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  • Cruz Running for Re-election in 2018

    05/11/2016 11:33:55 AM PDT · by bigbob · 215 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 5-11-16 | Patrick Svitek
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, plans to run for re-election in 2018. Cruz, who ended his presidential campaign last week, said "yes" when asked Wednesday morning by a reporter in Washington, D.C., if he would seek a second term, according to CNN and The Hill. Cruz's office later confirmed the exchange. The announcement adds some clarity to Cruz's political future following his decision to exit the presidential race on May 3. While Cruz could change his mind, running for re-election in 2018 puts to rest some speculation he would sit out a second term to prepare for a comeback bid...
  • Cruz Puts Dewhurst on Defensive in Last Debate Before TX Runoff on border wall [Way-back Machine]

    01/05/2016 2:44:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 18, 2012 | Roque Planas
    July 18, 2012"........ [Ted] Cruz, who is 41 and has never held elected office, staked out more extreme positions than the 66-year-old Dewhurst, a career politician who has presided over the Texas Senate as Lieutenant Governor since 2003. "My touchstone for every question is the Constitution," Cruz said, adopting the refrain commonly heard from Tea Party supporters. ".....Cruz went on the offensive against Dewhurst on illegal immigration-a key issue in the state that shares the longest stretch of U.S.-Mexico border-calling attention to Dewhurst's 2007 support of a guest worker program for the state's undocumented immigrants, announced at a speech in...
  • Report: David Dewhurst will pay campaign debts from senate race (Texas)

    10/06/2015 7:10:39 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 10/5/15 | Bobby Blanchard
    Former Lt. Governor David Dewhurst has agreed to pay off $800,000 of debt from his failed bid for the U.S. Senate in 2012, according to a report in The Texas Tribune. According to a September letter obtained by the Tribune, Dewhurst has agreed to pay the debt over the next year but he said that he was not legally obligated to pay the money to his vendors. “While there is obviously no legal obligation that I personally pay the vendors invoices, and while a few of you let me down with messaging and media that was counter-productive, plus there were...
  • In 2016, Ted Cruz dreams of a 2012 replay

    09/08/2015 9:19:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | September 4, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Ted Cruz's team thinks they already beat Jeb Bush -- three years ago. That's when Cruz, a young lawyer with a thin resume but political talent, elbowed his way through a crowded field with just enough cash and just enough endorsements to topple an establishment hero with more money than a candidate could ever hope for. The Cruz foe then was David Dewhurst, and he continues to cast his shadow. If he could be beaten then, say Cruz's truest believers, Cruz can't be beaten now. "They're all Bushes," said Morgan McComb, an online activist who proudly chose to wear one...
  • Cruz hires former Gingrich aide as political operation builds

    02/10/2015 2:05:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | February 9, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    HOUSTON — The political operation of potential 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz continued to beef up Monday as a top aide to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich signed onto the senator’s team. Rick Tyler, Gingrich’s longtime spokesman who served as a top strategist to a super PAC that supported Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign, will join Cruz’s campaign-in-waiting to serve as a senior communications adviser. “I am honored to come on board with Sen. Cruz and join the effort to make D.C. listen to the American people,” Tyler said in a statement. “I believe he will emerge as the...
  • Patrick to ask Dewhurst, Patterson for support if he wins nomination (Texas)

    05/27/2014 11:50:38 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    WFAA ^ | 5/27/14 | JASON WHITELY
    Senator Dan Patrick said he will ask Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson for their support if he wins the Republican runoff for lieutenant governor Tuesday night. The last 11 weeks have been a brutal runoff between Patrick and Dewhurst, the incumbent, filled with negative ads and attacks.Patterson, a primary opponent of both men, released Patrick's 1980s mental health records earlier this month. Patrick called it a "low blow" and "shameful," blaming both Patterson and Dewhurst. Despite that, Patrick said Tuesday that they are "opponents, not enemies," and that he would still ask them for support...
  • The Greek tragedy that is David Dewhurst’s political career

    05/27/2014 9:47:41 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/27/14 | Aaron Blake
    Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) is very likely to lose his reelection bid today, in what would be the latest huge setback (and a potentially fatal blow) in a once-promising political career that had the wealthy second-in-command on a crash course for the U.S. Senate. In doing so, Dewhurst is likely to become the first big-name Republican to lose two primaries against the tea party — and only two years apart. So what the heck happened to David Dewhurst? In sum: The seeds for his likely loss were planted long ago, and it's not all his fault. But there...
  • Dewhurst camp releases disco music video on eve of runoff

