David Dewhurst

Politics
4:37 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

With a Runoff, Dynamics Change in Senate Race

Bob Daemmrich for Texas Tribune

Even with nine candidates in the Republican primary to replace United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, just about everybody bet on Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to win outright.

Instead, he is in a runoff against Ted Cruz, the former state solicitor general, an energetic opponent who tapped into the anti-establishment vein in the Texas Republican Party. Dewhurst is still the front-runner, but he is no longer the inevitability presented throughout the spring.

And now the spotlight is brighter. Dewhurst and Cruz don’t have to compete for attention with a presidential race or contests in other states. National political reporters looking for things to cover are more likely than normal to be planning visits to the Texas barbecue trail. They — like the people they cover — are trying to connect the dots this election year, to figure out whether there is any theme or trend in the results.

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Politics
2:37 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

'Birther' Pains for Dewhurst at GOP Convention

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst speaking today at the state GOP convention in Fort Worth
Ben Philpott, KUT News

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst – a candidate for the U.S. Senate – seemed to be taken off guard today when he was confronted during his speech with shouts from "birthers," people who believe Barack Obama has fooled the nation into electing a foreign national as United States president.

The speech didn’t start well for Dewhurst – an establishment Republican candidate locked in a bitter runoff race with tea party favorite Ted Cruz. People began booing him as he started his speech. Or maybe they were chanting “Cruz.” Or maybe, as Governor Perry suggested after an event yesterday, they were simply chanting, “Dew!” for Dewhurst.

Whatever it was, others in the audience shushed the jeers, and Dewhurst delivered a red meat speech that appeared to be well-received.

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12:24 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

At GOP Convention, Applause for Perry (But Boos for Dewhurst)

Lead in text: 
Gov. Rick Perry delivered a speech this morning filled with red meat for his Republican base, and allusions to his political future, writes KUT News' reporting partners the Texas Tribune. But Perry's support for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst wasn't as well received. The Trib has a transcript of the Governor's full remarks.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaking at the state’s Republican convention on Thursday, fueled speculation that he’ll run for re-election, saying he was “not riding into the sunset” but “mounting up for the next operation.”
Politics
9:03 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Spanish Debate Proposal Prompts Rumors, Accusations

U.S. Senate candidates Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst.
Photos by Bob Daemmrich, Marjorie Kamys Cotera for the Texas Tribune

A suggestion by a Univision reporter that Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz debate in Spanish has taken on a life of its own.

Though neither of the two U.S. Senate candidates in the July 31 Republican primary runoff are actively working to organize a Spanish-language debate, the idea has gained attention from national media and sparked erroneous reports that such an event is actually in the works, a claim both campaigns deny.

According to Univision reports posted online last week in Spanish and English, Dewhurst "has challenged Cruz, the Cuban-American attorney and Tea Party favorite, to a debate in Spanish."

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Politics
1:57 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Legislative Leaders Spin Budget Instructions

Does a spending showdown loom under the Capitol dome?
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

Texas agencies have their marching orders as they put together budget requests for the 2013 Legislative Session.

Monday the Legislative Budget Board sent instructions to agency heads letting them know budget deliberations in 2013 would start at the same amount of money each agency was given in the current budget. Each agency is also required to turn in a separate budget request reflecting a 10 percent cut over the the two year budget.

Governor Rick PerryLt. Governor David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus issued statements today on the new instructions.

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AM Update
7:48 am
Thu May 31, 2012

AM Update: Senator Seeks to Speed Rape Kit Tests, DPS Officers Charged in Assault, Dewhurst Vs. Cruz

The sponsor of bill requiring increased reporting on rape kit testing is reminding law enforcement agencies to abide by it.
Photo courtesy flickr.com/bwjones

Senator Looks to Speed Rape Kit Testing

State Senator Wendy Davis wants Texas law enforcement agencies to get more proactive about testing rape kits, says the Texas Tribune. The Tribune writes:

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Politics
10:57 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Republican Battle for U.S. Senate Going to Runoff

The Republican skirmish for the U.S. Senate nomination isn’t any anywhere anytime soon.

With 63 percent of precincts reporting, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is stopping short of the 50 percent plus one vote needed to avoid a runoff. He currently has 46 percent of the vote, or 499,817 votes.            

