A project to mobilize faith-based voters to support a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage may have illegally served Gov. Rick Perry's re-election campaign, according to a complaint filed Thursday with the Internal Revenue Service.
The Texas Freedom Network, a religious watchdog group, asked the IRS to investigate a Houston-based foundation that allegedly violated its tax-exempt status by mobilizing Christian voters to support Perry.
The group says that several of Perry's top contributors funneled money through the Niemoller Foundation to the Texas Restoration Project, a group of 2,000 socially conservative pastors.
The Restoration Project held six "policy briefings" in 2005 centered on voter turnout for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Perry spoke at those meetings.
The complaint alleges the foundation operated outside laws that give tax-exempt status only to groups that do not participate in political campaigns.
"The Texas Restoration Project appears to have served as a partisan voter-mobilization tool for the Perry re-election campaign, with affiliated pastors encouraged to use their churches as partisan, political extensions of that campaign," TFN President Kathy Miller said in a letter to Linda Stiff, IRS acting commissioner.
The tax records show the foundation spent about $1.26 million to fund the Texas Restoration Project.
The closed-door policy briefings occurred at a time when U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and state Comptroller Carole Strayhorn were considering challenging Perry in the March 2006 GOP primary.
Although neither Hutchison nor Strayhorn challenged Perry in the primary, Strayhorn ran as one of two independent candidates, along with Democratic nominee Chris Bell, in the November general election.
"That the governor of Texas was able to speak at each of six briefings -- including two on one day in Fort Worth and Dallas and two on one day in San Antonio and Houston -- clearly suggests careful co- ordination between Texas Restoration Project organizers and Gov. Perry's office and campaign," Miller said in the complaint.
Quinn said the governor's campaign and supporters sent out communications and had conference calls with pastors on the Restoration Project's list. The pastors were invited to Perry's inauguration in last year.
Even by Texas standards, the Republican Governors Association's argument that it isn't a political committee is absurd. Not only absurd, it's obscene.
Just before last year's election, the association gave Gov. Rick Perry $1 million in his hard-fought bid for re-election. But the group didn't report the donation to the Texas Ethics Commission as required under Texas law. And Perry didn't list the individual donors behind the large gift.
Turns out that most of that money came from controversial Houston homebuilder Bob Perry, who has had his fingers in a lot of GOP fundraising pies in recent years. Bob Perry's money was behind the scurrilous Swift Boat Veterans for Truth political ads that undercut Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry in 2004.
Now the governor is saying that concealing Bob Perry's name was an oversight, a clerical error. And the Republican Governors Association is saying it isn't a political committee, so it didn't have to disclose the donors. Sorry, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck.
This year-old episode not only quacks, it stinks. And Travis County Attorney David Escamilla is reviewing the circumstances of the two $500,000 contributions dumped into Perry's treasury in the final two weeks of the campaign.
In addition to a possible $2 million penalty, the candidate accepting the money also could be guilty of a criminal misdemeanor. That is a heavy weight hanging over Perry's head.
More bizarre still is the Republican Governors Association's argument that, although it raises and donates money to GOP candidates, it isn't a political committee. The law isn't precise in its definition, says Ben Ginsberg, the association's attorney.
He argues that Texas law wasn't properly crafted to include every entity that might contribute to a candidate. If the law is so flawed that a political committee that gives $1 million to a candidate for governor isn't defined as a political committee, then that law needs a serious overhaul.
The courts aren't likely to agree with Ginsberg and the governors association. Indeed, if the Republican Governors Association isn't a political committee when it contributes to candidates, then nothing is. And millions in secret donations can flood Texas elections.
You may recall back in March that NASA Administrator Michael Griffin stirred up some trouble when he gave a public address that included an exhortation to the audience to keep Tom DeLay in office. This is because of the Hatch Act, which forbids government employees from endorsing political candidates. It took awhile, but the federal Office of Special Counsel, which investigates and enforces alleged violations of the Hatch Act has reprimanded Griffin for his statements. Muse and Bay Area Houston have the details.
I'm not sure why this has come up right now, but both Perry and Stace are using the case of Janette Sexton in HD144 to make a point in a larger argument about who did and didn't do what to help Democratic candidates up and down the ballot in 2006. I don't have any quibble with their basic point, that there wasn't nearly enough support being given by the various power brokers within the party to candidates who were not in races deemed top tier, but I have a serious disagreement with the way they're using the data to make their point. Perry, who ranks all Democratic State House challengers from Harris and Montgomery Counties by their vote percentage, says:
It's worth noting that Cohen raised $500,000 for her campaign, with the assistance of many of the previously named legislators, an army of volunteers and the wherewithal to take a ten-month leave of absence from her position as the director of the Houston Area Women's Center. Thibaut, an adroit fundraiser, collected $150,000 and also a core of vigorous volunteer support. Matula, who ran in neighboring HD-129, benefited from the teachers PAC and strong efforts from the Bay Area New Democrats, Area 5 Democrats and Battleground Democrats -- all clubs that could have chipped in volunteer assistance to Padilla-Sexton as well -- enabling her to have extensive blockwalking and phonebanking. BAND, to their credit, provided robocalls to Janette's campaign. John Cobarruvias, the president of the club, admitted that BAND's efforts were stretched too thin over the Bell, Lampson and Matula campaigns to provide much in the way of anything extra. So with virtually no help and no resources - no money, no volunteers, consequently no direct mail, blockwalking or phonebanking, not even any campaign literature - Padilla-Sexton performed fourth of eleven political novices. Trautman, McDavid, and Khan all had greater resources and performed less well in their districts.
