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There are six competitive House races in Texas in the November midterms, including one in the state’s 21st Congressional District, which includes a large portion of Austin and areas north of San Antonio.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson looks at who is running to replace Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, who’s retiring after three decades in the seat, and what voters are saying.

Ryan E. Poppe

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has refused to defend the Texas Ethics Commission against a lawsuit, saying the agency itself violates the state’s constitution.  

 

 


Ryan Poppe

There are few actions that suggest a run for higher office — like the presidency — as strongly as making speeches at the Iowa State Fair, which is where San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will be this weekend.


State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine
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A Travis County state judge dismisses Republican claims that the Democratic candidate for Texas Senate District 19 is not a resident of the district.


From Texas Standard:

Political pundits, pollsters and activists have been saying for a while that the 2018 midterm elections are likely to result in some upheaval in the ranks of incumbent officeholders. Already, in special elections in other states, Democrats have run strong in reliably Republican areas, and here at home, one senator, and several members of Congress face enthusiastic opposition. But statewide officeholders – Republicans Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller – face somewhat easier paths to reelection. Still, Democrats are campaigning aggressively.

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