Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune http://kut.org en UT/TT Poll: Abbott Holds 11-Point Lead Over Davis http://kut.org/post/uttt-poll-abbott-holds-11-point-lead-over-davis <p>After what are shaping up to be easy primary wins in March for the leading gubernatorial candidates, Republican <a data-tooltip="/directory/greg-abbott/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/greg-abbott/" title="">Greg Abbott</a> starts the general election race for governor with an 11-point lead over Democrat <a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/">Wendy Davis</a>, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136480031&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:29:05 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 9833 at http://kut.org UT/TT Poll: Abbott Holds 11-Point Lead Over Davis Turner's Declaration Could Impact Republican Primaries http://kut.org/post/turners-declaration-could-impact-republican-primaries <p>State Rep. <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/scott-turner/">Scott Turner</a>, R-Frisco, recently announced his candidacy for speaker of the House, an election for which will not be held until 2015.</p><p>His timing is more provocative than the candidacy itself, because it could force candidates in the Republican primary for the House to declare their preference for a sitting speaker perceived as a moderate or for an alternative — Turner or someone else — thought to be more conservative. It’s not about the speaker’s race. It’s about those primaries.</p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:17:41 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 9591 at http://kut.org Turner's Declaration Could Impact Republican Primaries Harold Simmons, GOP Mega-Donor, Dead at 82 http://kut.org/post/harold-simmons-gop-mega-donor-dead-82 <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Harold Simmons, a Dallas businessman and billionaire, philanthropist and Republican mega-donor, died Saturday at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. He was 82.</p> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 23:56:49 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 9457 at http://kut.org Harold Simmons, GOP Mega-Donor, Dead at 82 UT/TT Poll: Abbott's Lead Over Davis in Single Digits http://kut.org/post/uttt-poll-abbotts-lead-over-davis-single-digits-0 <p>Attorney General <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/greg-abbott/">Greg Abbott</a>, the leading candidate for the Republican nomination for Texas governor, holds a single-digit lead over the likely Democratic nominee, state Sen. <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/">Wendy Davis</a> of Fort Worth, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.</p><p>In a head-to-head race, Abbott got 40 percent of registered voters to Davis’ 34 percent, with 25 percent of the voters undecided. In a three-way general election, he would get 40 percent, Davis would get 35 percent and Libertarian Kathie Glass would get 5 percent.</p><p>“What you’ve got is a race in which, for the first time in a&nbsp;long time, the Democrat is as well-known as the Republican at the outset of the&nbsp;race,” said poll co-director Daron Shaw, a professor of government at the&nbsp;University of Texas at Austin.</p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:06:19 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 9083 at http://kut.org UT/TT Poll: Abbott's Lead Over Davis in Single Digits Texas Democrats Need More Than Davis in 2014 http://kut.org/post/texas-democrats-need-more-davis-2014 <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; "><a data-tooltip="/directory/leticia-van-de-putte/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/leticia-van-de-putte/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " title="">Leticia Van de Putte</a>, a Democratic state senator from San Antonio, might be part of the answer to the second question her party’s activists are asking these days.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">The first question — will Wendy run? — will be answered Oct. 3 when state Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " title="">Wendy Davis</a>, D-Fort Worth, announces her decision on whether to run for governor or seek re-election.</p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:44:47 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 8744 at http://kut.org Texas Democrats Need More Than Davis in 2014 UT/TT Poll: Texans Favor Cruz Over Perry for President http://kut.org/post/uttt-poll-texans-favor-cruz-over-perry-president <article><h1><span style="font-size: 13.63636302947998px; line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:53:05 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 8145 at http://kut.org UT/TT Poll: Texans Favor Cruz Over Perry for President Combs Spurs a Political Stampede http://kut.org/post/combs-spurs-political-stampede <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">What a difference a fact makes.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Texas politics jumped from the speculative to the competitive realm Wednesday with Comptroller&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/susan-combs/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/susan-combs/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Susan Combs</a>'s announcement that she wouldn't seek re-election and the nearly instant expressions of interest from a half-dozen people who'd like that job.</p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 20:47:56 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 7972 at http://kut.org Combs Spurs a Political Stampede Perry: Will He Stay or Will He Go? http://kut.org/post/perry-will-he-stay-or-will-he-go <p class="body">Every morning, people in Texas politics stand in front of their sinks, brushing their teeth, staring at someone they think could someday be the president of the United States.</p><p class="body">It is the nature of these beasts.