Considering we had other "favorites" that raised so much more and performed just as well as Padilla-Sexton I wonder if they did as well because of effective campaigning, or just for being the alternative on the ballot.
I say if you really want to know how a State House candidate did, you need to compare her to her peers on the ballot. Here's how the nine Harris County State House challengers did relative to the other countywide Democrats in their districts:
Candidate Dist Pct County% Diff Rank
Trautman 127 40.78 32.25 +8.53 1
Cohen 134 55.75 48.42 +7.33 1
Matula 129 42.31 37.55 +4.76 1
Thibaut 133 42.80 42.05 +0.75 8
Brann 136 29.89 29.96 -0.07 9
Khan 126 33.47 33.83 -0.36 12
Sexton 144 41.87 43.04 -1.17 17
Nelson-Turnier 150 29.71 31.67 -1.86 18
McDavid 138 39.86 42.77 -2.91 18
These numbers speak for themselves. Trautman, Cohen, and Matula significantly overperformed relative to their districts, as I showed before. Sexton ran a little more than a point worse than average, and did better than only two others on the ballot - John Shike and Goodwille Pierre. Thibaut, who did have significant resources but barely beat average, can fairly be said to have underperformed, but to say Sexton did better than Trautman is just wrong.
Again, none of this obviates the point Perry and Stace made about the commitment or lack thereof made by the powers that be to the candidates on the ballot. I'm disputing the notion that Sexton's performance is comparable to those of the candidates who did get insitutional backing of some kind. Maybe she would have done better if she'd had that kind of backing; maybe the same is true for Scott Brann, Mark McDavid, Dot Nelson-Turnier, and Chad Khan as well. They didn't get it, so we'll never know. I have a lot of respect for these folks and the effort they put forth. But as we criticize the establishment for abandoning these candidates, bear in mind the possibility that the real abdication was in not recruiting candidates they were willing to support and thus leaving the race to unfunded novices.
I'm following the CD29 results here. The folks who are embedded with the DiNovo campaign are doing the same here and here. With all of Matagorda and about half of Brazoria in, the standings are here, and K-T's assessment at this juncture is here. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: It's over. Runoff yes, DiNovo no. Alas.
Today is the day for the last election of 2006, the special election in HD29 to fill the seat of the late Rep. Glenda Dawson. I've got a writeup on it over at Kuff's World, and to that I'll add links to Muse and Cobarruvias. If you live in Brazoria or Matagorda Counties, you might need to vote today. Check Dr. DiNovo's page for a listing of polling locations. I'll have updates on this race later today.
Last Thursday, I blogged about how the National Journal twice quoted an incorrect assertion that Tom DeLay's 2003 re-redistricting netted the GOP a mere two seats. PerryVsWorld has also blogged about this - though I disagree about his assessment of Henry Bonilla's future, I think he's right to say that Bonilla was a dead duck under the old lines.) So far, the comment I left here has never been approved (though one by Ryan Goodland making the same point was), and I've never gotten a response to the email I sent to John Mercurio. I don't know why such a silly, easily-debunked error has gained such currency, but my respect for the National Journal has gone down a notch because of it. Don't be fooled: Tom DeLay paid a high price for his scheme, but even with the loss of CD22 this year (whether for one cycle or long-term), he got a decent payoff for it. Anyone who says otherwise is just wrong.
The last election of 2006 (but not necessarily the last election of this cycle) will take place on Tuesday. It's the special election for HD29 to fill the seat left vacant by the death of State Rep. Glenda Dawson. There are multiple Republicans and one Democrat in this race, Dr. Anthony DiNovo, who ideally would make it to a January runoff (*that* would be the last election of this cycle). If nothing else, if DiNovo just makes it to the runoff, that's one less assured vote for Tom Craddick as Speaker. Anything that makes Craddick sweat is good, and who knows? After Ciro Rodriguez's laugher last week, can anyone say for sure what might happen in a runoff?
Various folks are currently involved in the GOTV work for DiNovo. If you've got the time and the inclination, please join in with Muse, Coby, Kaos, Karl-T, and Hal at DiNovo headquarters. Especially Hal. Dems started the year with a special election win. Wouldn't it be great to end it that way, too?
Williamson County officials took a major step Thursday to restore residents' trust in the voting system after numerous problems in the November election led to a partial recount and the resignation of the county elections administrator.
At least 100 election workers and staff members voiced concerns Thursday at a meeting called by the county's elections commission.
"This election did not go as smoothly as previous elections had gone when I had been a judge," election judge Eric Whitfield said after the hearing. "We need a way to make sure that people who move here and are interested enough in voting, that they can do that."
