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News Ticker: July 25
All the news that's fit to blog
"...worse against Hillary Rodham Clinton than any other potential GOP presidential challenger. And her flag is bigger...."

July 25, 2013 News Post by Brandon Watson

'The Fight for the Future ... Is Just Beginning'
After weeks of drama, sweeping abortion restrictions pass the Lege
"...– eliminating the so-called "blocker bill" that prevented the GOP majority from passing the bill in the regular session..."

July 19, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Top 10 Blogs of the Year
Ricky Williams, CenTex barbecue, ACL vs. FFF, and more
"...1) "GOP Opposes Critical Thinking," June 27: Chronicle writer (and blogger)..."

Jan. 9, 2013 News Post by Mark Fagan

Voter Photo ID Way To Keep People From Voting
"...vote. The political climate will change slowly, and the GOP is fearful of losing its tight hold. Consequently, those..."

Sept. 6, 2012 Postmarks

No Way To Pick a Senator
It's Sadler vs. Yarbrough and Dewhurst vs. Cruz in this month's primary run-offs
"...Democrat (see box). The conventional presumption is that the GOP will hold the seat, and that the real election..."

July 20, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

State Senate: Hard Right Targets Wentworth
Conservative Jeff Wentworth not far right enough for a GOP primary
"...Jeff Wentworth is a living, breathing symbol of the GOP's contempt for Travis County voters. His district wends its..."

July 20, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Seeing Red in House District 47
Downton and Workman campaigns are black and blue in Travis' only red district
"...Coun­ty, Republicans finally flipped one seat back to the GOP when Paul Workman took House District 47. But the..."

May 18, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Point Austin: Shameless
Perry's dismal campaign finds a worthy successor
"...on the student children of undocumented immigrants. The contemporary GOP has become a party in which it is simply..."

Jan. 27, 2012 News Column by Michael King

Doggett, Travis Returned to Normalcy
New congressional map gives Travis a three-way split, which is a lot better than five
"...which coincidentally creates significant new opportunities for Democrats. The GOP response was predictable grandstanding: On Nov. 26, Attorney General..."

Dec. 2, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Point Austin: Perry's Odds
As the Lege dust settles, the speculation game begins
"...to hide his sense of personal superiority to the GOP's favorite son. That condescension persists primarily in his approach..."

July 8, 2011 News Column by Michael King

Not So Sine Die: What's Special About More of the Same?
The Legislature doesn't quite end
"...While the GOP blames SB 1811's failure on the last-hour filibuster by..."

June 3, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

SBOE Map Dilutes Austin Vote
Proposed State Board of Education boundaries would still deflect local influence
"...favor of new boundaries for itself, mostly favoring the GOP, while the Senate passed a committee substitute for the..."

May 6, 2011 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Point Austin: This Week's War ...
A few irritable speculations, from D.C. to City Hall
"...– the only run a politician understands – the GOP is winning, and although the Senate version may moderate..."

March 25, 2011 News Column by Michael King

The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
April 13 primary run-offs – early voting April 5-9
"...voting for his opponent. But we don't think all GOP voters are that credulous, and serious Repub­licans and their..."

April 2, 2010 News Feature by The Chronicle Editorial Board

Election Update: 12/16/09
Battle lines drawn in State Board of Ed, HD-47 fights
"...District 47 (DEM) Valinda Bolton* (D) House District 47 (GOP) Holly White Turner (R) Paul Workman (R) House District..."

Dec. 16, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

"Buddy, Can You Spare $50?"
GOP passes the hat for anti-stimulus radio ad
"...federal stimulus plan. Which was more remarkable: Watching the GOP claim that stimulus bills are bad while trying to..."

Feb. 18, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

'Chronicle' Endorsements
Nov. 4 General Election
"...to have filed purely out of partisan ideological conviction. GOP incumbent Coch­ran has shown fairness and a judicial temperament..."

Oct. 17, 2008 News Feature

The Libertarians
Democrats and Libertarians find common ground in their grudge against Republicans
"...many things, but they cheerfully share antagonism toward the GOP. It's also true that the Libertarian Party of Texas..."

Oct. 10, 2008 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Party Chairs
Grassroots vs. Technology; and Modernization vs. the Grassroots
"...a mere 50.24% of the vote; she'll have the GOP gunning hard for her. GOP: Modernization vs. the Grassroots..."

Feb. 29, 2008 News Feature by Lee Nichols

County Party Chairs
Thumbnail sketches of the county chair candidates
"...a mere 50.24% of the vote; she’ll have the GOP gunning hard for her. GOP: MODERNIZATION VS. THE GRASSROOTS..."

Feb. 26, 2008 News Post by Lee Nichols

The March Primaries and After: The Filing Report
Flurry of last-minute filings
"...First facing off in a GOP primary, physician Joseph Donnelly and insurance agent Pamela Waggoner..."

Jan. 11, 2008 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Yes, We Have Candidates!
Filing for March primary elections officially began Dec. 3; incumbents, others stake their places on ballot
"...some of those seats. In Wil­liam­son Co., there's no GOP heir apparent for outgoing Dist. 52 state Rep. Mike..."

Dec. 14, 2007 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Could the Texas House Turn Blue?
"...to come back to haunt them," said Moon. Several GOP names have already emerged as specific Dem targets: Arlington's..."

Nov. 9, 2007 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Howard Defeats Bentzin
Dems claim a 'Republican' district
"...vote returns handing her a solid 10-point-plus margin over GOP rival Ben Bentzin, a spread which eventually grew to..."

Feb. 17, 2006 News Feature by Amy Smith

Texas Republicans Dodge Criminal Campaign Finance Bullet
Republican Party of Texas cuts deal with Travis County on corporate money charges.
"...Still, in a signed statement within the agreement, the GOP admitted using $49,600 in corporate funds to pay for..."

Nov. 25, 2005 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Taking Aim
With the 79th barely over, would-be officeholders jockey for position
"...have to craft a whole new tax system. But GOP leaders are at an impasse over how to accomplish..."

June 17, 2005 News Column by Amy Smith

Handicapping Slots for Tots
The pols and the lobby shuffle the deck on gambling for education'
"...No amount of anti-gambling railing from state GOP chairwoman Tina Benkiser can convince Rep. Garnet Coleman that..."

Feb. 18, 2005 News Column by Amy Smith

Drowning in the Red Tide
Donkeys get their asses kicked on Capitol Hill
"...black and Mexican-American members of the Senate – the GOP's pickups of seats vacated by retiring Dems in the..."

Nov. 5, 2004 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Stick Sunk; Barely Baxter; Rose Reblooms
A narrow defeat, and an even narrower win, for Travis Co. GOP legislators
"...the additional windfall came too late to rescue fellow GOP freshman Rep. Jack Stick...."

Nov. 5, 2004 News Feature by Amy Smith

Across the State
Heflin, Hochberg, Mercer, and Mabry among the incumbents on the bubble
"...well, but Heflin will have plenty of money and GOP support – given the added incentive of protecting one..."

Oct. 22, 2004 News Feature by Michael King

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