The Primary Election this year is March 6 (early voting starts February 20, in 2 weeks), and the General Election will be November 6 (early voting starts October 22). So far it’s a pretty quiet election – no hotly contested seats; Ted Cruz might have to campaign to keep his seat in the Senate.
UPDATE: More than 30 races are headed to runoffs on May 22. I think I’m eligible to vote for one: Lupe Valdez (D) and Andrew White (D) for governor. Source: Texas Tribune.
U.S. Senate (Texas)
- Ted Cruz (R) – incumbent
- Geraldine Sam (R)
- Mary Miller (R)
- Bruce Jacobson, Jr. (R)
- Stefano de Stefano (R)
- Beto O’Rourke (D)
- Edward Kimbrough (D)
- Sema Hernandez (D)
U.S. House of Representatives (District 17 Texas)
- Bill Flores (R) – incumbent
- Rick Kennedy (D)
- Dale Mantey (D)
- Greg Abbott (R) – incumbent
- Barbara Krueger (R)
- Larry “Secede” Kilgore (R)
- James Jolly Clark (D)
- Cedric Davis (D)
- Joe Mumbach (D)
- Adrian Ocegueda (D)
- Jeffrey Payne (D)
- Lupe Valdez (D)
- Tom Wakely (D)
- Andrew White (D)
- Grady Yarbrough (D)
Texas Lieutenant Governor
- Dan Patrick (R) – incumbent
- Scott Milder (R)
- Mike Collier (D)
- Michael Cooper (D)
Texas Attorney General
Texas Senate (District 5)
- Charles Schwertner (R) – incumbent
- Harold Ramm (R)
- Glenn “Grumpy” Williams (D)
- Brian E. Cronin (D)
- Meg Walsh (D)
Texas House of Representatives (District 14)
- John Raney (R) – incumbent
- Jeston Texeira (R)
- Sarah Laningham (R)
- Rick Davis (R)
- Josh Wilkinson (D)
- Alex Vidal (D)
Comptroller of Public Accounts
- Glenn Hegar (R) – incumbent
- Tim Mahoney (D)
- Joi Chevalier (D)
Commissioner of the General Land Office
- George P. Bush (R) – incumbent
- Davey Edwards (R)
- Jerry Patterson (R)
- Rick Range (R)
- Tex Morgan (D)
- Miguel Suazo (D)
Commissioner of Agriculture
- Sid Miller (R) – incumbent
- Trey Blocker (R)
- Jim Hogan (R)
- Kim Olson (D)
- Christi Craddick (R) – incumbent
- Weston Martinez (R)
- Chris Spellmon (D)
- Roman McAllen (D)
District Judge, (Texas) 85th Judicial District
- Kyle Hawthorne (R) – incumbent
District Judge, (Texas) 272nd Judicial District
- Travis B. Bryan III (R) – Next election 2020
District Judge, (Texas) 361st Judicial District
- Steve Smith (R) – incumbent
District Attorney – Brazos County
- Jarvis Parsons (R) – Next election 2020
Sheriff – Brazos County
- Chris Kirk – Next election 2020
Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter will attend the event at Reed Arena at Texas A&M University. Source CNN.com
They’ll be in town Saturday to bolster donations and support for hurricane relief. Bush 41 wanted to do something bigger than a anniversary party for his library – it was his idea to have a concert and start a fund raising campaign – One America Appeal.
The weather isn’t cooperating. There is a 30% chance of rain during the day increasing to 90% chance at night.
Full disclosure, I graduated from the University of Florida in 1995.
Judging by the tweets (#SpencerAtUF), a lot of people showed up to protest and now they’re walking out of the building.
Spencer, who heads the National Policy Institute, a nationalist think tank, is scheduled to speak at 2:30 p.m. EDT [October 19, 2017] at a [University of Florida] campus performing arts center. The university said it did not invite him to speak, but was obligated by law to allow the event.
Richard Spencer’s event at the university in Gainesville, which prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency to prepare for possible violence, comes about two months after rallies by neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, led to a deadly clash with counter-protesters.
The school said it will spend more than $500,000 on security, and the National Policy Institute is paying more than $10,000 to rent the facility and for security within the venue. Source: Reuters.com
Last December, Spencer visited Texas A&M University, and was met with a small crowd, most of whom were protesters. At that time I said watch this guy we’ll see him again.
Remember, this fight is far from over:
A federal judge ruled on Monday [April 10, 2017] that the voter identification law the Texas Legislature passed in 2011 was enacted with the intent to discriminate against black and Hispanic voters, raising the possibility that the state’s election procedures could be put back under federal oversight. Source: NYTimes.com
Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, had made a similar ruling in 2014, but after Texas appealed her decision, a federal appellate court instructed her to review the issue once more.
