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Underdogs of District 33 Persist

May 25, 2012
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Marc Veasey and Domingo Garcia are the perceived frontrunners, but other contenders like Dr. David Alameel have become familiar to voters in the 33rd Congressional District.

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In the race for U.S. Senate, almost all of the attention has been on the Republicans.  Four Democrats are also vying for their party’s nomination. 

Congressional District 33 is expected to give North Texas its second Democrat and minority in Congress. 

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After 27 years in office, John Wiley Price is Dallas County’s best-known and most controversial County Commissioner. He’s also under federal investigation. 

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Politico calls Dallas Democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson one of the five most “at risk” incumbents in the remaining primaries. It's not just because of District 30's new territory. 

Primary Election Results

May 12, 2012
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KERA is tracking results from Tuesday’s primary elections. Check here for tallies and to-the-minute reports live from watch parties across DFW.

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A Dallas Ethics Commission panel has dismissed a complaint filed against Mayor Mike Rawlings for his endorsement of school board candidates. 

In Irving, Candidates Confront Planned Venue's Cost

May 10, 2012
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Seven candidates are running for three seats on the Irving City Council. A major issue facing all of them is development.  That includes financing the planned Las Colinas entertainment center. 

Texas ranks in the bottom half of all states for being vulnerable to corruption. That’s one of the findings of the extensive State Integrity Investigation that was recently released. It gave Texas a grade of D+.


Early voting begins for the Texas primary in just a little more than a week . And last night six candidates running for US Senate tried to impress voters during a live televised forum hosted by public broadcast stations in Houston.

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A federal judge in Austin has stopped Texas from banning Planned Parenthood from participating in the Women's Health Program.

Republican Senate Candidate David Dewhurst has flown a Florida businessman to Texas to reinforce ads attacking opponent Ted Cruz.

Which Republican candidate running for U.S. Senate can be the alternative to perceived front-runner David Dewhurst? Dewhurst’s three main challengers all see themselves in that role as they vie for second place and an opportunity to face Dewhurst in a run-off race. KERA’s Shelley Kofler has more on how candidates tried to position themselves during last Friday’s televised debate.

The four leading GOP candidates for U.S. Senate meet Friday at a debate broadcast live on KERA 90.1. 

SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson has just released a book that is guaranteed to raise the blood pressure of many a proud Texan.  Jillson talked to KERA’s Shelley Kofler about why he wrote Lone Star Tarnished.  

A school advocacy group says an estimated 32,000 school employees across Texas - including 12,000 teachers - have lost their jobs due to $5.4 billion in education cuts.

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The President’s State of the Union address is tonight. One North Texas professor and political author says it’ll be a campaign speech this year – listing past accomplishments and goals. But as KERA’s BJ Austin reports, it’s the “present” that’s on most peoples’ minds.

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Governor Perry has filed an emergency order in federal court to require Virginia’s Board of Elections to place his name on the ballot for the state’s Republican presidential primary.

Perry did not meet Virginia’s requirement of ten thousand signatures of registered voters, with 400 from each of its 11 congressional districts.

Yesterday, the Governor filed a lawsuit against the Board of Elections and the Republican Party of Virginia.

Today he filed the “emergency motion.” Perry claims Virginia’s requirements violate his freedoms of speech and association.

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Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, and Newt Gingrich are hoping their bus tours can form enough of a roadblock for Mitt Romney.

A coalition of school districts educating more than 1.5 million Texas children has filed a fourth lawsuit against the state over school funding.

An agreement on when Texas will elect their party nominees could come as early as today. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports Republicans and Democrats say they're close to deciding when Texas should hold political primaries.

As of now March 6 is still the date set for the Texas Primary. But a partisan battle over which election maps should be used has resulted in a US Supreme Court hearing on January 9, with election boundaries for congressional and legislative races being decided sometime after that.