Election Ethics 2018

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    Ken Paxton, Angela Paxton

    Elgin ISD: AG, we did not violate the law; Galena Park...

    The Elgin Independent School District is the second district to take issue with an assessment by Attorney General Ken Paxton that school officials broke...

    Paxton’s school electioneering claims more complex than originally thought

    What began with a state senator’s effort to stop what he thought might be illegal politicking by teachers and administrators in several Texas school...

    State Rep. Tan Parker keeping reasons for House Speaker bid close...

    Unlike the two other challengers who got in early, state Rep. Tan Parker waited until two days after the March 6 primaries to announce...

    State Rep. John Zerwas and his place in the Texas House...

    On Oct. 25, the day Texas House Speaker Joe Straus announced he would not seek a sixth term, state Rep. John Zerwas filed his...

    Could State Rep. Phil King replace Straus as House Speaker?

    (This is the first of a series of profiles of the candidates for the speaker of the Texas House of Representatives for the 86th...
    Miller, Bush

    Bush and Miller prevail in primaries despite questionable public trust

    While they avoided convictions and courtroom drama, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller had similar battles to fight in their reelection...
    Why are Texans so forgiving?

    Why are Texans so forgiving? Voters elect pols despite corruption allegations

    Whispers of questionable activity, indictments and even felony convictions cannot thwart a die-hard voter or dampen the enthusiasm of an elected official. Ask Ron...
    Geren-French Primary

    Geren beats French in bitter primary

    State Rep. Charlie Geren practically assured himself of a tenth term, beating Bo French Tuesday night in what was one of the most bitter...
    TEC fines

    260 candidates haven’t paid Texas Ethics Commission fines

    More than 260 candidates owe the state of Texas $1.1 million in fines for failing to file legally required campaign finance reports. Loopholes in...

    Questionable tactics, dueling accusations mark Geren, French primary

    A mailer questioning the professional ethics of state Rep. Charlie Geren and his wife, a high powered lobbyist, distributed by the conservative political advocacy...
    Abbott continues salvos against Sarah Davis

    After early voting, Abbott continued his salvos against Rep. Sarah Davis

    After voting early Tuesday in Austin, Gov. Greg Abbott continued campaigning for the opponent of Sarah Davis — a four-term Republican state representative from...
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

    AG Paxton sends letters to three Texas school districts he says...

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued cease and desist letters to three Texas school districts he believes are participating in unlawful electioneering. Brazosport, Lewisville...

    Austin Lobby backs Straus ‘priority’ members

    Top-spending political action committees are putting their money on 20 Texas House Republicans listed as "priorities" of lame-duck Speaker Joe Straus. In November, Capitol Inside...
    Texas Capitol

    Texas GOP chief speaks after historic censure of Speaker Straus

    James Dickey, who was elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas in June 2017, gave his first far-reaching interview about the historic censure...

    Ag Commissioner Sid Miller used $37K in campaign funds to buy...

    It might be an American Revolution, as the tag line for Chevy Tahoe marketing puts it, but for Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, it’s another...

    Signers rise: Three Straus PAC members take new speaker pledge

    More than 60 percent of Republican state House candidates —  including three board members of Speaker Joe Straus’ Leadership Fund — have pledged to support...
    State Rep. Dan Huberty

    State Rep. Huberty in court to boot challenger from ballot, claiming...

    HOUSTON — State Rep. Daniel Huberty will be in Harris County District Court Friday in an effort to force challenger Reginald Grant off the...
    Texas State Rep. Sarah Davis

    In Texas House, pledge deniers face primary battles

    Half of 182 GOP candidates have yet to sign a pledge to honor the Republican caucus’ choice for the next speaker of the Texas...
    Texas State Capitol

    Lawmakers duck open-records request on ‘bribery’ question

    Nine Texas House members have failed to respond to repeated open-records requests seeking the source of a “legislative bribery” allegation. The state Republican Party last...
    Joe Straus

    Straus censured in home county over ‘abuse,’ ‘obstruction’

    Republican leaders in Joe Straus’ home county voted to censure the retiring Texas House speaker, saying he “abused the power of his office and...
    Texas State Capitol: North side by night

    As deadline approaches, Republican Caucus pledge short on signatures

    Fewer than half the Republicans running for House seats in 2018 have signed a party pledge form that would commit them to supporting the...
    SREC Meeting

