Friday, December 16, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
- Speaker Straus -- He is much more insulated against an attack from the right with a 90 - 60 House than in a 101 - 49 House.
- A Senate presiding officer to replace Lt. Gov. Dewhurst selected by both Democrats and Republicans, instead of only the Senate Republican Caucus.
- Gaming -- The more Democrats in the legislature, the better the chances for gaming in 2013.
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association -- They will be in a stronger position to combat Texans for Lawsuit Reform.
- Texans for Secure Retirement -- Efforts to eliminate defined benefit plans for public employees in Texas will face a much more uphill battle.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
October 17: The parties in the San Antonio case are to submit proposed temporary state house and congressional maps, together with briefing and supporting data, by this date.
October 24: Objections due in the San Antonio case to proposed temporary maps.
October 25: The Justice Department and intervenors must file their responses in D.C. to the state’s motion for summary judgment on section 5 preclearance issues. Fact and expert discovery also ends on this date in the D.C. case.
October 28: Pre-hearing advisory, including list of witnesses and exhibits and time estimates, due in the San Antonio case in connection with the drawing of temporary maps.
October 31: Deadline for the State of Texas to file a reply brief in the preclearance case. Also the discovery cutoff in the Davis/San Antonio case.
November 2: Oral argument in the D.C. case on the state’s motion for summary judgment on preclearance. This day also is the deadline for dispositive motions in the Davis/San Antonio case. Meanwhile, this day also is the start of a hearing on temporary maps in the San Antonio case.
November 10: The pre-trial conference in the Davis/San Antonio case.
November 12: Candidate filing opens in Texas under the current schedule.
November 14: Trial starts in the Davis/San Antonio case.
December 12: Candidate filing period closes.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Correction: I originally stated that no incumbent had lost since the advent of term limits. That is incorrect: Sylvia Garcia defeated Lloyd Kelley for Controller in 1997 when he was the incumbent. It is true that no incumbent Council Member has lost since term limits were adopted in 1991.
Second Correction: Robert -- I think the one exception is when Burt Keller defeated (recently-deceased) Jean Kelley, wife of former Councilman John Kelley. She was running for a second term when Keller beat her in 1999. Great blog! Andy Teas
Friday, September 2, 2011
Brazoria and Galveston County are active this weekend, and not just at the beach!
Yesterday, Rep. Larry Taylor announced that he is running for State Senate District 11 to replace Sen. Mike Jackson, who is seeking election to Congress. At this point, Taylor is unopposed and appears to be a heavy favorite to win the seat. When Mike Jackson was first elected to the Senate in 1998, winning a promotion from the State House, he was unopposed. History may very well repeat itself.
Rep. Randy Weber appears to be a nearing a final decision to run for Congress to replace Cong. Ron Paul, who is retiring. If Weber does run for Congress, Pearland Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Thompson appears to be the overwhelming favorite to replace him in HD 29. Expect Mayor Thompson’s announcement for the State House to come shortly after Rep. Weber declares for Congress.
In Friendswood, Dr. Greg Bonnen is nearing a final decision to run for Rep. Taylor’s HD 24. Dr. Bonnen is a board-certified neurosurgeon who lives in Friendswood and has offices in Southeast Houston and Lake Jackson. If he runs, Dr. Bonnen will commit an initial $200,000 to the race and begin raising money from there. A graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Dr. Bonnen is also the older brother of Rep. Dennis Bonnen who represent the adjoining HD 25.
Have a great Labor Day Weekend!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Congressman Michael McCaul has recently gotten serious about running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate from Texas. With Labor Day fast approaching, it appears the campaign needs to quickly make a go/no go decision. If he runs, he is reportedly prepared to spend $4 to $6 million of his personal fortune on the race. He will have to because as of June 30, McCaul only reported $143,256 cash on hand.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is now fully engaged in the race, with a goal to raise $3 million before the September 30 FEC reporting deadline. I anticipate that Dewhurst will be a strong fundraiser because donors know he is either going to be U. S. Senator or Lt. Governor, both extremely powerful offices.
Dewhurst intends to raise $7.5 million for the primary and spend whatever it takes to win. Of course, both Dewhurst and McCaul will have to weigh that under federal law a candidate can only be repaid a maximum of $250,000 for personal loans to the campaign.
If McCaul does announce for the Senate, that will also set off a scramble for his Congressional District that runs from Austin to Houston. However, I think it is more likely McCaul runs for reelection to the House, and then seeks an open Texas Attorney General seat in 2014.
8/31 CORRECTION: I originally stated that Dewhurst intends to spend $7.5 million on the primary. I was in error. He intends to raise $7.5 million for the primary, and spend whatever it takes to win.