Ousters, upsets halfway through 2022 primary election season
More than halfway through a tumultuous primary season, voters have rendered verdicts in a number of contests, many of which featured candidates arguing they best represented a continuation of policies favored by former President Donald Trump.
The Trailer: Establishment wins, surging turnout and burning Bushes: Takeaways from this week’s primaries
In this edition: Lessons from all of May's primaries, redistricting madness drags into Memorial Day weekend, and the director of Justice Democrats lays out their new strategy to replace centrists.washingtonpost.com
Takeaways: Trump's big defeat; election denial backfiring
Former President Donald Trump’s crusade for vengeance suffered two devastating blows when Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger won their primaries despite rejecting Trump’s entreaties to reverse his 2020 election loss.
George P. Bush’s defeat could be the end of the line for a four-generation political dynasty
Bush’s defeat in the race for attorney general could mark the end of a four-generation political dynasty, and the end of an era of Texas politics that began when the first George Bush moved to Odessa in 1948.
George P. Bush’s family name proves to be key obstacle in his race against Ken Paxton for attorney general
George P. Bush is running for attorney general as a Trump-supporting, hard-right social conservative. But voters associate his family name with the party’s moderate wing. That could hurt him in the Republican primary runoff.
GLO data: Valley beaches rank high on trash, volunteerism
Approximately 6,000 pounds of trash were removed from county beaches on South Padre Island, and another 600 pounds were cleared from city beaches. That equates to 704 pounds of trash per mile—second only to Matagorda County, where trash collection averaged 1,110 pounds of trash per mile of beaches. “Texans from every corner of the Lone Star State showed up in droves to help maintain the natural beauty of our cherished beaches,” Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush said. Since then, 557,129 volunteers have helped remove over 9,700 tons of trash from Texas beaches during Adopt-A-Beach events. Texans are encouraged to partake in a fun-filled day of giving back to our coastal communities and protecting Texas beaches.myrgv.com
Feds say Texas discriminated against communities of color when it denied Houston flood aid
Land Commissioner George P. Bush is in the middle of a fierce runoff in the Republican primary for Texas attorney general against incumbent Ken Paxton. During the race, several of Bush’s opponents have criticized his office’s work in distributing Hurricane Harvey relief funds.
Capital Highlights — Several races headed to runoffs
A number of statewide races are headed for a May 24 runoff after the votes were tallied in the March 1 primary.Topping the ballot in the Republican races is the contest for attorney general, where inc[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
George P. Bush, Ken Paxton prepare for a bitter primary runoff battle for Texas attorney general
Bush is the underdog in the race. He had fewer votes than Paxton in the primary, and Paxton carries the coveted endorsement from former President Donald Trump. But the incumbent is still battling his felony indictment and a newer FBI investigation.
TribCast: Texas politicians make their final push ahead of March 1 primary
On this week’s episode, Patrick Svitek and Kate McGee discuss the last push in some of the most interesting primary races on the ballot. But first, we discuss Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s proposal targeting tenure at public universities.
Debate between Texas GOP attorney general candidates got heated, even though incumbent Ken Paxton wasn’t there
Land Commissioner George P. Bush and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman repeatedly criticized each other. U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert focused on the incumbent, who didn’t participate.
Pushing falsehoods about Biden’s election is a plus for Republicans vying to be Texas’ top lawyer
Incumbent Attorney General Ken Paxton and U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, one of his challengers, have embraced disproven claims of 2020 election fraud. It’s a sentiment shared with most Texas Republicans, according to political experts.
GLO removes dozens of broken boats in Port Isabel
PORT ISABEL — More than two dozen derelict boats were recently removed from the Laguna Madre area. The Texas General Land Office’s Oil Spill Prevention and Response team wrapped up its first Port Isabel Vessel Turn-In Program, which was held January 26-29. During this four-day event, the GLO, Port Isabel and several partner agencies collected 26 vessels. Removing abandoned vessels from coastal waters comes at a considerable expense—around $200-300 per foot. The GLO and its partners encourage communities to participate in VTIP to avoid these costs and to keep their boats from becoming environmental or safety hazards.myrgv.com
How a Texas songbird and its endangered status became the center of a fight over the Hill Country
Scientists say a study that estimated far more golden-cheeked warblers in Texas than previously thought has been attacked and taken out of context as the state and federal government battle over the bird’s endangered status.
Border security, supporting police top priorities for AG hopeful Bush
Supporting federal immigration officials and local law enforcement, and bringing integrity back to the Texas Attorney General’s Office would be of the highest priority, Republican hopeful George P. Bush said during an appearance here Friday.myrgv.com
State to build border wall in Starr County
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced a lease agreement Monday that will allow the state to build a border wall in Starr County. The commissioner held a news conference in Starr County in July to talk about a lawsuit filed by his office over the unfinished border wall in a property stretching 3,099 acres. Greg Abbott visited Del Río, he announced his plans to create a border wall and barriers. That same day Bush said the construction would receive emergency authorization on state lands. During Bush’s visit to Starr County in July, he announced the General Land Office would be making its 20,000 state-owned border acres available to his plans.myrgv.com
King Ranch scion, conservationist to run for land commissioner as Democrat King Ranch scion, conservationist to run for land commissioner as Democrat
Jay Kleberg, an Austin-based conservationist whose family owns the sprawling ranch in Kingsville, said Wednesday that his campaign will focus on fighting climate change, managing the state’s disaster recovery and improving benefits for veterans.sanantonioreport.org
Texas Democrats rely on voters of color to be competitive. So why are their top statewide candidates mostly white?
The GOP slate for statewide office includes two high-profile Latinos and two Black candidates who have previously held state or federal office. Republicans are making a play to be more competitive with voters of color as the state’s electorate grows more diverse.
Attorney General Ken Paxton’s three Republican challengers criticize his legal problems — and pitch themselves as the best GOP nominee
Paxton is facing challenges from three fellow Republicans in his bid for a third term. In interviews at The Texas Tribune Festival, they each took him to task for the legal problems he has accrued in office, with two saying he should resign.
Trump endorses Paxton for 3rd term as Texas attorney general
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton received former President Donald Trump's endorsement Monday for election to a third term, in which Trump called the legally beleaguered incumbent "a true Texan who will keep Texas safe — and will never let you down."myrgv.com
Texas AG Ken Paxton gets all-important endorsement from Donald Trump
"Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton gets all-important endorsement from Donald Trump over fellow Republican George P. Bush" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Former President Donald Trump has backed Attorney General Ken Paxton for reelection, passing over primary challenger George P. Bush in bestowing the highly-sought-after endorsement. "It is going to take a PATRIOT like Ken Paxton to advance America First policies in order to Make America Great Again," Trump said in a statement Monday evening. This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2021/07/26/texas-attorney-general-ken-paxton-2022-donald-trump/. The Texas Tribune is a member-supported, nonpartisan newsroom informing and engaging Texans on state politics and policy.mysanantonio.com
Texas veterans homes overseen by George P. Bush were often the deadliest places to be during COVID-19 pandemic
Seven of the state’s nine veterans homes had a fatality rate of 25% or more, far higher than the statewide average of 11% for nursing homes. Bush has vowed to not renew the operators’ contracts.