Mon November 3, 2014 10:15 am By Paul Burka

Battleground Texas, the organization chosen by the Obama White House to "turn Texas blue," proved to have been nothing more than a mirage. In fact, Battleground did more to sabotage the Democratic effort -- unintentionally -- than to support it, thanks to Jeremy Bird, Battleground's leader. Bird produced a memo claiming major gains by Democrats, which he published. Unfortunately for Bird, his numbers were erroneous, allowing Republicans to enjoy a big laugh at Battleground's expense.

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Mon October 27, 2014 8:39 am By Paul Burka

The news from George P. Bush that his father will likely enter the Republican presidential race is intriguing. This is not the first time that the elder Bush brother has indicated an interest in running in 2016. I'm pretty skeptical about his prospects.

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Tue October 21, 2014 11:58 am By Paul Burka

I'm sorry, but I just can't get excited about voting for Proposition 1, which provides a meager amount of funding, around $1.7 billion, for new transportation projects. The amount to be spent is so small that it is hardly worth the effort of putting the proposition on the ballot.

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Mon October 20, 2014 9:59 am By Paul Burka

UPDATE: In my original post, I mistakenly referred to previous endorsements by some of the state's major newspapers, and I have corrected the errors.

This election has all the earmarks of being one of the strangest ever. First, as I have opined before, this is the weakest ticket the Republican party has put forward in decades. There is just no appeal to it, from top (Abbott) to bottom (Paxton). Second, the Democrats have better down-ballot candidates than the Republicans. Mike Collier, the Democratic candidate for comptroller, is a CPA. His opponent, Glenn Hegar, knows next to nothing about state government finance, and what he does know he learned from the current comptroller, which is hardly a recommendation. The R's candidate for attorney general, Ken Paxton, has pled guilty to violating state securities laws. His Democratic opponent is Sam Houston, a real lawyer and litigator. The Republicans' candidate for agriculture commissioner is Sid Miller, one of the churliest lawmakers ever to set foot in the Capitol. Jim Hogan, by contrast, the Democratic candidate for ag commissioner, is a salt-of-the-earth fellow.

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Fri October 17, 2014 2:56 pm By Paul Burka

To the surprise of no one, the Morning News has endorsed Greg Abbott for governor. It is a choice that I won't criticize. But I will raise this red flag: that Wendy Davis has uncovered serious issues about Abbott's character and lack of empathy for Texans who have suffered some of life's misfortunes.

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