As former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gears up for an expected presidential run, longtime friends and colleagues say the native Texan always had the aura of political potential hanging over him. From his backyard ballpark in Houston to his years with Texas Commerce Bank, Bush stood out for his abilities — and his relatability.
Sen. Rand Paul won his third consecutive Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll Saturday, dashing the hopes of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who came in third, and former Gov. Rick Perry, who placed eleventh.
Over the weekend, federal officeholders filed their final campaign reports for 2014. They offer a glimpse into members of the Texas delegation who are sitting pretty financially, and which my need to get to work soon dialing for dollars.
Former Austin County Judge Carolyn Bilski led the race to fill the HD-13 seat but will face Leighton Schubert in a runoff.
Voting ended Tuesday night in three crowded elections — Senate District 26, House District 17 and House District 123 — and all are now headed for runoffs.
After the winners of Tuesday’s elections are sworn in, there will be only seven white Democrats left in the Texas Legislature. That complicates the party's efforts to attract independent voters if it is unable to argue that it represents all Texans, including Anglos.
Thousands of Texans who voted in 2010 did not come back to do it again in 2014, and most of those voted for the Democratic candidate for governor four years ago. At the same time, another kind of voting — mail ballots — is booming.
Texas voters have picked the agriculture commissioner for more than a century. But is that a good idea in a state almost 90 percent urban?
Battleground Texas launched nearly two years ago with the goal of turning reliably red Texas into a purple state where Democrats could compete. But after the 2014 general election, Texas looks redder than ever. So what went wrong?
Twenty-nine Texans who weren't in the state Legislature last session will take their seats as new members of the Texas House and Senate in January. All but three of them are Republicans. Explore our list of fresh faces.
Denton on Tuesday became the state’s first city to ban hydraulic fracturing, setting up a high profile property clash likely to be fought in courtrooms and the Legislature.
For the third time in as many elections, CD-23 is changing changed hands, this time going back to the GOP after challenger Will Hurd ousted incumbent Democrat Pete Gallego.
Wendy Davis on Tuesday lost a bit more than her gubernatorial race. Her vacated Texas senate seat flipped to Republicans on a rough night for Democrats in legislative races.
Texas voters reasserted themselves in the face of ballyhooed Democratic voter turnout efforts: This remains — emphatically — a Republican state.
Texas voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly supported using oil and gas tax revenue to fund new road projects. Further down the ballot, a trio of highly contentious district attorney races led a roster of high-profile local contests.
Texas Democrats maintained their 16-year losing streak on Tuesday night, with Republicans decisively sweeping all 15 statewide races on the ballot.
As expected, Attorney General Greg Abbott crushed Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis in the Texas governor's race. Abbott, 56, who will become the first Texas governor in a wheelchair, presided over an expected sweep and helped usher in a whole new crop of Republican leaders.
Polls open in the crucial midterm elections.
We have some surprising facts about today's midterm elections and how they could affect your wallet. So what's the price tag on this year's elections?
Greg Abbott supporters who dialed into a Monday evening tele-townhall were exhorted to get out the vote on Tuesday, lest Democratic opponent Wendy Davis usher into Texas the evils of liberalism and Barack Obama.
It's Election Day, and Texans will turn over every statewide executive office, settle some locally important legislative and congressional races, and decide on issues like transportation funding.
President Obama on Monday urged Democratic voters to turn out on Election Day for Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte, the candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, warning in a conference call that voter apathy would ensure Republicans retain control in Texas.
After Tuesday's general election, political observers will examine voter turnout and exit poll data, seeking insights into where Texas is politically, and where it may be headed. Here are the questions most drawing their attention.
If the Republicans win control of the U.S. Senate in Tuesday's elections, the second-ranking member of what is now the minority party — John Cornyn of Texas — could be sitting pretty.
With early voting wrapping up Friday, turnout numbers don't seem to reflect much result from Democratic efforts to cultivate new voters.
In two legislative contests in Tarrant County — House District 94 and Senate District 10 — Democrats are pinning their hopes on Republican voters soured by the most conservative elements of their party.
As the election season comes to a close, it's instructive to see whom the candidates call in for special appearances and reinforcement — and whom they don't call on at all.
Green Party candidate Emily Sanchez has few resources in her bid for U.S. Senate. What she does have is a nickname, SpicyBrown, that voters will see on the ballot.
Attorney General Greg Abbott voted for himself in Austin on Thursday, then confidently predicted he would reach his goal of a strong finish in heavily Latino South Texas.
State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, is reaching out to voters in conservative hotbeds in North and East Texas — a nod to Democrats’ dependence on increasing voter turnout in statewide races.
In his second race after switching to the GOP, incumbent state Rep. J.M. Lozano thinks HD-43 voters are more comfortable with his party choice. But Democratic challenger Kim Gonzalez isn't going to let it go.
After months of chasing his opponent, Democratic Comptroller candidate Mike Collier finally had his chance Wednesday night to outline and contrast his accounting experience against Republican candidate Glenn Hegar — a cornerstone of his campaign.
Buoyed by recent polling numbers in the Texas governor's race, Republican nominee Greg Abbott touted his support among female voters during a Wednesday campaign stop, less than a week before the Nov. 4 election.
