As Western powers consider sanctions against Russia for the country’s military intervention in Ukraine, a North Texas Ukrainian heritage group in The Colony has managed to keep family members connected.
Chrystya Geremesz is the president of the Ukrainian American Society of Texas, a group celebrating the cultural heritage of the Eastern European country with many of its members having family living in Ukraine.
The race to be the next Bexar County Precinct 4 commissioner is moving into a runoff election for both parties after no candidate could reach the 50 percent of the vote required to get their party's nomination.
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson held the seat for nearly 14 years and when he announced he was running for county judge it opened a floodgate of candidates to try and fill the vacancy.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott easily cruised to a primary victory Tuesday night, claiming over 91 percent of the votes cast, and is now looking forward to the general election in November.
Former Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade said it’s no accident that Abbott picked San Antonio to hold his primary victory celebration. She said it’s a city that’s close to his heart and it’s also key to helping the Texas Republican Party win a greater share of the Hispanic vote.
Tea party darling Dr. Donna Campbell has all but clinched her Senate District 25 seat again. She squashed fellow Republicans Elisa Chan and Mike Novak in the primary with 55 percent of the vote and now she'll face Democratic nominee Daniel Boone in the November general election.
Despite her comfortable lead all evening, Campbell waited to make her win official until about 11 p.m. Tuesday. She thanked God and her many conservative supporters, but maintained her biggest endorsements came from regular people.
Going into the final leg of the Republican lieutenant governor race, incumbent David Dewhurst led state Sen. Dan Patrick by a narrow margin, but strong early polling numbers and the possible effects of an icy Election Day has given Patrick the edge when all the votes were counted.
Most political experts were predicting a runoff between Patrick and Dewhurst and it came true.
Despite his expected victory in the Republican primary for governor, Greg Abbott said he’s not taking the election for granted. Abbott cast his ballot in Austin and stressed his favorable rating among Hispanic voters.
The ice had melted away by the time Greg Abbott cast his ballot at Western Hills Church of Christ in Austin, and even though he’s not running against Democrat Wendy Davis in the primary election, she is the opponent he is targeting.
In the last efforts to gain the democratic nomination for Bexar County judge, Nelson Wolff and his challenger, Tommy Adkisson, spent time with the people they hope to get to the polls to vote in Tuesday's primary. Wolff spent a warm Saturday block walking on the far Southside.
“This is our third street,” Wolff said, walking up to the gate at a home where the owner stopped doing yard work to chat.
“Is this your place?” Wolff asked of Ross Suniga.
“Yes, sir,” Suniga said. “It’s almost three acres.”
A political expert from the University of Texas highlighted the elections that are expected to make it to a runoff, and not all of those are within the Republican primary.
Professor Jim Henson from the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said the main race to watch is the Republican lieutenant governor’s race.
"The expectation is that David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick will come out ahead, leaving Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson not making the cut if you will," Henson said.
Despite some setbacks last legislative session, state Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, is hoping to persuade the owner of Tesla Motors to come to Texas for another business endeavor. While it might not be as sexy as being able to sell the luxury electric car, people need batteries to make them run.
Last legislative session, Tesla Motors owner Elon Musk was regularly seen around the state capitol trying to convince state lawmakers and the Texas Automotive Dealers Association to allow him to sell his $90,000 electric cars in Texas.
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal from the City of Farmers Branch regarding an ordinance that would have made it illegal to rent or provide housing to immigrants in the country without documentation.
Since its passage, civil rights group like the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund have taken issue with the ordinance, which was designed to keep undocumented immigrants from renting apartments and homes in the Dallas suburb.
MALDEF’s Nina Perales was one of the lead attorneys fighting the ordinance and said it damaged the city from inside-out.