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2020 Election

From Texas Standard:

Democrats running for Congress in Texas are raking in some of the biggest fundraising hauls in years compared to their Republican opponents, according to new campaign finance analysis from The Texas Tribune. The survey found that Texas Democrats have a $7.5 million advantage over Republicans in House races. But how much will the extra cash really matter for Democrats come November?

Tony Gonzales (L) and Raul Reyes (R)

Tony Gonzales is the apparent winner of the Republican runoff election, and will likely face Gina Ortiz Jones for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District seat.

Gov. Greg Abbott and other Texas GOP leaders continue to resist a push by Democrats to expand mail-in voting.
Ricardo B. Brazziell | Pool via Austin American-Statesman

Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday extended the early voting period for the November election by six days, citing continued challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk at the Texas State Capitol.
Ryan Poppe | Texas Public Radio

Texas is losing in the fight against COVID-19.  The refusal of Republican state leaders to mandate face masks and put in place a serious lockdown has given the coronavirus a clear path to burn through the state’s population.  COVID-19 is infecting communities, filling up hospitals and leaving so many dead that many bodies are being stored in refrigerated trucks.  

On top of financial stressors caused by the pandemic, public health has become a partisan issue. What are the implications of injecting politics into public health responses?

In the span of one day this week, President Trump gave an interview in which he defended the Confederate flag and delivered a speech from the Rose Garden in which he accused Joe Biden of trying to make office buildings too cold.

It generated just a few of the news cycles Trump dominates in any given week.

The same day, Biden held his only in-person event in the last seven days, in his hometown of Wilmington, Del.

Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

Brad Parscale, a former San Antonio businessman, is now a former campaign manager for President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election bid. The campaign confirmed the 44-year-old digital marketer has been demoted to senior advisor. Bill Stepien will take over as campaign manager.

Bexar County voters cast ballots in local, state and federal races in the July 14 runoff election. More than 100,000 registered voters turned out during early voting and on Election Day.

MJ Hegar participates in a debate in February with other candidates running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

MJ Hegar closely defeated State Sen. Royce West in the race to become the Democratic nominee against U.S. Sen. John Cornyn.

Courtesy Texas Civil Rights Project

A Texas couple was forced into a tough position on Election Day: quarantine — as instructed by Travis County public health officials — or vote in Tuesday’s primary runoff elections and take the chance of infecting others.