After Sweeping Losses in Congressional Races, Texas Democrats Ask Why
State News
After Sweeping Losses in Congressional Races, Texas Democrats Ask Why

WASHINGTON — When national Democrats helicoptered into Austin in April 2019 and set up an operation to flip GOP seats in the U.S. House in 2020 — a list that grew from six districts to 10 — they exuded confidence, and Republicans took notice. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was fresh off gaining... Read More

Federal Judge Slams Postal Service and Orders Search for Mail Ballots in Texas Facilities
State News
Federal Judge Slams Postal Service and Orders Search for Mail Ballots in Texas Facilities

LOS ANGELES — A federal judge harshly criticized the U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday, saying the agency had failed to comply with his order to sweep postal facilities for leftover mail-in ballots in battleground states where election officials continue to count votes. Judge Emmet... Read More

Trump Fends Off Biden in Texas, But Too Many States Are Still Up for Grabs for a Verdict
2020 Elections
Trump Fends Off Biden in Texas, But Too Many States Are Still Up for Grabs for a Verdict

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump survived a scare in Texas, though Election Day ended without a verdict on whether his tumultuous presidency will continue for another term — or the huge blue wave that Joe Biden's supporters had hoped for. The former vice president held a substantial lead in... Read More

TX-13: Ronny Jackson (R)
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TX-13: Ronny Jackson (R)
2020-11-04 12:34:12
by TWN Staff

About Jackson: Dr. Ronny Jackson is familiar name to some, his having served as the attending physician and later, a medical advisor, to President Donald Trump. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy as a Rear Admiral in December 2019,after 25... Read More

TX-11: August Pfluger (R)
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TX-11: August Pfluger (R)
2020-11-04 12:30:31
by TWN Staff

About Pfluger: August Pfluger has served his country as a fighter pilot, member of the National Security Council and advisor to President Donald Trump. Pfluger entered the U.S. Air Force Academy immediately after high school and spent the next two... Read More

TX-10: Mike Siegel (D)
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TX-10: Mike Siegel (D)
2020-11-02 21:31:25
by TWN Staff

About Siegel: Mike Siegel is a civil rights lawyer and former public school teacher running for Texas’s 10th Congressional district. He began his career in 1999, joining the Americorps national civil service program and teaching 3rd grade as a Teach... Read More

Texas Court Rejects Bid to Toss 127,000 Harris County Votes, But Fight Isn't Over
State News
Texas Court Rejects Bid to Toss 127,000 Harris County Votes, But Fight Isn't Over

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court on Sunday rejected, without comment, a bid by three Republican candidates and a GOP activist to toss out almost 127,000 votes cast from drive-thru lanes in the emerging Democratic stronghold of Harris County. The votes, however, are... Read More

TX-24: Candace Valenzuela (D)
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TX-24: Candace Valenzuela (D)
2020-11-02 06:47:24
by TWN Staff

About Valenzuela: Candace Valenzuela is a mother, an educator, and a lifelong Texan. She first ran for her local school board to improve Texas schools, becoming the first Latina and first African-American woman to serve on the Carrollton-Farmers Branch school... Read More

TX-24: Beth Van Duyne (R)
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TX-24: Beth Van Duyne (R)
2020-11-02 06:38:26
by TWN Staff

About Van Duyne: Beth Van Duyne is a single, working-mother of two kids. She left home at the age of 17, put herself through college, became the first female mayor of her hometown, and then was asked to serve America... Read More

TX-10: Michael McCaul (R)
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TX-10: Michael McCaul (R)
2020-11-02 06:24:46
by TWN Staff

About McCaul: Michael McCaul is the son of a World War II veteran and a fourth-generation Texan. He is chairman emeritus of the House Homeland Security Committee, as well as the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  McCaul... Read More

TX-07: Wesley Hunt (R)
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TX-07: Wesley Hunt (R)
2020-11-02 06:19:18
by TWN Staff

About Hunt:   Wesley Hunt was born and raised in Houston, Texas, in a military family and is an alumnus of St. John’s School. Upon graduation from St. John’s, Hunt accepted an appointment to the United States Military Academy at... Read More

TX-07: Lizzie Fletcher (D)
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TX-07: Lizzie Fletcher (D)
2020-11-02 06:12:29
by TWN Staff

About Fletcher:  Lizzie Fletcher has lived in Texas’ Seventh Congressional District nearly all her life, and has made her home and built her career in the district.  After graduating from St. John’s School in 1993, Fletcher went to Kenyon College... Read More

TX-03: Van Taylor (R)
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TX-03: Van Taylor (R)
2020-11-02 05:39:15
by TWN Staff

About Taylor: A seventh generation Texan, Van Taylor is a family man, businessman, and decorated Iraq War Veteran. Growing up, Taylor earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, and had the honor bestowed on him... Read More

TX-23: Tony Gonzales (R)
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TX-23: Tony Gonzales (R)
2020-10-31 00:43:22
by TWN Staff

About Gonzales: As a career Cryptologist, Gonzales has been stationed at the Navy Information Operations Detachment Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla., USS MICHAEL MURPHY in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Center for Information Warfare Training Center in Pensacola,... Read More

TX-23: Gina Ortiz Jones (D)
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TX-23: Gina Ortiz Jones (D)
2020-10-31 00:40:04
by TWN Staff