Then came the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling which said Judge Ramos relied too much on Texas’ history of discriminatory voting and other “infirm” evidence.
Judge Ramos wrote the 5th District’s evidence “did not tip the scales” in favor of Texas.
Many southern states have fought the federal approval requirement for amending voting laws. Most of the issues were lifted when the Supreme Court decision in 2013 invalidated a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Source: NYTimes.com
And finally, something new:
With the ruling, two federal courts – in consecutive months – have found that Texas lawmakers knowingly discriminated against Latino and black voters in elections. In March, a three-judge panel in San Antonio ruled the Legislature illegally “packed” and “cracked” minority populations in certain districts while redrawing the state’s congressional map in 2011 – an effort to reduce their influence across Texas. Source: TexasTribune.com
Remember that phrase “packed and cracked” aka gerrymandering.
RE: U.C. Berkeley Protests/Riots
Was the riot a black mask, black flag operation? I mean look, there’s a bunch of people covering their faces, rioting and causing destruction, for what? To cancel the meeting? or distract people from seeing what’s going on: Trump targeting a place to cut funds when they don’t comply. They couldn’t comply. It was a catch 22. Allow Milo to speak and risk death and destruction (after they whip the crowd into a frenzy), or cancel the event and risk (some uninspired) destruction; they chose to cancel.
I have no doubt Steve Bannon could get a small group to riot, distract, and fain hate towards Trump, then Trump could use whatever excuse he wanted to target funding for anything; get public institutions to comply and you conquer the public. If this is the case, I agree with others, Donald your “slip is showing.”
This is the same law we keep hearing about. Texas is determined to have it decided one way or the other. In the last chapter of this saga I reported that the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said that the Texas voter-identification law discriminates against blacks and Hispanics, and ordered that temporary remedies be put in place by the November election.
On Monday (January 23), The Supreme Court rejected the appeal from Texas officials seeking to restore the state’s voter ID law.
“Chief Justice Roberts made it very clear that the case will be an even stronger posture for Supreme Court review after further proceedings in lower courts,” Ken Paxton said in a statement. “Texas enacted a common sense voter ID law to safeguard the integrity of our elections, and we will continue to fight for the law.”
Source: New York Times.
So, we haven’t seen the end yet. Back to the lower courts (drawing board).
I’m posting this here just so we remember his name. I have a feeling we’re going to hear more from him in the future.
Richard Spencer, white nationalist and creator of the term alt-right spoke in Texas A&M’s Memorial Student Center on December 6. Source: TheBatt.com
While he was giving his speech the university was hosting an “Aggies United” event across the street. Some 400 people attended Spencer’s speech – most were protesters and most of the protesters weren’t students at A&M. Many more attended Aggies United.
Just weeks after the Texas A&M speech, Spencer is still in national headlines:
- Spencer is considering race for Senate
- His mom is target of hate
- White supremacists targeting Jews in Montana (His mom lives in Whitefish, Montana)
- Alt-right Plans Armed March Through Montana Town To Scare Jews
Today’s New York Times front page headline: “TRUMP TRIUMPHS Shocking Upset as Outsider Harnesses Voters’ Discontent.” The story’s headline echos the anti-establishment: Donald Trump Is Elected President in Stunning Repudiation of the Establishment. Source: New York Times
It’s been a little over ten years since Andrea Yates was found insane and I wrote about the verdict.
Fifteen years after drowning her five children in the bathtub of her suburban Houston home, Andrea Yates lives a reclusive life in a Texas mental health facility and frequently watches videos of her children laughing and playing, sources close to Yates tell PEOPLE. Source: People.com
It continues to be a sad end to a sad case.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said the [Texas Voter ID] law violates the Voting Rights Act.
On July 20, a federal appeals court found a Texas voter-identification law discriminates against blacks and Hispanics, and ordered that temporary remedies be put in place by the November election. Source: Wall Street Journal.
This is the same 5th Circuit Court that I wrote about last year (and the year before last) allowed Texas to keep the law because it was too close to elections to change it. Apparently, a couple weeks makes the difference in being too close to an election. The election is now 109 days away.
The lower court hasn’t fixed it in 2 years, so I don’t see them doing much with it now. They may follow the Wisconsin example and accept affidavits from affected voters who swear they can’t get a photo ID.
You’re hearing it here first: I predict someone will go to Mexico and “collect” a lot of signed affidavits from people that are unable to get government IDs. That’s right up there with the dead voting.
Yeah, there’s no room for fraud in an affidavit system.