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Texas Governor Greg Abbott raised eyebrows when he campaigned for Pre-K funding across Texas. Many speculated it was a way of stealing a popular issue from his Democratic rival Wendy Davis, but now he is still pushing for funding on a bill that doesn't have much pull within the Republican ranks.

Texas Ag Commission

Since the start of the New Year, Texas has seen the pomp and ceremony of swearing in multiple statewide political offices--all of them Republicans. So far, these have been the warm-up acts leading to the swearing in of the Lt. Governor and Governor.  Governor-elect and Lieutenant Governor-elect Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick will be inaugurated into office on Jan. 19.

The new Land Commissioner George P. Bush kicked things off, taking his oath of office on Jan 2.

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1 million TV ads filling the nation's airwaves and record outside PAC spending are putting 2014's midterm elections on pace to possibly become the most expensive midterm cycle in U.S. history, beating 2010's $4 billion mark. 

David Martin Davies

As Texans head to the polls on Tuesday there will be many choices to make, issues to weigh and candidates to consider. But is the gender of the candidate a factor in Texas elections?

A first-of-its-kind data set reveals that Texas is among the worst in the country in the number of women represented in elected positions, ranking number 46 out of 50 states.

But are Texans less likely to vote for women candidates? Or are women candidates less likely to run for office?

What separates Americans the most?

Race ... religion ... gender ...

According to Shanto Iyengar, a political scientist at Stanford University, often the most divisive aspect of contemporary society is: politics.

Divided We Stand

During the first gubernatorial debate between Democratic Fort Worth State Sen. Wendy Davis and her Republican opponent, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Davis went on the attack. Political experts say Davis’ offensive strategy was anticipated, but not what she needed to gain enough traction.

dwidude.com

The race for Texas attorney general already has it’s oddities: The Democrats are fielding a candidate named Sam Houston and the Republican candidate, state Sen. Ken Paxton, has pleaded guilty to securities fraud and more criminal charges could be coming.

Enter the Libertarian in the race, attorney Jamie Balagia, who is also known as the "DWI Dude," a moniker he acquired for his stalwart defense against DWI and drug charges. His website is dwidude.com

Ryan E. Poppe

Wendy Davis' Republican gubernatorial opponent Greg Abbott has gone from asking for a general inquiry regarding Davis' book sales and promotional activity to launching a formal complaint with the Texas Ethics Commission.

The Abbott campaign filed the formal complaint during the first stop of Davis’ book signing tour in Austin.

In a statement, the Abbott campaign’s Matt Hirsch writes:

"Sen. Davis' book promotion has gone from ethically questionable to outright unlawful,"  

Ryan Poppe | Texas Public Radio

Update (9/3): The debate scheduled for Sept. 30 is back on the schedule for both campaigns.

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, and Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott have reached an agreement for a debate in Dallas.

Last week the Abbott campaign backed out of the event because it was formatted as a roundtable debate and they were concerned about response times.

KERA, Public Media for North Texas, was able to reach an agreement between the two campaigns by switching to a stricter debate format.

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