Former Texas solicitor general Ted Cruz is second in a nine candidate field with 33 percent, or 359,177 votes.

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U.S. Senate Race
11:39 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Texas Primaries Underway, But is the Real Action in a Runoff?

Poll shows a tight race between David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz, with neither candidate above 50 percent.
Graphic by Todd Wiseman,Texas Tribune

According to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll, the Republican U.S. Senate primary may lead to a runoff election.

The poll of likely voters shows Lt. Governor David Dewhurst leading former Solicitor General Ted Cruz by only nine points, 40 to 31 percent, with neither candidate reaching the 50 percent threshold required to avoid a runoff.

UT government professor Daron Shaw tells the Tribune that "If they're in a runoff, Dewhurst is in trouble,” as the Trib calls 2012 “a year in which insurgent candidates have been scoring big wins against establishment Republicans.” 

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Politics
2:42 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Money Pouring In to U.S. Senate Race

Could what happened to longtime Republican Senator Richard Lugar happen in Texas?

In the aftermath of Lugar’s defeat by Tea Party-backed Richard Mourdock last night, the Associated Press reports that a group that backed Mourdock, the Club for Growth, has announced a $1 million ad buy in Texas.

The target? Long serving Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, currently running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison.

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U.S. Senate
1:50 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

U.S. Senate Candidates Square Off Tonight

Cruz, Leppert, James and Dewhurst will face off in a debate tonight.
Photo by Allen Otto, Texas Tribune

Tonight the top Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate will meet in Dallas for a televised debate.

The debate will feature Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert and former SMU Football star and ESPN commentator Craig James. The candidates are vying to fill Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s seat. Hutchison has announced she will not seek another term.

Jim Henson is the Director of the Texas Politics Project at UT Austin. He says the debate represents the first time that the U.S. Senate race has taken the full spotlight. It’s been overshadowed by the struggle to set a primary date and by the GOP presidential nomination.

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AM Update
8:38 am
Fri April 13, 2012

AM Update: Officer Padron Buried in San Angelo, Adult Stem Cell Rules, Senate Debate Tonight

The Honor Guard carries Officer Padron's casket at memorial services on Wednesday.
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

APD Officer Killed in the Line of Duty to be Buried Today

Today, APD Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron will be buried in San Angelo. The local funeral will begin at 10 a.m., followed a procession to Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens where Padron will be laid to rest.

Padron was remembered in Austin on Wednesday with a funeral, police honors service and procession.

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Politics
4:43 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Perry Campaign Manager to Head Dewhurst Super PAC

Rob Johnson (left) will be managing a super PAC fund for Senate candidate David Dewhurst.
Photo illustration by Bob Daemmrich, Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

Rob Johnson, the campaign manager for Rick Perry's failed presidential bid, has a new gig: running a super PAC for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's Senate race. 

Johnson has a familiarity and a history with Dewhurst. He ran his 2002 campaign, and he was a top aide to the lieutenant governor for eight years before running Perry's last gubernatorial race. Johnson briefly served as former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign manager until resigning in June, fanning rumors that Perry would run for president.

Back in Austin after Perry's high-profile flameout, Johnson established and is the executive director of the Texas Conservatives Fund, which he formed specifically to help Dewhurst succeed U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Johnson said Perry's former national finance director Margaret Lauderback, who also led the fundraising effort for the governor's 2010 re-election bid, is the Texas Conservatives Fund's finance director.

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Politics
8:20 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Rick Perry Says He Has ‘Plenty of Fight’ Left

Gov. Rick Perry speaks at Williamson County Republican dinner in Round Rock, his first public speech since leaving the presidential race.
Photo by Marjorie Kamys Cotera, Texas Tribune

He may be out the race for the White House, but a combative Rick Perry said Monday he would keep fighting for the conservative ideals he championed on the campaign trail.

“I’m not slipping off into the sunset. I’m not riding off into the west,” Perry told Republican activists in Round Rock. “We’ve got plenty of work to do right here in the state of Texas. And I got plenty of fight left in this old 61-year-old body.”

It was Perry’s first public appearance since pulling of out the presidential race on Jan. 19. He was treated to a hero’s welcome — including two standing ovations — at the event, a fundraiser for the Republican Party of Williamson County.

