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At Comptroller's Debate, Mike Collier Argues for Competency

texasobserver.org — The comptroller's debate last night was a pretty rare thing in the crazy tilt-a-whirl of this election cycle-it was substantive, contained serious but civil disagreements between two generally well-informed and earnest candidates, and illuminated real policy distinctions that are both important and little-discussed in the state's public sphere.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @TexasObserver: The comptroller's debate was a rarity in TX: a substantive argument between two well-informed candidates. texasobserver.org/comptrollers-d…

Oct 30, 2014

In a more civically engaged state, @CollierForTexas would have a decent shot at winning. But this is Texas... him.texasobserver.org/comptrollers-d…

Texas Voter Turnout Barely Budges from 2010 Levels

texasobserver.org — If Wendy Davis and the rest of the Democratic slate of statewide candidates have any chance of defying the polls, or even doing better than the disastrous (for Dems) year of 2010, they'll probably need a large number of voters to turn out to the polls.
Oct 29, 2014

In TX’s 15 most populous counties, voter turnout down 6% from ’10. Dems say the electorate is more to their favor tho texasobserver.org/voters-texas-v…

Oct 29, 2014

RT @Forrest4Trees: Voter turnout, so far, is barely up over 2010 levels. That’s probably bad news for Democrats. texasobserver.org/voters-texas-v…

Oct 29, 2014

Voter turnout, so far, is barely up over 2010 levels. That’s probably bad news for Democrats. texasobserver.org/voters-texas-v…

Texas Sees Record Number of Openly LGBT Candidates

texasobserver.org — As an out candidate for Congress deep in the heart of Texas, one might have expected Louie Minor Jr. to face anti-gay attacks. But Minor, a 35-year-old Latino Democrat and Army veteran who's vying to unseat the Republican incumbent in Central Texas' District 31 on Nov. 4, said that hasn't been the case.
Oct 29, 2014

"I say, ‘You might have heard, I’m the new lesbian in town, & I look fwd to working with you on a variety of issues’” texasobserver.org/texas-sees-rec…