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November 17, 2019      12:09 PM

Gov. Abbott calls January 28 special runoff elections for HD 28, HD 100 and HD 148

Five days of early voting begin January 21. Hat tip to Jeff Blaylock at Texas Election Source

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November 15, 2019      5:30 PM

HK: Defending a GOP House majority with a damaged Speaker and no political director

Abbott’s daily endorsements suggest little more than giving incumbents’ material for their mailers when what they really need is fundraising, polling, GOTV, messaging and a sage hand at wheel they trust

Another day, another gubernatorial endorsement for an incumbent House Republican. The endorsements are fairly boilerplate but may prove to be useful in discouraging expensive primary challenges and in future mailers. Is there a new Gubernatorial–House Republican team effort building now that Speaker Dennis Bonnen appears to have been sidelined?

The money guys know that a political director for the House Republican effort is desperately needed, but there are no likely candidates. Complicating matters more, the power of the political director flows directly from the Speaker and that is a muddy imperative.

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By Harvey Kronberg

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November 15, 2019      5:00 PM

Updated: CCA halts Rodney Reed execution

Ruling comes after Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted unanimously to recommend Gov. Abbott grant 120 day reprieve to delay Rodney Reed execution

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November 14, 2019      4:45 PM

Rep. Nevárez charged with possession of controlled substance

Bond is set at $10,000

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November 14, 2019      12:06 PM

Former Rep. Gallego says he is not running for the seat being vacated by Chairman Nevárez

Gallego tweeted "I appreciate the rumors & speculation, but I’m neither gauging support nor running for the vacancy in #HD74. When I make calls, they’ll be in support of #DelRio city councilman #RowlandGarza"

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November 14, 2019      9:04 AM

Rep. Nevárez says there is no one to blame but himself after being caught on tape with cocaine in envelope

“Unfortunately, the news is true. It is why I chose not seek re-election. I had imperiled my health."

After news broke overnight that Rep. Poncho Nevarez had been caught two months ago with cocaine in an envelope at the airport, he issued the following statement:

“Unfortunately, the news is true. It is why I chose not seek re-election. I had imperiled my health.

I do not have anyone to blame but myself. I accept this because it is true and it will help me get better.

In a weird way I am grateful. Grief and addiction were consuming me, but oddly enough, I feel better now than I have in a long time, and I mean that.

I have many relationships to repair starting at home and I intend to seek treatment.

I apologize to each and every person that feels I have let them down.

I look forward to a future with my family and friends, to being healthy, and finally, home. “

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November 13, 2019      9:18 AM

In race to lead the Texas GOP, Chairman Dickey promotes building party infrastructure while challenger West focuses on life story

Meantime, TLR Chairman Dick Weekley begins public speaking tour aimed at informing Republican grassroots activists of the threat of a Democratic takeover of the Texas House

SAN ANTONIO – With warmup acts including Texans for Lawsuit Reform Chairman Dick Weekley, Betty Cardenas of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly and others, the candidates to lead the Republican Party of Texas this holiday weekend sparred in the Alamo City over which of them is best qualified to lead the state’s majority party.

It should not have been lost on anyone in attendance that the race could prove critical heading into an election year that may see Texas Democrats as competitive as they’ve been in a generation. The hour-long debate at The Restoring Church, which just happens to be in Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer’s district, between RPT Chairman James Dickey and his challenger Lt. Col. (Ret.) Allen West was respectful and lighthearted at times. In fact, a Mariachi band played as the two walked onstage. It was an appropriate introduction at a time when Hispanic outreach is thought of as key for the GOP to retain its firm grip on control in Austin.

Though they’re playing nice for now, longtime observers of Republican politics say the race between Dickey and West is likely to become a nasty fight culminating in a vote by the delegates at the party’s convention in Houston in May. Meanwhile the Democrats, those observers noted, will be looking to build on their momentum following historic gains in legislative races coupled with the closest statewide election results in decades.

Dickey, the former Travis County GOP Chairman first selected in 2017 by the State Republican Executive Committee to succeed former RPT Chairman Tom Mechler when he stepped aside, said the total political spend in Texas will be around $1 billion spread across races in 2020.

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By Scott Braddock

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November 12, 2019      9:48 PM

As speculation swirls about possible US Senate run, Beto sets a supporter appreciation event for Thursday in El Paso

Some who are connected to his previous Senate race have been chattering to Democrats around the state that another bid may be imminent. Stay tuned....

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November 12, 2019      4:59 PM

Eagle Pass Mayor Ramsey English Cantu announces for Texas House seat being vacated by Rep. Nevárez

There are also rumors that former Rep. Pete Gallego might enter the race, among others

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November 12, 2019      2:49 PM

Al Erwin, one of first PUC Commissioners and long time Capitol personality passed away this morning

Naval war hero, close to office holders from Governor Mark White to Lt. Governor David Dewhurst.

Distinguished veteran, Al Erwin dedicated much of his life to public service including service as a Swift Boat officer in the Viet Nam. He returned to serve as chief of staff for Houston Congressman Bob Casey in 1972. Governor Dolph Briscoe appointed Erwin to the Office of State-Federal Regulation in DC. Mark White named him as one of the first three Commissioners to lead the newly formed Public Utility Commission.

Even after official public service, he was never far from the Capitol having formed Erwin & Associates doing a little lobbying and advising elected and appointed officials.

He was a man of eternal good cheer and truly enjoyed the give and take of politics.

Services will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 3201 Windsor Road on Friday, November 15 at 1 pm, followed by interment at the Texas State Cemetery. A reception at the cemetery will follow.

By Harvey Kronberg

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November 11, 2019      4:41 PM

Mark McCaig exits race for HD 135 in Houston, clears the way for Republican Justin Ray to take on Rep. Jon Rosenthal

"I hope to be able to repay the kindness so many have shown me since I launched my campaign," McCaig said. He also endorsed Ray: "We must ensure that Republicans are united and that our resources are used effectively."

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November 11, 2019      12:00 PM

Texas Young Republican Federation joins other conservatives in asking Abbott for reprieve in Rodney Reed death penalty case

“Many conservative representatives in the Texas House have asked you to grant a reprieve of Mr. Reed's death sentence until the evidence and developments in his case are resolved. We stand with these representatives…”

Here’s the letter from the TYRF to Gov. Greg Abbott.

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November 10, 2019      8:02 PM

Poll shows Chairman Meyer behind Democrat Cattanach by 6 points in his Dallas district

A new poll out from Public Policy Polling shows Texas House General Investigating Committee Chairman Morgan Meyer trailing by six points when matched up with Joanna Cattanach, one of the Democrats who wants to take him on next November.

In the poll, 44% of voters say they would vote for Cattanach, 38% for Meyer, and 18% were undecided.

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By Scott Braddock

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