Texas is a red state when it comes to electoral politics. But in its second-largest county, some Republican incumbents are playing defense. And at least one other is hoping for an upset in the heart of Dallas County.
After Democrat Susan Motley complained about mailers attacking her in a state House race, state GOP chairman Steve Munisteri agreed that the ads were inaccurate. And he's issued a rare retraction to voters in North Texas.
The once-obscure General Land Office has gained national attention now that George P. Bush wants to run it. If he wins, its functions — from managing oil and gas leases to dealing with rising sea levels and maintaining historical treasures — are sure to get more scrutiny.
The state's drilling and fracking frenzy is raising questions about safety, earthquakes and water use. That's raising the stakes for this year's Railroad Commission race.
Requiring voters to show a photo ID has proved controversial in the federal courts, but the law is popular with Texas voters, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Texas voters favor it by a 3-to-1 margin, even though 38 percent say it decreases voter turnout.
For the first time in 20 years, Texas House District 23 will have a new representative. And in the race to succeed state Rep. Craig Eiland, Republican Wayne Faircloth and Democrat Susan Criss have zeroed in on the issue of insurance.
During an appearance on The Daily Show in Austin on Monday, state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, dismissed speculation that Texas is showing no signs of turning blue.
Since November of 1980, Lubbock has consistently voted for republicans over democrats in the vast majority of elected offices. But despite that long history, democratic candidates continue to bring their campaigning to West Texas.
Democrats are hoping to take advantage of the shifting demographics in Irving to flip Texas House District 105, which has been held by a Republican for more than a decade.
It would take more than 10 days to watch all the ad spots on broadcast television that the campaign of Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for Texas governor, has bought from July to Election Day.
State leaders asked for and received a study that said the voter photo ID law would leave more than a half-million voters without required state-issued IDs. But they didn't tell most legislators about it, according to a federal judge's findings.
Democratic state Rep. Celia Israel and Republican Mike VanDeWalle are in a rematch for the state House less than a year after their last face-off.
While many Democrats in southern states are running away from Barack Obama as fast as they can, Sen. Wendy Davis leaned into her embrace of the president on Wednesday, saying she would welcome him on the campaign trail.
Corpus Christi personal injury lawyer Thomas J. Henry has poured $694,000 into the campaign of Democrat Nicholas LaHood, who is trying to unseat 16-year Republican incumbent Susan Reed as Bexar County district attorney. Henry plans to give even more, and some folks in San Antonio are wondering what all that cash is for.
Three candidates are vying for the state Senate seat occupied by Glenn Hegar, a Katy Republican. They're even advertising. But Hegar is still in office, and that seat is not on the November ballot.
In the battle to represent Congressional District 23, U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, and Republican Will Hurd have built substantial war chests for the stretch run in what many view as the state’s only toss-up race for Congress.
DPS is resuming the issuance of Election Identification Certificates after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit today ruled unanimously that the states voter ID law will remain in effect for the November 2014 election.
Voting is well underway here in the Concho Valley, with several more hours left to let your voice be heard. There are only three contested races here locally.
We're continuing our election profiles and Thursday we hear from the Democrat candidate for the Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 position, Jo Ann Martinez.
We are continuing our local election coverage with a look at the Justice of the Peace Precinct One race. Wednesday, we hear from incumbent Kay Longest.
We continue our local election coverage of the Tom Green County Commissioner Precinct 3 race.
Early voting starts Monday and we are hearing from Tom Green County Commissioner Rick Bacon who is running for his first unexpired term for Precinct 3.
Tuesday, voters in San Angelo and the rest of the Texas Senate District 28 will cast ballots in a special election to replace long-time State Senator Robert Duncan.
One of the six candidates running in next week's special election for the State Senate District 28 seat... grew up in San Angelo. Greg Wortham was also the Mayor of Sweetwater for seven years.
District 83 State Representative, Charles Perry, wants to be a State Senator. He is one of six candidates running in next week's special election.
The special election for the State Senate District 28 seat is Tuesday, September 9th.
Former Representative Delwin Jones is now in serious condition at a Lubbock hospital.
Tuesday, we hear from a man who worked in the George W. Bush Administration.
Early voting in the special election for State Senator District 28 continues this week. There are a total of six candidates in this race.
Election day is Saturday and we are wrapping up candidate profiles with a look at former City Councilman Richard C. Bastardo, Sr. who is running for Single Member District 3.
Elections for city council are Saturday. Wednesday, we spoke with candidate Eugenio Ismael Garcia who is running for office for the first time.
Early voting for city council positions ends at 7 p.m. Tuesday. With elections Saturday, we will hear candidates in the last race, Single Member District 3, this week.
Local business owner Philip Skinner runs Best Texas Tees and Signs. He is running for city council after living in San Angelo for decades.
Early voting is underway and we're continuing election coverage. Tonight, we look at the City Council Single Member District 5 race and hear from candidate Elizabeth Grindstaff.
Candidate Bill Richardson withdrew from the city council race for District 1. Yet, his name is still on the ballot. We look at why his name is still in the running and, if he won, what would happen next.
We continue candidate profiles ahead of the May 10th city elections day as council districts 1, 3, and 5 are up for grabs
Early voting for the May 10th city elections begins on Monday, April 28th. District 1 councilmember Rodney Fleming is running for re-election.
"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.