With Christmas and all of 2017 in Texans’ rearview mirror, grassroots citizens all across the state are gearing up for what looks to be the most exciting Republican Primary election season in a long time.
Candidates are putting out yard signs and knocking on doors, voters’ mailboxes and telephones are being inundated with political paraphernalia, but while voters always know how campaigns in their neck of the woods are faring, what about the rest of the state?
Enter the Texas Scorecard “On the Trail” Tour.
From now through the primary election on March 6th, we’ll be hitting the road and checking in on many of these campaigns as they make their pitch to primary voters.
But unlike the mainstream media, we won’t be reporting on every single “F-bomb” that crosses Beto O’ Rourke’s lips as he mounts his quixotic campaign against US Sen. Ted Cruz. We won’t be distributing the play by play of the Democratic primary, with its crowded field of “No Labels, but Democrat” Andrew White, former “International Mr. Leather” and current gay bar owner Jeffrey Payne, or sanctuary city sheriff Lupe Valdez.
No, we’ll be focusing on the election that will truly decide what kind of legislative outcomes Texans can expect in 2019: the Texas House.
With House Speaker Joe Straus and his lead hatchetman, State Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana), heading for the exits, it is guaranteed that citizens will end up with a much different Texas Legislature in January of 2019.
How much different? That will largely be decided by which legislators come back to Austin—or alternatively what kind of individuals take their place. Will the people of Texas elect more Byron Cook’s or more Briscoe Cain’s? More Joe Straus’ or Jonathan Stickland’s?
To try and find out we’ll be spending time on the ground in each of these campaigns and reporting back on how candidates are faring, the veracity of the tales they’re spinning, and much, much more!
Be sure to check back here each day for the latest from all across the state and, as always, what you can do to make a difference.