Leticia Van de Putte

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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.

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Texas Democrats are taking aim at U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott over the threat of government shutdown.

During a conference call, state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio spoke out against Cruz' efforts to "defund Obamacare," which may lead to a government shutdown.

"If he does that how long will a shutdown last?" Van De Putte said. "I mean, can we take a week? Maybe. But once you get past two weeks you start having major impact into to Texas families."

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State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio is exploring a run in 2014 as the Democratic challenger in the lieutenant governor’s race, but she said there is still a lot to consider.

"We’ve really had so many family losses, so first and foremost my concerns are with my family," she said.

Van De Putte has seen her share of losses since the start of this summer -- first the death of baby grandson, then her father died in a car accident and recently her mother-in-law passed away.

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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."

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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:

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