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Even before state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has announced her intentions for the 2014, she has taken a few jabs from Attorney General Greg Abbott's supporters and some directly connected to his campaign. One of those online criticisms labeled Davis a "Retard Barbie."  

University of Texas at Austin Professor James Henson runs the Texas Politics Project and said this type of gender politics is a theme voters will see throughout  2014.

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This afternoon state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is speculated to announce her run for governor of Texas. Yesterday, Texas Lyceum, a state nonprofit and nonpartisan leadership organization, released a poll that among other things showed only an 8 point difference between Davis and GOP frontrunner and Attorney General, Greg Abbott.  

Half of the respondents were still undecided, so what can we take from the poll?

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Texas Matters: Wendy Davis will finally announce her decision on the governor's race, which will finally end the speculating and kick the 2014 election campaigning into a new gear. Ted Cruz' attempt to "defund Obamacare" is still playing itself out, but has he gained or lost political capital? The insurance exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act open up on Oct. 1 and people for and against the new health care law are working their tails off for their case. A look at boomtowns from Mose Buchele of StateImpact Texas, and last, a few words about sustainability from an International Space Station flight controller.

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Sources tell Politico that state Sen. Wendy Davis and her advisers have alerted prominent Democrats that she's in the governor's race for 2014, but do these political teasers help or hurt her campaign?

Grace Garcia is the executive director for Annie’s List, one of the main groups drumming up support for the Davis campaign.

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State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, indicates in a letter sent to supporters that she has made a decision about the 2014 governor’s race and will announce it at the beginning of October.

Davis says in her letter:

"There’s one question I’ve gotten quite often in the past few months. I’ve heard it online, while I’m traveling around the state, from the media, and in my Fort Worth neighborhood: What’s next?... On October 3, I’ll be answering that question. And as part of my dedicated network of grassroots supporters, you will be among the very first to find out."

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State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is expected to make an announcement soon about her political future, and should she run for governor, it could be a heated 2014 election campaign.

Advisors to the Davis campaign are indicating that an announcement could come this week. 

The Lone Star Project’s Matt Angle, a political strategist close to the Davis campaign, said this will be one of the nastiest races Texas has ever seen:

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Earlier this month, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, postponed her announcement about the 2014 governor’s race to tend to her ailing father. Now that he has passed away, her decision continues to sit in limbo.

Grace Garcia runs the women’s democratic group Annie’s List, one of the groups leading the charge for Davis to run for governor, and said they are taking a break from the politics until "the appropriate time."

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A Federal court in San Antonio has ruled in favor of state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, in a redistricting case that at one time threatened to dismantle her senate district.

The federal three-judge panel has decided to throw out Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s claims that the 2011 Republican-drawn map that broke down Davis' district into four to five white-dominated districts was valid.

Jerry Russell, the father of State Sen. Wendy Davis, died Thursday at 77. The news sparks more anticipation for those waiting to hear whether Davis will announce a run for governor in 2014.

Russell has been in critical condition at a Fort Worth hospital since August after complications developed from abdominal surgery. Davis was expected to make an announcement about whether she would run for governor in early September, but postponed the news to take care of her father.

Choice: Texas

Two women from the Austin area are launching a new online video game where the gamer steps into the shoes of several women in different socioeconomic, geographic and demographic brackets who are all faced with getting an abortion under Texas abortion restrictions.

The game is called Choice: Texas and allows users to pick from a set of women with different life scenarios and then chose which direction they will take based on the state’s abortion restrictions.

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