FALL 2007


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Leininger Moves to Sidelines in Runoff
in Light of Button's School Choice Vow

Runoff Contenders Fall Short in Bids
for Support from Opponent They Beat

Runoff Contenders Fall Short in Bids
for Support from Opponent They Beat

Moody Gambles on Contribution Caps
in Race that's Top Target for Dems

House Battle Could End Up in Court
after Miller's Lead Shrinks in Recount

Legislators Fined Record Amounts
Amid Big Jump in Ethics Complaints

Runoffs Defined by Ideological
Lines More than Policy Issues

District Judge Race Has Movie Script
Potential as Charges Fly in Runoff

Dems Win Almost Twice as Many
Votes in Districts with Fall Races

Ex-Judge and Eye Doctor Set Sights
on Special Election for State Senate

Dems Hope to Capitalize on Primary
Fever in Quest to Take House Back

Record Votes Cast in Legislative
Race Despite Down-Ballot Drop Off

House Republican Plans to Seek
Recount Amid Questions on Tally

Macias Loses to Primary Challenger
by 38 Votes after Ballot Hand Count

Craddick Could Come Out Ahead
in Light of Surprise Primary Upsets

House Republican Gets Second Shot
as Runoffs Required in Five Races

King Crowns House Fundraising
as Two Dozen Top $200,000 Mark

Perry and Leininger Share Wealth
as Craddick Foes Get
Cash Boost

House Candidates Raise Millions
for Hottest Primary Showdowns

March Primary Crucial to Craddick
But Not Final Word in Speaker Race

Court-Imposed Ban on Critical Ads
Lifted after Weekend Reprieve

PAC Hits King with Second Spot
Despite Court Order on Ad Blitz

Judge Halts Ad Attack on Macias
Amid Corporate Fund Allegations

Sibley Recalls Pledge to Craddick
with Blast of Criticism on Key Issues

Clinton Texas Chair Says He's Not
Associated with New 527 Committee

TMA Backs Long List of Legislators
But Stays Neutral in Key House Bout

PAC Strikes Again with Direct Mail
that Hammers House Republican Trio

Lawmaker Fires Back with Spot
that Ties Gambling Forces to Attack

Lobbyist with GOP Ties Resigns Post
in Protest of Ads Blasting House Trio

Conservatives Blast Gambling Forces
and Democrats on New Attack Ads

Racing Interests Taking Aim at Three
House Republicans in Ad Campaign

Clinton Leads 2-1 in First Texas Polls
Since State Became Key Battleground

Clinton Enlists California Strategist
to Stop Surging Obama in Texas

YCT Endorses Talton and Canseco
and Craddick Foes GOP Challengers

Immigration Reform Debate Sizzles
on Issue with No Safe Sides to Take

Twenty-Two House Primary Battles
Have Minimum Price Tag of $100,000

Craddick's Critics Helping Each Other
as Dem Allies Get Boost through PAC

House Challenger Gets Big Boost
from Tort Reform PAC and Leaders

Education Forces Battle Regulated
Firms in Tison-King Primary Bout

Four Incumbents Post Seven-Figure
Sums with Two Hopefuls Close Behind

GOP Trio Tops Conservative Group's
Scorecard But Most Make C or Worse

Special Senate Election List Growing
But Ex-Senator's Son Not Planning Bid

Bipartisan Generosity Comes Back
to Haunt Some Primary Candidates

Janek's June Resignation Could Make
Special Race a Big Gamble for Some

Six Statewide Contenders in 2008
Post Six-Figure Fundraising Sums

Top Texas PACs: Racetrack Owners
Amass Big War Chest for Slots Blitz

Top Donors: Medina's Trial Lawyer
Money Part of $9 Million Total in 2007

GOP House Hopeful Has Dad's Help
as Dem Breaks Quarter-Million Mark

GOP's Top Donor Shares Wealth
with Dems Who Backed Craddick

Keffer Takes Fundraising Edge
in Bid for Comeback in Rematch

Fall Fundraising Efforts Push Button
into Lead in State House Cash Chase

Tison Gets Boost from Ex-King Donor
while Builder is Top Giver to Others

Battle to Force Senate Candidate
Out of Race Moves to Supreme Court

Senate Freshman Backs Tax Plan
with Tradeoffs and Old Business Levy

Democratic Challenger Cancels
Campaign to Oust Veteran Senator

AT&T Says Concerns on Organized
Effort in DA's Race Are Unfounded

First-Term State Senator Gets Plum
