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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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Too Close to Craddick breaks $30,000

by: Al Stanley

Fri Feb 22, 2008 at 10:44 PM CST

In just 15 days, our Too Close to Craddick Political Committee has raised over $30,000 ($30,510 to be exact) to help good Democrats challenge three Craddick Democrats--Democratic state representatives who turned their backs on their Democratic leadership to support Republican autocrat Tom Craddick for Speaker instead.

At this point in the campaign, we're sending funds out to the challengers as fast as we're taking them in. And they're spending it for blockwalkers, phones and television. Following are the challengers and their needs:

Brian Thompson (challenging Craddick D Dawnna Dukes in Austin)
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(Field program covered)

Armando Walle (challenging Craddick D Kevin Bailey in a Houston district that is 2/3 Hispanic)
Bilingual canvassers
Bilingual phoners
Spanish/English doorhanger
Canvassers for African-American areas (10% of district)

(TV not affordable in Houston market)
Sandra Rodriguez (challenging Craddick D Kino Flores in McAllen and Pharr)
Spanish-speaking canvassers
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For the next week, every dollar that we deposit in the morning will be sent out to our three Democratic challengers that afternoon. Let's keep the heat on and the momentum going. Mail your check payable to "Too Close to Craddick" to
Too Close to Craddick
PO Box 5674
Austin, TX 78763-5674

or donate online now.
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Rep. Lon Burnam Endorses Thompson, Walle and Rodriguez in Primary

by: Matt Glazer

Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 10:45 AM CST

When Tom Craddick continued his reign of terror as Speaker of the Texas House, it was clear that speaker politics would extend beyond the session and last until November 2008.

Today, Lon Burnam made an announcement few elected officials have the courage to make, he endorsed three Democratic Primary challengers and made a clear statement that a vote for Tom Craddick is not only bad for your district but it is also undemocratic.

"I am proud to publicly endorse Brian Thompson (HD 46 - Austin), Armando Walle (HD 140 - Houston), and Sandra Rodriguez (HD 36 - Hidalgo County)," said State Rep. Lon Burnam, "all of whom have shown remarkable courage by challenging Craddick Democrats.  Each of these candidates is extremely viable.  I hope to welcome each of them into the State Legislature next year and take three more votes away from the Republican Speaker."

In 2003, Rep. Burnam was the only Representative to vote against Republican Speaker Tom Craddick.  At the time, Burnam suggested Craddick was ethically challenged.  Many of the Craddick D's share Craddick's ethical lapses.

"Since 2003, the single biggest obstacle to responsible public policy in the state of Texas has been Tom 'absolute power' Craddick," said Burnam.  "Unfortunately, some of my colleagues continue to support the Republican Speaker and enable his failed Republican ideology of starving public education, harming the environment, denying children health care, and making a mockery of our ethics laws."

Rep. Burnam put the March 4th primary into simple terms. "Democrats can vote for the status quo and help re-elect Craddick Democrats, or they can vote for change and send a clear message that Tom Craddick and his right-wing cronies are taking our state in the wrong direction."

"I represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party, not the Craddick wing of the Democratic Party, and so do the three Democrats I am endorsing today," said Burnam.  


In addition to endorsing these three Democratic challengers today, Rep. Burnam has also committed to help each of them raise the funds they will need to be successful on March 4.  Next week, Rep. Burnam will unveil details about a political action committee called "Too Close to Craddick" that he is supporting.

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Armando Walle In Austin Today

by: Matt Glazer

Tue Dec 11, 2007 at 09:16 PM CST

Armando Walle is one of the many great Democrats running for office this March.  He is taking on Craddick D Kevin Bailey in House District 140 and typifies a community supported candidate.

Walle states on his website:

My decision to run was made after witnessing the immense need for effective representation in Texas House District 140.  There are issues of great importance to parents, students, businesses and neighborhoods that continue to be neglected.  District 140 deserves a State Representative that will fervently fight for better schools, access to affordable healthcare, flood prevention and public safety.  I have the leadership skills, experience and education to hit the ground running and fight for our community.

Bailey's vote to elect Tom Craddick to become Speaker of the Texas House runs contrary to the needs of House District 140.

Tomorrow Walle will be in Austin to show the people of Texas that change is needed in Houston.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Four Seasons Hotel -- Stone Crossings Room, 98 San Jacinto Blvd.
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Walle Officially Launched Campaign Against Craddick D

by: Matt Glazer

Sun Oct 28, 2007 at 03:34 PM CDT

Armando Walle had a well-attended kick off for his primary campaign against Kevin Bailey (Craddick D- Houston).

Armando Walle had a great turnout the other night at his campaign kickoff for Texas House District 140. Linda at My Dee Dee's Pie Shoppe & CafĂ© is a great Democrat and her place is beautiful. Enjoying the fare were more than 100 family members, friends and supporters of Armando's bid for State Representative. Armando's wife,  Debbie Dimas Walle, stood with him as he was warmly introduced by State Representative Ana E. Hernandez.  Ana and Armando have been friends since their days as student leaders at the University of Houston.

This is an interesting primary to watch.  Bailey represents a strong democratic district that is overwhelmingly Hispanic and African American.  The last census data showed the district with just over 135,000 people and of that 109,159 are minorities. 

The voter turnout is low in the district with a tad under 8,000 people voting in 2006.  This is a district were community involvement and endorsements go along way.  Without seeing any Bailey endorsements yet, Walle (the challenger), seems to be a front runner in both counts.

As an active community leader and six-year staff member to Congressman Gene Green, Armando is honored to have his former boss' support along with the support of District 140 precinct chairs, educators and business leaders.  Among those in attendance Wednesday night were District H Council Member Adrian Garcia, longtime residents Sandra and Alfred Ortega, Frumencio Reyes of the Harris County Tejano Democrats, Martha Griffin, attorneys Lupe Navarro and Alfonso Kennard and even some fellow parishioners from St. Charles on Tidwell.  Armando's roots in the district run deep as was evident on Wednesday night.

Walle's campaign seems to be focused on Bailey's early and strong support for Craddick seems to be the cornerstone of his campaign.

Representative Hernandez told the crowd that Democrats in the Texas House need Armando's leadership on crucial issues facing our state.  Armando's remarks focused on fully restoring funding for children's health insurance, providing access to higher education and dealing with criminal justice issues. Armando did mention that the current Representative wasn't always voting in the interests of his constituents.  Time and time again, Armando said, the incumbent sided with the Republican leadership against his constituents or failed to cast votes on matters important to the families in District 140. Armando pledged to work hard, to always put the needs of District 140 above politics and to stay true to the values of the district.

Of course, we support Democratic candidates, but Bailey's support for Craddick and the Republican leadership is a problem.  As with any other Craddick D, announcing support to vote against Craddick and Turner (Craddick's Speaker Pro Tem) needs to be done now and with out hesitation.  If not, we support any candidate willing to better represent their district and work to end the pay to play model instituted by Craddick and his top lieutenants in the House.

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