Leticia Van de Putte

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 State sen. Leticia Van De Putte and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, both candidates in the lieutenant governor's race, traded barbs at the Department of Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Mid-Winter Conference in Austin. The friction continued to come from statements made by Dewhurst about the importance of certain Senate committees.

A few months ago, Dewhurst, when asked why he appointed so many Democrats to head up Senate committees, said he only appointed them to non-important groups -- that includes the Senate Committee on Veteran’s Affairs and Military Installations.

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 Leticia Van De Putte’s campaign for lieutenant governor has announced they were able to raise $290,000 in the two months following her announcement.

While that number is much lower than the Republican candidates in the race, Democratic strategist Jason Stanford said it is still a good amount to raise within a two month period.

"Usually the money you raise in your first month is your easy money, from here on out it's going to get harder, but it’s a good pace to set," Stanford said.

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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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Hundreds of friends, family and supporters crowded into a San Antonio College gymnasium Saturday to hear the words everyone has anticipated from State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio. Following a performance by a mariachi band that included Van de Putte's brother, and a brief introduction by daughter Nicole, a doctor, the veteran lawmaker made it official.

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Texas Matters: Still no official word from the San Antonio state senator, but Leticia Van De Putte has announced that she will make an official announcement next week. Would her addition to the Texas Democratic ticket make the party a serious challenger in 2014? Also on this show: Did race, or clever advertising, decide the winner in a Houston election? A Texas silver mine closes down on the border, causing big headaches for the area.