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"...Last week wasn’t the best week in Rep. Donna Howard’s legislative career. May seem like an odd thing to say, considering her HB 3276 made it to Senate..."
"...Dear Editor, Donna Howard has the shortest learning curve in preparing for the special session on education funding of the candidates running for the District 48 seat in the House of Representatives [“Special Election for Texas House of Representatives, District 48,” Jan. 6]..."
"...Travis County has finally counted all the votes, including provisional and late-arriving mail-in votes, and Democratic state Representative Donna Howard is still the winner over Republican Dan Neil. The totals: Howard 25,026, Neil 25,010, increasing her 15-vote Election Day margin by one..."
"...Conceding the inevitable and conceding defeat, Republican Dan Neil has ended his challenge against Rep. Donna Howard, the Democrat incumbent of House District 48...."
"...Ever since election night and her 16 vote win over Republican Dan Neil, the mantra of Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin has been, "We're just going to keep doing what needs doing." Turns out, that was a good attitude..."
"...Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, has announced that she will re-introduce a measure from last session, creating an independent body with financial and investment expertise to manage the Permanent School Fund (PSF)...."
"...48 state Rep. Donna Howard and her supporters celebrated when final tallies Tuesday night showed her with a 15-vote edge over Republican challenger Dan Neil..."
"...Democrat Donna Howard took the lead from the get-go, with early vote returns handing her a solid 10-point-plus margin over GOP rival Ben Bentzin, a spread which eventually grew to 16 points in the final 58% to 42% tally. The Republican loss was especially bruising given that Bentzin had raised in excess of $300,000 more than Howard, thanks to sizeable contributions from two of the GOP's most influential investors in the state Legislature school-voucher proponent James Leininger and homebuilder Bob Perry..."
"...Whatever reasons the Democrats had for not uniting behind Donna Howard before last week's special election, disappeared almost as quickly as the Republicans' confidence in Ben Bentzin's ability to pull off an outright victory in House District 48. Now, GOP party activists are divided on whether Bentzin can turn around his lackluster performance against Howard in next month's run-off election...."
"...In an astonishing finish that sent ripples of shock and joy across the Democratic wing of Travis County, Donna Howard came within a whisker of pulling an upset Tuesday, in what was supposed to have been Republican Ben Bentzin's race to lose...."
"...On March 18, Republican Dan Neil finally conceded defeat in his challenge against Rep. Donna Howard..."
"...Will Hartnett, R-Dallas, must judge whether Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, should keep her seat or whether challenger Dan Neil should be granted a special election..."
"...Having failed to defeat Austin Democrat Donna Howard on Election Day, Republican Dan Neil is taking his fight for House District 48 to the Legislature. On Dec..."
"...Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, has won her House District 48 seat – again..."
"...Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, Luke Metzger of Environment Texas and Cyrus Reed of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club stood on the south steps of the Capitol at noon, and told the assembled crowd that it's not that they think the private buyers are bad people, and they're not opposed to hunting per se, but that this is all about trust..."
"...After that, the nearest local race is (not unexpectedly) Donna Howard in HD-48 who, at 56%, is 16 points clear of Pamela Waggoner. See below the break for early voting results, or visit our election page...."
"...Business consultant Jim Hasik has filed to challenge Elliott Naishtat, while financial adviser and former failed Lloyd Doggett opponent Jerry J. Mikus has his sights on Mark Strama's office in District 50 (not the first time: He was beaten out by Strama's predecessor, Jack Stick, back in 2002.) There'll even be a Republican primary in District 48, Donna Howard's seat, between Dr..."
"...Last week, Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, held her seat in a recount by 12 votes over challenger Dan Neil..."
"...Two days ago, state Reps. Valinda Bolton, Eddie Rodriguez, and Donna Howard endorsed Sen..."
"...The Travis County Elections Division will be examining the ballots that gave Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, a 16 vote lead over challenger Dan Neil...."
"...According to Texas Right to Life Director Elizabeth Graham, Austin Democratic Rep. Donna Howard is a witch..."
"...So the race in West Austin's House District 48 is heading to its ultimate showdown: A legislative hearing on whether Democratic incumbent Donna Howard's victory should stand. With Howard filing her official response to Republican challenger (now plaintiff) Dan Neil's suit, let's recap the issues...."
"...Local state Reps. Dawnna Dukes, Donna Howard and Diana Maldonado attended the inauguration of President Barack Obama (as one wag at the Travis County Democratic Party's Farewell to Bush bash at Antone's on Tuesday put it, "Donna, Dawnna and Diana went to D.C..."
"...Republican Dan Neil has filed a challenge with the Texas House of Representatives over his 12-vote loss to Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, arguing that there were problems with how the ballots were handled...."
"...So the numbers are in, and Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, is one step closer to finalizing her victory in the November election..."
"...2 elections from incumbent Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin...."
"...The National Nurses Organizing Committee has landed sponsors for its legislation to mandate minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in Texas hospitals, and took a swipe at Austin Rep. Donna Howard’s HB 591, which would elevate the role of nurses in staffing decisions but not mandate ratios...."
