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Dan Patrick Wins Big In Bid For Lieutenant Governor

Nov 4, 2014
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Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick cruised to a landslide victory Tuesday night in the race for lieutenant governor, defeating Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte.

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KERA 90.1 FM offered live election coverage from 7 p.m.-midnight from KERA and NPR reporters. At 9:30 p.m., we aired a special program featuring local elections. 

Beyond Wins And Losses, 5 Things About Election Day In Texas

Nov 4, 2014
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Republicans appear poised to maintain their grip on every statewide office in Texas for a 16th straight year, yet Tuesday’s election results will yield information beyond winners and losers.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texans head to the polls to cast their vote for several big ticket items, have an umbrella handy today, what Dallasites think of their city, and more.

Map: Find Your Polling Place On Election Day

Nov 4, 2014
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Do you plan to vote on Tuesday, but you don't know where to go? Here's a handy tool.

Voters across the country are headed to polls this morning. Thirty-six U.S. Senate seats and 36 governor's chairs are in play.

Our friends at It's All Politics have a ton of coverage. We'll leave you with five headlines from across the web that give you a broad overview of what to expect:

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For months, the candidates for Texas governor have sparred, debated, and tried to sell themselves to voters.  Tuesday night, Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott will find out who will lead this state.

If recent trends holds true, more Texas women than men will vote in tomorrow’s election. That’s one reason the candidates for governor have appealed directly to women. 

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Once again, the battle over a state senate seat in Tarrant County is the most closely watched legislative race in Texas.  

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Today’s the last day for early voting in Texas. To celebrate the big day – and preview the even bigger day next Tuesday, KERA's vice president of news Rick Holter sat down with the man known as "The Political Junkie." Ken Rudin is a former NPR political editor who now runs the Political Junkie podcast and website.

In Blue Dallas County, Republicans Play Defense

Oct 29, 2014
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On the first day of early voting, politics was not at the top of Dallas' concerns. Instead, residents were obsessed with Ebola, a disease less threatening to their lives, statistically, than the furniture in their homes. 

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There’s been an uptick in early voting in Denton, as much as 6,000 compared to the last mid-term election, and many say it’s because of a proposal to ban fracking within city limits. The city that sits on top of 500 square miles of valuable gas reserves could become the first Texas town to prohibit hydraulic fracturing.

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In the past month, Texas voters have seen a lot of Leticia Van de Putte, the Democrat running for lieutenant governor. But they haven't seen nearly as much of her Republican opponent, Dan Patrick. 

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The education issue has taken center stage in the race for lieutenant governor as the two state senators duke it out on the airwaves. 

On the campaign trail for Dallas County district attorney, the candidates have spent as much time attacking each other as they have debating policy.

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In addition to the many candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot, Texans are voting on a constitutional amendment known as Proposition 1. If it passes, a portion of oil and gas tax money flowing into the state’s rainy day savings account will be used for transportation.

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Early voting is underway across the state and both Tarrant and Dallas counties are seeing a steady stream of voters at the polls.

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Two weeks of early voting begins Monday and the candidates for governor are working to get their supporters to the polls.

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As early voting begins today, the candidates for lieutenant governor are competing for one of the most powerful positions on the ballot. The winner of the race will control the Texas Senate and bills considered in that chamber.  Here’s a look at how the contenders -- Republican Dan Patrick and Democrat Leticia Van de Putte -- differ on one of the state’s most important issues: education.

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Get out your voter ID and head to the polls -- early voting begins today and continues through Oct.31. 

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The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election.

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On Monday, early voting begins in Texas.  If you haven’t heard a lot about it, that might be because the evolving Ebola crisis in Dallas has overwhelmed news coverage -- even in one campaign where the Ebola response seems to be the issue.

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KERA and its media partners  -- The Dallas Morning News and KXAS-TV (NBC 5) -- continue Five Days in October, a week-long report about issues the governor's race. Today, we look at how Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis would address the state's growing need for infrastructure. That includes toll roads and the role they should play in relieving traffic congestion.

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A federal court today confirmed that Texas voters will need a valid photo ID when early voting begins next Monday. 

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Greg Abbott, the Republican running for governor, says opponent Wendy Davis' TV ad that uses a wheelchair to represent him is "offensive." 

Wendy Davis Defends Her Controversial Wheelchair Ad

Oct 13, 2014
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Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, said Monday that a controversial TV ad criticizing Republican opponent Greg Abbott is about highlighting how Abbott has declined the justice he received to those in similar circumstances.

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This week, KERA, The Dallas Morning News and KXAS-TV (NBC 5) are producing a series of coordinated reports we’re calling Five Days in October. Each day we’re looking at where the leading candidates for governor stand on a specific issue. Today, we look at border security and how Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis differ on deploying National Guard troops along the border.

KERA, the Dallas Morning News, NBC5 and Telemundo 39 recently asked Texans to identify the issues they're most concerned about. For five days this week we're combining forces to look at where Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis stand on those issues. We began looking at the candidates' views on education, followed by the border, healthcare, the economy and infrastructure.

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Sen. Leticia Van de Putte says her Republican opponent for lieutenant governor is fear-mongering with his first fall television ad released this week.

The ad links the threat of an ISIS invasion to the candidates' dueling policies over immigration.

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Today KERA, The Dallas Morning News and KXAS-TV (NBC 5) begin a series of coordinated reports we’re calling Five Days in October. Each day we’ll look at where the leading candidates for governor stand on certain issues. We begin with education, and answers to a question about student test scores that was tweeted during KERA’s televised gubernatorial debate last week.

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