Elections

The May 27 runoff races will be anything but sleepers, especially for the GOP. The Republican race for lieutenant governor is now down to two, as incumbent David Dewhurst and State Sen. Dan Patrick battle for their party's nomination. North Texas Republicans Dan Branch and Ken Paxton are squaring off in the attorney general's race. Nominees for agriculture commissioner, Congress, the U.S. Senate and the Texas Legislature are yet to be decided in many contests. Then there's the governor's race. November may be months away but Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis are already calling each other out. KERA will continue its coverage of Election 2014 with reporting and special programs.   

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10:25 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Attorney General Candidate Paxton May Have Violated Ethics Disclosure Laws

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State Rep. Ken Paxton, a McKinney Republican in a runoff election for attorney general, says he's checking financial and business disclosures he's required to make to state agencies. It is unknown whether Paxton, seeking to be Texas' top law enforcement official, has broken any laws. He faces Rep. Dan Branch of Dallas in the May 27 Republican primary.
State Sen. Ken Paxton, the leading Republican candidate for attorney general, has launched an internal review of his disclosures to state regulatory authorities and the Texas Ethics Commission to determine whether he violated any laws by failing to report several business and professional relationships.
Politics
6:52 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Trailing In Polls, Wendy Davis Promises To 'Give It Everything I Have'

Shelley Kofler KERA News

On Tuesday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis continued her assault on Republican opponent Greg Abbott’s pre-kindergarten plan, this time in Dallas.

But as she spoke at the annual conference for the Texas Retired Teachers Association, a new national poll was released, showing the state senator from Fort Worth has made little headway in chiseling down Abbott’s lead.

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Politics
6:54 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Seeking Photos Of Davis-Obama Meeting, Abbott Files FOIA Request With White House

Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor, wants copies of any photos taken when his Democratic opponent, Wendy Davis, met Thursday with President Barack Obama. 

To get them, Abbott has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the White House.

Davis’ campaign says she had a private meeting with the president at the LBJ Library in Austin, where he helped commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

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Education
3:16 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Battle For Governor Shines A Light On Pre-K

Cherish Moore, who's 4, is learning to write her name in a Dallas pre-kindergarten class.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Dallas and Fort Worth school districts are ramping up efforts to enroll more eligible children in pre-kindergarten.  The push comes as gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis spar over who has a better plan for early education. 

Inside the pre-kindergarten class at Dallas’ Good Street Learning Center, it might seem like the 4-year-olds keeping time with rhythm sticks are just playing a game.

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5:42 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Candidate Patrick Wants Government Out Of Equal Pay Issue

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In Fort Worth today, Sen. Dan Patrick, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, again said he supports equal pay for men and women but he doesn't think government should enforce it. Patrick and incumbent Lt. Governor Davis Dewhurst will face each other in a May 27 runoff for their party's nomination. Dewhurst, who presides over the Texas Senate, has said he would again allow an equal pay measure to be voted on if enough senators wanted that to happen. The legislature passed a bill last session allowing employees more time to file equal pay claims but Gov. Rick Perry vetoed it.
politics On the same day President Barack Obama pushed for equal pay for women, candidate for Lt. Gov. state Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) insisted new equal pay laws are not needed. Speaking after a fundraiser luncheon in Fort Worth Tuesday, Patrick told NBC 5 he opposes any new federal or state equal pay protections.
Politics
1:30 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Accusations Of Pay Discrimination In State Agencies Heats Up Texas Governor's Race

Democrats in the Texas Senate are asking the lieutenant governor to investigate pay discrimination for women in state agencies, including the attorney general’s office.

It’s the latest salvo being fired by supporters of Democrat Wendy Davis, who has made equal pay a key issue in her race for governor against Republican Greg Abbott, the Texas attorney general.

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Politics
7:47 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Pro-Life Group Mobilizes For Dewhurst, Saying Patrick Doesn't Work Well With Others

Kyleen Wright of Texans for Life says she'll urge pro-life supporters to vote for Dewhurst.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

After finishing 13 points behind Texas Sen. Dan Patrick in the Republican primary, incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst told Republican women in Arlington on Thursday he may need to introduce himself to voters again, even though he’s held statewide office for 15 years.

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Politics
5:29 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

GOP Lt. Gov. Candidate Dan Patrick Campaigns With Mike Huckabee In Highland Park

Lt. Gov. candidate Dan Patrick at lectern explaining a policy position as Fox News host and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee looks on. They appeared at a campaign fundraiser lunch in Highland Park
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Dan Patrick brought out some star power in Highland Park: Mike Huckabee. The former presidential candidate and Fox News host focused on Patrick’s surprising lead in the March 4 primary.

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Politics
1:45 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Ted Cruz Brings Star Power To Konni Burton's Texas Senate Campaign

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz campaigns for Konni Burton, a GOP candidate for the Texas Senate District 10 seat in Tarrant County.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Sen. Ted Cruz visited Fort Worth Wednesday night to bestow his endorsement and star power on the Republican runoff campaign of Konni Burton, a tea party candidate who wants to fill the state senate seat Wendy Davis is giving up.

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Government
4:29 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Don Huffines, Likely Headed To Texas Senate, Supports Term Limits, School Choice, Creationism

Don Huffines, the Republican Texas Senate nominee, talked with KERA's Shelley Kofler about his legislative priorities.
David Chong KERA News

When real estate developer Don Huffines narrowly defeated John Carona, Dallas County’s long-serving state senator, in the Republican primary, he promised to take a conservative, tea party approach to issues in Austin. 

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