All of a sudden, the news is full of primary challenges for various legislative seats in Texas. We'll start with SD11, where Sen. Mike Jackson now has more to worry about than just Joe Jaworski. From QR, via Vince:
Texas Medical Board member and former SREC member Tim Turner plans to challenge state Sen. Mike Jackson (R-Laporte) in next year's party primary.
Turner said that he's a couple of weeks away from making an official announcement and that he still needs to talk to a few more key folks before making a final decision. However, he said he was "95 percent" certain that he would enter the race.
The Clear Lake business consultant said that he was approached by a group of party leaders last year who made it clear that they want change. Jackson's defense of the new business margins tax was what most rankled him, Turner said.
He referenced a June 29, 2006, article in the Pearland Journal where Jackson was quoted at a luncheon as saying, "Most people are OK with higher taxes. It's the Realtor businesses and big smoke stack industries that get upset."
"I don't know what world he's living in," Turner said. "Most people are not OK with higher taxes. I most certainly am not."
For what it's worth, both Jackson and Turner were involved in the abortive DeLay ballot replacement selection process. What effect, if any, that may have in the primary, I couldn't say. But keep it in mind, since we know how factionalized the GOP got during that process.
Next, we hop over to SD10, where Todd Hill reports on some rumors.
Sources close to me here in Tarrant County all but confirm that we are likely to have two Democrats vying for the opportunity to take on liquor industry sponsored Republican Kim Brimer for the most Democrat leaning state senatorial district in all of Texas.
Although I know the names of the individuals likely to step forward and run I will not reveal them at this time.
While Houston school board member Greg Meyers tests the waters for a race as a Republican against Democratic State Rep. Hubert Vo, Democrats are debating whether they should try to clear the deck for outgoing City Council member Carol Alvarado in the district that State Rep. Rick Noriega appears ready to give up in order to run for the U.S. Senate in 2008.
The hottest potential primary race that appears to be shaping up in the state's largest city could pit State Rep. Kevin Bailey against Armando Walle in a litmus test of the Democratic incumbent's loyalty to Republican Speaker Tom Craddick. Walle is the community liaison for U.S. Rep. Gene Green and chairman of the Harris County Tejano Democrats.
Alvarado supporters hoped she'd have a clear path to the Democratic nomination in HD 145. But the uncontested primary race that Alvarado forces envisioned has apparently run into some potential obstacles with State Reps. Jessica Farrar and Ana Hernandez reportedly resisting. While Alvarado has the baggage of an ongoing investigation into a scandal involving pay raises and bonuses for several employees when she was mayor pro tem, the problem that other Hispanic state lawmakers in nearby House districts appear to have with her possible candidacy for Noriega's seat seems to center more on her association with consultant Marc Campos.
The longtime Democratic strategist supported Hernandez's main rival in a special election battle for a seat that opened when Joe Moreno died in a car wreck in 2005. Farrar was arguably Hernandez's most influential supporter in the special House race. Campos has also drawn the ire powerful Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia for opposing her in a past race and backing Alvarado aide James Rodriguez against the candidate she favors for the open council seat. Alvarado has been a Campos client as well.