Sen. Wendy Davis
Dec 3rd - 8:12 pm
In Tuesday’s Capital Tonight, we looked at where the candidates stand on the issue, and what they’ve said in the past.
The White House is reporting over a million people visited the healthcare.gov website Monday, on the first full business day after a series of repairs. Government officials now say the federal online health insurance exchange is now functioning 90 percent of the time.
We spoke with Mimi Garcia of Enroll America about their efforts to get the word out about health insurance options through the Affordable Care Act in states like Texas, where the federally created website is the only one available.
Plus, our Capital Commentators, Harold Cook and Ted Delisi, joined us to look at what’s next for the Affordable Care Act and how Republicans and Democrats will position themselves around the law.
Oct 7th - 8:26 pm
In Monday’s Capital Tonight, we sat down with Sen. Davis for an extended interview. She talked about education funding, party labels, gun rights and her plan to lead the state.
ON THE AGENDA
Since Sen. Davis’s announcement, only one other Democrat has declared a run for statewide office. The Quorum Report‘s Harvey Kronberg joined us to talk about how the rest of the ticket could shape up for those hoping to turn the state blue.
HOUSE SEAT SCRAMBLE
As the governor’s race heats up, so does another competition. Candidates running in the House District 50 race have been busy reaching out to registered voters. We looked at their efforts to get people to the polls in a state where turnout is traditionally low.
Oct 7th - 11:22 am
Sen. Wendy Davis released her first online campaign ad, Monday. The nearly 5 minute spot highlights Davis’ life story, from a single mother to a successful business woman and state senator.
“Our campaign is proud to highlight Sen. Davis’ record putting Texas families first,” said communications director Bo Delp. “Since we launched our campaign, we have been overwhelmed by the support for a new voice for all Texans in Austin. As the momentum grows, we continue to build a strong coalition of voters who are ready to elect Wendy Davis the next governor to make sure Texas is as great as it can be.”
You can watch the ad, below:
Oct 3rd - 12:18 pm
Attorney General Greg Abbott released a new online campaign video just hours before Senator Wendy Davis is expected to announce a run for governor.
The ad touts Abbott’s conservative record and promises safeguard Texas values, keep the government small and taxes low.
Abbott does not mention Davis by name. Instead, he takes aim at the Obama administration and Democrats’ efforts to turn Texas blue.
“We won’t allow Texas to be taken over by California-style government.
We will win this election because the people and values of Texas are on our side.
We know the power of the individual, what liberty means to the voters who go to the polls.
And I know that hard-working conservatives will beat Bracak Obama and his allies every time.”
The full ad is below:
Oct 2nd - 1:10 pm
The day before Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis’ announcement about a possible run for governor, someone else jumped into the race.
Libertarian candidate Kathie Glass announced she’s running in 2014 during an Austin news conference Wednesday morning at the Driskill Hotel.
Glass ran for governor in 2010, receiving a little more than 2 percent of the vote, to Governor Rick Perry’s 55 percent. Democrat Bill White pulled in 42 percent in that race.
She used the current federal government shutdown as an example of why she’s running again.
“This shutdown is just a glimpse of what might happen when there is a total collapse from Washington, because we know — the voters of Texas know — that Washington is broken,” Glass said. “The two-party system is corrupt and broken. They’ll never fix themselves and they can’t be reformed from within.”
Attorney General Greg Abbott and former Texas Worforce Commission Chairman Tom Pauken are among the Republican candidates who have already annouced a run for governor.
As was the case in 2010, Glass is campaigning on a platform of limited government.
She said to expect a lot of active, serious Libertarian campaigns for a variety of offices this election cycle.
Sep 18th - 9:00 am
Months of speculation over Sen. Wendy Davis’ political future will be put to rest on October 3. Davis announced today via email that she will make her future plans known at a grassroots event that day. She had originally planned to make this announcement around Labor Day, but postponed it due to the sudden illness and death of her father. The email doesn’t give a location, but all signs point to Davis’ home district of Fort Worth.
Davis political star rose among Democrats, following her 13 hour abortion bill filibuster during the first special legislative session. In a rare move, the Texas Democratic Party and other progressive groups have been campaigning to garner pre-primary support and raise money for a gubernatorial run.
Davis has thus far only confirmed that she will either run for governor, or seek another term as Texas Senator. If she does decide to run for governor, Davis’ senate seat will be up for grabs. Fellow Democrats have also put their own political plans on hold until Davis makes her announcement.
Despite ramped up fundraising events, including several in Washington, D.C., Davis will face an uphill financial battle. Her potential Republican opponent Attorney General Greg Abbott already has more than $20 million in his campaign war chest.
Aug 5th - 1:18 pm
Speaking at a National Press Club event in Washington, State Sen. Wendy Davis responded to questions about her political future with her most specific answer to date.
“I can say for absolute certainty that I will run for one of two offices, either my state Senate seat, or the governor,” Sen. Davis said.
The response came during a question-and-answer session after an extended speech, in which Davis traced her political beliefs back through her own biography as a teenager from a struggling family, then a single mother.
Davis quickly shot into the national political scene in late June when her nearly 12-hour filibuster helped temporarily defeat a Republican-backed bill to severely restrict the state’s abortion providers.
The bill was eventually passed, but her fight catapulted her into the gubernatorial conversation for 2014. So far, no Democrat has officially entered the race for governor.
Jul 18th - 12:17 pm
Shortly after Gov. Rick Perry signed a controversial abortion bill into law, Sen. Wendy Davis released a statement calling the move a potential turning point for voters.
“When Governor Perry signed the bill, he signaled a clear break with Texas families. Governor Perry and other state leaders have now taken sides and chosen narrow partisan special interests over mothers, daughters, sisters and every Texan who puts the health of their family, the well-being of their neighbors, and the future of Texas ahead of politics and personal ambitions.”
Sen. Davis played a key role in delaying the bill during the first special session. Her nearly 11-hour filibuster helped push a final vote past the midnight deadline, forcing Gov. Perry to call a second special session.
Jul 14th - 12:47 pm
In Sunday’s show, we check in from San Antonio ahead of Attorney General Greg Abbott’s announcement. Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Perry appeared on CNN to reflect on his 13 years in office.
Between Gov. Perry’s speech Monday and Friday’s passage of a controversial abortion bill, it’s been another memorable week in state politics. Ross Ramsey of the Texas Tribune and Scott Braddock with the Quorum Report joined us to look back.
There’s been a lot of talk about Senator Wendy Davis’ political future in light of the attention she gained from her abortion filibuster. Democrats are energized by the attention they’ve received, but can they carry that momentum through an election? Jim Henson from the Texas Politics Project joined us to share his analysis.
Jul 2nd - 8:16 pm
Wendy’s Next Move
A week ago, a filibuster in the Texas Senate over abortion legislation was becoming an internet sensation. Hundreds of thousands kept track through television, online and through social media. Since then, the lawmaker who essentially talked the bill to death has become a national figure, now back in Austin with her colleagues for a second special session.
Tuesday, Sen. Wendy Davis joined us for a one-on-one interview covering the current session, her political plans and her thoughts during the filibuster.
Packed Public Hearing
The House State Affairs Committee heard testimony once again on a bill that would impose stiffer abortion regulations.
Nearly 2,000 people signed up to testify on the measure, but unlike last time, most of those who signed up to testify were firm supporters of the Republican-backed bill.
Plus, Gov. Perry is giving new hints about his political future. Our Capital Commentators weighed in on what it could mean, along with new poll numbers showing what a hypothetical head-to-head race between Perry and Davis would look like.