Politics

2014 Election
10:10 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Abbott Continues To Dodge Pauken Request For Debate

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Pauken.
tompaukenfortexas.com

Republican Tom Pauken continues to issue a debate challenge to fellow gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, but the attorney general has not even acknowledged Pauken as a candidate.

Abbott publicly announced his candidacy for the governor’s race one month ago, but even before he had made this announcement, Pauken had issued a challenge for a public debate.

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Texas Education
9:14 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Tea Party Launches Offensive To Impeach Board Of Education Member

Thomas Ratliff, who represents District 9 on the Texas State Board Of Education.
State of Texas

State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff, who is a Republican, has backed the use of online lesson plan provider CSCOPE from the beginning, but the groups making the push to impeach are not using that as their reason to oust him.

"They allege that because I represent Microsoft as a paid lobbyist at the Texas Legislature that that somehow disqualifies me or gives me a conflict of interest on the State Board of Education," Ratliff said.

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2014 Election
1:18 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Democrats Crank Up Pressure on Wendy Davis to Run for Governor

wewantwendydavis.com

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 1:23 pm

Update: Texas Democratic Party chairman Gilberto Hinojosa has released a statement explaining the new website gathering support for a Davis run for Governor.

"We know she can win this race. Wendy has faced long odds before – and they've never stopped her. But before she decides to run, we need to show her that we have her back."

Original post (12:04 p.m.): Texas Democrats appear on the fence over whether Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, should run for governor in 2014 – much like the candidate herself.

But with nobody else on the ballot so far, the minority party is ramping up its efforts to make sure their new rising star will have money and manpower – just in case.

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2016 Election
3:34 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

'Oops' Moments Continue To Stack Up For Gov. Perry

Gov. Perry, here at a stop in San Antonio this year, has continued to stumble over his words in public appearances and with the press.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Speaking before the RedState Bloggers Convention in New Orleans, La., Gov. Rick Perry had another public slip-up when he compared other states to Texas’ conservative values.

Perry: "There are many other states that embrace those conservative values -- the approach that we’ve taken over the years. I'm in one today -- in Florida. You look at South Carolina, you look at Florida."

Woman in the audience: " We’re in Louisiana!" 

Perry: "I know and I said that."

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2014 Election
10:05 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Decision On Davis' Gubernatorial Run In Next Few Weeks

Sen. Wendy Davis has been on a roll since her filibuster at the end of June, but what does that mean for her political future?
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, said she will announce by Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, whether or not she is running for governor in 2014.

Many in the Democratic Party at both the state and national level have been holding their breath, wondering if the champion of an abortion filibuster would run for higher office.

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Texas Politics
3:45 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Texas Democratic Party Counting On Young Democrats In Next Election

Joaquín Castro, here supporting his brother Julián at the Democratic National Convention last year, will take the stage as the keynote speaker at this week's National Young Democrats Convention.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said he hopes this week’s National Young Democrats Convention in the Alamo City will continue momentum for the party. 

Hinojosa is looking to carry over nationwide support for Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, a possible gubernatorial candidate in 2014.

"They identify with her," Hinojosa said. "They identify with her story of being a teenage mom who put herself through college and eventually made it into Harvard Law School and then the Texas Legislature."

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2014 Election
11:58 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Democratic Party Hoping To "Turn Texas Blue" In 2014

Workers at the Stand With Texas Women Rally in San Antonio a few weeks ago registered people to vote as part of the party's push to "turn Texas blue."
David Martin Davies TPR News

Almost 200 Democratic party chairs from counties across Texas made their way to San Antonio over the weekend for training to "turn Texas blue," as the party continues its marketing push to get to voters it feels it can persuade.

State Democratic Executive Committee member Susan Bankston said county chairs learned more about online outreach through social media. She said the party can be more efficient by focusing on the voters that are fed up.

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2014 Election Campaign
2:06 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Abbott Twitter Town Hall A Rocky Step Into Social Media Campaigning

The past day's mentions of #askabbott. The current attorney general held a Twitter town hall for an hour at 8 p.m. Just before that time, there were about 4,000 posts. This graphic is at: http://analytics.topsy.com/?q=%23askabbott&period=1%20day
Topsy Twitter analytics

Taking a step into the social media world, a tactic that has been deployed with success by Democrats in recent campaigns, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott held a question and answer session live on Twitter yesterday evening.

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Abortion Legislation
3:05 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Abortion Rights Event At The State Capitol Draws Small Crowd

The flood of people that swarmed the capitol in the days after Sen. Wendy Davis' filibuster at the end of June had slowed to a trickle by Monday's event.
Trey Martinez Fischer Facebook

A rally that started at the capitol in Austin yesterday only drew a small number of people compared other abortion rights events around the state.

About 300 abortion rights supporters gathered at the capitol to speak out against last week’s passage of a strict abortion bill during a national day of action.  Demonstrators huddled under umbrellas and rain gear intently listened to keynote speaker Jim Hightower, the former agriculture commissioner, who had a few choice words for Gov. Rick Perry and other Republicans at the state capitol.

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2014 Election
3:45 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Republican Pollster Predicts A Purple Texas In 10 Years

Visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Red_state,_blue_state.svg for a color key.
Wikipedia Commons user Angr cc

Texas Democrats may still have a chance to be relevant with voters in the state following this past month’s abortion debate and efforts to rally Hispanic voters.

While Republicans at the state capitol are still celebrating the recent passage of a bill that will impose restrictions on abortion facilities, behind the scenes there is uncertainty for the party.

Republican pollster Dr. David Hill said that uncertainty is especially the case for how Hispanic voters see the Republican party.

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