Perry, who had never lost an election before, leaned on the sports culture of Texas A&M University, his alma mater, to explain what happened to him in the 2012 race. Aggies don’t like to use terms like “lose” or “defeat.”

“We just ran out of time,” Perry said. “I’m not used to running out of time.”

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Politics
4:33 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Republican Candidates for Senate Mostly Agree at Forum

Former Dallas mayor and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Leppert makes a point while David Dewhurst, left, and Glenn Addision, right, listen during a TPPF candidate debate on January 12, 2012.
Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

The federal government — and the Obama administration in particular — were the targets of four Republicans running for the U.S. Senate at a business group's candidate forum this afternoon.

Ted CruzDavid DewhurstCraig Jamesand Tom Leppert talked for about an hour at a Texas Association of Business conference in Austin. They agreed on several points during the forum.

If you had just touched down in Texas, you might have thought the candidates were running for president, or that President Obama had moved to Texas to run for Senate.

Cruz said the election is about two questions: "Will the next senator from the state of Texas be a strong conservative? And No. 2, will the next senator from the state of Texas be a fighter?"

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Politics
3:36 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Dewhurst, Running in Front, Avoids Competitors

Someone dressed in a duck suit stands outside the Austin Club before U.S. Senate candidate David Dewhurst's appearance at a TribLive event on Nov. 17, 2011.
Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

A six-foot duck was waiting outside the door of the Austin Club early Thursday morning — a supporter of Ted Cruz in a funny costume there to goad Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst into more live appearances with Cruz, the former Texas solicitor general.

Dewhurst, supporters of Cruz say in their promotional materials, is ducking those events.

The lieutenant governor slipped in another door on his way to an interview with The Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith in front of a live audience of about 200 people. Dewhurst is the front-runner in the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Cruz, former Mayor Tom Leppert of Dallas and Glenn Addison, an undertaker, are also after the Republican nomination — all trying to wiggle into the spotlight with Dewhurst, who was first elected to statewide office in 1998.

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Politics
2:01 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Dewhurst Releases First TV Ad

David Dewhurst really wants you to know that he’s ready to cut government spending. The Texas Lieutenant Governor is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison. And his new TV ad mentions cutting spending three times in a mere 30 seconds.

“We’ve got to cut spending. We’ve got to prioritize. We’ve got to choke down government,” a buttoned-down Dewhurst says the spot on top of video of him walking through the Texas Capitol and talking to people.

The final three seconds of the commercial show Dewhurst in his rancher's gear – jeans, big belt buckle and blue collared shirt – walking with his wife and daughter down a country road with a horse in tow.

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Politics
5:37 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

What if Perry and Dewhurst Lose? Then What?

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst shakes hands with Gov. Rick Perry at the 2011 inauguration.
Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

What if everybody loses?

Gov. Rick Perry is running for president. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is running for U.S. Senate. And it seems like everyone else in Texas politics is making plans based on one or both of those offices opening in 2012. Then there’s the 2014 election, when most of the statewide spots in Texas government open, and the assumption that neither Perry nor Dewhurst will be on the ballot that year.

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News Brief
5:45 am
Wed July 20, 2011

Top Morning Stories July 20, 2011

Rais Bhuiyan (center) was shot by a stranger shortly after 9/11. He's trying to stop the shooter's execution scheduled for Wednesday.
Photo by Erika Aguilar for KUT News

Hate Crime Victim Trying to Delay Attacker's Execution

A federal court in Austin this morning will hear the case of a man who is trying to stop the execution of his attacker. Rais Bhuiyan survived a hate crime shooting after 9/11. He’s suing the State of Texas to halt the execution of Mark Stroman, who also shot and killed two people in the Dallas area in October 2001.

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Sunday Roundup
9:14 am
Sun July 17, 2011

Sunday Morning Roundup

The local organizing committee for F1 racing in Austin shifted into a higher gear Saturday.
Image courtesy of the Circuit of the Americas

You probably didn't feel it, but it was a little cooler in Austin yesterday. The high of 99 degrees at Camp Mabry broke a two-week string of triple-digit temperatures. But the break's over, with temperatures expected to cruise back to the 100-degree mark.

F1 Committee Speeds Up Race Progress

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