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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Upcoming Legislative Session
Lawmakers set to tackle immigration, education, legalization, transportation, and more
"...and welcoming place? There's evidence pointing toward both. The GOP is still in charge and itching to finally score..."

Dec. 14, 2018 News Feature by the News Staff

Point Austin: Primarily Texas
Musings on the day after a frozen vote
"...the South Texas Hispanic vote is going to lurch GOP-ward in November is horse-race reporters' wishful thinking...."

March 7, 2014 News Column by Michael King

"...U.S. Senate: GOP Tea Partier Ted Cruz is a heavy favorite over..."

Oct. 19, 2012 News Feature

Election Update, 12/29/09
Only two business days lefts to file
"...District 47 (DEM) Valinda Bolton* (D) House District 47 (GOP) Holly White Turner (R) Paul Workman (R) House District..."

Dec. 29, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Election Update, 12/23/09
Guess which Travis Co. Dem drew a surprise GOP opponent?
"...the Republican side, the surprise news is that a GOPer is challenging Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin. Travel consultant Marilyn..."

Dec. 23, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

The Man in the White Hat
Larry Joe Doherty rides into the battle for CD 10
"...It was supposed to create safe seats for the GOP. It was supposed to establish a Republican congressional majority:..."

Oct. 3, 2008 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Letters @ 3AM
At least four factors could determine the nominees and results of the next presidential election, and nobody's talking about them yet
"...The conventional wisdom is that the GOP wants to run against Sen. Clinton. But that's contradicted..."

Nov. 9, 2007 Column by Michael Ventura

Election 2004 Updates
The latest electoral happenings in Central Texas, updated daily
"...Republicans will be watching election returns at the GOP Headquarters at 900 Congress #300. The Republicans' party will..."

Oct. 29, 2004 News Feature

Elsewhere, They Have Congressmen
The congressional landscape, Tom DeLay style
"...– even if it threatened to scuttle the entire GOP project – to arrange only one U.S. House seat..."

Feb. 20, 2004 News Feature by Michael King

Here's Your Congress!
The U.S. Supreme Court refusal to stay the new Republican-drafted congressional map formally inaugurates the electoral season
"...the end no Democrats filed. There are now eight GOP candidates, all of whom oppose abortion, terrorism, and taxes..."

Jan. 23, 2004 News Feature by Michael King

Picking Up the TAB
The Travis Co. DA and the courts consider Texas Association of Business money spent during the fall campaign.
"...has thrown a roadblock in their path. In response, GOP operatives -- led at the time by a relatively..."

March 28, 2003 News Feature by Amy Smith

Dream on, Dream Team
Democrats Fail to Convince Texas
"...When early voting numbers, typically the high-water mark for GOP candidates, showed Honts being walloped by incumbent Sam Biscoe,..."

Nov. 8, 2002 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Naked City
Sugar Land Congressman Tom DeLay takes on the Democrats' redistricting plan.
"...But it was surprising to see DeLay and his GOP colleague Rep. Joe Barton sitting in the well themselves,..."

April 13, 2001 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Grand Old Mess
Can Travis County Republicans Ever Get It Together?
"...the heated contest to the growing popularity of the GOP in Travis County. Other TCRP members lament, both privately..."

Feb. 25, 2000 News Feature by Amy Smith

The Last Don
Bob Bullock: The Crusty Boss of Texas Politics
"...He has given the prize committee chairs to the GOP -- Republicans lead the Senate's Finance, Economic Development, Education,..."

Jan. 31, 1997 News Feature by Robert Bryce

Austin at Large: Make America Grateful Again
Even as white nationalism sticks around, kicking Trump to the curb is a Thanksgiving miracle
"...not that Apesh*t won the White House – a GOP victory in 2016 was always plausible – but that..."

Nov. 27, 2020 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Record Turnout in Run-Off Election Pushes Democratic Party Toward Change
State and local races show the blue getting bluer
"...experience; without a statewide race, and with the Texas GOP in disarray as it rushes to launch its convention..."

July 17, 2020 News Feature by the News Staff

Election Ticker: Final Laps Before E-Day
Countdown to Super Tuesday begins
"...Repub­lic­an primary for the State Board of Education, where GOP outlier Robert "Half-Cracked" Morrow is running to succeed retiring..."

Feb. 28, 2020 News Feature by Michael King

Election Ticker: Marching Toward 2020
The latest from the local campaign trails
"...Of those dozen Dems aiming to take on GOP incumbent John Cornyn, perhaps five have a serious shot...."

Dec. 20, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

2018 Primary Elections: Giddy With Energy
Tracking back on a wild election night
"...In CD 10, currently held by seven-term GOP incumbent Michael McCaul, the May Democratic run-off will be..."

March 9, 2018 News Feature by the News Staff

Nine Reasons Why Trump Is in Austin
Deciphering the most baffling campaign stop of 2016
"...viciously pro-free market front operation for the whims of GOP sugar daddy James Leininger and, more recently, the Koch..."

Aug. 23, 2016 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Getting to Know Robert Morrow
Newly elected GOP county chair causing a Republican revolt
"...Texas primary, to the deep chagrin of the local GOP establishment...."

March 8, 2016 News Post by Mary Tuma

Not Done Yet: July Run-offs
A rundown of the July 31 run-offs
"...turnout, and the ongoing turf war between the Texas GOP political establishment and their tea party critics has left..."

June 8, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Race To Balance Out the Supremes
Dems, Libertarians vie to break GOP lock
" Place 9. There is little doubt that the GOP will keep its lock on this bench; nonetheless, there..."

Oct. 22, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Lege Races: Austin and Elsewhere
These candidates are all over the map on issues
"...the knife-edge balance of power. The problem for the GOP is that several sitting state reps face tough challenges..."

Feb. 19, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Election 2006: Local Results
Democrats score a shutout in Travis and Hays
"...House District 47, at one stroke replacing retiring incumbent GOP Rep. Terry Keel and turning the Travis Co. House..."

Nov. 10, 2006 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Bentzin's Tangled Web of Backers
An elite crew of critters helped bankroll Bentzin's unsuccessful, half-million dollar District 48 campaign
"...carried a high price – not only for the GOP leadership that tried to engineer his victory in the..."

Feb. 24, 2006 News Feature by Amy Smith

Bentzin's Bad Connection
District 48 candidate's acknowledgement that he hired political consultant John Colyandro to work on his Senate campaign in 2002 raises big legal questions
"...never been linked, either directly or indirectly, to the GOP campaign finance scandal that touched off a wide-scale criminal..."

Feb. 10, 2006 News Feature by Amy Smith

Facing the South
The Democratic primary for the new CD 25 pits Austin's Lloyd Doggett against McAllen's Leticia Hinojosa
"...north, Doggett is running against Tom DeLay and the GOP, who have tried to redistrict his 30-year career to..."

Feb. 13, 2004 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Capitol Chronicle
This year's House budget debate reads suspiciously like Catch-22.
"...virtually every one would be routinely rejected by the GOP majority. And a group of Democratic swing votes in..."

April 25, 2003 News Column by Michael King

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