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October 23, 2018      5:09 PM

Of those who voted on first day of early vote, 7.3% did not note vote in 2010, 2012, 2014, or 2016

Former RPT data guru Derek Ryan also shares on social media that 72.5% of voters yesterday voted in 2010 and/or 2014

Derek Ryan’s first full report on early voting is here.

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October 23, 2018      5:04 PM

After website bashed Dallas Police Association endorsement of Rep. Neave, the cops and candidate strike back

Already bruised after a nasty primary and runoff, Empower Texans-backed challenger Deanna Metzger’s tactics called into question

DALLAS –– The battle for North Texas’ House District 107, the swingiest of DFW’s potential swing seats, was never going to be pretty. In 2016, upstart Democrat Rep. Victoria Neave of Dallas bested then Rep. Kenneth Sheets of Mesquite in a hard-fought campaign for the district spanning Dallas, Garland and Mesquite.

Now, Republicans –– well, some Republicans –– are pushing hard to regain the seat.

But their candidate, Deanna Maria Metzger, has drawn more scrutiny than praise for her campaign tactics.

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By James Russell

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October 23, 2018      9:50 AM

Beto unleashing more attacks against Ted on TV

One example: Citing Cruz's Senate attendance, O'Rourke asks "If you missed half the days at work, would your boss re-hire you for the same job?"

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October 22, 2018      7:03 PM

Watch: Trump rallies for Cruz in Houston, says "I'm a nationalist"

Cruz speaks for 13 minutes, Trump speaks for more than an hour; never gives Beto O'Rourke a nickname, as he does with adversaries he takes seriously. Enjoy the video below.

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October 22, 2018      5:12 PM

First day of early voting reaching presidential levels in Texas, per elections administrators

“I think everyone has forgotten what a large turnout looks like,” said the Bexar County Elections Administrator said

As President Donald Trump prepares to rally for Sen. Ted Cruz in Houston tonight, voters across Texas have been showing up in force from Beaumont to El Paso and the Red to the Rio Grande.

Numbers, of course, are still being crunched as we head toward the end of the first day of early voting but here’s snapshot of the surge seen around the state.

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By James Russell

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October 22, 2018      4:29 PM

Business groups announce coalition to fight local governments over labor regulations

Group called ASSET will “fight for public policies that protect Texas small business owners from burdensome, California-style government regulations.”

Apparently in response to a push for government-mandated paid sick leave by some cities, among other things, many of Texas’ premier business groups on Monday announced a new coalition aimed at protecting “state sovereignty by passing a statewide law to preempt local governments from unilaterally enacting piecemeal local employment and labor laws.”

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By Scott Braddock

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October 22, 2018      11:36 AM

Extremely long lines for early voting all over Texas

Numbers will be trickling in from all over the state later today, but for now we are getting reports of very long lines for casting ballots even at polling places that have traditionally been more like ghost towns on the first day of early vote.

All over Texas – in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, The Valley, Lubbock, etc. – wait times are 30 minutes to an hour at traditionally empty polling places. Some Texas House members down in San Antonio and elsewhere told us they’ve been getting calls from constituents complaining of long wait times.  

Long lines are also reported in big suburban counties like Williamson, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Collin, and Denton. Those places, it is worth noting, saw some of the biggest surges in Democratic turnout during the primary this year.


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October 19, 2018      4:59 PM

Harris County shatters other counties' voter registration numbers

Thanks to Nicole Krajl for compiling the list

With about 1.6 million new voters registered from 2017 to 2018, some have asked who won the registration sweepstakes.

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By Harvey Kronberg

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October 19, 2018      4:56 PM

Feds respond to Texas special ed plan, promise ongoing oversight

Commissioner Morath says TEA has completed more than half the items in corrective action response

Federal authorities made it clear to the Texas Education Agency, in a letter dated today, that the U.S. Department of Education expects an ongoing oversight role in the state’s implementation of a special education corrective action plan.

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October 19, 2018      1:22 PM

People on the Move

Promotions at state agencies, new titles in the governor’s office, a presidential appointment, and honoring a push for access to justice

We’re so close to the end now.

The block walkers are everywhere in legislative races, the TV ads are vicious – though, none from the Democratic challenger for US Senate would qualify. Early voting begins Monday.

It was great to see Chairman Rafael Anchia and other members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus at their meeting in San Antonio this week along with several Republican candidates for speaker.

