2014 Election

10:10 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Political Parties To Hold Drawing For Ballot Placement

Candidates running in next year's Republican and Democratic primaries are hoping to win the lottery. But instead of winning millions of dollars, they simply want a good spot on the March 4 primary ballot.

Tuesday, the candidates will draw for their places.

Tuesday is the deadline for the parties to hold a drawing that will determine how the primary ballots will look. In the Democratic drawing, Bexar County primary Director, Diana Arevalo, said they'll have candidates pick ping pong balls from a hat.

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2014 Election Campaign
3:22 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

3 Of 4 Republican Candidates For Lt. Governor Want Creationism Taught In Public Schools

State Sen. Dan Patrick
File photo.

This November, the State Board of Education closed the door on whether to water down the Theory of Evolution in 2014’s science textbooks, despite creationists’ efforts.   Recently appearing in their first televised debate, three of the four Republican candidates running for Lieutenant Governor re-opened that door stating they would help pass laws to allow Creationism to be taught in public schools.  Houston State Senator Dan Patrick was one of those

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3:34 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

The State Of Texas Health

Exercising at San Antonio's Siclovia event.
Texas Public Radio

This Week On Texas Matters:

Texans like hearing about how wonderful and exceptional our state is, but a recent ranking of states based on health has the Lone Star State in a less than mediocre position. Texas was ranked 36th in the nation, down from 35th a year ago.

In particular, the study showed Texans still have a higher rate of physical inactivity, obesity, and diabetes than the national average.  Texas was also rated down because of its high rate of people without health insurance and a 12% decline in the past year in children's immunizations. 

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2014 Election Campaign
10:26 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Texas Primary Primer: For John Cornyn, A Stockman Surprise -- And How Other Races Are Shaping Up

Rep. Steve Stockman is challenging incumbent Sen. John Cornyn in the Republican primary.

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 3:28 pm

Tea party activists have been gunning for Sen. John Cornyn. But even they were surprised when Steve Stockman, a Republican Congressman from the Houston suburb of Friendswood, filed on the last possible day to run against Cornyn in the March Republican primary. 

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2014 Election
8:12 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Republican Candidate Tom Pauken Drops Out Of 2014 Governor’s Race


Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Pauken has announced he is dropping out of the 2014 governor’s race.

In letter sent to donors, the former Texas GOP Chairman Tom Pauken writes:

"The filing deadline is only days away, and I needed to be realistic about our prospects."

The announcement doesn’t come as a surprise to professor Jim Henson, who heads up the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Border Security
9:28 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Dewhurst Announces Plan For Operational Surge Along Texas-Mexico Border

Dewhurst campaign video

 Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who is running for re-election against a slew of Republican challengers, has submitted another interim charge asking lawmakers to find $60 million to increase security along border.

Dewhurst appeared with Col. Steve McCraw, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, and said he has also reached out to Speaker of the House Joe Strauss and Gov. Rick Perry to shut down all of the illegal operations that he says are happening along the Texas-Mexico border.

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2014 Governor's Race
5:06 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Abbott Defends His Position On 2011 Education Cuts At North Texas Campaign Stop

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is taking issue with Republican Attorney General Greg Abbot’s record as it relates to the rollout of  the education policy for his campaign for governor.

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Voter ID
1:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Federal Judge Denies Abbott’s Request To Move Voter ID Trial To After 2014 Election

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Federal District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi has denied Attorney General Greg Abbott’s request to move a lawsuit challenging Texas’ Voter ID law to a March trial date in 2015. Opening arguments will begin a few months before state general elections in September 2014.

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, the head of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and a plaintiff in the case, said Abbott’s request of the court is more about political ambitions.

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2014 Election
11:07 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Van De Putte Lays Out Platform For Lieutenant Governor Run

Ryan Loyd TPR News

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, formally announced her decision on Nov. 23 and said her campaign and time in office will be about insuring that all Texans have access to a quality education in both the public school system and at affordable college and universities.

She said her family is no different than any other family:

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Texas Voter ID
2:06 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Voter ID Case May Be Postponed Until After 2014 Election

Voters line up at the polls in the November 2012 election.
Joey Palacios TPR News

A federal court in Corpus Christi will decide this week whether or not to postpone the trial date for a case challenging the constitutionality of the Texas voter ID law.

About a week ago, Federal District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos set the trial date for Sept. 2, 2014, about two months before the 2014 State General Election.  

Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office filed a request this week asking for the trial to be pushed back to March 2015.

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