2014 elections

And the Voting Begins

Oct 20, 2014 By brian sweany and 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…

Behind the Curtain With Wendy Davis

Feb 21, 2014 By Robert Draper

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.

Primary Lessons

Jan 20, 2014 By Paul Burka

If 2014 is the year everything is supposed to change in Texas politics, why do the campaigns feel so irrelevant?

What It Takes

Oct 2, 2013 By Robert Draper

After months of anticipation, the most interesting Texas gubernatorial contest in decades will (probably) start Thursday. Does Wendy Davis have a chance?

The Underdog

Sep 12, 2013 By Brian D. Sweany

Tom Pauken, the former chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, knows he has an uphill climb to defeat Greg Abbott in the Republican primary for governor next March. But he’s not interested in what he calls “the divine right of succession.”

Happy Trails

Jul 15, 2013 By Erica Grieder

Rick Perry’s legacy will rise and fall on the “Texas miracle.” Is it real? If so, should he get the credit?

Here Comes George P. Bush

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

Is this man running for office? It sure looks that way. He just filed "an appoinment of a campaign treasurer" for a still-unspecified position.