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05/14/18

Race to Raise: Largent vs. Lang

To understand the dynamics at play in the Largent vs. Lang race for House District 60, think back for a moment to the 2016 primary elections. At that time, skirmishes between the liberal and conservative factions inside the Republican Party were brewing into a full scale civil war. HD 60 was home to one of… CONTINUE

Race to Raise: Garza vs. Guillen

The race for House District 31 was one of the few contested Democrat primaries in the Texas House during the 2018 Election Cycle. Six term incumbent State Representative Ryan Guillen faced off with challenger Ana Lisa Garza, a former district judge. Guillen hasn’t made many waves in Austin during his tenure as a state representative,… CONTINUE

05/07/18

Race to Raise: Carter vs. Reynolds

Historically, Texas has had its fair share of wheeling and dealing public officials. The list of those who have used “The Honorable” title for personal gain or as a means to evade legal woes is long. Many political insiders in Austin have already added current State Representative Ron Reynolds‘ name to this infamous list. Reynolds… CONTINUE

Race to Raise: Seliger vs. Canon vs. Leal

In a three-way primary race to represent Texas Senate District 31, incumbent State Senator Kel Seliger barely held off challenges by former Midland Mayor Mike Canon and Muleshoe Mayor and restauranteur Victor Leal. Seliger squeaked by with 50.5% of the vote to avoid a run-off with Canon. Here’s a quick look at the numbers: Texas… CONTINUE

04/30/18

Race to Raise: Martinez-Fischer vs. Arevalo

One of the closest, most hotly contested races of the 2018 campaign season was the Democrat primary for Texas House District 116 (San Antonio). The battle lines were drawn between veteran politician and former State Representative Trey Martinez-Fischer, who held the seat from 2001-2017 and newcomer State Representative Diana Arevalo, who held the seat for… CONTINUE

Race to Raise: Burkett vs. Hall

One of the most high profile races of the 2018 Primary Election was in Texas Senate District 2. State Senator Bob Hall, who has represented SD2 since 2014, was challenged by former State Representative Cindy Burkett, HD113. Burkett walked away from the seat she held in the House since 2010 to challenge Hall, quite the… CONTINUE

01/30/18

New 2018 Campaign Finance Data

New data is here, which means it’s time for citizens to take action. Our team has been busy working to pull the most recent Texas campaign finance reports, eliminate errors and duplicates, and format the information in a way that’s easy for you to understand and search. We encourage you to use our website to… CONTINUE

12/08/17

Geren Under Fire — Will His Supporters Flee?

State Representative Charlie Geren has recently been linked to two scandals. This has many political insiders wondering, will donors continue to support him? First, Geren, who chairs the powerful House Administration committee, had to announce an updated and more rigorous sexual harassment policy after claiming just last month there was no need to discuss the policy… CONTINUE

11/29/17

Will Your Name Be Disclosed If You Give Money?

In five minutes or less, you can understand what kinds of organizations have to report the names of donors and what kinds don’t. Here’s the quick run down. Organizations That Don’t Have to Disclose Their Donors: Private Organizations and Businesses –  Generally speaking, the internal matters (names of donors, members, customers, and investors) of private… CONTINUE

11/17/17

Dilemma for Abbott Supporters

Governor Greg Abbott made headlines recently with his endorsement of Susanna Dokupil, the Houston-area businesswoman challenging incumbent State Representative Sarah Davis. While Abbott has gotten involved in primary races before, it’s usually to give his stamp of approval to incumbent legislators he believes should return to Austin. Rarely, if ever, does a sitting governor endorse against… CONTINUE