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July 16, 2019      2:25 PM

Legislative campaign finance reports show incumbents steeling for a fight

Empower Texans largely off the battlefield so far, Speaker Bonnen doing in-kind polling for potentially vulnerable Republicans with a notable exception

Yesterday we posted a roundup of campaign finance reports as they trickled out of the TEC. There were few surprises. But on the second day of going through campaign finance reports, there are some hints of fractured allegiances, possible retirements and a potential violation of Speaker Dennis Bonnen’s demand that members not campaign against incumbents.

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July 16, 2019      2:23 PM

TLR PAC endorses Jake Ellzey in GOP primary in race to succeed Rep. John Wray

Chairman Trabulsi: “Ellzey has had a distinguished, 20-year career in public service as a Navy fighter pilot, and he is committed to continuing to serve his fellow Texans by representing House District 10."

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July 15, 2019      4:02 PM

Lt. Gov. Patrick reports more than $11 million cash on hand

His camp says he raised about $3 million in the reporting period

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July 15, 2019      12:56 PM

Cornyn has $9 million on hand after raising about $2.5 million for the quarter

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July 15, 2019      12:55 PM

With $3 million investment, Speaker Bonnen launches PAC to support GOP incumbents

"Texas Leads PAC" is aimed at supporting all incumbent Republican members: “If we are to continue building upon these successes in future legislative sessions, we must do everything in our power to reelect the Republican legislators who made them a reality," Bonnen said

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July 15, 2019      12:00 PM

Legislative campaign finance reports show some surprise numbers, lots of familiar faces

But some of those surprise numbers are being posted by those who are new to the game

The first campaign finance reports ahead of what is expected to be a competitive campaign season are starting to trickle out of the Texas Ethics Commission. With potentially vulnerable Democrats and Republicans alike on the ballot in the Legislature, Texas has perhaps not seen so many competitive seats in at least a decade.

The numbers this early on are not entirely illuminating –– the parties still haven’t lined up challengers in some competitive seats, but we now have access to the fundraising numbers for some of the high-stakes races.

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July 12, 2019      9:08 AM

Sen. Cornyn would welcome Sen. Royce West to US Senate race

West has set a “major announcement” for later this month: “Well, the more, the merrier,” said Cornyn. Of potential candidates, he added West is “the only one I know who actually has a record of public service as a Texas senator”

Sen. Royce West has scheduled what he calls “a special announcement” on July 22, which many expect to be West’s entrance into the U.S. Senate race.

Gains during the 2018 election cycle – and the election machine created by Beto O’Rourke – have emboldened Democrats to consider larger races. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz called his tight victory over O’Rourke a mandate for jobs and security.

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July 11, 2019      3:45 PM

Signaling battle ahead to flip back a Texas House seat, TLR makes first endorsement of the cycle

TLRPAC Endorses Republican Luisa del Rosal in HD 114, now represented by Democratic Rep. John Turner who beat GOP candidate Lisa Luby Ryan in '18

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July 10, 2019      1:56 PM

Ryan Pitts, son of former Chair Jim Pitts, announces for Texas House District 10

"Growing up in Waxahachie, and watching as my father served, my childhood was steeped in the values of our community and a focus on our families. I’m running to ensure sure our voice is heard in Austin..." Pitts said.

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July 10, 2019      9:55 AM

Chair Geren will seek reelection

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July 10, 2019      9:53 AM

Sen. Royce West says a major announcement is coming July 22

The Dallas Democrat has been mulling a run for US Senate; he'll make an announcement at 10am that day at the Dallas County Democratic Party HQ

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July 9, 2019      5:55 PM

As expected, ACA opponents including the State of Texas find a friendly audience at the Fifth Circuit

Partisan clash over President Obama’s signature health care reform could be on track to be center stage before the SCOTUS in time for the 2020 election

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act found a receptive audience in the three-judge panel hearing at challenge to the constitutionality of the nation’s health care law.

Robert Henneke, general counsel at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, served as the plaintiffs’ attorney in today’s appeal in New Orleans, which saw Texas and the federal government on the same side of the case.

The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives and Democratic states argued the individual mandate to buy insurance – which was struck down in 2017 – could be severed from the current health care law, and the health care law could continue to stand.

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By Kimberly Reeves

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July 9, 2019      2:41 PM

El Paso DA Jaime Esparza will not seek re-election

Potential candidates to succeed the longtime district attorney include Rep. Moody and Sen. Rodriguez

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July 9, 2019      12:23 PM

Braddock on radio: GOP chair race should focus on role of RPT in potentially fierce competition with Democrats in 2020

Despite a bout of laryngitis, Editor Scott Braddock talks with KFYO Radio Host Chad Hasty about Allen West's potential challenge to James Dickey, the possibility of O'Rourke or Castro switching races to take on Cornyn, and more

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July 9, 2019      9:13 AM

Ross Perot passed away

Self made billionaire was 89

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