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BOR Elections Weekly Round Up, September 23 - 29: Supreme Court Gets a New Justice, Rep. Callegari

by: Joseph Vogas

Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 09:00 AM CDT

Another week has passed, so it is once again time to recap the news in elections from the past seven days. Sen. Wendy Davis dominated the news once more in the last week as she continues to prepare for a campaign announcement on Thursday of this week. Some media reports have already concluded that she will announce a run for governor, but Burnt Orange Report will not make such a hopeful call until an announcement is official. But besides this story, there have been plenty of news.

Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, Wallace Jefferson had announced he would resign at the end of September. This meant Governor Perry would need to elevate a new Chief Justice, which he did with Nathan Hecht, but he would need to fill Judge Hecht's place on the Supreme Court. Governor Perry has chosen Judge Jeff Brown, who currently serves on Texas' 14th Court of Appeals to be elevated to Texas' highest court. With the appointment, a special election for Supreme Court, Place 6 will be on the November ballot along with the Chief Justice, Place 7 and Place 8. The Chief Justice and Place 7 elections are technically special elections as well, but were scheduled to be up in November 2014 regardless.

Another House Chairman announced he would be leaving the Texas Legislature. Rep. Bill Callegari (R - 132) of Katy announced last Monday he would not seek re-election. Rep. Callegari is an engineer by trade and brought that kind of logic and decision-making to the Texas legislature. He served as Chairman of the Pensions Committee in the last session. District 132 can be found in Harris County's southwest corner. In 2012, President Obama got 39.75% in District 132, slightly better than the 39.59% he received in 2008. No candidates are yet to announce for this seat.

Burnt Orange Report has been able to confirm six other elected officials will be seeking re-election, and ten new candidates have emerged. Click below 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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