Sources tell Politico that state Sen. Wendy Davis and her advisers have alerted prominent Democrats that she's in the governor's race for 2014, but do these political teasers help or hurt her campaign?
Grace Garcia is the executive director for Annie’s List, one of the main groups drumming up support for the Davis campaign.
This time it's state Sen. Carlos Uresti, who said he is mulling a run for the attorney general's office in 2014 and considers himself a perfect fit for the job.
"With my experience as an attorney of 20 years, my experience as a legislator of 16 years -- including my experience as officer in the Marine Corps -- I think gives me some of the skills to fill that position," he said.
During a panel with all four Republican candidates in the lieutenant governor's race at the Ronald Reagan Republican Women's Conference this week, current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst defended his record of appointing Democrats to chair Senate committees.
"I’ve been reducing the number of Democrat chairs since I came in," Dewhurst said. "You know how many committees we have? 17. You know how many Democrat chairs we have? five. Okay? So, I’ve been reducing them and not one of them is one of the critical committees."
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, indicates in a letter sent to supporters that she has made a decision about the 2014 governor’s race and will announce it at the beginning of October.
Davis says in her letter:
"There’s one question I’ve gotten quite often in the past few months. I’ve heard it online, while I’m traveling around the state, from the media, and in my Fort Worth neighborhood: What’s next?... On October 3, I’ll be answering that question. And as part of my dedicated network of grassroots supporters, you will be among the very first to find out."
According to Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa, state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio has been extremely busy this summer.
Hinojosa said the Texas Democratic Party and other groups have approached Van DePutte about a run for lieutenant governor, or even running against George P. Bush for land commissioner. Hinojosa said Van DePutte has been gathering information on a run since August and wants to see numbers that give her a chance to win before she announces what she will do.
Hinojosa said she has an advantage in the race for land commissioner:
If you need to get an ID so you can vote in the next election, the Texas Department of Public Safety is opening some offices on Saturdays to make it easier.
DPS is offering Saturday hours at nearly 50 driver license offices across the state as part of an ongoing effort to provide Election Identification Certificates to Texans in need of proper identification required to vote in elections in the state.