</p><p class="body">Before they can proceed with those dreams, however, they need to know what <a data-tooltip="/directory/rick-perry/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/" title="">Rick Perry</a>, the governor of Texas, is going to do. He has said he will lay out his political plans in June.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:02:34 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 7443 at http://kut.org Perry: Will He Stay or Will He Go? Is Perry-Powers Tension About College Rivalry, Policy? http://kut.org/post/perry-powers-tension-about-college-rivalry-policy <p></p><p>Is this about Bill Powers or UT’s tower?</p><p>Tensions between Gov.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/">Rick Perry</a>’s administration and Powers, the president of the University of Texas at Austin, are rising, sucking up legislative time and pitting lawmakers, prominent alumni and higher-education critics against one another in a running argument over politics, rivalries and what a public university is supposed to be.</p><p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 18:20:00 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 7168 at http://kut.org Is Perry-Powers Tension About College Rivalry, Policy? Strama, Mulling Mayoral Bid, Won't Seek Reelection http://kut.org/post/strama-mulling-mayoral-bid-wont-seek-reelection <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif;">State Rep.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/mark-strama/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/mark-strama/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" title="">Mark Strama</a>, D-Austin, is considering a run for mayor of Austin and won’t seek another term in the Texas House, he said Wednesday.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:05:28 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 6669 at http://kut.org Strama, Mulling Mayoral Bid, Won't Seek Reelection Dewhurst Appoints Senate Committees http://kut.org/post/dewhurst-appoints-senate-committees <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lt. </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><a data-tooltip="/directory/david-dewhurst/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/david-dewhurst/" style="line-height: 1.5;" title="">David Dewhurst</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;slipped out his committee assignments for the </span>83rd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Legislature late Friday afternoon, a bit of timing that will give senators — and the lieutenant governor — several days before they see each other again to debate the choices.&nbsp;</span></p><p>This year's announcements are earlier than usual, and a bit anticlimactic: Dewhurst rearranged the chairmanships late last year.</p><p> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 01:19:00 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 6260 at http://kut.org Dewhurst Appoints Senate Committees Simpson Withdraws, Straus Reelected by Acclamation http://kut.org/post/simpson-withdraws-straus-reelected-acclamation <p>After the last of his challengers dropped out Tuesday, San Antonio Republican&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/joe-straus/" title="">Joe Straus</a>&nbsp;was elected to a third term as speaker of the Texas House.</p><p>That last challenger, Rep.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/david-simpson/">David Simpson</a>, R-Longview, never found enough support to threaten the incumbent. An earlier challenger, Rep.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/bryan-hughes/">Bryan Hughes</a>, R-Mineola, dropped out weeks ago as Simpson entered the race.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 20:29:38 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 6104 at http://kut.org Simpson Withdraws, Straus Reelected by Acclamation In Judicial Picks, Perry Reaches Past Executive Branch http://kut.org/post/judicial-picks-perry-reaches-past-executive-branch <p></p><p>Jeffrey Boyd will become the newest Texas Supreme Court justice, an appointment that scrunches the foreheads of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/">Rick Perry</a>&nbsp;critics who think it odd that the governor would name his chief of staff to the state’s highest civil court.</p><p>It’s the latest brick in a wall Perry has been building for a dozen years — a period that has seen him appoint 224 Texans to state district and appeals court judgeships.</p><p>His hold on the executive branch is well documented and regularly noted; Perry has been in office long enough to twice go through the entire cycle of six-year executive appointments.</p><p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 22:00:13 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 5810 at http://kut.org In Judicial Picks, Perry Reaches Past Executive Branch Rick Perry Taps Chief of Staff for Texas Supreme Court http://kut.org/post/rick-perry-taps-chief-staff-texas-supreme-court <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif;">Jeff Boyd, chief of staff to Gov.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/rick-perry/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Rick Perry</a>, is the governor’s choice for an open spot on the<a href="http://www.supreme.courts.state.tx.us/" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Texas</a><a href="http://www.supreme.courts.state.tx.us/" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144);"> Supreme Court</a>.</p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:32:04 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 5724 at http://kut.org Rick Perry Taps Chief of Staff for Texas Supreme Court Texas Democrats Gained, if Only a Little, in 2012 http://kut.org/post/texas-democrats-gained-if-only-little-2012 <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35;">Have another look at those election results, you blue bashers. Republicans kept the state reliably red, but theirs was not the party recording gains on Election Day in Texas.</span></p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 16:09:16 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 5721 at http://kut.org Texas Democrats Gained, if Only a Little, in 2012