Nov 23rd - 1:44 pm
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte’s announcement made history in Texas, Saturday. For the first time two women will lead a major party’s ticket for the state’s top offices.
Sen. Wendy Davis, who is running for governor, issued a statement of support following Saturday’s announcement.
“Sen. Van de Putte’s dedication to representing the interests of all Texans makes her an outstanding choice for Lieutenant Governor. She has delivered for our veterans and small businesses, and like many Texans, I’m excited about her announcement.“
While the two are running separately, it is likely we will see them on the campaign trail together often, starting today. Davis and Van de Putte will appear together in Austin, this evening.
Nov 23rd - 1:28 pm
Republican lieutenant governor candidate Todd Staples was the first Republican to weigh in on Sen. Leticia Van de Putte’s announcement, Saturday.
Before Van de Putte had even uttered the words ‘I’m running,” Staples issued this email statement:
“Senator Van De Putte’s announcement is another reminder that conservatives are in desperate need of new leadership. Energized Texas democrats are the result of the failed leadership of David Dewhurst. By allowing Democrats to take over the Senate, Dewhurst made a national hero out of Wendy Davis and inspired Obama’s Battleground Texas. For the majority of Texans who support a record of lower taxes, secure borders and job creation, I ask for your support in the Republican Primary so that I can stand up and fight for our shared conservative values next November.
Nov 23rd - 1:21 pm
After months of speculation, Sen. Leticia Van de Putte formally announced Saturday that she is running for lieutenant governor. In a firey speech in San Antonio, Van de Putte told a crowd of more than 500 supporters, “Texas families deserve better than they’ve been getting. Texas can do better than this. And that’s why I announce that I’ll ask the people of Texas to hire me to be your next lieutenant governor.”
Van de Putte has been mulling the decision for months, citing the need to reflect on the need to weigh the challenges of a statewide campaign with her family. The Van de Puttes suffered several tragedies this year, including the death of the Senator’s father, infant grandson and father-in-law.
In her announcement Saturday, Van de Putte focused on women’s rights, transportation, immigration issues and the need for a better public education system for the state’s poorest residents. She did not shy away from taking direct aim at the crowded field of Republican candidates.
“While they’ve bickered amongst themselves, funding for neighborhood public schools has been cut by billions. Class sizes have swelled, and too often we’re losing our best teachers,” she said. “Texas is investing less in our school children than almost any other state. It’s by no coincidence that we’re last in the nation in the percentage of adults with a high school diploma.”
The senator kept her hispanic heritage and her family front and center during Saturday’s remarks, often times speaking to supporters in Spanish. The refain “Mama’s not happy” garnered loud cheers from the crowd.
Van de Putte faces one Democratic challenger in the 2014 primary. Maria Luisa Alvarado, who was the party’s nominee in the last election, announced her candidacy earlier this month. Should Van de Putte win the nomination this time around, she faces one of four Republican challengers. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Sen. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples are all vying for the GOP nomination.
Nov 18th - 5:54 pm
Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday the special election runoff in the Texas House District 50 race will be held Jan. 28.
Democrat Celia Israel and Republican Mike VanDeWalle are vying to serve out the rest of Rep. Mark Strama’s term. Strama, who is from Austin, stepped down from the legislature earlier this year for a job in the private sector.
The winner of the special election will still have to survive a primary and a general election to secure a full term.
Nov 15th - 12:50 pm
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Wendy Davis is voicing support for fellow Sen. Letica Van de Putte. She released this statement following official word that Van de Putte will make an announcement about her future, next week.
“We’ve already seen the level of excitement that Sen. Van De Putte generates. Sen. Van de Putte has a strong record of putting Texans first. She has delivered for veterans, small businesses, and working families and will make a powerful candidate – should she choose to run.”
It is expected that Van de Putte will join the race for lieutenant governor. Should she run and win the democratic primary, she will face one of four Republican candidates. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Sen. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture commissioner Todd Staples are in a four way race for the GOP nomination.
Nov 15th - 11:40 am
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte will make her future political plans known at an event in San Antonio, Sat. Nov. 23. It is widely assumed she will announce a run for lieutenant governor.
Van de Putte has said she is considering a run for higher office, but struggled with the decision in the wake of several deaths in her family. “Our infant grandson in May, and my dad, and just less than a month ago, my mother-in-law. And so a statewide race is very grueling, and very contentious, and unfortunately very toxic,” she said in an October interview. ”So I want to serve my state and I love being in the Texas Senate, but I really have to look at, first, my family, and if we would be up to this, and we’re really taking in a lot of data and looking at it if it’s possible.”
In an email to her supporters today, Van de Putte said:
“I understand that the future prosperity of Texas families is dependent upon the path we choose to take today. So after much prayer, reflection and discussion with my family and friends, I’m ready to let you, my grassroots supporters, know what is next for me.”
That announcement is scheduled next Saturday, at San Antonio College. If Van de Putte does decide to run, she will be the second Democrat to join the race. She will face Maria Luisa Alvarado in a primary election.
Nov 5th - 3:39 pm
New numbers from Public Policy Polling show Davis trailing Republican frontrunner Greg Abbott by 15 points, with 15 percent undecided. The poll assumes Abbott wins his party’s nomination for governor and that no one runs as an independent.
The PPP poll also posited a hypothetical three-candidate matchup, assuming that Debra Media dropped her bid for comptroller and ran for governor as an Independent instead. In that scenario, Abbott still commanded a 10-point lead, with Davis holding onto 37 percent and Medina grabbing 9 percent.
The PPP poll surveyed 500 voters by an automated phone interview and has a margin of error of 4.4 percent.
Monday, a University of Texas / Texas Tribune poll showed Davis trailing by only six percent against Abbott in a head-to-head matchup, with that gap shrinking to five percentage points with Libertarian candidate Kathie Glass included in the race.
Nov 4th - 12:14 pm
A new University of Texas / Texas Tribune Poll shows the governor’s race within single digits. The poll released Monday puts Attorney General Greg Abbott ahead of Wendy Davis, 40 percent to 34 percent. About a quarter of those polled still say they have not decided who to vote for.
Poll director Daron Shaw told the Texas Tribune, “What you’ve got is a race in which, for the first time in a long time, the Democrat is as well-known as the Republican at the outset of the race.”
James Henson from the Texas Politics Project will join us this evening to talk more about what the poll means for the 2014 election.
Oct 23rd - 1:33 pm
Lieutenant governor candidate Sen. Dan Patrick on Wednesday launched his second statewide television ad. The new 30-second spot targets incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and criticizes his budget leadership during the last legislative session.
“The only thing you need to know about the lieutenant governor’s current budget is that every Democrat praised and voted for it,” Patrick said. “As a conservative Republican, I didn’t.”
This is Patrick’s second television ad to hit the airwaves. His last ad, which proclaimed he was the only candidate to “oppose in-state tuition for illegal immigrants,” prompted outcry from his opponents who argued the claim was untrue and produced a “false” rating from PolitiFact Texas.
Patrick is one of four Republicans on the GOP primary ballot. He faces Dewhurst, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.
Oct 23rd - 12:28 pm
Attorney General Greg Abbott is highlighting a recent campaign stop at the Texas Federation of Republican Women’s State Convention in his new web ad. The spot features women at last weekend’s event talking about the reasons they support his run for governor.
Abbott is seeking the GOP nomination for Governor. If he wins the Republican primary, he will likely face off against Democrat Wendy Davis in the general election.