After the hearing, acting Elections Administrator John Willingham said the main complaints were about staffing, training and technical support. He will make recommendations to officials in the next six to eight weeks, including calling for the formation of a panel of election workers that will regularly report to the commission.
"I think it's difficult for someone who's not involved in elections every day . . . to hold the officials and staff accountable," he said. "I think election judges do have that opportunity, and they can see things that are going wrong."
Several workers said Thursday that staffing was inadequate and that their requests for additional help weren't met.
"If you don't have enough clerks at a polling place, voters are going to leave," Willingham said. "We need to make sure there are procedures in place (so) that staffing concerns won't be ignored. It's something that could have been handled fairly easily."
Workers also repeated complaints that they did not receive proper training in handling electronic voting machines and what election judge Betty Brown called "problem citizens," who disturb the voting process in some way.
EoW thinks Willingham did a good job when he was elections supervisor and has hope that he can get things straightened out. We'll see. There's some video of the meeting as well. Check it out.
Long as I'm in a quibbling mood, I need to point out an error in this Hotline post about CD23.
[Congressional guru Rich] Cohen also makes one other point. This is now the second seat in TX this cycle that has switched hands from the GOP to the Dems as a result of Tom DeLay's re-redistricting efforts. The other seat, of course, was DeLay's. So the net result for the GOP based on DeLay's re-redistricting was all of 2 seats. Was that really worth all the hassle and the subpoenas and courtroom dramas? Many a Republican is probably wondering that same thing tonight, in particular, soon-to-be-ex-Rep. Henry Bonilla.
The Dems lost TX-01 (Sandlin), TX-02 (Turner), TX-04 (Hall, who switched parties), TX-09 (Lampson, who ran in the new TX-02), TX-19 (Stenholm), and TX-32 (Frost). They went from 17 members to 11. Now that Lampson is in TX-22 and Rodriguez has ousted Bonilla in TX-23, they have 13 members. That looks a lot like a net four seat loss. Even if you discount Hall, who was a true DINO that should have switched along with Phil Gramm in the 80s, that's three seats down. Cohen's math makes no sense.
Clinton and Cisneros
HD29 weekend activities
SurveyUSA says: Bonilla leads by seven
The best and worst of 2006
Precinct analysis: The overachievers
Richmond Rail Effect followup
Richmond rail effect revisited
Follow the bouncing election dates
Precinct analysis: One more thing about Danno
Cuellar backs Ciro
Precinct analysis: SD07
Precinct review: CD07
WSJ on CD23
Dallas and Williamson
Time to start a tour through the precinct data
CD23 (and HD29) runoff date set
CD23 and HD29 updates
Problems with electronic voting in Hidalgo County
More Williamson election problems
The Richmond Rail effect
Cohen's key precincts
Harris County canvass results are out
A reason for the Williamson weirdness
The HD29 runoff
Houston fundraiser for Ciro Rodriguez
Shelley in Washington
Leininger's wasted millions
How much are those endorsements worth?
Thank you, Chris Bell
HD134 and the Houston GLBT Political Caucus
Karen Carter for Congress
The CD23 runoff
Harris and Dallas
Looking forward in CD22
Perry talks bipartisanship
Who speaks for you?
More on Garcia's win
Garcia claims victory in HD32
Shelley goes to Washington
City propositions all win
Initial thoughts on the Wave of 2006
Good night - no, great night
The finish line
Van Taylor accused of overstating war record
Too much blogging, not enough sleep
Perry to voters: Go to hell!
Andy Meyers: Still an idiot
The race to replace Glenda Dawson
KNCT reverses course, agrees to show NOW on Monday
A data point in the "Run Everywhere" files
36% turnout predicted
More misplaced endorsements
KNCT refuses to run PBS NOW on CD31 race
Lowry spreads a rumor
We're winning! No, we're winning!
Grease is the word, is the word that I heard
Andy Meyers is an idiot
Harrell on PBS tonight
Bell: Still on TV
Can you compare Zogby polls?
Endorsement watch: Heresies
"Parent PAC Strikes Back"
Missing in action
Endorsement watch: Puzzlement
TV or not TV?
Chron poll #3: Senate
Will there be a rail effect in CD07?
Candidate Q&A: Jim Sharp
Chron CD22 poll
Mother Jones on Martha Wong
Chron polls Governor's race
Abbott uses taxpayer money for campaign ads
Shelley accused of breaking election law
They still don't like Ron Paul in Victoria
Endorsement watch: The final four
Coming back to Bell
Endorsement watch: More judges
HD129 debate report
Poll in CD04
"Ineffective Paul must be replaced"
KBH poll report debunked
Endorsement watch: The propositions
Early voting stuff
Matula-Davis debate is today
Barr to stump for Smither
Breaking: Hutchison poll shows Bell within 5
Cato supports Richard Garcia
Ralph, Sam, and the Dog
Early voting begins today for 2006 elections
Use it or lose it
Another special poll from Shelley
DallasBlog interviews Will Pryor
Endorsement watch: Lecturing
Ol' What's His Name
Debate Duckery 101
Emerging races: Sklar and Pryor
Endorsement watch: Proportions
Endorsement watch: Statesman stumps for Harrell
Diane Trautman on the air
Endorsement watch: Cohen, Ortiz, Garcia
More debate ducking
Endorsement watch: The Chron tabs Strayhorn
Endorsement watch: AusChron goes for Bell
Nelson-Turnier questions Riddle's finance reports
Harrell's new ad
Vo accuses Heflin of violating campaign law
A twofer on Radnofsky
Rip that bodice!
