2014 Election

2014 Governor's Race
2:00 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Ripples From 2011 Redistricting Lawsuit Put Davis & Abbott Head To Head

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

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.

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Texas Politics
11:53 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Number Of Democrats In The Texas Senate May Be Dwindling

Will Democrats be able to rally to fill Wendy Davis' now-vacant Senate seat?
Ryan Poppe TPR News

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.

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2014 Governor's Race
3:29 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

In First Policy Address, Abbott Wants Limited Rainy Day Fund Use, More Veto Power

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

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.

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Texas Politics
10:29 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Tom DeLay Says He Is On A Mission From God

Tom DeLay
U.S. Government File Photo

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Republican Tom DeLay told a tea party group that God has told him to lead a constitutional revival. What that means for his political future remains to be seen.  

Speaking to the Texas Patriots at an event in the North Texas town of Burleson on Tuesday, Oct. 22, DeLay called on them to join him in a constitutional revolution.

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2014 Election Campaign
4:50 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Immigration Attorney From Houston Challenges Cornyn For Senate Seat

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.”

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2014 Election Campaign
4:43 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Ms. Davis Goes To Washington, Criticizes Obamacare Rollout

Wendy Davis for Governor

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.”

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Government
12:09 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Republican Candidates For Lt. Governor Want To Move State’s Public Integrity Unit

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.

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Government
2:12 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Abbott Campaign Touts Support From Women With New Ad

Greg Abbott.
Courtesy photo

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.

The voices in the ad state:

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2014 Election Campaign
1:50 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Davis Campaign Coming To South Texas

Ryan Loyd TPR News

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.”

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Texas Politics
11:59 am
Wed October 23, 2013

For Tea Party, Ted Cruz And His Father, Texas Couldn't Be More Red

Reverend Rafael Cruz speaks at the Floresville Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 19..
David Martin Davies TPR News

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.

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