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:

ABBOTT: 57%

DAVIS: 40%

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PATRICK: 55%

VAN DE PUTTE: 41%

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PAXTON: 56%

HOUSTON: 40%

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HEGAR: 56%

COLLIER: 39%

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BUSH: 62%

COOK: 33%

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MILLER: 59%

HOGAN: 36%

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CORNYN: 60%

ALAMEEL: 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. 

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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