Assignment as Vice-Chair on

GOP Has More Challengers than 2006
and More In-Fighting than Democrats

Ex-Senator Picks Fight in Rematch
Amid Scramble to Beat Deadline

Former House Members Enter Fray
for 2008 Races in Final Day Flurry

Top Ten News Stories on State
Political Scene in Texas in 2007

Ex-House Republican Challenging
Incumbent as Democrat in Rematch

Fundraising King in Special Race
Opts Out of HD 97 Battle for 2008

Adams Responding Well to Surgery
in Wake of Holiday Highway Crash

Eagle Forum Leader Fights New
Battle Amid Injuries from Crash

Veteran Democratic Operative Eyes
Battle for House Republican's Seat

Ex-Frontrunners in Special Campaign
Want Another Shot at Dem Who Won

State Finals Win Caps Off Good Week
for D's as Branch Loses Bet to Bolton

Editor Denies Recruiting Craddick Foe
as GOP Leader Calls for Resignation

Hill Backing Shepherd But Making
No Suggestions on Speaker's Race

Democrat Wins Special Runoff Vote
for House Seat in Republican District

Consulting Firm Helping Challengers
in Key Races from New Texas Office

Democratic Leader Blasts Opinion
that Speaker Calls Complete Victory

Abbott Says Speaker is State Officer
But Won't Make Call on Coup Ruling

Ex-School Board Trustee Takes Aim
at House Member Who Spurned GOP

House Dems Rally Behind Barrett
While Business Lobby Boosts Rival

Hispanic Contender Gives GOP New
Shot in West Texas House District

Leonard's Absence on Endorsement
List Fuels Speculation on Primary Bid

Death Threat Prompts Quarantine
for GOP Players in Austin Building

House Race Becomes Test Battlefield
in New Push for School Tax Overhaul

Key Lawmaker Urges Moratorium
on Plan to Sell Christmas Mountains

School Board President Launches
Bid to Unseat Senate Republican

Dems Take Aim in GOP House Districts
Where Incumbents Won't Be on Ballot

Craddick's Office Rejects Speculation
on Intervention in NFL-Cable Dispute

Mayor Who'd Be HD 52 Frontrunner
May Have Eye on Senate Campaign

Name Game for Open Seat Features
Activist, Ex-Mayor and Baseball CEO

Craddick Allies See Mayor as Favorite
to Replace Krusee if He Runs for Seat

State House Republican Shoots Down
Speculation on Possible Party Switch

State Capitol Scribe Tests Public IQ
on Top Leaders in Newspaper Video

Latecomer with Long Odds Hopes
to Give Noriega Real Fight in Race

Republicans Plan to Press for Probe
into Automated Calls on Election Day

Democrat Hopes to Boost Odds
with Help from Education Forces

County Judge Could Be Contender
for Seat that Democrat's Giving Up

Ex-House Candidate Says Leininger
Didn't Recruit Him for Primary Race

New Poll Shows Top Republican
Hopefuls Leading Clinton in Texas

Senator Warns House Republican
But Says He's Not Recruiting Foes

Late Support from Grocery CEO
Fuels Anti-Craddick Perceptions

Push Polls Target House Republicans
Who've Been Staunch Craddick Foes

Lone Democrat Has Shot at Runoff
Despite Fundraising Disadvantage

Republicans Split on Whether Austin
House Races Are Winnable in 2008

Asian-American on DART Board Has
Big-Name Support for House Race

College Senior Who's School Trustee
Challenging Incumbent in Primary

Watts' Sudden Departure May Set
the Stage for Noriega-Cornyn Bout

Police Group Leader with Name
that Rings Bell Eyes House Seat

Puente Becomes First Craddick Dem
to Opt Out of Race for Re-Election

Challengers Boost Campaigns' Cred
with Fundraising in U.S. House Race

House Democrat Could Face Fight
of Political Life in Re-Election Bid

Watts Adds $4.3 Million to War Chest
But Noriega Close in Donations Derby

Mesquite Lawyer Gives Democrats
First Shot at House Seat in Years

Ex-Gramm Aide Networks His Way
to Fundraising Lead in HD 97 Race

GOP Caucus Chair Blasts Democrat
on Members for Challengers Memo

House Freshman Who Beat Targeted
Moderate Braces for Primary Battle

Gramm and Cornyn Backing Ex-Aide
as Competition Intensifies for CD 22

Activist Who's Had Moderates Support
Takes Aim at Howard in GOP Primary

