Texas Matters: While a lot of attention has been paid to the lieutenant governor runoff, the Republican attorney general runoff between Ken Paxton and Dan Branch is turning out to be equally intriguing. Also on this show: It's a runoff election, so turnout is likely going to be very low.
Enough about lieutenant governor, how about the attorney general runoff?
With tea party-backed candidates losing big races in Kentucky with Sen. Mitch McConnell and in North Carolina with Thom Tillis, as well as less well-known races in Oregon and Georgia, is the national tea party movement in decline?
There was the release of mental health records and stories leaked about fist fights and racial slurs, but at the last debate in the Republican lieutenant governor runoff election the two candidates kept it cordial.
Yesterday's debate between incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston surprised many political experts who were expecting personal attacks during the debate in Salado, which was hosted by the Central Texas Tea Party.
The Center for Public Policy Priorities, a left-leaning political think tank, released a study showing that in 2013 the industry raised it’s fees by 12 percent, collecting over $1.3 million from Texans.
Don Baylor, a senior policy Analyst with the center, said that Texans between 2012 and 2013 paid more in fees for loans using a paycheck or car title as collateral.
“So we saw these loans become more frequent and we also saw them become much longer in terms, which means Texans are paying a lot more for these products,” Baylor said.
Tommy Adkisson vacated the Precinct 4 Bexar County Commissioners Court seat to run for county judge. Adkisson has held the seat since 1998 and it will be filled by one of four contenders in the runoff; two from each party.
Just before start of this week, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who is supporting Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's bid for re-election in the runoff, leaked documents detailing state Sen. Dan Patrick's treatment for depression during two separate hospitals stays 30 years ago.
Professor Mark Jones, the head of the political science department at Rice University in Houston, said Dewhurst and his associates have made the impossible, possible.
"It’s taken Dan Patrick, who is not especially a sympathetic figure, and turns into him into a sympathetic figure,” Jones said.
Among the races being decided during the runoff election is the open Precinct 4 seat on the Bexar County Commissioners Court. One of four people, two from each party, will take the place of Tommy Adkisson, who who gave up the seat to run for county judge.
Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott has released the third plank in his campaign education platform. Abbott is calling to increase funding for the state's Virtual Schools Network and awarding schools with grants to increase online learning.
The final debate in the Republican lieutenant governor primary runoff election got combative as both state Sen. Dan Patrick and incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst fixated on each others' personal finance decisions and the latest round of attack ads.
Early on in the debate, which was held in Dallas and hosted by the city’s ABC affiliate, WFAA-TV, and Texas Tribune, the two candidates set the same tone that Texas voters following the race have become familiar with.
Walking arm-in-arm with Wendy Davis at the MLK march earlier this year in San Antonio, Leticia Van De Putte (left) is trying to gain momentum as her Republican opponent is still being decided in a primary runoff.