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Texas Take: The Candidates Are Lining Up To Run For Office

Ryan Poppe
Mike Collier, filing as a Democrat in 2018 Lt. governor's race.

Busy filing period for Dems, GOP makes for excitement in 2018 elections

Editor's note: Mike Ward, who appeared on this podcast, was a reporter for the Houston Chronicle whose reporting was called into question in August, 2018. Although the podcasts were primarily analysis of current events, in the interest of disclosure, we thought it wise to include this information.
The Houston Chronicle retracted eight reports and issued corrections in multiple others, saying they were based on fabricated information, after an outside investigation revealed 44 percent of people quoted in Ward’s stories did not appear to exist. Ward resigned earlier this year while the investigation was underway.

Texas Democrats have eight -- count 'em, eight -- candidates running for governor in the spring 2018 primary. Eleven candidates, seven Republicans and four Democrats, have signed on to replace Ted Poe in Congress.

Outspoken Republican Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has picked up a GOP primary challenger. So has GOP Land Commissioner George P. Bush, who has three -- including his colorful predecessor, Jerry Patterson, long an outspoken critic.

To say the least, the 2018 elections season promises to be, as the Church Lady once said, "so special."

Add to that rambunctious list yet more debate over the bathroom bill, controversy over the Alamo and mounting complaints about the recovery from Hurricane Harvey, and the political season in Texas is beginning to look like a main event. Get the lowdown on what's really going on in this week's Texas Take podcast.

With Mike Ward, the Houston Chronicle's Austin Bureau chief, and Scott Braddock, editor of the Quorum Report, it's Texas' leading online podcast about Lone Star politics -- now coming to you in collaboration with Texas Public Radio.