Sklar's TV ads
Endorsement watch: The Chron likes incumbent judges
Martha still misrepresenting
NRCC abandoning Van Taylor
Matula and Davis to debate
Kinky and the blogs
Endorsement watch: Now that's what I call enthusiastic
Endorsement watch: More State House races
Republicans for Henley
He opposes what?
The NRCC and CD22
Seaman whines some more about truthful ad
ParentPAC endorses Diane Trautman
Report from the Cohen-Wong debate at Rice
Endorsement watch: Two for Chet
More on Wong's phantom endorsement
Van Os whistle stop details for Houston
Cohen-Wong debate today
Fundraising watch: Thirty days out
Bell and Friedman
Endorsement watch: The lightly contested candidates
Van Os courthouse whistle stop tour comes to an end
Last day to register is tomorrow
The battle for the State House
Interview with Scott Brann
KHOU covers John Davis' mystery expenses
Endorsement watch: Cohen and four incumbents
Stockman strikes out in court again
Shelley says no to Hastert
Wong's misplaced endorsement
ParentPAC endorses Phillip Shinoda
Seaman complains about truthful ad
Press release for ParentPAC endorsement of Matula
New DMN poll
Big Time for Shelley
Making money the Joe Crabb way
I haven't nagged you to register to vote yet
Henley party Sunday
Burnt Orange Report's electoral predictions
Interview with Chad Khan
ParentPAC endorses Sherrie Matula
In which I offer a solution to Martha Wong's sign shortage problem
John Davis: No explanations needed
Parading in Fort Bend
Hutchison and Radnofsky to debate
Culberson to debate...somebody else
More on the Wong sign story
Still more Zogbys
Only $2.9 million to go
Shame on you, Shelley
Why they call it "gossip"
A Williamson twofer
Senate candidates invited to debate at Rice
Candidate Q&A: Farhan Shamsi
"Ineffective and embarrassing"
Ethics complaint filed against Seaman
Martha Wong and the Case of the Missing Party Identifier
Interview with Rep. Ana Hernandez
Those meddling kids!
Interview with Janette Sexton
ParentPAC endorses Juan Garcia
Facts are for politicians
The persona problem
KPRC on the Treasurer's race
Another bad news cycle for Kinky
ParentPAC endorses Joe Farias
Capitol Annex interviews Karen Felthauser
Matula accepts debate invitation
Culberson ducks debates
These are not the budget cuts you're looking for
ParentPAC endorses Valinda Bolton
More foot-in-mouth problems for Kinky
Interview with Mark McDavid
One poll, two views
ParentPAC endorses Allen Vaught
Perry sued by Indiana
Walking across Texas
ParentPAC endorses Kristi Thibaut
Endorsement watch: The Chron gets in the game
Interview with Sammie Miller
Hobby on the DeLay ballot situation
Libertarian included in Cohen-Wong debate at Rice
Is this the end for Gene Seaman?
ParentPAC endorses Joe Heflin
Guess the Chron Endorsements game
Interview with Bob Smither
Endorsement watch (DMN edition): A Democratic sighting!
Candidate Q&A: Veronica Torres
Endorsements for Matula
Friedman gets slapped
Won't you please come home, John Carter?
Roll out the write-ins
Zogby and Rasmussen in the news
Interview with Sherrie Matula
New Zogbys and Rasmussens
Endorsement season begins
Interview with Dot Nelson-Turnier
Know thy enemy
Candidate Q&A: Rudy Velasquez
Kinky on the border and the budget
Interview with Rep. Hubert Vo
Just how much is going to be spent in CD22?
Early voting locations questioned
Time again for the TexRoots
Fort Bend Democrats' TV ad
Bell endorsed by League of Conservation Voters
Polling in CD22?
Interview with Kristi Thibaut
Martha Wong versus the "soccer moms"
News coverage of the Very Special Election
Smither and Stockman
John Carter, meet Clayton Williams
Chad Khan on KPFT
Libertarian response to CD22 special election
Lampson will not run in CD22 special election
Ciro dropping out
Third write-in for CD22
On the enthusiasm gap
Poll in CD10
How special is this election anyway?
Interview with State Rep. Scott Hochberg
ParentPAC endorses Ellen Cohen
Three! Three special elections!
CQ updates its ranking in CD22
Updated list of candidates for special Congressional elections
Why not Kinky
Candidate Q&A: Neeta Sane
The CD22 wrap-up story
The mouse that roared in CD10
Poll favors Ciro in CD23
Would you believe there could still be a special election in CD22?
