Politics

Michael Mooney
23 hours ago - Politics

Trump's evangelical allies hold off on 2024 endorsement

Trump and Jeffress shaking hands

Friends. Photo: Olivier Douliery-Pool via Getty Images

First Baptist Dallas senior pastor Robert Jeffress says he considers former President Trump a friend and calls him "the greatest president since Ronald Reagan," but he's holding off on endorsing Trump's recently announced 2024 run.

Why it matters: Jeffress was the first prominent evangelical leader to endorse Trump's 2016 run for president and he has been one of Trump's most staunch supporters.

Michael Mooney
Nov 28, 2022 - News

Herschel Walker claims Texas home as primary residence

Herschel Walker in front of a sign that says his first name

Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images

Herschel Walker, the Republican running for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, has continued to claim his Tarrant County home as his primary residence — potentially breaking both Texas tax laws and some Georgia rules on establishing residency for the purpose of voting or running for office, according to CNN.

Why it matters: Walker will face Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in a runoff election in December after neither candidate earned more than 50% of the vote in this month's midterm.

Michael Mooney
Nov 10, 2022 - Politics

Candidates against critical race theory thrive in North Texas

Tim O'Hare celebrates being elected Tarrant County judge at his victory party Tuesday night. Screenshot: WFAA

Candidates who rose to prominence opposing critical race theory did well in North Texas elections this week — but that wasn't the case in other parts of the state.

Driving the news: Tim O'Hare, who co-founded the Southlake Families PAC, which supports candidates running on anti-CRT platforms, won his race for Tarrant County judge.

Tasha Tsiaperas
Nov 9, 2022 - News

Dallas voters approve hotel tax for new convention center

This Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center will be replaced by another convention center with the same name. Photo: Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

Dallas will get a new convention center, Tarrant County is sending the first Muslim and South Asian to the statehouse, the Collin County Commissioners Court will keep its judge and Denton will decriminalize marijuana.

The latest: Here's a breakdown of some of the biggest North Texas races, according to results from local election offices, as of Wednesday morning…

Michael Mooney
Nov 9, 2022 - News

Ken Paxton beats Rochelle Garza to remain Texas AG

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC held at the Hilton Anatole on July 11, 2021 in Dallas. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Embattled Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton beat his Democratic opponent, Rochelle Garza, winning a third term as the state's chief legal officer, according to results from the Secretary of State.

Why it matters: The attorney general's office doesn't oversee elections in Texas, but it’s in charge of defending and enforcing the state’s election laws and of bringing lawsuits, like cases that allege voter fraud.

Michael Mooney
Nov 9, 2022 - News

Dan Patrick defeats Mike Collier to remain Lt. Governor

Caption: Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick at a press conference in May 2020. Photo: Lynda M. Gonzalez/Pool/Getty Images

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick won a third term in the second-highest executive office in Texas government, defeating Democrat Mike Collier for a second time, per results from the Secretary of State.

Why it matters: Over the last eight years, Patrick has taken the power concentrated in the state’s No. 2 job to another level and built a national profile as a regular guest on Fox News.

What North Texans will vote on this election day

Illustration of a horse wearing an I voted sticker over a divided red and blue background with elements of ballots.

Be like the Axios Dallas horse and vote! Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

More than 1 million North Texans mailed in a ballot or voted early in the midterm elections, but a vast majority of us have one last opportunity — today — to cast a ballot.

Why it matters: Our statewide and local leaders make countless decisions over the course of their tenure that affect our day-to-day lives — from how and what our children learn, to how Medicaid is structured. And of course, how our tax dollars are spent.

Michael Mooney
Nov 4, 2022 - News

The race to become the next Texas land commissioner

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

An eye surgeon endorsed by former President Trump and a wealthy conservationist are vying to become the new Texas land commissioner.

  • The Republican candidate is Dawn Buckingham, a state senator from Lakeway. The Democratic candidate is Jay Kleberg, former associate director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. His family owns the King Ranch.
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