About Jones: Gina Ortiz Jones learned at an early age that it takes hard work and opportunity to create a better future. Her mother, who graduated from a prestigious university, left home and came to the United States as a... Read More

TX-22: Troy Nehls (R)
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TX-22: Troy Nehls (R)
2020-10-31 00:38:55
by TWN Staff

About Nehls: At the age of 19, Nehls enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was deployed on combat tours to Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan, among other places. After 21 years of service, he retired with the rank of Major and... Read More

TX-22: Sri Preston Kulkarni (D)
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TX-22: Sri Preston Kulkarni (D)
2020-10-31 00:35:27
by TWN Staff

About Kulkarni: Sri Preston Kulkarni is a big Rockets fan, lover of languages, and lifelong public servant. He is also a national security expert who has spent his career overseas. He was raised in a middle class family by an... Read More

TX-21: Wendy Davis (D)
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TX-21: Wendy Davis (D)
2020-10-31 00:34:27
by TWN Staff

About Davis: Wendy Davis, with the help of scholarships and family support, went from community college to TCU and on to Harvard Law School. She worked hard to give her kids a better life than she had growing up.  As... Read More

TX-21: Chip Roy (R)
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TX-21: Chip Roy (R)
2020-10-31 00:33:20
by TWN Staff

About Roy: Chip Roy is a husband and father with experience in both the private sector and public service.  He is a former federal prosecutor, having served as special assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Texas, and... Read More

TX Senate: John Cornyn (R)
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TX Senate: John Cornyn (R)
2020-10-28 12:50:40
by TWN Staff

About Cornyn:  John Cornyn was born in Houston, Texas, in 1952 and grew up in San Antonio, the second of three children. Cornyn graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with a degree in journalism in 1973. Later in... Read More

TX Senate: MJ Hegar (D)
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TX Senate: MJ Hegar (D)
2020-10-28 12:44:35
by Sara Wilkerson

About Hegar:  As a young girl, Hegar’s dreams of becoming a military pilot were dismissed with claims that “the front is no place for a woman.” Unwilling to back down, Hegar became a commissioned officer in the Air Force after... Read More

Opinion Polls
Poll: Biden Draws Even With Trump in Texas; Hegar Closing in on Cornyn in Senate Race

AUSTIN, Texas — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has drawn even in Texas with President Donald Trump, and Democrat MJ Hegar is closing in on U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in the Quinnipiac University poll of likely Texas voters released Wednesday afternoon. "Biden and Trump find themselves in a Texas standoff, setting the stage for a bare-knuckle... Read More

In Unusual Closed-Door Election, 150 Texas GOP Officials Will Choose Likely Member of Congress
State News
In Unusual Closed-Door Election, 150 Texas GOP Officials Will Choose Likely Member of Congress

WASHINGTON — About 150 local Republican officials in Northeast Texas will gather Saturday to select the likely replacement in Congress for Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe in an election closed to the public. The voters, made up of GOP... Read More

Texas AG Issues Guidance to Officials Who Sought to Push Local Election to 2021
Local Elections
Texas AG Issues Guidance to Officials Who Sought to Push Local Election to 2021
2020-08-03 21:12:20
by Sara Wilkerson

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has warned officials who already postponed a local election once due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, they would be violating the law if they attempted to move the election again, this time to next year.... Read More

Hurricane Hanna Clean-Up Going Smoothly Despite the Challenges of COVID-19
Emergency Management
Hurricane Hanna Clean-Up Going Smoothly Despite the Challenges of COVID-19
2020-07-31 13:10:21
by Jacob Pederson

Disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Hanna’s arrival on the coast of Texas last week are going well despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, according to the Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Administration.  Hurricane Hanna hit Texas with winds... Read More

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert Reportedly Tests Positive for Coronavirus
In The News
Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert Reportedly Tests Positive for Coronavirus

AUSTIN, Texas — U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, tested positive for the coronavirus Wednesday morning at the White House, according to multiple news reports. Gohmert, who was scheduled to fly to Texas on Wednesday morning with President Donald Trump, tested... Read More

Ahead of Trump’s 16th Visit to Texas, Yet Another Poll Shows he Trails Biden
Opinion Polls
Ahead of Trump’s 16th Visit to Texas, Yet Another Poll Shows he Trails Biden

WASHINGTON — Another day, another poll showing that Texas is up for grabs despite President Donald Trump’s bluster. Former Vice President Joe Biden leads 47% to 45%, with only one in 20 voters still undecided, in a Morning Consult poll... Read More

Texas Governor Extends Early Voting Period for November Election
2020 Elections
Texas Governor Extends Early Voting Period for November Election

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday extended the early voting period for the Nov. 3 election by nearly a week in an effort to spread out voting at polling places amid the coronavirus pandemic. Early voting for... Read More

Glitches, Turmoil Dog Texas GOP’s Virtual Convention
2020 Elections
Glitches, Turmoil Dog Texas GOP’s Virtual Convention

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Republican Party’s virtual state convention stumbled its way toward a messy conclusion Sunday that could leave its legitimacy in doubt. “This convention will be challenged in court and should be challenged in court,” Amy Hedtke,... Read More

Supreme Court Declines to Force Texas Officials to Expand Mail-In Voting
Political News
Supreme Court Declines to Force Texas Officials to Expand Mail-In Voting
2020-06-26 22:07:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday evening decline to force Texas officials to offer mail-in ballots to all voters in the state because of the threat posed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The court's order is the latest development... Read More

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