Casey on Radnofsky
Tom DeLay: Still unclear on the concept
Questions and answers in CD22
Another contender in CD23
Debate deciding is hard work
Another debate for Cohen and Wong
Candidate Q&A: Albert Hollan
"Sure Bet for Texas" fundraiser for Harrell and Van Os
Another contender in CD21
The DCCC welcomes Sekula-Gibbs to the race
What about Bob (Smither)?
More on Wallace's withdrawal
Interview with Diane Trautman
Thode points a finger
The many faces of Carole Strayhorn
Wallace to make his announcement on Monday
Ron Paul's other unlovely guest
Bonilla: I want more money!
Is Wallace still in?
Ron Paul's unlovely guest
And the One True Write-In Candidate Is...
Bettencourt says he's not a candidate
Gillen goes off on his own
Q&A with Richard Garcia
It's unity time!
John Carter: I am the debate decider!
Cohen and Wong invited to debate at Rice
An unofficial official gathering
Have I mentioned the Texroots lately?
Interview with Shane Sklar
Bentzin drops out in HD48
Ortiz chosen to run in HD33
What the Democrats should do in CDs 22 and 23
The experts' take on CD22
Will Cuellar have a challenger?
DeLay endorses Lampson!
Kinky goes after Strayhorn
Today's write-in madness
CD23: Ciro's in
Quick CD22 link roundup
Texroots candidates: Celebrate!
Waiting on the experts
What's next in CD22?
Strayhorn's creative use of employees
More on the end of the DeLay ballot replacement lawsuit
Announcing the TexRoots candidates list: Round One
On the court decisions
Garcia versus Seaman: The money race
Reports from Harrell's "Band of Brothers" press conference
AusChron on Harrell v. Carter
DeLay loses appeal
Guest post: Nick Lampson
Veterans rally for Harrell
Adopt a Sign in Fort Bend
Interview with David Harris
More briefs in the DeLay replacement lawsuit
The Press on the Cohen-Wong race
Richard Garcia's web ad
Jim Henley fundraiser tomorrow
A twofer on Strayhorn
Leora Kahn Q&A
Fifth Circuit to hear DeLay appeal next Monday
And more polls
Nick Lampson talks about space
Van Os conference call
Trautman and Nelson-Turnier
Chron slaps Woodfill and Abbott
Houston Press talks to Bell
Carter goes on the attack against Harrell
McDavid outpacing Bohac in contributions
Abbott files amicus brief for DeLay
One last chance to vote in PAC for Change
Not straying, campaigning
Bell's environmental tour
Profile of David Harris
Kneel before the might of our petitions!
ActBlue officially active in Texas
The money race - State Reps
A look at HD133
Interview with Jim Henley
More campaign finance report news
The petitions of Harris County
Preliminary report on DeLay
Sunday campaign finance report update
Juan Garcia and the state race money reports
Quarterly report time
Cohen's big fundraising quarter
DeLay says he "cannot run" in Texas
Blockwalk with Kristi Thibaut
Strayhorn sues (again)
Three million bucks
Winter wins Mapchangers
Is there a third act for Tom DeLay?
One litigious Grandma
Events and happenings this week
Yes to Kinky, no to Grandma
Chris Bell meetup
Interview with Ted Ankrum
Last chance to vote for Mapchangers
Those who forget the past are doomed to sound like Ron Paul
Matula, Trautman, Cohen, and Khan
The best possible reason to support Nick Lampson
Have we seen the last of DeLay or not?
If you must blame someone, blame DeLay
More on the DeLay ballot ruling
Courage and Radnofsky
Still looking at CD23
Judge rules for Democrats in DeLay replacement lawsuit
A candidate by any other name
Filings in the DeLay replacement suit
More on Luna
Vilma Luna to resign
Tax attorneys love Strayhorn, builders love Greg Abbott
A tour of CD23 - Part One
Is it a loophole or not?
Mapchangers: The final frontier
Harris County CD22 selector selected
Diane Trautman in the news
More on the re-re-redistricting timetable
MyDD interviews Radnofsky
Four hours left to vote for Mapchangers
We have a schedule
Meanwhile, in that other case...
Orlando: It's all about meeeeeeeee!!!
Last chance to vote for Mapchangers
The political is the personal
Judge says DeLay "withdrew"
Poll in CD21
Ron Paul, rhetorical contortionist
Q&A: James Goodwille Pierre
Making a push for Juan Garcia
Pass the hat for Chet
Strayhorn and Kinky Yes, Stockman No
Straight ticket Texan
One helpful grandma
Another contender for Treasurer
Fundraising update - State House
Mapchangers, Round 2
SOS to rule on Strayhorn and Friedman
Candidate Q&A: Chuck Silverman
Don't Get Stapled
It's a precinct chair's world
DeLay lawsuit shifts to federal court
Turn on ActBlue in Texas
The money race
Chad Khan in the news
Chet Edwards' new look
Annie's List endorses Thibaut
Bell attacks Strayhorn
Blue notes from Dot
Candidate Q&A: Bill Connolly
Many more interviews from the convention
Analysis of the TDP lawsuit on DeLay's removal from the ballot
Shane Sklar Q & A
One ridiculed grandma
More on the Dems' TRO
Interview with Ellen Cohen
Dems get temporary restraining order against replacing DeLay on November ballot
One unknown grandma
Eversole jumps on the Treasurer abolishment bandwagon
Bell to speak at stem cell summit
Kinky: I do too have issues!
