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This isn't necessarily about something that is going to happen when the 86th Texas Legislature convenes next January. But it could happen, and it's a great peek into how political chess works. Texas Republicans have a 20-11 advantage in the state Senate. That's just enough, under current Senate rules, ...
Analysis: The Texas Senate's Republican supermajority, on the bubble ... If the Democrats were to win more than one seat now held by Republicans, the Texas Senate would be back in the position it was in for years — when nobody could get an issue to the floor without brokering enough of a compromise ...

Look Out, Ted Cruz: Poll Reveals Tight Race for Texas Senate Seat. The Quinnipiac University poll found that 44 percent of Texans favor Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke for Ted Cruz's Senate seat. By Claire Heddles. April 19 2018 6:18 PM EDT. Share on Twitter · Share on Facebook. Tags: Politics, Texas ...
Ballinger, Texas (CNN) Beto O'Rourke, his wife Amy and two staffers -- one streaming it all live on Facebook -- all pile out of a maroon Dodge Caravan rental at the courthouse here on a recent Friday afternoon. They are in Runnels County, a county in rural Central Texas where Donald Trump won 86% of ...
Bryan served in the Texas House from 1847-53 and the Texas Senate from 1853-57. He then went to the U.S. House for one term, later returning to the Texas House for three nonconsecutive terms starting in 1873, including a stint as speaker. Best I can tell (and my thanks to Nancy Z. Watson at the always ...
The Human Rights Campaign has endorsed Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who is up for re-election this November. “The choice for Texas voters this November could not be starker,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement.

Texas Senate Candidate Beto O'Rourke Says He's Seen Enough Evidence To Impeach Trump. But the Democrat wants to wait for the conclusion of the Russia probe first. By Igor Bobic ...
Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic candidate for the Texas Senate, will be in the South Plains this weekend. On Sunday morning at 10 AM, O'Rourke will be at J&M Caprock Cafe in Dickens. At 1 p.m., he will be in Floydada at the Massie Activity Center. At 8 p.m, O'Rourke will be hosting a town hall at Texas ...
Candidates are lining up for the day — maybe soon, maybe not — when two Texas Senate incumbents get out of the way. Texas is poised to have a couple of state Senate elections ahead, in Houston and in San Antonio — races that are not yet on the ballot. One is opening because the incumbent, Sylvia ...
The rise of the Republican Party in the Lone Star State is a fascinating tale of how one party consistently bit off its nose to spite its face. Texas always had a small Republican Party in the panhandle, in the German counties north of San Antonio, and later in the growing suburbs of Dallas and Houston. But the two-party system ...
Presuming Democrats don't pull off a statewide upset, Texas' November election is going to be about the small things. Lupe Valdez or Andrew White probably won't beat Gov. Greg Abbott, and Beto O'Rourke, however charismatic, probably isn't going to knock off Sen. Ted Cruz. Across the state, however, ...
The United State Court Fifth Circuit of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a bulk of Texas Senate Bill 4. The law essentially prohibits any supervisor from preventing officers or deputies from questioning the immigration status of people they have detained, or placed under arrest. The other portion of the law deals with cooperation ...
Angela Paxton Might Join The Texas Senate. Could She Vote On Her Husband's Salary? Angela Paxton is the favorite to win a Texas Senate seat and have a vote on the state budget, which includes funding for her husband's office. Legal experts and ethics lawyers weigh in on how such a situation is ...
Angela Paxton is the favorite to win a Texas Senate seat and have a vote on the state budget, which includes funding for her husband's office. Legal experts and ethics lawyers weigh in on how such a situation is addressed in Texas law. by Alex Samuels March 15, 2018 12 hours ago. Angela Paxton kisses her husband, ...
Roland Gutierrez is running for Texas Senate District 19, a Democratic-leaning San Antonio district that overlaps with his own. The only problem: That seat is still held by state Sen. Carlos Uresti, who has resisted calls to resign from Democrats and Republicans alike since he was convicted weeks ago of 11 ...
Two House Democrats Say They'll Run To Replace Sylvia Garcia In The Texas Senate. Houston Democrat Sylvia Garcia hasn't yet stepped down from her Texas Senate seat after winning her congressional primary Tuesday, but Houston state Reps. Ana Hernandez and Carol Alvarado have already said ...
Texas State Representative Ana Hernandez (third from the left in this archive image) announced on March 7 2018 that she will run for Sylvia Garcia's seat in the Texas Senate if Garcia wins the election for Texas' 29th Congressional District in November to replace retiring Democratic Congressman Gene ...

