The election of the next chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, the office charged with regulating the state oil and gas industry, will test whether more endorsements and experience can help one candidate overcome an even bigger handicap — the ‘D’ next to his name.
It was supposed to take at least two days, but after a marathon court hearing that lasted for more than eight hours Tuesday, a state district court seated a jury of six men and six women to hear the long-delayed trial of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on money laundering and conspiracy charges.
In memory of Emma Barrientos, the wife of a retired state senator, the Travis County Democratic Party and the Austin Tejano Democrats sponsored an early voting rally Tuesday at Zaragosa Park in East Austin.
This month, the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation will begin managing Project Vote Smart’s Key Votes program, a free online database that provides citizens with access to congressional and state legislative voting records.
There are eight open seats on the State Board of Education, and the state’s largest teacher and school board associations, as well as candidates, said they hope to see the new board focus on educational excellence rather than politics.
With Election Day just a week away, Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign has revived previously disproved claims that Houston is a sanctuary city, arguing that immigration policies led to the death of a Houston police officer.