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David Mildenberg

Democratic candidate for Texas governor Wendy Davis during an interview on Jan. 21, 2014, in Austin, Texas.

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Democratic candidate for Texas governor Wendy Davis during an interview on Jan. 21, 2014, in Austin, Texas.

Davis for Open-Carry Guns — Texas Democrat Bucks Party in Guv Bid

Wendy Davis, seeking to become the first Democratic governor in Texas since 1995, favors the rights of Texans to carry handguns openly, a policy that failed to pass the state’s Republican-dominated Legislature last year. “Any Republican who hasn’t come out...

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Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) announces her intentions to run for Texas Governor at the W.G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City on Oct. 3, 2013 in Haltom City, Texas.

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Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) announces her intentions to run for Texas Governor at the W.G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City on Oct. 3, 2013 in Haltom City, Texas.

Davis, Battleground Texas Match Abbott in Lone Star Fundraising

State Sen. Wendy Davis, vying to become the first Democratic governor elected in Texas since 1990, raised $8.7 million during the second half of 2013. A separate joint effort between her campaign and the Battleground Texas organizing group raised another...

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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Ted Cruz, left, with his father Rafael, right, while holding his daughter Caroline during a victory speech on Nov. 6, 2012, in Houston.

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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Ted Cruz, left, with his father Rafael, right, while holding his daughter Caroline during a victory speech on Nov. 6, 2012, in Houston.

Sessions Challenger Touts Cruz (Senior) Endorsement in Texas

Katrina Pierson, the Dallas Tea Party leader trying to unseat Rep. Pete Sessions in the March Republican primary elections, knew Rafael Cruz before she met his son, Ted, so she expected to gain the elder’s support for her campaign, “We...

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The Texas flag on a television screen while employees assemble Motorola Solutions Inc. Moto X smartphones at the Flextronics International Ltd. factory in Fort Worth, Texas.

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The Texas flag on a television screen while employees assemble Motorola Solutions Inc. Moto X smartphones at the Flextronics International Ltd. factory in Fort Worth, Texas.

‘Texas Won’ — Fight Over, Perry Says

The California versus Texas competition that Gov. Rick Perry has popularized this year is over and — surprise —  the Texas governor thinks the Lone Star state won. “The discussion is over. The debate is over. Texas won,” Perry said...

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Former Houston Astros pitcher and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan was in attendance as his son, Reid Ryan, was named President of Business Operations of the Houston Astros.

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Former Houston Astros pitcher and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan was in attendance as his son, Reid Ryan, was named President of Business Operations of the Houston Astros.

Nolan Ryan Pitching for Office?

Nolan Ryan, the Hall of Fame baseball pitcher who threw a record seven no-hitters, may be running for Texas agriculture commissioner in 2014, according to Robert Miller, a Houston lawyer-lobbyist who blogs on Texas politics. Ryan would be joining an...

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Texas Governor Rick Perry arrives for a press conference.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry arrives for a press conference.

Perry Skips Voter-ID Step That Successor Will Have to Take

Unlike his likely successor, Texas Gov. Rick Perry didn’t have to attest to his identity when he voted at an Austin library today. Perry said the name on both his driver’s license and voter rolls is James Richard Perry. Wendy...

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Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) announces her intentions to run for Texas Governor at the W.G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City on October 3, 2013 in Haltom City, Texas.

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Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) announces her intentions to run for Texas Governor at the W.G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City on October 3, 2013 in Haltom City, Texas.

Texas’ Davis Taps Seasoned Manager

State Sen. Wendy Davis, aiming to become the first Democrat elected governor in Texas since 1990, has hired veteran campaigner Karin Johanson to manage her gubernatorial bid. Johanson managed the 2012 campaign of Sen.Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and previously was...

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Texas Governor Rick Perry on the sidelines of the Republican Party's State Party Convention in Anaheim, California, on October 4, 2013.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry on the sidelines of the Republican Party's State Party Convention in Anaheim, California, on October 4, 2013.

Perry PAC Airing D.C. Gridlock Ads

The political action committee promoting Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s economic agenda as he ponders a 2016 bid for the presidency is airing ads criticizing gridlock in Washington while promoting governors of Republican-led states. “Conservative governors are reforming taxes and regulations,...

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Texas State Sen. Wendy David (D) speaks at the National Press Club August 5, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Texas State Sen. Wendy David (D) speaks at the National Press Club August 5, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Davis to Announce Election Plans in October

Wendy Davis will announce her election plans on Oct. 3, raising Texas Democrats’ hopes that she will seek to become her party’s first governor since Ann Richards left office in 1995. Davis didn’t provide other details about her plans in...

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Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Tex., speaks at the Republican National Committee Election Night party at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC.

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Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Tex., speaks at the Republican National Committee Election Night party at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC.

Sessions Challenged by Tea Party Activist for 2014

Updated 7:30 a.m. EDT, Sept. 16 Rep. Pete Sessions, a Texas Republican with top ratings from the American Conservative Union, isn’t conservative enough for a Tea Party organizer who is challenging his re-election in 2014. Katrina Pierson, founder of the...

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