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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9:01 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Davis Discloses Terminating A Pregnancy In A Book Being Released Next Week

In a copy of her memoir obtained by the San Antonio Express-News, Davis writes that her unborn, already loved third daughter had an acute brain abnormality. She and her husband chose to terminate the pregnancy in 1997 after doctors told them the syndrome would cause the baby to suffer and was likely incompatible with life.
AUSTIN - Sen. Wendy Davis in her memoir due out next week discloses the most personal of stories preceding her nationally marked fight against tighter abortion restrictions: a decision she and her then-husband made 17 years ago to end a much-wanted pregnancy.
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8:51 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Davis Zeroes In On The Under-30 Vote With University Rallies

Davis zeroed in on the campus vote as she held rallies at five universities this week.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

This week Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis visited university campuses as they touted their plans for improving higher education.

But their styles couldn’t have been more different.

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Politics
7:44 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Voters Have Questions For Candidates Abbott And Davis

Liz Rick of Dallas says there is too much testing in schools. She wants to know whether candidates will change that for her eight-year old grandson Ben.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

On Sept. 30, the candidates for governor -- Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott -- will face off at KERA for a live, televised debate. 

We’re asking Texans to tweet their questions for the candidates using the hashtag #Texasdebates or send an email to debates@kera.org.

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Politics
2:11 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

What Would You Ask The Candidates For Governor?

Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis campaigns KERA

Later this month, KERA will host a debate between Texas governor candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis. What do you want to ask them?

We’re conducting a joint survey with The Dallas Morning News and KXAS-TV (NBC 5), our debate partners. Check out the survey here.

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Politics
12:10 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Gubernatorial Debate Flap Takes Center Stage As Abbott Unveils Higher Ed Plan

Republican Candidate for Governor Greg Abbott appeared with GOP lawmakers as he announced his plan for higher education.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Attorney General Greg Abbott brought his campaign for governor to Dallas Tuesday to draw attention to his plan for higher education. But the hottest buzz surrounded debate jockeying between Abbott and his Democratic opponent, Wendy Davis.

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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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