Wendy Davis and the Democrats are on the attack about the Lilly Ledbetter Act, but would the bill have addressed the problem?
Campaigns get complicated when politics and gender collide. Just ask Wendy Davis.
After months of campaign stumbles, does Team Wendy have what it takes to right the ship? An exclusive insider’s look at the strategy, drama, dysfunction, and determination of the Democrats’ most famous hope.
Rick Perry’s approach to economic development is being challenged by candidates from both parties. But history shows that Perry is only conducting business as usual.
What Wendy Davis really thinks about abortion.
Was Wendy Davis smart to embrace open carry? I think not. In the end, a lot more of her core constituency will be disappointed than will be elated. And I don’t see that she has much to gain. Greg Abbott long ago wrapped up the support of the
Yes, there is good news for the Democrats in 2014.
The bad news for Texans is that 2014 is shaping up in the most predictable way.
It's time to move away from biography and on to the issues that matter to Texans.
The missteps aren't just by the candidate. They are by the campaign.
If 2014 is the year everything is supposed to change in Texas politics, why do the campaigns feel so irrelevant?
Cecile Richards on abortion, women in office, and how Wendy Davis is different from her mom.
Wendy Davis jumps into two contentious issues--not a moment too soon for her campaign.
For the second time this election season, I have to ask: Where's Wendy Davis?
Texas politics in 2014 is certain to be interesting.
The gubernatorial candidate hasn't been seen much on the campaign trail.
The voter ID law that went into effect this year remains controversial—and the subject of a federal lawsuit. Even some Texas legislators have had trouble with it.
Democrats are understandably delirious over the finding in the UT/Texas Tribune Poll that Wendy Davis trails Greg Abbott by single digits. But that is not the most significant finding in the poll.The most significant finding is that “the fundamentals of Texas politics have not changed,” says pollster Jim
No one should be surprised by the numbers for the governor's race in the new UT-Texas Tribune Poll, which show Abbott with a single-digit lead over Wendy Davis.
HB2, the law that placed severe restrictions on abortion access in Texas, went to court this month—and one important provision was found unconstitutional yesterday. While national outlets reported that the whole bill had been overturned, this isn't true, and the office of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed an emergency
What are the main challenges for the Wendy Davis campaign? Aside from the basic math of a statewide election, that is? Well, according to one trusted Democratic operative, the biggest is “to get everyone to swim in the same direction.” For instance, should Battleground Texas give up its identity and
A new Yahoo! politics piece on the battle antiabortion activists are waging against Wendy Davis.
Texas is not winnable by Democrats at this point in its political evolution.
Wendy Davis is making a mysterious announcement (that she's running for Governor) in Haltom City today. Keep up with the announcement right here.
After months of anticipation, the most interesting Texas gubernatorial contest in decades will (probably) start Thursday. Does Wendy Davis have a chance?
Among the many Texans transfixed by Wendy Davis's June 25th filibuster was her father, Jerry Russell. In July, he shared some memories about Davis's childhood, her challenges, and what he was thinking on the day that shook up Texas's political scene.
Greg Abbott, Wendy Davis, Ted Cruz, David Dewhurst, and more engaged in hour-long interview and Q&A sessions at this weekend's Texas Tribune Festival. Here's what they said.
Wendy Davis announces she has a "big announcement" set for October 3.
Whether she loses small or loses big, Wendy Davis could save the Texas GOP.
It's looking increasingly likely that Wendy Davis will run for governor in 2014. But still, the paucity of credible candidates for other statewide offices is a real problem for Democrats.
Politics can usually be described along the same lines as that old cliché about the weather: if you don’t like it, just wait five minutes and it’ll change. The will of the electorate is fickle, as constant in its attachment to any particular politician as to any particular variety of breakfast
After ruling the state for a century, Texas Democrats were gradually reduced to irrelevance. Is the reawakening at hand?
Rick Perry isn't running for re-election in 2014
Following the filibuster by Wendy Davis, I wrote a cautionary post on Burkablog in which I pointed out that the euphoria that flourished in the wake of her memorable performance was not a game-changer; that Democrats would be wise to keep their enthusiasm in check, lest they raise
On the first day of the second special session, activists on both sides of the abortion debate arrived at the Capitol to make their voices heard.
As Act II of the Wendy Davis show returns to the Capitol, the Democratic state senator has become an instant national star thanks to her filibuster against the Republicans' abortion legislation last week. What happens next?
Senator Wendy Davis continued her national media blitz on Sunday with appearances on CBS' Face the Nation, ABC's This Week, and NBC's Meet the Press.
The obvious question about whether the Democrats have a candidate in Davis who has the potential to break the party's long losing streak in statewide races is hard to answer.
With all the strange things that happened during Wendy Davis's filibuster, there's one point that has gone almost unnoticed.
Senator Donna Campbell puts a new twist on the debate over photo ID: You can't say "I do" until you show the proper form of identification.
Cruz cruises, Wendy Davis holds on, Pete Gallego scores an upset, Karl Rove gets cranky, and six other election highlights from around the state and country.
State senator Wendy Davis discussed the attempted arson at her office and Texas politics in general on the MSNBC show.
Update: Fort Worth police have arrested a 40 year-old homeless man for arson in Tuesday's firebombing of the Democratic state senator's Fort Worth office.
“Senate District 10 partners victorious in preserving&strengthening ’08 district. Lege damage repaired. Thanks to all who supported&believed.” [tweeted @ 1:33 p.m.] * * * * Just pointing out the obvious: The saving of Davis’s seat could take on added significance if senators choose the successor to Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst.
Instead of drawing you a map, how about a few shortcuts? Here are the key takeaways of what Thursday’s interim redistricting maps mean for our elected officials.
I have been involved in nineteen of the twenty previous articles, and I cannot recall a more difficult year when it came to selecting the members on both lists.
[Editors note: an earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that the Texas Association of School Administrators and the Texas Association of School Boards were among the groups that met with Senator Royce West last weekend to discuss the school finance plan. Neither TASA nor TASB were present at a
After last night’s dramatic play by Senator Davis, the calculation this morning seems to be: Will the Dems fare better or worse in a special? There is still time to undo the maneuver, if six Democrats join the Rs in a 4/5 vote to suspend the rules today. Perry’s spokesperson
I heard about the threat from a Democratic senator. The veto would be retribution for the Wendy Davis’s filibuster that killed the school finance bill and forced a special session, which Perry did not want. If the Legislature fails to pass a redistricting bill during the regular session, the task
Doctors would be required to offer ultrasounds to women seeking abortions, and women would have the choice to view or not view the tests, under a compromise accepted today by Sen. Dan Patrick and adopted by the Texas Senate. “It is really inform and consent. It is women’s health. It