Perry Could Have Had Bigger Home
Close to Capitol with Pease Mansion

Temple Mayor Pro Tem Gets Jump
on Competition in State House Race

Keel Predicts No Major House Rule
Changes Despite Lingering Debate

Warning Issued on Speaker's Race
Politics and Legislative Bribery Law

Canseco Gets Help from Strategist
Who Helped Build GOP in Texas

Republican Enters House Race
with Kind Words for Former Foe

Two Ex-Councilmen and DART's
First Asian Director Eye House Bids

Ex-State Chairs Pitch Support
to Noriega in U.S. Senate Fight

Lawmaker Goes from Lightweight
to Overnight Hero in Eyes of Dems

House Caucus Leaders Had Roles
in Convert's Party Switch Decision

Ex-MHMR Chair Gives Dems Hope
for Seat Delisi Won't Seek in 2008

Best of the Primary Election

Races for Congress and Travis DA Share Common Thread from History as Runoffs to Watch

Central Texas Battle Gets
Brutal and Bitter as Hottest House Runoff Campaign


Links Polls Delegates Schedules

Two New Polls Show Clinton Leading in Texas Primary

Rush Limbaugh Urges Texas Republicans to Vote for Clinton


Capitol Press Expands Tool Box as Papers Adapt to Digital Age
Political scribes go high tech as papers search for key to survival.


Cash Flows from Speaker's Friends and Foes in Primary Runoff Battles

House Hopefuls with Most Votes Raise More Cash than Foes for Runoff Competition


Watts Backs House Dem Tied
to Speaker as Leininger and Parent PAC Give Big for Finale

Claytie Helps Craddick Dems

State Senate Fundraising


Texas House Money Leaders: Rose's Fundraising Blossoms as Four Dozen Top $50,000-Plus

Texas Senate Money Leaders: Democrats Take Lead in Cash Quest for Upper Chamber


Primary Fights for Macias, Haggerty and Van Arsdale Move Higher on Hot Race List
Speaker stands to win or lose in most of 17 most competitive House primary battles on election eve.


GOP Eyes Seats that House Dems
Have Won in Republican Territory
Most vulnerable Democrats - R's want to reverse trend of enemy wins on GOP turf.

Democrats See More House Districts
in Reach Despite Partisan Numbers
Most vulnerable Republicans - Dems foresee gains with court race as gauge.


Top Texas PACs Pile Up $11 Million
for Spending on Campaigns in 2008

Partisan, association, law firm and other PACs fundraising includes clean air group, cattle raisers and more.

Campaign Money Leaders Have Big
Advantage as Cash Dash Under Way

14 Texas Donors Display Six-Figure
Generosity in First Round of Funding


Top Performers Stayed Focused
on Issues Amid Leadership War
Session's top stars juggled damage control with budget and other initiatives amid House revolt and Senate clashes.

First Team
Honorable Mention
Special Mention


Campaign News Can't Push Toll Road Furor Out of the Headlines
Press corps juggles political news with TxDOT adventures.


Texas Legislature Still Veers
Right of Center Despite Gains
by Democrats at Statehouse
In session suited for Ripley's Believe it or Not, voting record analysis separates the real conservatives from the others.


House Freshman Takes Fundraising Lead while Keffer Makes Comeback
Ousted Keffer brother off to good start for rematch while first-term Dem leads pack in June fundraising scramble.

Senate Challenger and Longtime
Member Lead the Money Chase
Senate hopeful raises most cash while veteran member is next as GOP trio have big war chests for 2008 bids.


College Funds Veto Raises
Specter of Special Session

Governor Breaks All-Time
Career Record for Vetoes

Perry Trims Budget Amid Suspicions on Fiscal Notes


House GOP Chairs Big
Winners in Bill Passing Derby at Capitol in 2007
Rankings on bills passed and success rates - Senate rookies find ways to score while Craddick R's fare better than D's on his team.


Republicans Carry Twice
as Many Districts Despite
Loss of Six House Seats
Analysis shows Dems double number of seats in GOP territory while carrying less than half as many districts at top of ticket.



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