"...Austin legislators Donna Howard and Mark Strama were amongst the first wave of Straus supporters, and both have worked with him in the past. Howard explained her enthusiasm about his speakership..."
"...Seems like Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, has picked up a general election challenger: Former Dallas-based banker turned Austin media producer Glenn Bass has announced he is running for the Republican nomination in House District 48...."
"...This footnote in the annals of gender politics was understandably forgotten last Thursday, even as the first woman to emerge from extinction newly elected Austin Rep. Donna Howard was sworn into office in the House chamber..."
"...Dan Patrick has set the anti-spending tone. In November, he issued his legislative priorities: light on details, but promising "a balanced budget that will strengthen the Texas economy and assure that it retains its global competitiveness." House Appropriations Committee Member Donna Howard, D-Austin, called that "a redundant statement," reminding Patrick indirectly: "We're required by the [Texas] Constitution to do that."..."
"...A novice Republican challenger, Robert Reynolds, mysteriously got cold feet and pulled out of the race the day after filing. But two experienced Democrats on the ballot educational experts Donna Howard and Kathy Rider along with the wild-card presence of Libertarian Ben Easton, could hold Bentzin under 50%, which would throw the House race into a run-off...."
"...In boxes with Howard over 50%: 16.1%..."
"...By most indications, the former Dell executive closed shop on his campaign shortly after losing to Democrat Donna Howard in the Feb. 14 special runoff election to decide who would serve out the remainder of Baxter's term..."
"...Joseph Lowery, at the memorial service for Coretta Scott King Headlines State House District 48 voters return to the polls Tuesday, Feb. 14 that's you, West Side Romeos and Juliets for the run-off between Donna Howard and Ben Bentzin..."
"... State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, addressed the growing impact of municipal water rights on her district during a town hall meeting at Cook Elementary School last week..."
"...Scott HensonSupports Donna HowardDear Editor,..."
"...If Bolton's loss was a shock, the evening was a switchback ride for her neighbor Donna Howard. Early voting saw her trailing GOP challenger Dan Neil by 477 votes: When all the precincts were counted, she held only a wafer-thin 15-vote lead..."
"...In November 2006, the Dems recaptured five House seats: Allen Vaught in Dallas County's House District 107, Paula Pierson (Tarrant County, HD 93), Juan Garcia (Calhoun County, HD 32), Ellen Cohen (Harris County, HD 134), and Valinda Bolton (Travis County, HD 47). Then came Bolton's District 48 neighbor, Donna Howard, who defied conventional wisdom and the theoretically unbeatable redistricting arithmetic by winning a 2006 special election to replace retiring Republican Todd Baxter...."
"...The 'Chronicle' EndorsementState House District 48, Special Election: Donna Howard..."
"...Travis County Democratic Reps. Dawnna Dukes, Donna Howard, Celia Israel, and Eddie Rodriguez jointly protested that the program is heavily audited, provides a sixfold return on investment, and stops Texas from bleeding dollars, jobs, and talent to states with rival programs..."
"...First facing off in a GOP primary, physician Joseph Donnelly and insurance agent Pamela Waggoner will vie to take District 48 back from freshman Dem Donna Howard. Financial adviser Jerry J..."
"...He was also reappointed to Juvenile Justice & Family Issues, which is curiously stacked in favor of Democrats, leading to some questions about its significance this session. West Austin's Donna Howard scored a requested seat on Higher Education, which elevates her role in tackling the statewide nursing shortage and skyrocketing tuition rates..."
"...On the other side of the jam-packed and sweaty Driskill foyer, in the Cattle Baron Suite, HD 48's Donna Howard had an easier night, handily beating Pam Waggoner 54%-42%. After early voting gave her a 16-point lead, Howard slipped off her shoes and sat, barefoot, watching the last few precincts drip in..."
"...The other afternoon, I listened to a fascinating candidates' forum between Ben Bentzin and Donna Howard on KUT-FM. Truth be told, Bentzin was all over Howard, wiping up the floor with her...."
"... If I did only one thing in this process, it was to make sure that we left no stone unturned in the final hours of these negotiations." Mayor Will Wynn, following his successful intervention in the contract negotiations between Capital Metro, StarTran, and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1091.Headlines Early voting in the House District 48 run-off special election runs this Monday through Friday, Feb. 10, as Democrat Donna Howard and Republican Ben Bentzin vie to fill the vacancy left by Todd Baxter..."
"...Given the recent controversies ignited by influential Christian conservatives on the State Board of Education, one might have expected to see Democrats rushing to defend Austin's District 10 seat from Republican encroachment. Blame it on the economic gold rush, perhaps, that no one did -- not until former Eanes school board member Donna Howard stepped up at the last minute...."
"...suburban/rural, with Reps. Valinda Bolton and Donna Howard's boxes hugging close to the city, with the exception of one Bolton precinct...."