2014 promises political change in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Elections and court rulings could bring tremendous changes to Texas in 2014, reshaping the political landscape for the first time in more than a decade. Texans will choose a new governor, attorney general, comptroller, land commissioner, agriculture commissioner and railroad commissioner. The only question for voters is whether to hand out […]

2014 races shape up with filing deadline

AUSTIN, Texas — The time has come for Texas politicos to either put up or shut up for the 2014 elections. Republicans who think an incumbent is too liberal, or Democrats pondering a race where no one is seeking the party’s nomination, have until the close of business Monday to file their paperwork. So far […]

Texas Democrats Offering Stark Contrast

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas voters won’t have a hard time telling the difference between the Republican and Democratic candidates next year. With the addition of San Antonio Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, attorney Sam Houston and party activist Steve Brown last week, the Democratic slate offers a vivid contrast to the Republican ticket, both […]

UT Discrimination Lawsuit Asks Important Questions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Sixty-seven years after the first lawsuit over who gets to attend the University of Texas, a federal appeals court is again judging the school’s fairness and drafting a ruling that could change college affirmative action programs nationwide. On one side, officials at the flagship campus in Austin insist they’ve developed a […]

No lessons yet from Voter ID law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has enforced its Voter ID law for the first time statewide, but there isn’t enough data yet to claim the law was either harmless or an affront to voters’ rights. There were no major problems reported at polling stations during early voting or on Election Day last week. But there […]

Split over $2B State Water Infrastructure Fund

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Early voting is underway on whether to tap the state’s rainy day fund to create a $2 billion water infrastructure fund, but while the constitutional amendment enjoys widespread support, there is vocal conservative opposition that could derail it in a low-turnout election. Listed on the ballot as Proposition 6, the measure […]

Immigration is the issue that can cut both ways

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Immigration policy, something that Texas politicians have little control over, is shaping up as one of the major issues of the 2014 election cycle in Texas. Republican operatives say the issue is the most important to their primary voters. That’s probably why Houston Sen. Dan Patrick made it the center piece […]

Greg Abbott, Wendy Davis Accuse Each Other of Extremism

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The two front-runners in the race for Texas governor have both announced their candidacies, and they share one common strategy: painting the other as a political extremist. Republican Greg Abbott says Democrat Wendy Davis will push an extreme liberal agenda. Davis counters that Abbott and his tea party allies will bring […]

Wendy Davis Begins the Long Hello

AUSTIN, Texas — Call it the long hello. Fort Worth Democrat Wendy Davis has announced that she will make clear her future plans on Oct. 3. In the meantime, she’s collecting emails, networking with Democratic supporters and will likely send out a number of email blasts over the next 10 days, releasing tidbits of news […]

Primary Elections Set for March 4 Help Incumbents

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Incumbent politicians can breathe a little easier now that three federal judges have declared they won’t redraw the state’s political maps or delay the 2014 primary elections. The nightmare of new districts and a prolonged primary campaign haunted many Republican lawmakers fearful they might lose their conservative majorities or face a […]