Tue November 11, 2014 2:30 pm By Erica Grieder

I spent much of the past few months trying to make sense of Dan Patrick, the state senator from Houston who will become Texas’s next lieutenant governor in January. The full profile, which will appear in our December issue, is online now. Here’s a representative excerpt:

“Right,” said Patrick. “But, Erica, I didn’t bring this up. In 2006 I was quoting a Centers for Disease Control report. And in this race, I’ve never brought it up—except when I was asked.” He continued, sounding indignant. “And the media would report it as ‘Well, Dan Patrick’s talking about diseases!’ They were really talking about something I said in 2006. And they never said, ‘Well, Dan said that eight years ago, and he was quoting the CDC, which is a nonpartisan group in Atlanta,’ as you know.”

Things had changed, Patrick added, since the Ellis Island days. Back then, any immigrant who was sick on arrival was summarily sent back—and yet now his opponents and the media were giving him a hard time for even suggesting that global immigration might present some public health considerations. “So tell me,” he said. “I think you owe it to me in this interview to tell me—you say I’ve changed my tone. Tell me where I have not been consistent on this issue.”

Read/discuss/don’t miss Jerry Patterson’s appearance in the comments thread! 


Tue November 4, 2014 10:52 pm By Paul Burka

There were a few moments when it seemed that the governor’s race might produce some excitement, but reality quickly settled in. Greg Abbott buried Wendy Davis beneath piles and piles of money and videos, and there was nothing Davis could do to counter him. Texas is a Republican state and nothing is likely to change that in the foreseeable future.

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Tue November 4, 2014 8:04 pm By Brian D. Sweany

As the returns are started to roll in–find updated results here–here are a few quick thoughts:

1. As the race in CD23 begins to take shape, the only competitive Congressional seat from Texas looks be breaking Republican. Challenger Will Hurd is leading Democratic incumbent Pete Gallego 53-44%.

2. In the Texas Senate, the hot race was in SD 10, Wendy Davis’s old seat. That also appears to be breaking R. Konni Burton is leading Democrat Libby Wilis 52-46.

3. As for the major statewide offices, there are no surprises to report: Abbott leads Davis 57-41, Patrick lead Van de Putte 56-41, and so on. At this point Ken Paxton appears to have paid no price for not campaigning.

4. And yes, Prop 1 will pass as easily as the water proposition did last year. It’s almost as if the members should have voted on those investments themselves.



Tue November 4, 2014 7:09 pm By Brian D. Sweany

UPDATED AT 7:25: The polls have closed, and the early vote totals are coming in. Here are some of the quick results, with a whooping 1% of the vote having been counted:


DAVIS: 40%








HEGAR: 56%



BUSH: 62%

COOK: 33%


HOGAN: 36%




Tue November 4, 2014 12:18 pm By Erica Grieder

Today, of course, is election day, and personally, I’m finding it hard to rally much enthusiasm over the occasion. The campaigns existed. They were long. There were highs and lows. Some of the candidates who prevail today will serve Texas well and with honor, and most, one hopes, will at least aspire to do so.

It would be disingenuous to say more than that on a day when Texans are about to elect an attorney-general who keeps breaking the law because–if we’re going to take his word for it–he doesn’t know what the laws are. But in an effort to be optimistic, I’ll highlight last week’s debate between comptroller candidates Glenn Hegar and Mike Collier. Both were among the serious candidates who campaigned seriously this year. The millions of Texans who voted this year, and the many thousands who volunteered for the candidates, parties and causes they care about, deserve at least that. The millions who don’t bother to vote may deserve less–that is, they may deserve what we more often get–but what they don’t know can’t hurt ‘em. 

We’ll post election results as they become official. In the interim, feel free to talk amongst yourselves.