    05/27/2014 9:17:44 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 5/27/14 | Lauren McGaughy
    David Dewhurst’s campaign has released one final web ad ahead of the Tuesday runoff election, a country-disco mashup of a music video entitled “Lt. Gov. You Gotta Love.” The song was written and performed by Creative Director Ben Price – the same staffer behind the campaign’s “Frozen” themed web ad – and features lyrics like “Saving ladies/Protecting Babies/The most pro-life candidate.” In a May 19 interview, Dewhurst told the Chronicle he was not comfortable with Price’s Disney-themed parody that mocked challenger Dan Patrick. But he said his younger staff members found it funny, prompting him to release the video. The...
  • Tea Party Victory Seen in Today's GOP Primary Runoff (Texas)

    05/27/2014 7:15:33 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    WOAI ^ | 5/27/14 | WOAI
    The once promising political career of three term Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is expected to come to an end today, as challenger Dan Patrick is expected to defeat Dewhurst in today's Republican runoff, handing the Tea Party one of its biggest victories of the year, 1200 WOAI news reports.
  • Tea party takeover of Texas GOP is nearly complete

    05/27/2014 6:28:53 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 5/27/14 | Gromer Jeffers Jr.
    There’s panic in some quarters of the Texas Republican Party. The movement conservatives are poised to strike a mighty blow in Tuesday’s runoff elections. If all goes well for these tea partiers and libertarians, they will be on the way to taking control of critical statewide offices and key seats in the Legislature. The list includes Dan Patrick for lieutenant governor and Ken Paxton for attorney general. The crowd already scored a victory in Dallas with businessman Don Huffines’ win over incumbent state Sen. John Carona. So how did this all happen? Republicans have had solid control over all parts...
  • Texas Runoffs Could Be End For Dewhurst

    05/27/2014 6:23:42 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    CBS DFW ^ | 5/27/14 | AP
    Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has been one of the most powerful figures in Texas since 2002, but he could be ousted Tuesday by GOP voters who appear ready to steer the state even further to the right by backing tea party favorites over establishment candidates. Despite spending $5 million of his own fortune on his campaign, Dewhurst has struggled to gain ground on state Sen. Dan Patrick. A victory by Patrick, a fiery conservative talk radio host and founder of the Legislature’s tea party caucus, would complete the overhaul of every elected statewide office next year when Gov. Rick...
  • Tea party poised for big wins in Texas GOP runoffs

    05/26/2014 4:08:44 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    SF Gate/AP ^ | 5/26/14 | PAUL J. WEBER
    A tea party leader is favored to become Texas' lieutenant governor. A Ted Cruz-endorsed newcomer is inching closer to replacing Democrat Wendy Davis in the statehouse. On television, millions of dollars in attack ads have given established Republican incumbents all they can handle. For all the talk of Texas growing competitive for Democrats in 2016 and beyond, GOP voters are poised to make a harder turn right on Tuesday. Though the tea party has sputtered this year in elections around the country, Texas' conservative insurgents are the front-runners in Republican primary runoffs for major statewide offices and positioned to bolster...
  • Tough immigration talk puts Dan Patrick in prime position (Texas)

    05/25/2014 5:41:28 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 5/24/14 | ROBERT T. GARRETT AND TERRENCE STUTZ
    Dan Patrick appears poised to dislodge David Dewhurst as lieutenant governor in Tuesday’s Republican runoff, and the reason is clear to tea party activists, campaign consultants and political scientists. Patrick, they say, jumped out front for good by appealing to staunchly conservative Republican voters on their top issue: illegal immigration. Breaking with the stances of Republicans such as Govs. George W. Bush and Rick Perry, who tried to appeal to Hispanic voters with hopeful rhetoric about immigrants, Patrick has ripped state GOP leaders for not plowing enough state funding into law enforcement efforts along the Texas-Mexico border. He also hit...
  • Dewhurst Supporter (campaign?) Admits to Phony Tea Party Flyer (Exclusive)

