This is still subject to some change, since not everything is yet reflected on the filings page, but here for now is the top of the Democratic ticket:
12/5/2005 Barbara Ann Radnofsky, (713) 758-3846
12/6/2005 Darrel Reece Hunter, (806) 359-6206
12/28/2005 Gene Kelly
12/9/2005 Chris Bell, (713) 524-0009
12/15/2005 Bob Gammage, (325) 247-5577
12/29/2005 Rashad Jafer, (832) 277-2040
1/2/2006 Felix Alvarado, (817) 657-7369
12/30/2005 Benjamin Z. Grant
1/2/2006 Adrian De Leon, (830) 876-2486
1/2/2006 Maria Luisa Alvarado, (866) 281-0460
12/5/2005 David Van Os, (210) 225-1955
Comptroller of Public Accounts
1/2/2006 Fred Head, (903) 675-5111
1/2/2006 VaLinda Hathcox, (903) 438-1529
12/8/2005 Hank Gilbert, (903) 871-2424
12/12/2005 Koecadee Melton, Jr.
1/2/2006 Dale Henry, (512) 564-1448
"Dirty Thirty" was the name given to thirty members of the 1971 Texas House of Representatives who grouped against Speaker of the House Gus Mutscher and other Texas officials charged in a bribery-conspiracy investigation by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The coalition of thirty Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals, has been given credit for keeping the Sharpstown Stock Fraud Scandal alive as a political issue. One member called for a resolution to make Mutscher and his associates resign from leadership positions while the SEC investigation continued, but Mutscher was still favored by a majority in the House, and the measure failed. Another resolution, for the House to make itself a committee of the whole to study the SEC allegation, also failed. The criticism by the Dirty Thirty of Mutscher's system of controlling legislation led him, finally, to agree to an investigation. But he appointed five of his closest House allies, all chairmen of other committees he had appointed, to do the job. This blatant use of appointive power to clear himself actually helped the Dirty Thirty's cause. On the next-to-last day of the session, Mutscher attacked the group, accusing them of irresponsible and partisan politics. In return the group called Mutscher a dictator of state politics, more concerned with private than public interests. This began the electoral battle, which Mutscher lost.
In September 1971 a Travis County grand jury indicted Mutscher and two colleagues for conspiracy to accept a bribe and accepting a bribe. It also strongly recommended reform in the power of the speaker, although this recommendation was largely ignored; in 1993 minor reforms occurred. Mutscher was tried, found guilty, and sentenced to five years' probation. Although not brought to trial, Governor Preston Smith and Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes saw their political careers effectively ended. The Dirty Thirty paid a price, also, for Mutscher blocked most of the legislation introduced by the members, and they found themselves isolated from other legislators.
Every Congressional seat save for Mike Conaway's CD11 is contested. Stace has some info on CD02 candidate Gary E. Binderim.
None of the late Congressional filings is as intriguing as that of former CD09 wackjob Steve Stockman, who got elected in a fluke in 1994 as a Republican, then got ousted in 1996 by Nick Lampson and is now running as an independent (PDF) in CD22. Vince caught that one, and all indications point to it being the same Stockman as before. Here's a little background on Stockman. Elam sent him an email to ask about this. I can't wait to see if he gets a reply.
Two Dems filed today for the now-open SD18, currently held by Ken Armbrister: Bret Baldwin and Henry Boehm, Jr. You know as much about them right now as I do.
At the State Rep level, there's still some gaps. The filings page lists 91 races with a Dem in them, which would leave 59 uncontested seats. The awful Tarrant County Democratic Party page confirms that Lon Burnam (HD90) and Marc Veasey (HD95) are in, while the Dallas Democrats page fills in Terri Hodge (HD100), Roberto Alonzo (HD104), Bob Romano (HD105), Katy Hubener (HD106), Eric Brandler (HD113), and Phillip Shinoda (HD114). I'm certain someone is running to replace the retiring Jim Solis in HD38 - I believe Eddie Lucio, Jr, son of the State Senator was supposed to be the one - but I can't find a page for the Cameron County Democratic Party to confirm that. The Republicans don't list a candidate, either, so I'll say there's a Dem and go from there. That brings us to 100 districts, which means 63 Dem-held seats, plus 37 of 87 GOP-held seats, leaving 50 uncontested. I counted 51 Republicans without a Democratic challenger in 2004 - Greg has it as 46 free rides this year, 54 in 2004. Like I said, there's still gaps. I'll get back to you on this one.
On a side note, Galveston blogger Liberty emails me to say that he's running as a Libertarian in HD23, against Democratic Rep. Craig Eiland. Liberty, who gives his real name as Raymond Lloyd, appears to be Eiland's only competition. Obviously, I'll be rooting for Eiland, but I wish Liberty well in his campaign.
Finally, there will be a contested race for Bexar County Democratic Party chair. Carla Vela is the only candidate listed right now, but I'm told via comments that a Dan Ramos is also in the race. Anyone care to add to this? Whoever wins the BCDP chair wil have his or her work cut out for himself or herself.
I'll have more as things clarify further. Good night.Posted by Charles Kuffner on January 02, 2006 to Election 2006 | TrackBack