Hey, Kay Bailey, how about a debate?
What about Bob (Talton)?
Sklar gets kudos for renewable energy pledges
Falling clout and the Bush effect
Lamar Smith was against judges before he was for them
Fundraisers for Khan and Thibaut
CD22 candidate forum in Fort Bend
Radnofsky in Smith County
Days late and dollars short
New SurveyUSA Governor's poll
On running against DeLay
The Unofficial Fort Bend Survey is out
Texas Monthly on Chris Bell
From the "How can we miss you if you won't go away?" files
Running scared in HD32
Stockman says he's in
Strayhorn loses lawsuit
Bell gets AFL-CIO endorsement
The fifty-state strategy
Candidate selection is hard work
Three against one?
Good news for Sklar in CD14 poll
Harris on Net Neutrality
Breakfast for Chad Khan, barbecue for Mark McDavid
Strayhorn's day in court
Strayhorn lawsuit against SOS to be heard today
The squeeze on Wong
Harris and Radnofsky
Henley campaign headquarters opening
Bell asks Earle to investigate Perry
Rick Perry, record breaker
Meet Ellen Cohen Wednesday night
Garcia and Nelson-Turnier
CD10 and straight ticket voting
A new twist in the DeLay resignation saga
The latest Resmussen result
On the signature trail
Eckels reportedly not running in CD22
Two quick hits on John Carter
On the second tier
Madla to leave Senate early
A little Libertarian fantasy
More events in Austin this week
Term limits, schmerm limits
Victory is still sweet two days later
Not all fundraising stories have happy endings
Sklar in DC, Feingold in Austin
Busby to runoff in CA-50 special election
Runoff results roundup
Miles and Radnofsky win
Off to watch the returns
Ballot screwup in Maverick County
Also today - the CA-50 special election
Once again, it's time to vote
Sorry, no refunds
Ignorance may be bliss, but it isn't competence
Some DeLay reading to start your week
On the road to Fort Bend
HD146 runoff profile
Parting is such sweet sorrow
Early voting ends today
My take on where we stand in CD22
Miscellaneous events and happenings
Perry gets aboard the "No special election" bandwagon?
Congressional representation is overrated
Fundraisers for Sherrie Matula and Mark McDavid
Why leave now, Tom?
Have you voted in the runoff yet?
Day Three Morning DeLay Roundup
CD10 runoff article
Afternoon update on DeLay
Two links to hold you off for now
Morning DeLay roundup
DeLay to drop out
Statement from Borris Miles
Statement from Ted Ankrum
Statement from Ben Grant
Statement from Maria Alvarado
Statement from Barbara Radnofsky
Smith sues, Casteel concedes
It takes only a plurality
Chron runoff endorsements
Courage challenges Smith on immigration
From the "Why every vote counts" file
Endorsement? What endorsement?
Projecting the Governor's race
Libertarian candidate in CD22
Radnofsky and Harris
Stockman is in it to win it
Strayhorn sues over petition checking
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
You sure about that endorsement?
Requesting a mail ballot for the runoff
Another item for the electronic voting critics
Wrath of the Soccer Moms
Radnofsky headquarters opening Friday
Fundraiser for Shane Sklar in Houston
Dan Patrick back on the air
Roger Owen open letter followup
Another rousing round of indifference from the Chron
Et tu, Bob?
Why Frank Madla lost
Smith wants more info on Tarrant voting glitch
Sklar and Harris
Bennett endorses Miles in HD146 runoff
"Sour grapes" in CD22
Open letter to Roger Owen
David Van Os event at Drexler's
Webb County officials complain about voting machine problems
If not now, then when?
The sweet sound of dissension in the ranks
Casteel officially seeks recount
Let's get ready to runoff
The uphill battle
Primary results: Republican non-statewide
Primary results: Democratic non-statewide
Primary results: Statewide
Takin' care of the constituents
Demo Incognito v. The Mighty Slime Machine
More Leininger lieutenants
Political forensics in CD22
Statement from Borris Miles
Statement from Al Bennett
Ciro gaining on Cuellar
Hubener loses in HD106
"The most meaningless office" in Harris County
Turnout for Tom
Statement from Jim Henley
Statement from David Murff
At least they're covering some primaries
Carter and DeLay, BFFs
DeLay's Texas colleagues have his back
Environmental issues forum in San Antonio
Roger Owen self-destructs
More endorsements and one non-endorsement
My endorsements for the Dem primary
Interview with Garnet Coleman
Non-Rasmussen poll numbers for TX-Gov
How much is that candidate in the window?
I don't even know how to title this one
Henry Cuellar, serial Bush hugger
Why Howard won
Pro-DeLay ad denied
Let's not overdo this just yet
February numbers from Rasmussen
Donna Howard wins runoff
Club for Growth pushes Cuellar
On the trail of hackdom
HD48 election is tomorrow, and other notes
"You still like me! You really still like me!"
