Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 7:39 pm
Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis both plan to officially file as candidates for governor on Saturday. It’s the first day of a month-long period where Democrats and Republicans can do that.
In Arlington Thursday night Rep. Chris Turner and Democrats urged State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio to join Davis on the ticket as a candidate for lieutenant governor.
Texas Matters: The open-carry gun rights rally on the Alamo grounds will include remarks from Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, arguably the state's most vocal proponent for Second Amendment rights. Also on this show: Leticia Van De Putte talks about the veteran issues on this year's ballot, and more about the strength of the Texas economy, which is the focus of a "Time" magazine article.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is now Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis as she confirmed speculation that she will run for governor in 2014.
Battleground Texas, one of Davis' strongest support groups is playing host to Davis announcement watch parties all across the state.
"We’re holding watch parties around the state and in 40 locations so that folks that can’t make to the even in the Dallas-Fort Worth area can have a chance to watch Wendy’s announcement live," said Battleground Texas’ Ellis Brockman.
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."
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:
This week Gov. Rick Perry issued a declaration naming September "Craft Distilled Spirits Month" in to celebrate the passage of four bills all authored by state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio.
"There were so many laws that we had that were outdated and really didn’t foster the type of entrepreneurship and Texas jobs in both the craft beer industry and in the distilled spirits side," Van De Putte said. "We looked at those and looked at everything that we could do to promote our Texas economy."
With Attorney General Greg Abbott now advising the Texas National Guard about the legal side of their refusal to process federal same-sex couple benefits, a group of House Democrats are urging Maj. Gen. John Nichols, the head of the Texas National Guard, to rescind his decision and start processing the benefits.
But the issue is more complex than you might imagine.