Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis’s Future

Dec 31, 2014 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

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…

Bum Steers 2015

Dec 5, 2014 By annette waller

From arrogant announcers to zany zygotes—and everything in between—it was a banner year for the Bum Steers.

How Would a Bookie Handicap the Election Results?

Nov 4, 2014 By Dan Solomon

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? 

Victims

Oct 12, 2014 By Erica Grieder

Wendy Davis's new ad attacks Abbott for attacking "other victims" 

The Home Stretch

Oct 2, 2014 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

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…

Weighing in on the Debate

Sep 22, 2014 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

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…

Wendy Davis, Public Relations, and the Political War

Sep 10, 2014 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

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…

Weekend Wobbles

Sep 2, 2014 By Erica Grieder

Two court rulings and a debate over a debate add up to a couple of headaches for Abbott. 

Asleep at the Switch

Jul 8, 2014 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

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,…

The Pre-K Wars

Apr 7, 2014 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

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…

Bio Hazard

Mar 7, 2014 By Erica Grieder

Campaigns get complicated when politics and gender collide. Just ask Wendy Davis.

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.