Daily Ciro update
Bell v Gammage on the air
A tale of two counties
Hubener endorsed, and more
Ciro debates, and other notes
Howard-Bentzin debate podcast
Interviews with Bell and Gammage
Why she runs
Early voting starts in HD48 runoff
The Rodriguez-Cuellar debate
The new face of reform
Band of Brothers
Lampson interview on Talking Points Memo
CB on CNN tonight
It's Pile On Henry Cuellar Day
One thing DeLay still is good for
DeLay's fundraising woes
Wednesday campaign roundup
Eat 'em up, Republicans
Report from the Juan Garcia campaign kickoff
Ballot battles resolved
A profile of Kathi Thomas in SD25
Interviews with Madla and Uresti
Bell hits Strayhorn on vouchers
Gammage gets endorsements
"DeLay's Last Disciple"
Libertarians against Ron Paul
Cohen's campaign kickoff
Keir Murray responds to DeLay poll criticism
Date set for HD106 special election
Greeting the Gravy Train
Q&A with Jim Henley and David Murff
Goin' off the rails on a gravy train
The special elections keep on coming: HD106
What happened in HD48?
Alvarado off the ballot
David Harris interview
Who's the Democratic frontrunner for Governor?
Lindsay endorses Hamric
You got whose endorsement?
Runoff in HD48
Clark to support Juan Garcia
Focusing on veterans' issues
Also appearing in this district: Tom DeLay
Special election today in Austin
Reactions to the CD22 survey
Still more primary follies
A few opening thoughts on the DeLay poll
Bad poll for DeLay
Campbell and Lampson
Running everywhere, Libertarian style
Ellen Cohen campaign kickoff
Carlisle back on the ballot in Amarillo
Shapleigh endorses Uresti
More primary challenges
Give a hand to Garnet Coleman
Meet Dot Nelson-Turnier
The primary follies continue
Gammage gets going
Rasmussen polls Texas
Bentzin and Colyandro
How many petitions can you sign?
Roundtable on the Governor's race
Family feud primary update
A message from David Harris
Family feud primary apparently cancelled
Dewhurst fundraises for Madla
Filing news: Republican missed opportunities
Filing news: Democratic missed opportunities
Filing news: Dems 40, GOP 15
Filing news: Missing in action
DeLay vs Lampson blog
Filing news: Fort Bend foulup
Filing news: Coverage
Filing news: The lineup
Filing news: Closing time
Filing news: One pro-Strayhorn faction identified
Filing news: Strayhorn goes independent
Filing news: Murff, Ankrum, and Lampson
Filing news: Deadline
Filing news: Garcia and Franklin
Filing news: Miscellania
Filing news: More mixed signals from Strayhorn
Filing news: Stuff I forgot the first time
Filing news: Friday frenzy
Filing news: Piling on in CD22
Filing news: Two more for SD18
Orlando Sanchez on the comeback trail
What exactly is the Strayhorn campaign up to?
Filing news: There's more than one race?
Have your people call my people
Filing news: Hammer Time
Closing out the quarter with Radnofsky
Filing news: Armbrister to retire
The Kinky strategy
Filing news: SD7 and more
Filing news: Brownout
Filing news: Heflin chooses, Gammage files
Filing news: Richard Raymond drops CD28 bid
Strayhorn says she's not an Independent
Filing news: A challenger for Grusendorf
Filing news: Round 'em up
Filing news: Who's not filing
Choose carefully, Talmadge
Filing news: More, more, more
Strayhorn the independent?
Radnofsky on TV
Students for Henley
From the "Ain't gonna happen" files
Filing news: Aaron Pena and his colleagues
Which way will Heflin go?
Filing news: We have a surprise
Mary Beth Harrell on sending her son to Iraq
Let the filings begin!
Texas poll: Governor's race
More bad news for DeLay
Henley kicks off campaign for CD07
Talmadge Heflin rises from the dead
Top Ten Reasons to Vote For Barbara Radnofsky
If this is how it's gonna be, wake me up on November 8
Uresti gunning for Madla
HD48 special election set
Meet Larry Stallings
Fighting Dem David Harris
Mary Denny retiring
David Harris on Air America tonight
Two for CD32
More GOP self-targeting
Pena and Gonzales
Henley jumps into CD07
Hubener, Stallings, and Thibault
CD14 - Possible primary opponent for Ron Paul
Radnofsky officially announces
Armbrister to retire?
Shane Sklar fundraiser in Galveston
CD28 poll followup
HD26: Contested primary for Charlie Howard?
Radnofsky gets a little help from her would-be future colleagues
Veterans for Harrell, Harris for veterans
The case for Ciro
HD78: Gunning for Haggerty
David Harris website is up
Anti-toll road activist announces candidacy in SD18
In the end, it's always about meeting chicks
Who's running where
Zogby fills in the blanks
So much for the bounce
A little piling on Kay
HD48: Baxter to resign
Year of the Independent...or not
CD28: Ciro's in
GOP targets for the State House: HD03 and HD41
Bell's ethics platform
Ted Lyon for Governor?