    Republican ballot propositions hit back at Straus

    This article is a part of our ongoing coverage on Election Ethics. Read the full series here. Eleven party propositions — ranging from toll roads...
    Rep. John Zerwas

    Conservative coalition blasts House ‘obstructionists’

    Momentum is building for Republicans to vote as a bloc for Texas House speaker. Eighty-one conservative leaders from around the state on Monday called on...
    Texas Capitol

    Texas GOP seeks source of legislative ‘bribery’ inquiry

    Questions alleging legislative “bribery” against the Republican Party of Texas have prompted the state GOP to send public records requests to all Texas House...
    Joe Straus

    Speaker’s parting shot: Straus arms his House loyalists

    Lame duck Speaker Joe Straus isn’t going quietly. The retiring House leader and his chief strategist, Gordon Johnson, are persuading deep-pocketed lobbyists to bankroll like-minded...
    The Texas Ethics Commission

    GOP Chairman: Inquiry into Speaker pledge ‘laughable’

    State Republican Party chairman James Dickey on Tuesday mocked an inquiry into a party pledge for House speaker. An anonymous legislator asked the state Ethics...
    Gov. Greg Abbott endorses Susanna Dokupil

    PAC backs Abbott’s move against ‘corrupt’ Rep. Sarah Davis

    A political action committee targeting “corrupt” Texas House leadership is applauding Gov. Greg Abbott’s move against Republican Rep. Sarah Davis. Abbott endorsed Susanna Dokupil, the...
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    Week in Review: New pressure in the House Speaker race and...

    This week on The Texas Monitor: mounting pressure in the House Speaker race from the GOP and the New Leadership PAC; Rep. Phil King...
    John Zerwas, Joe Farias

    Rep. Zerwas may be in crosshairs of PAC’s $100,000 ‘Dirty Dozen’...

    A “Dirty Dozen” Texas House Republicans are being targeted by campaign bounties of $100,000 or more in the 2018 elections. Among the yet-to-be-identified lawmakers reportedly...
    James Dickey

    GOP chairman calls on House candidates to honor the caucus

    The chairman of the Republican Party of Texas says state House members need to support their caucus in selecting a successor to retiring Speaker...
    Joe Straus, Mike Villarreal

    With Straus out, caucus considers Speaker selection rules change

    Seeking fresh leadership, Republicans in the Texas House will vote on new rules for selecting a successor to retiring Speaker Joe Straus. A report to...
    Joe Straus

    In the face of growing controversy, Straus steps down

    Confronted by increasing dissension in the Republican ranks, House Speaker Joe Straus announced on Wednesday that he is retiring. It was a stunning turn for...
    Joe Straus

    ‘Cyber-bullying’ PAC starts campaign wars over Straus

    Raising the stakes for next year’s Republican state House primaries, a new political action committee aims to pick off Speaker Joe Straus’ soldiers and...
    Greg Abbott and Joe Straus

    New PAC aims to topple Straus and his lieutenants in ‘corrupt’...

    A new Texas political action committee is turning up the heat on Speaker Joe Straus and calling for a House cleaning from the top...
    Gov. Greg Abbott

    Lawmakers accept $1.5 million while passing governor’s agenda

    At a time when the state's lawmakers are asked to continue making laws, most of them are also making money. During this summer's special session...
    Phil King

    Straus rival: Limit speaker’s term, free up legislation

    A lawmaker bidding to unseat Texas House Speaker Joe Straus wants to term-limit the speaker and committee chairmen. Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, proposes a three-term...
    Joe Straus

    No vote on Speaker race rules, members meet again in September

    A House Republican Caucus meeting Wednesday where the discussion centered around how to choose the next Speaker of the House broke up with no...
    Julie McCarty

    Grassroots count: Quorum of GOP members will be at Speaker meeting

    When the House Republican Caucus meets to discuss a plan to pick the next Speaker of the House, a quorum will be attending and...
    Joe Straus

    Will Texas House Speaker showdown kick off next week?

    The House Republican Caucus will meet next week to discuss — and possibly adopt — a plan to pick the next Speaker of the...

    Conservative Texas House members want GOP members to pick Speaker

    More than a dozen Republican House members asked in a letter on Thursday that their caucus chairman allow the Republican members of the House...