Elections

The runoff election is over.  Now it's on to November!  

KERA will be watching the title match for governor between Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott.   We'll also follow the candidates and issues emerging in the lieutenant governor race and others.

And coming up in June- state party conventions:

Republicans meet in Fort Worth June 5-7. Democrats will be in Dallas June 27-28. 

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Government
7:23 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Key Lawmakers Campaign For November Passage Of Transportation Fund

Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, and Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, talk with KERA's Shelley Kofler about the transportation measure on the November ballot.
BJ Austin KERA News

Most of the attention for November elections has been on the governor’s race and battles between candidates.

But voters will also decide whether to use some of the oil and gas tax money that would go into the Rainy Day savings fund to pay for roads.

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Politics
3:41 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Wendy Davis Calls For Eliminating Statute Of Limitations On Rape

Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis appeared with Dallas County Constable Beth Villareal at the Frank Crowley Courts building in Dallas.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, said Wednesday she wants to eliminate the statute of limitations for prosecuting cases of rape and sex assault.

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Government
6:33 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry Indicted For Abusing Power

Gov. Rick Perry announcing the deployment of National Guard Troops to the Texas border in July.
Bob Daemmrich Texas Tribune

A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption.

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Politics
6:57 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Lt. Gov. Candidate Van De Putte Has Plan For 2 Free Years In College, Technical School

Bob Booth Fort Worth Star-Telegram

In Fort Worth Thursday, State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, the Democrat running for lieutenant governor, rolled out her plan to provide a free, two-year college education to all qualified high school graduates.

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Politics
11:35 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Bitcoin Plays A 'Bit' Part In Campaign Fundraising, But Could That Change?

Credit Pierre Sibileau / Flickr

Some candidates this election season are accepting donations they can’t deposit in the bank or jingle in their pockets.

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Politics
12:04 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Davis' Edgy TV Ad: Effective Or Risky?

The Texas Tribune

Both major candidates for governor have launched statewide television commercials in the past week.  Republican Greg Abbott’s second TV ad is in Spanish and English and features his Hispanic mother-in-law. But it’s Democrat Wendy Davis’ first statewide ad that’s grabbing attention.

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Politics
2:42 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Greg Abbott's Campaign For Governor Says It Has $35.6 Million In The Bank

Mark Graham/Cooper Neil The Texas Tribune

Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott has amassed a $35.6 million war chest in his campaign for Texas governor, a figure his aides called unprecedented Tuesday.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Wendy Davis To Women: 'We Don't Iron The Pants ... We Wear Them'

Leticia Van de Putte, left, and Wendy Davis, greeted the crowds at the Texas Democratic Convention in Dallas over the weekend.
Alyssa Banta Texas Tribune

The candidates at the top of the Texas Democratic ticket are back on the campaign trail Monday after pumping up party members at their state convention in Dallas over the weekend.

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11:45 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Women Leading Ticket Pump Up Texas Democratic Convention

Lead in text: 
Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis, and the party's candidate for lieutenant governor, Leticia Van De Putte, pumped up party faithful at their state convention. It's the first time Texas has had two women leading a political ticket, and the invitation to female voters rang out loud and clear in their Friday night speeches.
DALLAS - Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte shared the spotlight at the Texas Democratic Party convention on Friday night, promising to change the direction of the state, ripping their Republican opponents and imploring Democrats to break the GOP's two-decade grip on state government.
Politics
10:57 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Teachers Hear From Davis And Abbott On Better Pay, School Choice And Testing

Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott face off in the race for governor in November.
Bob Daemmrich/Laura Buckman The Texas Tribune

Democrats will hit high gear at their convention Friday night with speeches by Wendy Davis, their candidate for governor, and Leticia Van de Putte, their nominee for lieutenant governor.

On Thursday, both candidates talked about their vision for education at the Texas Classroom Teachers Association conference in Fort Worth.  Davis’ Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, also spoke. 

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