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Endorsement watch: The propositions

I trust that nobody is surprised to see the Chron endorse all eight ballot propositions. They’re good on the merits, and they’re utterly consistent with recent Chron editorializing. No surprise at all.

What is a surprise is that three days into Early Voting, there are still four unendorsed State Rep races – HDs 126 (Khan/Harless), 127 (Trautman/Crabb), 129 (Matula/Davis), and 150 (Nelson-Turnier/Riddle). I know that some incumbents have been skittish about making the trek to 801 Texas this fall, but what in the world is the holdup here? Let’s get this done before Early Voting ends, okay?

I don’t know about you, but I got three pieces of mail relating to the propositions yesterday, two in favor and one opposed. The latter, plus one of the former, were addressed to Tiffany, who apparently once voted in a Republican primary and thus gets all of the really interesting campaign mail here. The pro-prop G mailer to Tiffany was headlined “Why Proposition G Is Fiscally Conservative” and featured the faces and endorsements of 5 out of the 7 City Council Republicans – Berry, Lawrence, Clutterbuck, Khan, and Holm. I think that will be an effective piece of mail. What have you been getting in your mailbox?

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2 Comments

  1. I haven’t been getting anything, which surprises me. Maybe they know I already voted and it’s too late.

  2. Charles Hixon says:

    I know that some incumbents have been skittish about making the trek to 801 Texas this fall, but what in the world is the holdup here? Let’s get this done before Early Voting ends, okay?

    The candidate appears at the Chronics invitation. No invitation: no appearance. The Chronic doesn’t necessarily interview all major party candidates – even in the local races. Furthermore, the Chronic may endorse candidates without interviewing them or their opponent – even in the local races.

    Apparently it is also true that the Chronic chooses which races to pass on making an endorsement and does not publish this detail.

    From a practical viewpoint, the Chronic’s research is still probably a little more comprehensive than the average voter’s research – not to imply that the Chronic’s conclusions are necessarily valid to entities actually qualified to cast a vote (the citizen).