KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com Election Election en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:10:23 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Greg Abbott Hosts Meet and Greet with Chuck Norris http://www.kristv.com/news/greg-abbott-hosts-meet-and-greet-with-chuck-norris/ http://www.kristv.com/news/greg-abbott-hosts-meet-and-greet-with-chuck-norris/ Election Wed, 22 Oct 2014 6:58:43 PM Caroline Flores Greg Abbott Hosts Meet and Greet with Chuck Norris

CORPUS CHRISTI - Candidates are making their final push before the November midterm elections. Today Gubernatorial Candidate Greg Abbott stopped by Padre Island to rev-up support.

Attorney General Greg Abbott held a meet and greet Wednesday afternoon at Snoopy's Pier Restaurant. Chuck Norris showed up to show support for the candidate.

Before Abbott and Norris took time to meet people and take pictures, they both said a few words in support of Abbott. Norris asked voters to vote for Abbott, saying he was the man for the job. Abbott spoke about his support for the Voter ID Law. That's the law that requires voter to show proper ID before voting. He also said how he wants to fix our local Veterans Affairs system. Abbott also joked with the crowd saying he was going to ramp up security at the border with Chuck Norris.

While many people were at the event in support of Abbott, there were people protesting. People with the Corpus Christi American Federation of Teachers were outside the building holding signs in favor of the Democratic Gubernatorial candidate, Wendy Davis. President of the Corpus Christi American Federation Ray McMurrey said, "we are here really to challenge his claims, that he is here advocating for education. We know that he and Perry, Abbott and Perry are responsible for the deepest cuts to public education really since World War II. And our schools are understaffed, they're under resourced."

But Abbott responded with, "their argument is all flawed. As the Attorney General, of course I've had to defend the case in court. But as Governor, I'm casting a new vision that gets us beyond all this litigation of the past. We need to reinvent education in this state. I'm the only candidate that does that."

 


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Senate Democrats Return to Kentucky Race with TV Ads http://www.kristv.com/news/senate-democrats-return-to-kentucky-race-with-tv-ads/ http://www.kristv.com/news/senate-democrats-return-to-kentucky-race-with-tv-ads/ Election Wed, 22 Oct 2014 4:25:46 PM Associated Press Senate Democrats Return to Kentucky Race with TV Ads

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats on Wednesday reversed course in the Kentucky race and put campaign cash behind television ads for Alison Lundergan Grimes and her bid to oust Republican Mitch McConnell.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee last week stopped paying for television ads in Kentucky. McConnell's campaign said it was a sign that Grimes was faltering.

A Democratic committee official said Wednesday that new internal polling shows that undecided voters are breaking Grimes' way. Recent public polls show a tight race.

The Democratic group now says it will ask stations in Kentucky to set aside $650,000 in ad time. The committee official shared the plan with The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss media strategy.

The DSCC had spent about $750,000 on airtime in early October before dropping off Kentucky televisions. Officials at the time said they were keeping an eye on the race and would continue to pick up part of the tab for get-out-vote operations.

The late spending is just a small piece of the onslaught of campaign cash in Kentucky. The nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation puts total spending in the race stands at $59.3 million - the fourth most expensive race in the country.

Much of that has been in the form of negative ads run by outside groups against Grimes. The outside groups have spent $16 million against Grimes. McConnell has faced $7.5 million against him from outside groups.

The DSCC spending was first reported by Politico.

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Early Voting Locations http://www.kristv.com/news/early-voting-locations-385479/ http://www.kristv.com/news/early-voting-locations-385479/ Election Sun, 19 Oct 2014 2:41:51 PM Early Voting Locations

Get informed ahead of this year's midterm election on November 4th with a look at who and what is on the ballot.

Early voting starts October 20th and wraps up on October 31st. Visit our elections page for information on races and ballot intitiatives.

Early voting locations and times by county (where available online):

 

 

More information on voting is available on the Texas Secretary of State's website here - http://www.sos.state.tx.us/


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Voters to Decide on Del Mar's $157 Million Bond http://www.kristv.com/news/voters-to-decide-on-del-mar-s-157-million-bond/ http://www.kristv.com/news/voters-to-decide-on-del-mar-s-157-million-bond/ Election Thu, 16 Oct 2014 9:48:32 PM Stephania Jimenez - sjimenez@kristv.com Voters to Decide on Del Mar's $157 Million Bond

CORPUS CHRISTI - Election Day is 19 days away. Voters have many decisions to make this year; one, is whether to approve a bond that would benefit Del Mar College.

If voters say yes, taxpayers are on the hook for $157 million. The money would go toward upgrades on the east and west campuses.

"We'd add more classrooms, add more laboratories. There are instructional programs that people are asking us for. We have no place to put them," explained Del Mar's Executive Director of Strategic Communication and Government Relations, Claudia Jackson.

That's a big deal for Del Mar. In the last four years, enrollment in vocational training programs like nursing, business and technology has doubled.

"We've got welding classes that are running from morning until night," added Jackson.

Jackson said it's not only about adding more space.

"We also have facilities in Del Mar College that were built in the 1940's. They desperately need to be repaired or replaced," said Jackson.

One example is Heritage Hall. Some of its windows are broken, and you don't have to go far in to find cracked floors and broken walls. Jackson said buildings like that can't accommodate new technology.

"It's very hard to find Wi-Fi technology in some of these buildings that really were built long before that was even envisioned," said Jackson.

How would this $157 million measure affect you? According to Del Mar College, your property taxes would increase $2.10 a month for every $100,000 your home is worth. However, there are some exceptions; your property taxes won't increase if you're 65 or older or have a tax exemption because of a disability.

You can find more information on the bond proposal here: http://www.co.nueces.tx.us/countyclerk/elections/clerks/Master%20Ballot.pdf


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Preview of Corpus Christi's Street Project Bond Proposition http://www.kristv.com/news/preview-of-corpus-christi-s-street-project-bond-proposition/ http://www.kristv.com/news/preview-of-corpus-christi-s-street-project-bond-proposition/ Election Tue, 14 Oct 2014 6:16:35 PM Caroline Flores Preview of Corpus Christi's Street Project Bond Proposition

CORPUS CHRISTI - Potholes, cracks, and a bumpy ride. It's something all Corpus Christi folks are familiar with. To make everyone's drive a little smoother, the city put a bond on the ballot to fix twelve roads.

"Proposition one is really to fix the worst of the worst streets that impact the most number of people," said Capital Programs Director Natasha Fudge.

The proposition carries a $55-million price tag. