Abbott has 3 to 1 Cash on Hand Advantage; Wendy has Two $1M Donors;
Scott Turner for Speaker?; Dewhurst “Plans” to Serve only One More Term;
George P. Bush Continues Strong FR; Rick Perry Headed to Davos?
Good evening from Austin.
Thank you for your patience.
Let’s get you caught up.
Here’s the “almost” end of week brief:
Your absolute must clicks:
> Greg Abbott’s cash advantage (behind paywall) is 3-1 over Wendy Davis. Wendy had two $1 million contributors.
> Todd Staples, Dan Patrick have (behind paywall) more cash on hand than David Dewhurst.
> State Rep. Scott Turner (R-Frisco) filed for Speaker.
> U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) launched his first statewide TV ad.
> Without a competitive primary or general election, George P. Bush continues a torrid fundraising pace.
> Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) is reportedly headed to Davos next week.
Tweets worth reading:
Highlights of @DavidHDewhurst‘s appearance at #TribLive Thursday. #tx2014 http://storify.com/rtgarrett/dewhurst-says-he-expects-this-year-s-race-will-be …
.@leticiavdp responds to @davidhdewhurst‘s #triblive comments, says he’s wrong about her record: http://trib.it/1j9JdWd ($) #TX2014 #txlege
Ask me 3/5 RT @TedDelisi: @evanasmith when 85% of GOP voters can’t make decision in TX AG’s race, which war chest sounds most appealing?
MRT ON TV
> On Wednesday, MRT co-founder and Democratic consultant Jason Stanford and I debated the Governor’s race on KTBC Fox Austin.
> On Tuesday, Stanford and I debated different approaches for dealing with poverty on KTBC Fox Austin.
> On Monday, Democratic consultant Joe Deshotel and yours truly debated the Bob Gates memoir on KTBC Fox Austin.
> Stanford and I will have opposing columns on the top races in Texas for 2014.
– TT reports on payday lending, from the session to the campaign trail.
2013 / 2014 / 2016:
– Joe Pool, Jr. continues his hail mary legal battle. PJ’s Bryan Preston reports on some of the history here. (Full disclosure: I have a conflict in this race).
– There’s a bitter race for Harris County Republican Party chair brewing.
– U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) praised AG candidate Ken Paxton and Katrina Pierson.
Other stories of interest:
– Mayor Annise Parker (D-Houston) married her longtime partner.
– Keep an eye on this (behind paywall).
– A tense Jake Tapper interview with Marcus Luttrell.
– From Fairfax High School to the Super Bowl.
Your Daily Source of Inspiration:
– A nine year old, playing varsity basketball.
– A six year-old boy is teased. Watch what happens next.
POLITICO: Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill (1/16/14 9:10pm)
AP: Rhino hunt auction winner fears for safety (1/16/4 9:08pm)
AP: Google invests $75M in Tx. wind farms (1/16/14 9:08pm)
AP: George P. Bush raises $772,000 (1/16/14 9:07pm)
KTRK ABC HOUSTON: Houston Mayor Annise Parker marries long-time partner in California wedding (1/16/14 9:05pm)
TT: Fight Over Payday Loans, From Capitol to Campaign Trail (1/16/14 9:05pm)
AP: Schools reopen as Texas water dispute continues (1/16/14 9:04pm)
AP: Dewhurst planning only 1 more term (1/16/14 9:03pm)
NATIONAL JOURNAL: Ted Cruz Is Losing His Grip on the GOP (1/16/14 9:03pm)
USA TODAY: Oil! New Texas boom spawns riches, headaches (1/16/14 9:02pm)
WASH POST (The Fix): Wendy Davis raised $12 million. That means less than you think (1/16/14 9:01pm)
VIDEO: U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) on Fox News’ “On the Record” (1/16/14 9:01pm)
KXAN NBC AUSTIN: Austin man accused of setting off homemade bombs (1/16/14 9pm)
TT: Stockman Surrogate Stumps for Elusive Candidate (1/16/14 8:59pm)
DMN: Attorneys: Pregnant woman being kept on life support is brain dead, according to Fort Worth hospital (1/16/14 8:52pm)
DMN: Voting rights bill would again force Texas to get federal approval for election changes (1/16/14 8:52pm)
DMN: Report: Rick Perry on list of invitees to exclusive economic forum Davos (1/16/14 8:49pm)
DMN: Ted Cruz: President Obama runs America like a “corrupt dictator” not bound by the law (1/16/14 8:48pm)
DMN: Wendy Davis attracts two $1 million contributions (1/16/14 8:48pm)
DMN: End-of-life dispute roils Texas GOP primaries, splits anti-abortion groups (1/16/14 8:47pm)
DMN: Texas business group helps 32 lawmakers in push back against tea party fiscal hawks (1/16/14 8:47pm)
DMN: Ted Cruz v. Charlie Crist at Gridiron dinner (1/16/14 8:46pm)
DMN: Ted Cruz calls Ken Paxton a fighter for Voter ID, against Obamacare (1/16/14 8:45pm)
DMN: Mac Thornberry eyes promotion to Armed Services chairman (1/16/14 8:45pm)
DMN: Ted Cruz adds Katrina Pierson to his expanding list of the “utterly fearless” (1/16/14 8:44pm)
DMN: John Cornyn launches first statewide ads in re-election campaign (1/16/14 8:44pm)
FWST ($): Republicans determined to reclaim Senate District 10 (1/16/14 8:16pm)
FWST ($): Judge recuses herself from Munoz case (1/16/14 8:15pm)
FWST ($): Federal lawsuit filed over TRWD election (1/16/14 9am)
FWST ($): A new year, a new opportunity for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (1/16/14 8:58am)
CHRON ($): Railcar delay means crowded trains, Metro says (1/16/14 8:54am)
CHRON ($): Cornyn introduces concealed-carry reciprocity bill (1/16/14 8:52am)
CHRON: Emmett backing challenger to Woodfill for HCRP chair (1/16/14 8:51am)
CHRON: Parker names council committee chairs (1/16/14 8:51am)
CHRON: Conservative bloggers call on Pratt to resign, but party not budging (1/16/14 8:49am)
CHRON: Tab for Gov. Perry’s security detail hits $2.8 million for out-of-Texas travel (1/16/14 8:34am)
SAEN: Wendy Davis donations include $1 million from physician (1/16/14 8:25am)
SAEN: Michael Berry on his wife’s appointment and “angry libtard” feminists (1/16/14 8:23am)
SAEN: Branch’s campaign chest tops GOP opponents in AG race (1/16/14 8:23am)
SAEN: Texas Supreme Court candidate wants to toss incumbent off GOP ballot (1/16/14 8:16am)
AAS ($): Dewhurst leads in fundraising, but Staples, Patrick have more cash (1/16/14 7:49am)
AAS ($): Greg Abbott starts 2014 with big cash edge over Wendy Davis (1/16/14 7:49am)
AAS ($): City, state proposing nearly $5.7 million in incentives to lure 600-plus tech jobs to Austin (1/16/14 7:47am)
AAS ($): UT System posting data on graduates’ earnings, loan debt (1/16/14 7:47am)
AAS: Andy Brown outpaces Sarah Eckhardt in Travis County judge race fundraising (1/16/14 7:47am)
AAS: Rep. Scott Turner to run for Texas House speaker (1/16/14 7:43am)
KTBC FOX AUSTIN: Debating the Texas Governor’s race (1/16/14 7:36am)
KTBC FOX AUSTIN: Debate: Controversial book (1/14/14 10:31am)
HUFF POST: Steve Stockman Loses Endorsement Of PAC That Backed Him In 2012 (1/14/14 9:56am)
TPM: Outside Groups Hail Fired GOPer As ‘Conservative Fireball’ Under Cruz (1/14/14 8:27am)
DAILY BEAST: Cruz Takes On House Republicans (1/14/14 7:58am)
WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Ted Cruz thunders into a new year, while fellow Republicans seek softer tone (1/14/13 7:37am)
POLITICO: Ted Cruz hires sacked RSC staffer Paul Teller (1/13/14 3:48pm)
TW ($): Immigration on Center Stage in Staples’ New Ad (1/13/14 11:02am)
REUTERS: US court rules against Bazaarvoice’s acquisition of PowerReviews (1/11/14 7:38am)
KEYE CBS AUSTIN: Conservative heavyweights, lawmakers converge on Austin (1/11/14 7:33am)
DAILY BEAST: In Harvard Law Review, Ted Cruz Blows Dog Whistle for Conspiracy Nuts (1/11/14 7:32am)
LONGVIEW NEWS-JOURNAL: Wealth of Texans in Congress all over map (1/11/14 7:31am)
USA TODAY: Santorum endorses Abbott for Texas governor (1/11/14 3:38am)