2014

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November 11, 2014

One Week Later

After every major election, it seems I find myself writing an obituary for the Texas Democratic party. It’s not a true obituary, I suppose, since the Democrats are not exactly dead, just comatose. This year brought a rare combination of considerable early optimism by Democrats, followed by the worst pasting…

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November 4, 2014

Early Takeaways

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.

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November 4, 2014

Down and Dirty EV Totals

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% ++ PATRICK: 55% VAN DE PUTTE: 41% ++ PAXTON: 56% HOUSTON: 40%…

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March 3, 2014

Five Races to Watch

Here are five races that I’m watching with particular interest tomorrow that are part of an ongoing battle for control of the Republican party. Sarah Davis vs. Bonnie Parker Why it matters: This is a rematch of the 2010 primary, when Davis beat Parker 54-45. Davis is the only pro-choice…

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March 3, 2014

The Primaries Cometh

It’s that time of the primary season that reminds me a lot of the endless run-up to the Super Bowl: One, it goes without saying that I love the game. Two, I can’t stand to read yet another story about the game before it’s actually played. So let’s kick-off already.

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February 26, 2014

Weakest GOP Field Ever?

The candidates on the Republican ballot may compose the weakest ticket in terms of career accomplishments the Republican party has ever laid before voters. Take the race for comptroller: The four candidates (Harvey Hilderbran, Glenn Hegar, Debra Medina, Raul Torres) have thin resumes, Hilderbran excepted (he has been chairman of…

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February 17, 2014

Buy, Buy Ad Time

It’s worth spending some time perusing the Texas Tribune‘s revealing graph tracking candidates’ ad buys in the major markets of the state. Of the various graphs reflecting candidates’ network TV expenditures leading up to the March 4 primary elections, the most significant one was the comparison between Hegar…

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October 1, 2013

Jerry’s Daughter

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.

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July 3, 2013

The Wet Blanket

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…

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February 3, 2013

Perry and Abbott: deal or no deal?

If so, what is it? Brad Watson of WFAA-TV in Dallas made big news with his report of a potential deal between Perry and Abbott. From the station’s website: In an exclusive WFAA interview Wednesday, [Jan. 31] Gov. Rick Perry said Attorney General Greg Abbott has told him…

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August 24, 2012

The Republican field: a sensible solution

Here’s what I think should happen: (1) If Abbott isn’t going to run against Perry, he should challenge Dewhurst for lieutenant governor. It’s the best job available (other than governor), and Dewhurst is gravely wounded. Abbott would beat him like a drum. If Abbott doesn’t run, Dewhurst still has to…