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Election 2014

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Hays County candidates get ready to rumble as early voting nears

The San Marcos Area League of Women Voters this evening will host contenders and pretenders in next month’s party primaries including Republicans running for Texas Senate, Hays County District Attorney and a Hays County Justice of the Peace seat.

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Terri Hall: Donna Campbell’s double-cross on toll roads

The freshman senator’s newfound love for toll roads will cost her constituents hundreds or thousands each year in hidden taxes.

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Abbott’s comments in Wimberley stir controversy in governor’s race

Democrats say a secret recording of Greg Abbott's comments at a fundraiser last month in western Hays County demonstrate the likely GOP nominee for governor is pushing attacks on his Democratic rival, Wendy Davis, while publicly maintaining...

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Audio: Lieutenant governor candidates spar in Dallas debate

The four Republican candidates for lieutenant governor took on end-of-life issues, border security, and of course, each other, in an hour-long Dallas debate.

Monday, January 20th, 2014

GOP challengers amass $460,000 to oust Donna Campbell

With seven weeks left to convince Central Texas Republicans to ditch State Sen. Donna Campbell, the freshman lawmaker’s two primary challengers reported last week that they collectively raised or loaned their campaigns more than $460,000 during the...

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Abbott brings bid for governor back to Hays County

Making his second public appearance in Hays County in four months, Attorney General Greg Abbott will rally supporters and raise campaign cash at a reception on Tuesday at a backer’s ranch near Wimberley.

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Bush targets ‘ignorant statements’ about Latinos

George P. Bush, a GOP candidate for land commissioner, said Wednesday that he hoped Texas Republicans in leadership positions would denounce “ignorant statements” regarding Hispanics, even if they're made by fellow Republicans.

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Fight over payday loans, from capitol to campaign trail

In Texas, where payday and auto-title lending is a $4-billion-a-year industry with some 3,500 businesses, there are no limits on fees or loan sizes. Texans take out larger loans and pay higher fees than consumers in the...

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

In third statewide bid, Friedman hopes to win with weed

The noted singer, humorist, novelist and hawker of tequila has tried multiple times to add “elected official” to his résumé. His celebrity status and unique charm have not translated into success at the ballot box. In his...

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Campbell primary foe hits airwaves with race’s first radio offensive

Looking to introduce himself before his opponents can do it for him, San Antonio businessman Mike Novak is running a radio spot aimed at convincing potential Republican Party primary voters that he is deserving of a fair...

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