Elections

Election night 2014 was a big one for Republicans across Texas. They swept statewide positions and even won their first countywide race in Dallas in a decade. Catch up with KERA's election-night live blog here.

Check the final results here:

Top statewide races

The Texas Debates: Race for Governor

The most high-profile race was the one for governor: Greg Abbott, the Republican attorney general, walloped Wendy Davis, a Democratic state senator from Fort Worth. Need a refresher on the positions? They debated Sept. 30 in the KERA studios during The Texas Debates: Race for Governor. Watch the debate here:

KERA and media partners also produced a week of reports called Five Days in October that highlighted issues in the governor's race.  

Scroll down to read all of KERA's coverage of the 2014 elections.

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Politics
7:03 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

In Irving, Candidates Confront Planned Venue's Cost

Irving, here viewed from the Las Colinas Marriott, is facing issues that come along with growth.
BeautySeer flickr

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. 

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Politics
7:22 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Senate Candidates Appeal to Voters Before Early Voting Begins

All six candidates for US Senate debated in Houston Thursday.
HoustonPBS

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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Politics
6:00 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Businessman In Dewhurst Ad Questions Cruz's Patriotism

Jordan Fishman

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

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Daily Roundup
12:38 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

US Attorney General Requests Delay In Voter ID Case

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The U.S. attorney general's office has requested a delay in the trial over Texas's Voter ID Law, saying the state's legal maneuvering is taking up too much time.

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Government
2:37 am
Thu March 8, 2012

GOP Senate Candidates Discuss Military Support For Israel [VIDEO]

U.S. Capitol Building
Thomas Guignard (cc) flickr

KERA recently interviewed leading Republicans running for the US Senate. We asked how far the United States should go in assisting Israel in a strike to destroy Iran’s nuclear sites. Shelley Kofler has details on what the candidates had to say.

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Government
6:00 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Video: Senate Candidate James Calls For Axing U.S. Department Of Education

U.S. Senate Candidate Craig James says he’ll release his education plan this week.  In an interview with KERA’s Shelley Kofler the sports analyst turned GOP candidate talked about elements of his plan.  In this Spotlight on the Senate report, James says eliminating the U.S. Department of Education is at the top of his list.

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Government
1:37 am
Mon February 6, 2012

April 3 Primary Depends On Deadline Today

Jon Wiley (cc) flickr

Today is the deadline for opposing sides to agree on Texas election maps. Without an agreement federal judges in San Antonio have said the April 3 primary elections will be delayed again. KERA’s Shelley Kofler says that could further diminish Texas’ role in the presidential election.

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Government
12:12 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Cruz Tax Records Show Growing Salary, Limited Giving

US Senatorial Candidate Ted Cruz
Shelley Kofler KERA News

U.S. Senate Candidate Ted Cruz’s income increased almost six-fold between 2006 and 2010 according tax returns Cruz released Friday.

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Government
2:02 pm
Sat January 28, 2012

Dewhurst Tax Returns Include Generous Giving

David Dewhurst

Tax information released Friday afternoon by U.S. Senate Candidate and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst show generous gifts to charity and tax payments that seem sizeable. But without analysis of some 500 pages of supporting details still being provided it’s difficult to fairly characterize Dewhurst’s tax payments.
 

Following is information provided from his two most recently completed tax returns:

2010

Adjusted gross income $1,010,218.
Total taxes $ 443,646
Gifts to charity $1,199,869

2009

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Government
11:23 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Senate Candidate James Releases Taxes; Dewhurst Releasing Taxes Friday

Senate Candidate Craig James

Wealthy Republican Senate Candidate David Dewhurst says he’ll release some of this tax records today. KERA’s Shelley Kofler says Dewhurst’s announcement follows opponent Craig James release of five years of returns yesterday and a challenge for his GOP opponents to do the same.

James: I have opted to step into this arena of public service. Therefore it’s important for me to open up so people get to know all they can about me.

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