Since we last checked in on endorsements in major statewide races, Democrats have continued to pull in impressive nods from newspapers across Texas.
Here are some of the latest endorsements, which serve as a reminder that up and down the ballot, Democrats are best suited for the challenges facing Texas right now.
The Austin American-Statesman endorsed Leticia Van de Putte for Lieutenant Governor in a write-up that directly took on her extremist opponent Dan Patrick:
Where Van de Putte knows how to reach across the aisle, the confrontational Patrick, 64, shows more interest in using his conservative majority to dominate, bully and ram through legislation than in seeking bipartisan consensus.
Democratic candidate Sam Houston is the best choice on the ballot. This balanced, professional attitude should help win over some traditionally Republican voters, who find themselves with a troubling candidate.
State Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, puts forth the persona of a Sunday school teacher but has a history of lawbreaking and questionable business practices that should disqualify him in the minds of Texans.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram also endorsed Sam Houston, again emphasizing why Paxton is unfit for the job:
The Republican nominee, lawyer and state Sen. Ken Paxton of McKinney, is undeserving of consideration. In May, state securities regulators found Paxton sent clients to an investment firm without registering or disclosing his own paid role. No candidate to lead “the people’s law firm” should ever have misled a client, a state board or the people of Texas.
Last but certainly not least, the Dallas Morning News endorsed Mike Collier for Comptroller:
Collier promises a reformer’s zeal toward the comptroller’s office, which swung and missed wildly with its 2011 revenue estimate to the Legislature. That resulted in needlessly deep cuts to public education, the very reason Collier said he was moved to enter the race. He vows to issue quarterly revenue snapshots, well beyond the biennial reports the constitution requires and more in line with modern accounting principles. He also vows a watchdog role that would guard against the loose practices found in the Texas Enterprise Fund.
These endorsements are a reminder that Texas voters would indeed be wise to look at the qualifications, experience, and records of the candidates in each of the statewide races and decide based on merit who should govern our state.