, his main concern is water. Read more here.
City Councilman for District 4, Don Vardeman, is running for County Commissioner Precinct 3. While Vardeman has not been a councilman for even a year, he feels the change is necessary.
For the last three months, he has filled in as Precinct 3 County Commissioner. Now, the Interim Incumbent Rick Bacon is running for a full term.
The race between incumbent Dianna Spieker and Lyleann McClellan Thee is one of the few races where the Republican primary will determine who will be in office January 1, 2015. Read more here.
This election coverage is one of the few where the race will end in March because there are not any Democratic candidates. Read more here.
Kenny McCrea the owner of McCrea Outdoors, is running again for Tom Green County Commissioner Precinct 4. Read the full story here.
Commissioner Bill Ford is seeking a full term. "Due to the vacancy in my position, I've been there for 13 months," stated Ford. Read more here.
Shannon Thomason, from Big Spring, is running for Representative of District 72. Learn more about him here.
Representative Drew Darby is running for reelection against opponent Shannon Thomason in the primary. Voting for the March 4th primary begins February 18th. Read more here.