Did the MALC members play golf in this nasty weather? Well, Rep. Ramon Romero cannot be deterred. I’ll leave it at that.

Back in Austin, there were important hires and promotions at state agencies while there are also some openings to tell you about. Feel free to send career news anytime to ksbraddock@gmail.com and put “POTM” in the subject line so I don’t lose track of it.

Here’s Texas’ weekly edition of People on the Move:

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By Scott Braddock

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October 18, 2018      5:15 PM

Updated: Dallas County GOP issues rebuke to Deuell, Ratliff after endorsing Democrats

DCRP Chair Shorey tells QR “We’re asking them to stop this kind of behavior”; former Rep. Ratliff says he’ll hang a copy of the resolution in his office “to commemorate the day my Republican party officially left me”

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with comment from Dr. Deuell – SB

Following high-profile endorsements of Democratic candidates by two Republican former members of the Texas Legislature, the Dallas County Republican Party this week officially called for such endorsements to end and for “party unity.”

As QR readers who have followed this are aware, former Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, endorsed the Democratic candidates running against Senators Don Huffines and Bob Hall. Former Rep. Bennett Ratliff, R-Coppell, endorsed Julie Johnson, who’s running against Rep. Matt Rinaldi, R-Irving.

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By Scott Braddock

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October 18, 2018      4:28 PM

Mayor of Coppell endorses Julie Johnson over Rep. Rinaldi

“Republicans have a saying ‘A bad Republican is better than a good Democrat’ - in my opinion, not this year”

Saying "People over politics," Coppell Mayor Karen Selbo Hunt on Thursday afternoon endorsed the Democratic nominee running against Rep. Matt Rinaldi.

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October 17, 2018      9:55 PM

Abbott and Patrick will both speak at Trump rally for Cruz in Houston Monday

Patrick says tonight: "I invited President Trump to visit Texas in July because keeping Texas red – from the top of the ballot to the bottom -- is critical."

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October 17, 2018      2:37 PM

Video: Dr. Hotze and Woodfill point to Drag Queen Story time as reason Houstonians should vote straight GOP

They plan to spend up to $1 million on TV and mail

Pledging to spend up to $1 million on TV and mail pieces, Dr. Steve Hotze and former Harris County GOP Chairman Jared Woodfill are seizing on the controversy over “Drag Queen Story Time” for kids in a Houston public library to argue that voters in the Bayou City should vote straight Republican.

They’re using the same PAC they used to help defeat the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which they labeled the “bathroom ordinance.”

Dr. Hotze, of course, is Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s former business partner who’s spent decades crusading against what he calls the “radical homosexual agenda” in Texas.
The ad is below.

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October 16, 2018      11:02 PM

SB: Beto learns to make a fist

Debate performance doesn’t equate to the overall campaign, but offers clues to a potential change in the narrative

Editor’s note: Here’s a quick take on the debate tonight. Would love to know your thoughts on how it unfolded at ksbraddock@gmail.com – SB

With less than a week to go until early voting, Rep. Beto O’Rourke on Tuesday night finally began to do what a challenger must to be competitive: Offer an argument for voters to fire the incumbent.

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By Scott Braddock

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October 16, 2018      4:29 PM

Texas House members ready to tackle the cost of flood mitigation

“We’ve talked a lot about the budgetary issues – big ones – that we’re going to be facing over the next few bienniums …I think this is one that we’re going to have to add to the list. I’m not sure how much longer we can afford not to take action.”

The need for flood management in Texas goes without saying on a day like this, when Lake Travis in Central Texas is rising a foot every hour and the Kingsland bridge over the Llano River is collapsing under the weight of flood waters.

Chair Rep. Lyle Larson’s House Natural Resources Committee took up water legislation passed in the last session, including the state flood mitigation plan, which set the stage for up to $30 billion in proposed projects to alleviate flood risks.

The initial process to launch the plan – mapping the state for flood risks – is estimated to cost $604 million. House members like Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, didn’t balk at the price tag.

Ashby told his colleagues lawmakers needed to learn from recent history.

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By Kimberly Reeves

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October 16, 2018      4:25 PM

On TV: Julie Johnson slams Rep. Rinaldi over property taxes, school vouchers

"Where was Matt Rinaldi when his neighbors needed him?"

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October 16, 2018      4:22 PM

Video: Tony Dale up on TV as a Bipartisan Leader

Touts sex crimes legislation aimed at keeping children safe

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