Texas politics

In a Close Race, HD-108 Contest Waits For Final Election Tally

By Bethany Erickson / November 7, 2018 / 0 Comments

With less than 500 votes separating Joanna Cattanach and Republican incumbent Morgan Meyer in the State House 108 race, the outcome of the race will continue to be uncertain for a few more days. With all the precincts in — but not all the provisional and mail-in ballots counted — Meyer is currently ahead of […]

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It’s Election Day: If Nobody Votes, ‘Nobody’ Wins

By Bethany Erickson / November 6, 2018 / 0 Comments

Now I know you’re probably already squawking — I can hear it from here — about this “Nobody” business in this headline. “NOBODY? Record turnout, lady, in early voting — how is that NOBODY votes?” But hear me out. If nobody votes, then Nobody will win. And that’s not just brain-breaking hyperbole that the grammarian […]

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Olson: ‘The Greatest Equalizer Is Your Vote’

By Bethany Erickson / November 5, 2018 / 0 Comments

When Kim Olson, a third-generation farmer and retired U.S. Air Force colonel, announced her candidacy against current Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, she took the Texas roads with the goal — much like fellow Democrat Beto O’Rourke — of visiting every county in Texas. She also knew it would be an uphill climb — her […]

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Just Two Days After Winning Runoff, Valdez Dinged on Overdue Property Taxes

By Bethany Erickson / May 24, 2018 / 3 Comments

We’ve heard it before — after all, when you write about real estate, you do spend a fair amount of time talking about how difficult and expensive it is to pay property taxes: It’s not always easy to be a property owner in Texas. We’ve talked about why property taxes are climbing. But Lupe Valdez, newly […]

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Primary Night Has a Few Surprises, And Signals Difficult Math Ahead

By Bethany Erickson / March 6, 2018 / 6 Comments

The good news is that there was record turnout for primary voting. The bad news is the math might still not add up. In almost every statewide race, Republican candidates outpaced their eventual Democratic opponents by almost double the votes, signaling that in a state rife with GOP incumbents, would-be Democratic challengers may have to […]

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