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BOR Elections Weekly Round Up, October 7 - 13: Mike Collier and Kinky Friedman Join Dem Slate

by: Joseph Vogas

Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 09:00 AM CDT

The theory was, once Sen. Wendy Davis (D) announced she was running for governor, other Democrats would quickly announce to join her on the statewide ticket. While Sen. Van de Putte (D) continues to weigh her options, two others have made their bids official. One is a new face and the other is a running gag.

Mike Collier (D) posted directly on Burnt Orange Report last week to announce his candidacy for Texas Comptroller. Mr. Collier is a former CFO who has pledged to be a watchdog for our finances and will work to end the political circus that has overshadowed the Comptroller's office over the last few years. The best person to tell Mike Collier's story is Mike; I encourage everyone to watch his introductory video. Four Republicans are currently running for Comptroller: Sen. Glenn Hegar, Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, Fmr. Rep. Raul Torres, and Debra Medina. Incumbent Susan Combs (R) is retiring.

Comedian Kinky Friedman will run for Agriculture Commissioner as a Democrat, again. He ran in 2010 for the same position as a Democrat, losing in the primary. No other candidate has declared to date.

One Senator confirmed they would run for re-election and close to a dozen new candidates made themselves known in the last week. Click after the jump to find out who!

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BOR Elections Weekly Round Up, September 12 - 22: Sen. Davis Sets a Date, Rep. Lewis Retires

by: Joseph Vogas

Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM CDT

Welcome to our first weekly round up of election news in the state of Texas! It has been a big week, with the launch of our candidate trackers. Burnt Orange Report is currently watching 223 of the partisan races that will appear on the November 2014 general election ballots throughout the state of Texas. Every Monday morning, this column will recap all the changes made to our elections charts and other significant elections news we covered in the previous week.

The big news last week: Sen. Wendy Davis announced October 3rd will be the date when we find out what office she will seek in 2014. Previously, Sen. Davis had said she had limited her options to Governor or re-election to the Texas Senate. In ten short days, we will finally know!

On Friday afternoon, State Rep. Tryon Lewis (R-Odessa) announced he would retire from the Texas House at the end of his current term. Rep. Lewis will have only served three terms in the Texas House and currently serves as the Chair of the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence. Before his election in 2008, Rep. Lewis was a State District Judge for over twenty years. This means, House District 81, where President Obama got 24.18% in 2014, will be open in next year's general election.

Click after the jump to see the 44 other changes made on the ratings charts this week, including the 23 lawmakers Burnt Orange Report confirmed are seeking re-election in 2014.

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Texas Round-Up

by: Karl-Thomas Musselman

Thu Sep 18, 2008 at 07:23 PM CDT

  • Michael Skelly in TX-07 gets an upgrade by Chris Bowers in his House Forecast to "Lean Republican" from "Likely Republican". He was recently added to the DCCC's Red to Blue list.

  • A good update on what's coming back online in Houston & Galveston. Still not time to return to Galveston, yet.

  • Rep. John Davis, who is being challenged by TexBlog PAC endorsed Democrat Sherrie Matula, currently has a district flooded by Hurricane Ike. That hasn't stopped him from continuing to organize his October 7th high dollar fundraiser in Austin at the Austin Club.

    Generally, Blakemore said, "you're going to see folks from the Houston area looking to other parts of the state to do campaign fundraising... With little ability to raise funds in the district, with campaign activities in the district and throughout Houston suspended, you have to look elsewhere - and Austin is a logical place to look."

    Different candidates clearly are approaching this in different ways.

  • University of Texas launches multi-billion fundraising effort.
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Annie's List Endorses Sherrie Matula

by: Matt Glazer

Wed Sep 03, 2008 at 05:34 PM CDT

Sherrie Matula is running a great campaign in House District 129.  Her grit and determination have put her on a lot of people's list of races to watch.  Maybe that's why TexBlog PAC endorsed her.

Now Annie's list has joined Matula's growing list of endorsements.

We have been watching Sherrie's race closely this year and she has earned her way onto the list with old fashioned hard work and determination.

With 30 years experience under her belt as a public education advocate (former Clear Creek ISD school board member and teacher, now a statewide education consultant), Matula has successfully highlighted Davis' abysmal education record and forced this solid Republican district to re-evaluate their incumbent state representative, Rep. John Davis (R), on a variety of issues including his questionable ethics. And research shows they don't like what they see and are ready for a change.

With a professional campaign operation now in place, over $150,000 raised-to-date and independent research showing a message path to victory - we are excited to make this race one of our top targets in the final push this fall. And, as is our standard practice, once we determine a race is viable, we jump in head first with the full resources of Annie's List - including you, our committed base of supporters.

Annie's List is going to be doing a dollar for dollar match for up to $10,000 for the next 10 days.

You can donate online here.  We have to pick up 5 seats this fall to take back the Texas House.  Help make sure Sherri Matula is one of them.

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Karl Rove Is Coming To Raise Funds Against TexBlog PAC Endorsed Matula, Other Harris Co. Candidates

by: Vince Leibowitz

Fri Jul 25, 2008 at 11:40 AM CDT

(Jumping this up a bit, since there is an interesting update.   - promoted by Vince Leibowitz)

UPDATE: The date of the fundraiser is August 12, 2008. We've learned that the fundraiser is a joint event for John Davis, Gary Elkins, Jim Murphy, and Ken Legler. "Patron" level sponsorships are a cool $5,000, which just happens to be the same amount TexBlog PAC contributed to Sherrie Matula's campaign.

Clearly, a man who ought to be put in jail for his refusal to testify in front of Congress doesn't reflect the values of the folks in HD 129, where Sherrie Matula faces John Davis, or in HD 133, where Kristi Thibaut challenges Jim Murphy, or in HD 144, where Democrat Joel Redmond faces Ken Legler for Talton's open seat.

For grins, you can view two pieces of the invitation here and here--neither of which, we might add, includes a paid political advertising disclaimer.---END OF UPDATE

According to a couple of sources, House Speaker Tom Craddick (R-Midland) is planning to hold a fundraiser for State Rep. John Davis (R-Clear Lake) with none other than Karl Rove as the guest of honor. (A couple other candidates may also get Rove fundraisers--read more here.)

Sherrie Matula (D-Houston) is the TexBlog PAC endorsed candidate running against Davis, who has appropriately been called "used furniture" by Texas Monthly. In fact, Sherrie actually has a cash-on-hand advantage over John Davis according to the most recent reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission.

Once again, the power of the Netroots has helped propel a challenger ahead of an incumbent, and the Republican Establishment gets their panties in a frightening twist, and calls in a big gun.

Karl Rove is toxic. He does not represent the kind of values held by folks in House District 129. He represents a continuation of the same divisive, partisan politics that has invaded the Texas House under Speaker Craddick's rule.  We can help show Karl Rove and Tom Craddick that we know Sherrie Matula is the best choice for HD 129. Donate now to Sherrie Matula, and donate to help TexBlog PAC support more candidates like Sherrie.

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