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Good Points from David Alameel

I'll admit that I didn't pay much (i.e., any) attention to David Alameel's campaign for the United States Senate this year. Frankly, after the Democratic primary led to a runoff between Alameel (a multimillionaire dentist who had supported Cornyn in previous cycles) and Kesha Rogers (a Lyndon LaRouche activist who wanted to impeach Obama and industrialize the moon) it was hard to take that side of the ticket seriously.

     


What Speaker's Race?

Alternative headline: Why there is not, never was, and will not be, a race for speaker in the upcoming legislative session.

     


One Week Later

After every major election, it seems I find myself writing an obituary for the Texas Democratic party. It's not a true obituary, I suppose, since the Democrats are not exactly dead, just comatose. This year brought a rare combination of considerable early optimism by Democrats, followed by the worst pasting yet by Republicans.

     


The Dan Patrick Profile

I spent much of the past few months trying to make sense of Dan Patrick, the state senator from Houston who will become Texas's next lieutenant governor in January. The full profile, which will appear in our December issue, is online now. Here's a representative excerpt:

     


Red State

There were a few moments when it seemed that the governor's race might produce some excitement, but reality quickly settled in. Greg Abbott buried Wendy Davis beneath piles and piles of money and videos, and there was nothing Davis could do to counter him. Texas is a Republican state and nothing is likely to change that in the foreseeable future.

     


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