Washington (CNN) The Democrat who will face off against Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the Texas Senate race later this year is defending his position on gun control in a state that highly values its Second Amendment rights. "I think a lot of Texans are wondering who it is that Ted Cruz represents in the Senate.
Dallas- and Fort Worth-area voters will help determine the future makeup of the Texas Senate, voting in three critical battles, including two GOP incumbents being challenged in their primary. In Dallas County, a fierce struggle within the party is the backdrop for several races, including the highly competitive ...
LBJ East Is Major Issue in Republican Texas Senate Primary. Candidates differ on managed toll lanes for LBJ East. By Ken Kalthoff. Published 2 hours ago ...
Nearly a year ago, Phillip Huffines began a campaign for Texas Senate District 8, betting that the incumbent would vacate the seat to run for Congress and Huffines, a deep-pocketed businessman, had a chance to clear the field. One of those things came true: As widely expected, state Sen. Van Taylor ...
They put the race on pace to be the most expensive Texas senate race in history. “They're going to spend $10 million. That's extraordinary in a Texas senate race. Much of it is negative,” said Cal Jillson, political science professor at SMU. Both candidates are on a level playing field when it comes to name ...
A Democratic candidate has outraised Texas Sen. Ted Cruz Rafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day HHS official put on leave ...
There's just a 3-point margin between Sen. Ted Cruz and his Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O'Rourke, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday. Between the lines: 51% of independent voters support O'Rourke over Cruz, which is one group of voters that could help him pull of a win. And Cruz's job approval ...
With one congressional resignation in the bag and a couple more pending — maybe — in the Texas Senate, special elections have become a spring parlor game in Austin. Republican U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold of Corpus Christi quit earlier this month — pushed into the limelight and squeezed out of his ...
There's a seat in the Texas Senate, and a couple of wildcard races that will put new people in that body. And there are a dozen or so spots in the Texas House that could go to either the Democrats or the Republicans. Those races will lock down the list of voters in the first significant election of 2019 — the ...
Paxton beat Huffines for the Republican nomination to a Texas Senate seat representing Dallas' northern suburbs in what is the most expensive primary for state office on the ballot. It's also been one of the nastiest races, pitting two well-known conservative families against each other. But at her victory party ...
WASHINGTON — The fight between Sen. Ted Cruz and challenger Beto O'Rourke pits a tea party darling who used his first term to run for the White House against a dynamic three-term congressman hoping to snap his party's 25-year losing streak in Texas. Both cleared the primaries on Tuesday with little ...
Beto O'Rourke — Democrats' great hope for taking on Ted Cruz in Texas's Senate race this fall — had never run for statewide office before. From that perspective, clinching the nomination and avoiding a runoff with about 61.8 percent of the vote (at press time) isn't so bad. Yet O'Rourke has received a ...
Beverly Powell won a decisive victory Thursday night over opponent Allison Campolo in the Texas Senate District 10 Democratic primary. The district includes a big chunk of Fort Worth, and is widely considered a swing seat that could go either way in the November general election. In the Republican ...
Senator Ted Cruz, the Republican incumbent, and Representative Beto O'Rourke of El Paso, the Democratic candidate, won their primaries in the Senate race on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. The general election is on Nov. 6. Get Election Updates Want to know when we'll have live ...
The surge in Democratic primary voters for the March 6 elections has sparked renewed talk of a great blue wave that will wash through Texas, and the rest of the nation in November. Such predictions have merit. While it's still a bridge too far to predict that Democrats will sweep statewide offices or knock off ...
As election day draws near, the closely watched Texas Senate District 8 Republican primary battle between businessman Phillip Huffines and educator Angela Paxton is shaping up to be one of the most expensive races in recent memory, with the two expected to spend upwards of $10 million combined.
A million-dollar Texas Senate race is growing more intense with radio and mail ad attacks as the March 6 primary draws near. But whether that means trouble for District 2 Republican incumbent Bob Hall of Edgewood in his battle against challenger state Rep. Cindy Burkett of Sunnyvale depends on whom ...
