2014 Election http://tpr.org en Texas Democrats Don't Expect Any Platform Shakeups At State Convention http://tpr.org/post/texas-democrats-dont-expect-any-platform-shakeups-state-convention <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Texas Democratic Party’s 2014 state convention starts today and party officials say they are not expecting any major divisions in the party or surprises concerning the party’s platform.</span></p><p>Communication Director Manny Garcia said the conversations they have had with party delegates haven’t been about making any major changes to the party’s platform, just some tweaking.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:58:24 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34091 at http://tpr.org Texas Democrats Don't Expect Any Platform Shakeups At State Convention Texas Republicans Will Decide On Guest Worker Inclusion At June Convention http://tpr.org/post/texas-republicans-will-decide-guest-worker-inclusion-june-convention <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now that the Republican Party of Texas has formed it’s ticket for the fall elections the party is looking toward their convention in June, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">which is where they will decide on a platform.</span></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 14:44:43 +0000 Ryan Poppe 32497 at http://tpr.org Texas Republicans Will Decide On Guest Worker Inclusion At June Convention Calvert & Wilson Win Party Nominations For Precinct 4 Commissioners Court http://tpr.org/post/calvert-wilson-win-party-nominations-precinct-4-commissioners-court <p>The race for the Precinct 4 Bexar County Commissioners Court seat is now narrowed down to two people:&nbsp; Kirby Mayor Tim Wilson and KROV-FM General Manager Tommy Calvert.</p><p>Wilson held a small lead over Windcrest Mayor Alan Baxter with the early voting results and kept that narrow margin to the end, winning the Republican spot with just under 52 percent of the vote. Wilson said if he is elected during the mid-term election, his first move would be the elimination of projects like the streetcar system.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 18:56:38 +0000 Joey Palacios 32467 at http://tpr.org Calvert & Wilson Win Party Nominations For Precinct 4 Commissioners Court With Republican Lt. Gov. Runoff Settled, Van De Putte Takes Aim At Patrick http://tpr.org/post/republican-lt-gov-runoff-settled-van-de-putte-takes-aim-patrick <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leticia Van De </span>Putte<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, wasted no time pointing out the differences between herself and Dan Patrick, her Republican opponent on the November ballot. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Van De Putte pointed to Patrick’s use of campaign rhetoric and hot button issues to build an audience in his runoff against incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 18:47:03 +0000 Ryan Poppe 32462 at http://tpr.org With Republican Lt. Gov. Runoff Settled, Van De Putte Takes Aim At Patrick Tea Party Influence May Dissipate In General Election http://tpr.org/post/tea-party-influence-may-dissipate-general-election <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Texas Republican primary and runoff elections have been dominated by tea party values, but once the votes are in and a full Republican ticket is formed, will candidates move back to the center? &nbsp;</span></p><p>Without even looking at the runoff election returns, Professor Mark P. Jones, who heads up the political science department at Rice University in Houston, said the tea party is already a winner in Texas.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"The tea party issues have really defined the terms of this campaign</span>," Jones said.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 17:38:26 +0000 Ryan Poppe 32396 at http://tpr.org Tea Party Influence May Dissipate In General Election Paxton & Branch Jockey For Position In Republican Attorney General Runoff http://tpr.org/post/paxton-branch-jockey-position-republican-attorney-general-runoff <p><strong>Texas Matters:</strong> While a lot of attention has been paid to the lieutenant governor runoff, the Republican attorney general runoff between Ken Paxton and Dan Branch is turning out to be equally intriguing. Also on this show: It's a runoff election, so turnout is likely going to be very low.</p><p><strong>Enough about lieutenant governor, how about the attorney general runoff?</strong></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 18:41:33 +0000 David Martin Davies 32226 at http://tpr.org Paxton & Branch Jockey For Position In Republican Attorney General Runoff The Source: Tea Party Strength At The Polls http://tpr.org/post/source-tea-party-strength-polls <p>With tea party-backed candidates losing big races in Kentucky with Sen. Mitch McConnell and in North Carolina with Thom Tillis, as well as less well-known races in Oregon and Georgia, is the national tea party movement in decline?</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 18:03:48 +0000 Paul Flahive 32156 at http://tpr.org The Source: Tea Party Strength At The Polls Republican Precinct 4 Runoff Features Alan Baxter & Tim Wilson http://tpr.org/post/republican-precinct-4-runoff-features-alan-baxter-tim-wilson <p></p><p>Tommy Adkisson vacated the Precinct 4 Bexar County Commissioners Court seat to run for county judge. Adkisson has held the seat since 1998 and it will be filled by one of four contenders in the runoff; two from each party.</p><p>On the Republican ticket are a pair of mayors from two of the county’s cities: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/votebaxter" target="_blank">Alan Baxter, the mayor of Windcrest</a>, and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Timothy-Wilson-for-Bexar-County-Commissioner-Precinct-4/1426433184253690" target="_blank">Tim Wilson, the mayor of Kirby</a>.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 14:09:38 +0000 Joey Palacios 31983 at http://tpr.org Republican Precinct 4 Runoff Features Alan Baxter & Tim Wilson Debra Guerrero & Tommy Calvert Vie For Democratic Spot On Precinct 4 Ballot http://tpr.org/post/debra-guerrero-tommy-calvert-vie-democratic-spot-precinct-4-ballot <p></p><p>Among the races being decided during the runoff election is the open Precinct 4 seat on the Bexar County Commissioners Court. One of four people, two from each party, will take the place of Tommy Adkisson, who who gave up the seat to run for county judge.</p><p><a href="http://calvertforcommissioner.nationbuilder.com/" target="_blank">Tommy Calvert</a> and <a href="http://www.debraguerrero.com/" target="_blank">Debra Guerrero</a> are the two Democratic candidates who survived the March 4 primary election.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 14:01:19 +0000 Joey Palacios 31928 at http://tpr.org Debra Guerrero & Tommy Calvert Vie For Democratic Spot On Precinct 4 Ballot Border Trust & The Democratic Primary Runoff For U.S. Senate http://tpr.org/post/border-trust-democratic-primary-runoff-us-senate <p></p><p><strong>Texas Matters: </strong>How much information should DPS and border patrol share with landowners along the Texas-Mexico border? The primary runoff for U.S. Senate in the Democratic Party is between two candidates with little statewide name recognition: One is a party establishment outsider who wants to impeach the president and the other is an entrepreneur who is originally from Lebanon.</p><p><strong>Border surge intelligence debate</strong></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 19:17:29 +0000 David Martin Davies 31813 at http://tpr.org Border Trust & The Democratic Primary Runoff For U.S. Senate