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El Paso City Council voted to hold a special election on November 5 to replace a District 3 councilwoman after a Facebook post on her public page announced her candidacy for mayor. The post by city Rep. Cassandra Hernandez, which […]

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Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday, November 5 as the special election date to fill House Districts 28 and 100. Rep. John Zerwas announced his early resignation from District 28, effective September 30, after being appointed the executive vice chancellor for […]

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Gov. Greg Abbott has scheduled a November 5 special election for House District 148. The Houston seat’s representative, Democrat Jessica Farrar, has served in the Texas House for 25 years, but is stepping down to care for her mother. The […]

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This month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 2677 prohibiting persons required to register as a lobbyist from knowingly making or authorizing certain political contributions or political expenditures. Prohibited contributions include those to another candidate, officeholder, or political committee […]

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The Texas Legislature is currently considering a bill to allow its counties to enforce local ethics rules. Senate Bill 710, the Local Government Reform Act, seeks to allow each county to adopt an ethics code enforceable by a local ethics […]

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This week, information was released showing many members of the Dallas City Council have committed apparent violations of the city’s campaign finance laws. Some councilmembers have said the violations are due to errors in reporting made in good faith. In […]

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Gov. Greg Abbott has set a special election for House District 125 to occur on February 12. State Rep. Justin Rodriguez resigned after being appointed as a Bexar County commissioner. Early voting begins on January 28.

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January 7, 2019  •  

Updates to Texas Lobbying Law

Effective January 8, a lobbyist who had also been elected to public office is prohibited from making or authorizing, from political contributions accepted as a candidate or officeholder, a political expenditure that is a political contribution to a candidate, officeholder, […]

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Gov. Greg Abbott announced January 29, 2019, as the special election date for House Districts 79 and 145. Rep. Joe Pickett of District 79 will resign effective January 4, 2019, citing health issues. In District 145, Rep. Carol Alvarado resigned […]

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Governor Greg Abbott won re-election in Texas, easily defeating democratic challenger Lupe Valdez. Abbott won 55.8 percent to Valdez’s 42.5 percent. This was a win many saw coming, as Abbott led in all polls preceding the election. A conservative state, […]

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Incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has kept his senate seat after a fierce election contest brought by U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke. O’Rourke, a three-term Democratic Congressman from El Paso, Texas, garnered national attention for creating a competitive race against […]

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Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway pled guilty to federal corruption charges last Thursday and has resigned from City Council. Caraway admitted to accepting $450,000 in bribes and kickbacks from two figures in a scandal last year that brought down a […]

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Gov. Greg Abbott set the special election for House District 52 for November 6, 2018, the same day as the general election. The seat was vacated by Larry Gonzales, who decided to retire early after previously announcing he would not […]

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This month, the San Antonio City Council approved substantial changes to the campaign finance and ethics codes. The new ordinance requires additional campaign finance reports and disclosure of the name and title of anyone contributing $100 or more to a […]

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