Polling followup - Is there a basis for comparison?
Harrell's rescheduled announcement
David Murff in CD07
Congrats to John Courage
Speaking of rumors
Sharp named to Perry panel, unlikely to run for Governor
A chat with John Courage
Sliva-Thibault in HD133
A question for Friedman supporters
Dan Patrick throws his mike in the ring
Courage, Harrell, and Harris
Courage to announce on Saturday
Martin Frost says: Run Everywhere!
And then there were three in CD17
Lucio and Meyer
Shane Sklar kicks off his campaign
Richard Raymond announces for CD28
Almost snuck those poll numbers past me
A brief political update
Suzanna Hupp not running for reelection
Sherrie Matula in HD129
More like this, please
A few words with Nick Lampson
Ellis announces in SD7
Dance, Tom, dance!
More campaign announcements
Another endorsement for Bell
Comment spam - Future dirty campaign trick?
Is there an effect in these poll numbers?
Rick versus Carole: Let's get it started
Gallego endorses Bell
David Harris in CD06
Mary Beth Harrell in CD31
Debate in CD28
From the "Run Everywhere" files
Coverage of Bell's announcement
New campaign site for Janette Sexton
Bell's launch on Sunday
Two points in the Run Every Race discussion
Courage and Fjetland
More on "Draft Sharp"
Hamric to run in SD7
"Draft Sharp" website
Dan Barrett in HD97
Watson eyes Barrientos' seat
Crabb: Not retiring
Meet Shane Sklar
Bell to announce tomorrow
Not just Crabb
Crabb to retire?
Step Up Texas
Once again: Run every race
Jon Lindsay to retire
Matt Glazer for HD122
Opponents for Edwards
Perry: Still unpopular
Lampson and Raymond
All Out War, Redux: Can You Hear Me Now?
Kinky vs. Obscene
Sharp to enter the race?
Really really last minute giving
Your liberal media at work
Janette Sexton Campaign Kickoff Reception
Would KBH have beaten Perry in the primary?
Quan not running in CD22
Juan Garcia speaks
My take on the Perry-Strayhorn matchup
Two opponents for Edwards
Hutchison will run for re-election
What will Carole do?
A stir in SD3
It's semi-official: Strayhorn to run for Governor
A laundry list from Cap Inside
Meet Janette Sexton
Ins, outs, and elsewheres
Sandlin for State Senate?
Putting some faces to names
HD47: Keel drops out
Rumors in HD134 and HD146
Is Sharp jumping in?
Courage for Congress, continued
What kind of primary do you think we're going to have?
DeLay starting early
Combs and Staples make their moves
Courage in CD21?
Not so fast for KBH
Announcement from KBH?
Announcement in HD48
Thinking about Kinky
Juan Garcia update
Announcement in HD52
Aren't you overlooking someone?
An update on Barbara Radnofsky
Chris Bell conference call
Another poll on Perry
Perry's pathetic poll numbers
An interview with Nick Lampson
Judis on DeLay
Lampson announces, Quan explores
Lampson's official filing
New Senate contender
Reflecting on Morrison's withdrawal
Morrison withdraws from CD22 race
How risk averse are they?
The next face of CD22
Catching up on the Morrison campaign
Contested Republican primary in CD22?
Morrison update and other trivia
What are these "Republican moderates" of which you speak?
Take Two with Richard Morrison
Talking with Richard Morrison
Do you care what Clayton Williams wants?
More thoughts on CD22
The more, the merrier?
Send Richard Morrison to DC
Meanwhile, on the substantive side of the campaign...
The Hillary Menace grows
Oh, won't you stay, just a little bit longer?
Hey, it was the Nineties, you had to be there
What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and understanding in the Senate?
Bell campaign posts on Kos
Morrison makes his pitch
Bell fires 'em up in Austin
Van Os announces for Attorney General
An evening with Barbara Radnofsky
Raymond, Cuellar, and Rodriguez
Barnes and Hutchison deny rumors
Chris Bell on credit scoring
Sounds like he's running to me
Hutchison and Barnes
Is this a sign from KBH?
Interview with Chris Bell
Kinky is in
Bonilla is in if Hutchison is out
Is Carole just teasing us now?
Taking back Congress, one step at a time
More CHIP carping from KBH
It's like high school all over again
Radnofsky makes it official
Perry's endorsements so far
The underground primary
Morrison gears up
Hutchison on CHIP
Perry endorsement update
Perry trolling for support
Kinkster to declare for Gov in February
An issue for whoever does eventually run against Rick Perry
Hutchison gets testy
Hutchison calls for stem cell research
Rick Perry Versus The World
Once more with Kinky
Is there a political consultant in the house?
And so we look ahead
Perry's poor popularity
Hutchison criticizes CHIP cutbacks
The horror! The horror!
Cisneros not running in 06
Big donors prefer Perry
No run for Gov for Evans
Another Bushie seeking office in Texas?
Getting Kinky again
Kinky Friedman still talking about running for Governor
Kinky Friedman for Governor