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Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Commentary: In Supreme Court primary, Rick Green’s judgment called into question

ELECTION 2016 | The Supreme Court race that looks like a name game — it's Green v. Green on the ballot — actually is about fundamental ideas of what judges ought to be doing. And the two candidates' views on a recent case make their differences clear.

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Q&A: Challengers want expanded role for Hays County Pct. 5 constable’s office

ELECTION 2016 VIDEO | Hays County Pct. 5 Constable Matt Mancillas says he limits his focus to a constable’s duties under the state constitution: To serve legal papers such as court summons and eviction notices and to...

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Q&A: Veteran peace officers take on 10-term incumbent for Hays County Pct. 2 constable

ELECTION 2016 VIDEO | Hays County’s longest-serving elected official, Pct. 2 Constable James H. Kohler, couldn’t be more confident that he will win his eleventh consecutive general election this fall. First, he must beat longtime peace officers...

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Video: Cutler, Ratliff rumble face-to-face during Hays County sheriff’s debate

Meeting opponent Tommy Ratliff face-to-face on the eve of early voting, Sheriff Gary Cutler said at the outset that he intended to keep discussion focused on policy issues facing Hays County’s largest law enforcement agency. Said Cutler,...

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Isaac endorses Rubio for president while Campbell backs Cruz

ELECTION 2016 | Bucking a majority of his colleagues in the Legislature, State Rep. Jason Isaac is urging Republican voters to choose U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in the March...

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Cruz, Trump vitriol hits new high as Texas primary draws closer

The feud between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump soared to new heights Monday as the billionaire and the U.S. senator from Texas traded accusations of dishonesty and desperation. "Ted Cruz is a totally unstable individual," Trump said....

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Election 2016: Where to vote early in Hays County Democratic, Republican primaries

Early voting for the March 1 party primary elections begins Tuesday, Feb. 16 and ends Friday, Feb. 26 at locations in San Marcos, Kyle, Buda, Wimberley and Dripping Springs, according to Hays County Elections Administrator Joyce Cowan.

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Q&A: Hays County Pct. 1-1 JP Prado faces three challengers in re-election bid

ELECTION 2016 VIDEO | Seeking a fourth four-year term, Hays County Justice of the Peace JoAnne Prado is staring down competition from both political parties for her precinct 1, place 1 bench.

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Q&A: Five candidates seek to preside over vacant Hays County JP 1-2 court

ELECTION 2016 VIDEO | Five candidates — three Democrats and two Republicans — hope to fill the unexpired term of Pct. 1, Place 2 Justice of the Peace Margie H. Hernandez, who died of cancer...

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Q&A: Fight for Texas House seat features Cyrier, Golemon rematch

ELECTION 2016 | Barely more than a year ago, John Cyrier (R-Lockhart) squeaked into the Texas Legislature following a special election and runoff against Brent Golemon (R-Bastrop) for House District 17, which includes Caldwell and...

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