Republicans have been accused of waging a "war on women," but numbers tell a different story: Republicans have elected four seated women governors in recent years, while Democrats have elected one.
Democratic leaders backed by national women’s groups are trying to turn that around with the election of six high-profile gubernatorial candidates in 2014, one of those being state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth.
Congressman Steve Stockman, one of the leading candidates in 2014 running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. John Cornyn, is being questioned by the Federal Election Commission. The commission has asked to clarify two sets of alleged excessive donations.
Stockman received the donations following a bill he introduced in March that would give gaming rights to the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe.
On the final day of the state deadline to file for next year’s election, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Larry Meyers filed his paperwork to run against Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Brown--as a Democrat.
The Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa opined, "[Meyers] was very frustrated with the Republican Party’s emphasis on this right-wing social agenda and their constant catering to the right-wing extremists of the Republican Party that controlled the primaries.”
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.
Sen. John Cornyn said he still sees "red flags" regarding the deal that was signed this past weekend that allows Iran to continue to enrich uranium fuel.
"The problem with the deal -- this six-month deal -- is it doesn’t require them to dismantle their enrichment capability and allows them to spirit forward when the deal falls apart to creating a nuclear weapon, which will destabilize the region and threatens our chief allies there," Cornyn said.
Cornyn said "red flags" were raised for him when Israel called the deal with Iran a "historic mistake."
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:
Originally published on Sun November 17, 2013 11:57 am
Texas wasn't exactly a backwater in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, but it wasn't the economic and political powerhouse that it has become today.
Over the past 50 years, three of the nation's presidents have hailed from Texas.
"For the past few decades, Texas politicians have found a natural habitat on the national political stage in the way Dominican shortstops have found a natural habitat in baseball," the humorist Calvin Trillin wrote a couple of years ago.