The conservative incumbent has alienated members of his own party, leaving room for challenger Wendy Davis to pick off centrist voters in Texas’s Twenty-first Congressional District.
He’s as red as a rose; she’s as blue as the state flower. And now the two congressional candidates are locked in a throwdown in a district that is neither.
Ever since 2014, the Alamo has become the locus of a notably less cinematic war, all raging around the controversial plan to renovate and redesign it.
On this week’s National Podcast of Texas, the digital news startup’s CEO and co-founder discusses how a risky bet on covering Texas politics and public policy paid off.
On this week’s National Podcast of Texas, the executive director of Annie’s List discusses representational democracy in Texas and the debate over how progressive is too progressive.
On the latest National Podcast of Texas, the 2014 gubernatorial candidate on her latest thinking about a potential run against John Cornyn, Beto O’Rourke’s future, and the status of the upcoming Sandra Bullock film centered on her filibuster.
In the second episode of the 2018 Senate race podcast, we explore how Texas turned red.
”They’ve already disgraced it once. I’m not going to let them do it a second time.”
For the former state senator, accurate representation in the Hollywood biopic goes beyond historical accuracy.
Three years after Wendy Davis’s filibuster, Texas’s anti-abortion law is struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The former Texas gubernatorial candidate readies her second act at SXSW.
As HB2 lands at the Supreme Court, the activists on both sides that gathered at the Capitol in 2013 are still fighting their battles.
In two recent interviews, the defeated Democrat discusses what went wrong in 2014.
As the organization marks its second anniversary, the real question is: does it have a future?
Readers respond to the January 2015 issue.
I was surprised to read that Wendy Davis intends to make another run at public office, as yet unspecified. Among other things, she has retracted her support for open carry. But it is hard to see what kind of future Davis has, particularly when Battleground Texas proved to be as…
Step one: study Wendy Davis’s example.
If you’re surprised by this year’s pick, you may be eligible for a Bum Steer Award of your own
Hey, Senator Davis! Congratulations! The results are in, and you and the Democrats won by a landslide!
From arrogant announcers to zany zygotes—and everything in between—it was a banner year for the Bum Steers.
After a year of campaigning, the first gubernatorial race in a generation not to feature an incumbent governor comes to a conclusion. Wendy Davis has been a clear underdog since the race started—so how would you set the spread?
Citing space concerns, the Hidalgo County Democrats in Precinct 4 say they had to be judicious about the candidates they put on the form.
Davis's latest ad has caused a lot of controversy. Is she wrong in bringing up Abbott's accident?
Wendy Davis's new ad attacks Abbott for attacking "other victims"
New restrictions on clinics go into effect while courts handle appeal.
I’m not surprised that the race for governor has tightened according to the recent Lyceum Poll. This is a contest between two candidates who have the support of large constituencies that stretch far beyond Texas. Abbott is among the state’s most prominent attorneys and is no stranger to…
The final debate in the 2014 governor's race is over, and the winner was clear-cut.
Alas, I was out of the state for the Texas gubernatorial debate on Friday evening, but having watched the replay, I can’t say that I missed much. As debates go, I found it relatively low-wattage. Both candidates were articulate and reasonably polite to their opponents, though I thought Davis…
Democrats Wendy Davis, Leticia Van de Putte, and Mike Collier take on their Republican opponents over the 2011 cuts to public schools.
In his jobs plan, Greg Abbott opts for a minimalist aesthetic.
I was interested by Eric Bearse’s piece in the Quorum Report yesterday concerning Wendy Davis and abortion. Bearse wrote, among other things: “The reason Wendy Davis has never recovered politically from her abortion filibuster is she fought on turf where she couldn’t win. Outside of San Francisco…
On Thursday, Wendy Davis offered a good policy idea, which was forgotten by Friday
The big news out of the gubernatorial campaign has got a lot of people talking—but is it anything worth saying?
Yesterday, Davis told a radio station that she's a Cowboys fan, which led the Abbott campaign to call her a flip-flopper, in one of the sillier press releases of this campaign season.
Two court rulings and a debate over a debate add up to a couple of headaches for Abbott.
It's unclear if any troops have used the charity resource, but it's bad optics surrounding the already controversial decision to send the National Guard to the border.
And the coverage of it by the media.
The attorney general takes a swing at Wendy Davis.
Wendy Davis's first TV ad of the gubernatorial campaign is a fairly dark one
With three months to go until the general election, there isn't much reason to talk about the governor's race. It's over.
Wendy Davis is asleep at the switch again. The Obama administration has opened a new front on the battle over Medicaid expansion. By 2016, says the White House, states that have adopted expansion will have saved $4.3 billion. In addition, expansion states would have experienced 3.3 million annual physicians’ visits,…
In highlighting their bond, Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte are also calling out their Republican counterparts.
Wendy Davis wins a round over Greg Abbott.
A year after the filibuster that made her famous, Wendy Davis was defiant--but measured
Greg Abbott reaches out to Hispanic voters, at a moment when other Republicans are struggling to do so.
The Democratic nominee will have the money. Will she have the talent and the staff?
UPDATE: This post has been edited to correct errors related to the candidates’ position on pre-K and public education. I regret the error. Why does pre-K matter? The answer is that professional educators wouldn’t be so gung-ho about pre-kindergarten instruction unless they saw the huge value – both in terms…
A response to Texas Monthly's coverage of the equal pay debate.
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.