Two candidates with strong family ties in Texas politics are vying to replace Van Taylor of Plano in the Texas Senate. Angela Paxton, the wife of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, and Phillip Huffines, the brother of state Sen. Don Huffines, face off Tuesday in the Republican primary for Texas Senate ...
(CNN) Beto O'Rourke is giving Ted Cruz a run for his money in the Texas Senate contest. The Democratic underdog from El Paso outraised the first-term Republican senator and former presidential candidate by $1.5 million -- $2.3 million to $800,000 -- from the beginning of 2018 through mid-February.
In the Texas Senate, Republicans hold 20 seats to just 11 for Democrats. Ward said she knows the math and isn't pretending the NDRC is going to win it all back this year. She said what makes their organization different from past efforts in Texas is that they are here for the long hall. She said they expect to ...
John C Moritz and Madlin Mekelburg, El Paso Times Published 6:00 a.m. MT Feb. 8, 2018 | Updated 12:23 p.m. MT Feb. 9, 2018. play. CLOSE. The candidates for a U.S. Senate seat from Texas are a study in contrast. John C. Moritz/USA Today Network. Ted Cruz Beto O'Rourke Mashup Buy Photo. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a ...
Of the 31 senate districts in Texas, Senate District 10, which covers about half of Tarrant County in North Texas, is the closest to a swing district. Democrat Wendy Davis won the seat in 2008 and held onto it in 2012. After Davis ran for governor in 2014, the seat flipped to Republicans with Burton's election.
Cindy Burkett in Texas Senate District 2 closes with this message: "Paid for by Texas Right to Life Committee, the state's largest and oldest pro-life organization." The tagline was read by Hall. Jay Root covered the story with Patrick Svitek for the Tribune. They downloaded the video before it was deleted.
Former Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filibusters in an effort to kill an abortion bill, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said he doesn't want a planned movie about former state Sen. Wendy Davis' filibuster to be filmed in the Texas Senate. The Austin American Statesman reports ...
After 16 years in the Texas Senate, incumbent Craig Estes faces a challenge from within his own party. This district is Tarrant, Denton, Collin and counties north to the Red River. State Rep. Pat Fallon, a Tea Partier who currently represents Collin County, hopes to take advantage of the changing urban demographics of the ...
But on one point they are united: They want a Democrat to reclaim the Texas Senate District 10 seat this year. The decision on who is best for that fight — Campolo, a research scientist and teaching associate making her first bid for public office, or Powell, a real estate agent who has served on public school ...
A Texas Senate committee met Wednesday to begin efforts to assess the state of free speech on college campuses throughout Texas. The committee was directed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to “ascertain any restrictions on Freedom of Speech rights that Texas students face in expressing their views on campus ...
Members of the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee will exam this question Wednesday: Are students' freedom of speech rights being squelched on state college campuses? The special legislative hearing at Texas State University in San Marcos follows the school's own high profile free speech conflict. This past fall ...
SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — A Texas Senate panel met Wednesday to address free speech on campuses across the state. During the meeting, held at the student center on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos, lawmakers heard invited and public testimony relating to the First ...
Members of the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee will exam this question Wednesday: Are students' freedom of speech rights being squelched on state college campuses? The special legislative hearing at Texas State University in San Marcos follows the school's own high profile free speech conflict.
State Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, came out swinging against one of his opponents last week, criticizing Pat Fallon's attendance record in a 30-second spot on YouTube. The spot claims Fallon missed important votes during the 2017 special session because he was “sunning himself on a beach in ...
He noted that the Chamber hasn't weighed in on the Texas Senate race. Cruz, who won his first Senate race after an upset victory in the 2012 Republican primary, faces a bigger threat from a Democrat. El Paso Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke has been aggressively traveling the state campaigning, and ...
Texas House of Representatives 62nd District candidate Reggie Smith speaks at a lunch forum hosted by the Grayson County Republican Women in Sherman Friday. Five candidates vying for seats in the House and Texas Senate's 62nd District were given the opportunity to introduce themselves, discuss ...


 

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