    05/23/2014 7:50:20 PM PDT · by mystery-ak · 10 replies
    The Briefing Room ^ | May 23, 2014 | AbaraXas
    Dirty politics seems to be the name of the game in the Texas Lieutenant Governor race between David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick- from releasing confidential medical records to harassing and insulting push polling. One of the latest tricks in this campaign is a flyer received by Tea Party members all over the State touting Tea Party endorsements for David Dewhurst. The flyer was put out by a group called "The United Texas Tea Party". The catch? The United Texas Tea Party does not exist. No website, no registration, no Facebook page. At this point, Dewhurst supporters went from cheering the...
  • Dewhurst raises only $1.6M as GOP runoff looms (Texas)

    05/20/2014 12:13:17 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    KFOX ^ | 5/20/14 | WILL WEISSERT Associated Press
    Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has raised only about $1.6 million since late February, but lent himself nearly twice that while attempting to beat back a primary challenge from state Sen. Dan Patrick. Campaign finance records released Tuesday show Dewhurst collecting $1.65 million in donations from Feb. 23 to last week. That's far less than he'd promised to raise. Dewhurst also pumped $3 million of his own money into his campaign in April and May, after previously lending it $2 million. Including earlier loans, Dewhurst's campaign now is carrying nearly $5.4 million in debts.
  • Dewhurst loans for re-election bid total $5 million (Texas)

    05/20/2014 7:08:29 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 5/19/14 | David Saleh Rauf
    Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s re-election campaign reported Monday that it has outstanding loans totaling more than $5.3 million, indicating that the incumbent lieutenant governor ponied up around $3 million out of pocket since the final week of February to try and beat Dan Patrick. That comes on top of $2 million that Dewhurst lent his campaign earlier in the cycle. Candidates in the May 27 runoff are facing a midnight deadline to file campaign finance reports with the Texas Ethics Commission. The full filings won’t be publicly available online until Tuesday morning — and that’s when we’ll know details about...
  • Dewhurst: Relevance of Patrick's medical past 'up to voters'

    05/19/2014 5:25:45 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    KVUE Austin ^ | 5/19/14 | MARK WIGGINS
    Texas voters slowly trickled into early voting locations Monday morning to cast their ballots in the run-off elections. The most heated election by far continues to be the fierce feud between incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and his challenger, state Sen. Dan Patrick. The contest exploded into fresh controversy at the end of last week with the release by a former rival of documents detailing Patrick's medical history during the 1980s. Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has taken aim at Patrick since being defeated in the GOP primary. Over Thursday and Friday, Patterson released a series of documents from a lawsuit...
  • Dewhurst says he argued against release of Patrick records 2 weeks ago (Smear backfires on Dewhurst)

    05/19/2014 11:59:35 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 5/19/14 | David Saleh Rauf, Lauren McGaughy
    Lt. Gov David Dewhurst spoke with Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson two weeks ago about previously unearthed court documents involving state Sen. Dan Patrick – but said he advised against their dissemination back then for fear the move could backfire and damage his chances of winning reelection. Dewhurst, in an interview at his Austin campaign headquarters on the first day of early voting ahead of the May 27 runoff, disclosed that Patterson originally reached out weeks ago to discuss access to court filings that could damage Patrick's run for lieutenant governor. Those court documents were released to state media by Patterson...
  • Lt. Gov. hopeful Patrick raises $4M since February (Texas)

    05/19/2014 11:12:42 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 4 replies
    Galveston News ^ | 5/19/14 | Associated Press
    State Sen. Dan Patrick has reported raising more than $4 million in the past two months as he tries unseating Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in next week's GOP primary runoff. The tea party favorite from Houston said Monday that total only encompass contributions between Feb. 23 and this past weekend. Patrick reported spending $3.75 million on statewide media advertising and says he has $400,000 in cash on-hand remaining before the May 27 election. Early voting began Monday.
  • Republicans lead in Texas

    04/16/2014 4:34:11 AM PDT · by BobL · 42 replies
    PPP Press Release ^ | April 15, 2014 | PPP
    PPP's newest Texas poll finds Republicans leading by double digits in all of the state's major races for 2014. In the Governor's race Greg Abbott's at 51% to 37% for Wendy Davis. ------snip----- There's been some thought that Democratic prospects might be better in the race for Lieutenant Governor but Leticia Van de Putte actually trails by slightly more than Davis, regardless of who her Republican opponent ends up being. Dan Patrick leads her by 16 points at 51/35. ------snip----- Although it hasn't really been on anyone's radar screen the likely US Senate match up between John Cornyn and David...