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.
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.
Jul 16th - 2:00 pm
The lieutenant governor hasn’t held any official reelection campaign events, but a new video released by his campaign team appears to get it started for him.
Posted by the TeamDewhurst account Tuesday, the video shows Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the days leading up to the passage of House Bill 2, which imposes tough, new restrictions on abortion providers. The bill was forced into a second special session after Dewhurst failed to get it passed before a midnight deadline at the end of June. The second time around, thousands of demonstrators, both for and against the bill, gathered at the Capitol. Over dramatic music, the video shows Dewhurst promising to respect the opposition’s First Amendment rights while guaranteeing to supporters that the bill would pass.
The video is titled “Dewhurst: Defender of the Pre-Born.”
The ad was paid for by the David Dewhurst Committee, which campaign finance reports show has just over $1.7 million in cash on hand. That puts Dewhurst in third place in the field of declared candidates for lieutenant governor. The numbers show Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples with a strong head start at $3 million. Sen. Dan Patrick, who has strongly criticized Dewhurst for his handling of the bill during the first special session, holds $2.1 milllion. Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson’s campaign has $1.3 million.
May 29th - 11:58 am
State Comptroller Susan Combs announced today she will not seek elective office in 2014. The announcement comes after months of speculation over her political future, including a potential bid for lieutenant governor.
“I want to make my intentions clear as soon as possible for prospective statewide candidates,” Combs said in a statement released Wednesday morning.
This means the race for lieutenant governor in the GOP primary will include the incumbent, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, along with Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. All three have said they will run. Combs’ announcement also opens up the race for comptroller.
Combs indicated during a recent appearance on Capital Tonight that she would discuss her future plans with her husband over the Memorial Day weekend before making any decisions. She will be our guest on Capital Tonight this evening at 7. Her entire statement is below the jump.
May 14th - 4:47 pm
For the first time, State Comptroller Susan Combs is offering some hints as to her future political plans. Combs’ name has often been mentioned as a possible candidate for lieutenant governor. Until now, she has maintained that she is focused on the current legislative session and the job at hand.
That all changed Tuesday. In an interview with Capital Tonight’s Paul Brown, Combs stopped just short of confirming she is indeed planning a run for lieutenant governor. She said,
“I think anybody that runs for office has to consult their family. So my husband and I are going to go to the ranch in Big Bend in about two weeks and have a heart-to-heart chat about what it is we want to do together. And then I will announce it right there after.”
If she does decide to run, Combs would face off in a primary against other big name Republicans including sitting Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.
You can watch our full interview on Capital Tonight, live at 7 p.m.
Apr 19th - 11:12 pm
Lawmakers visit Accident Site
U.S. senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz visited West today to see the devastation.
Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples joined Karina Kling to discuss the scene he witnessed passing through West shortly after the explosion. Staples also discussed the setback to agriculture the explosion is likely to have on food production.
Senate District 22
(R) Sen. Brian Birdwell joined Karina Kling from West, Texas. Birdwell discussed the damage he witnessed in West and how the local leadership is handling the situation.
Scott Braddock with the Quorum Report, Christy Hoppe from the Dallas Morning News and Jay Root with The Texas Tribune joined Karina Kling to discuss the events in politics this week.
Apr 9th - 1:18 pm
Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is supportive of federal border security legislation filed by Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Michael McCaul, today.
Staples has long been outspoken on the immigration issue and was highly critical of the federal govenrment’s border security plan on Capital Tonight, earlier this year.
He released this statement:
“Landowners are suffering under the daily threat from violent drug cartels while President Obama and his administration continue to falsely proclaim the border as safe. Representative Michael McCaul and Senator John Cornyn have taken a strong step in restoring the sovereignty of America with this legislation to enhance border security. No Texan and no American should ever have to accept a dangerously porous border as the status quo. Our nation needs action.”
Feb 4th - 3:50 pm
WASHINGTON — Border security continues to be a focus for Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples in his run for lieutenant governor. Now, he has taken that message straight to Washington, D.C.
Commissioner Staples spoke Monday to members of the U.S. House of Representatives and their staffs about the H-2B visa, designed to allow businesses to fill labor shortages. Staples wants reforms in the program, which he says is plagued with “bureaucratic red tape and antiquated quotas, and helps create an insecure border.”
He told the group that the guest worker process is to be blamed for the deaths of 591 individuals, from 2006 to 2011, in Texas counties along the border region.
“These individuals had a desire to better themselves, and in response to an under-populated U.S. labor market, literally risked life and limb to enter the United States,” Staples told the group, according to today’s news release from the Texas Department of Agriculture. “Nearly 600 died on their journey to what they hoped would be a better life.”
Commissioner Staples is about to release a book he wrote, “Broken Borders, Broken Promises: How Porous Borders Are Robbing America’s Future.” The commissioner is expected to appear on Capital Tonight later this week to talk more about his book and border security.
Staples is one of several Republican office holders who have indicated they are running for lieutenant governor, or have at least expressed interest. That list includes Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and State Comptroller Susan Combs. Incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has already indicated he plans to run for re-election.
Read Staples’ entire remarks here.