While the general election is still a year away, tension between gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott is already ratcheting up.
That battle is over money that the courts say Davis is owed for attorney fees during the 2011 redistricting battle over her state Senate seat -- a federal court in San Antonio ruled in Davis' favor just over a month ago.
Davis’ attorney Gerry Hebert said the federal court ordered Abbott to pay $600,000 as part of their decision for Davis.
A leading Democratic candidate for Wendy Davis’ Senate seat has indicated he will not be running in 2014, leaving the party with a smaller margin of error in the Texas Senate.
Some in the Texas Democratic Party believed Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns would be the person to take over in Davis’ district because he has bipartisan support, but this week Burns announced he would not be running in 2014.
Speaking at a campaign event in Brownsville on Monday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott said he’d like to introduce laws that further restrict the legislature’s access to the state's Economic Stabilization Fund, more commonly known as the Rainy Day Fund.
"I will promote a constitutional amendment that strictly limits the fund to be used only -- either for one, its intended purpose of meeting unforeseen budgetary shortfalls, reducing existing debt, one-time infrastructure payments and expenses related to state disasters," Abbott said.
For some time, many thought Texas Republican U.S. Senator John Cornyn would run unopposed during the Republican primaries next March, but this week, Houston immigration attorney Linda Vega announced she would be challenging the twelve-year incumbent.
“For someone who's been a senator for twelve years, I can’t to the best of my knowledge recall any policy that he’s proposed that has been good for Texas," Vega said. "If you are going to be a senior senator, if you are going to lead, lead. Don’t wait for someone else to propose something.”
Despite criticisms from Republicans, Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis is spending time in Washington D.C. next week for a major fundraising dinner.
The event Davis has been asked to speak at is to be hosted by the groups Battleground Texas and the Lone Start Project. Immediately upon its announcement, Davis began catching heat from her Republican rival, Attorney General Greg Abbott, who in a campaign email said Davis is “trying to bring Obama-styled politics and policies to Texas.”
Name-calling, accusations of lying, and mudslinging are what people have come to expect of the debate between the four Republican candidates for Texas lieutenant governor, but in front of the Montgomery County Tea Party on Wednesday a new idea was introduced that all four of the candidates agree on.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has launched a new online ad touting support from Texas women, using candid interviews recorded at the 2013 Texas Federation of Republican Women Convention in San Antonio.
Trying to woo the Latino vote, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has announced several events in South Texas and El Paso.
Davis says she’s gotten to known South Texas over the legislative session, especially concerning issues like healthcare and border issues.
“As Governor I want to make sure the people in South Texas understand I will be a leader that doesn’t just come and ask them for their vote and then forget about what they care about," Davis says. "I will be a leader who works on the things that are important to them.”
With a reverent tone, the people at the Floresville Community Center sang the patriotic hymn "America the Beautiful." It was a Saturday afternoon of singing patriotic songs and listening to a fire and brimstone political speech from Reverend Rafael Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
"Outside of the Bible, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are the greatest documents ever written by man," Rev. Cruz said.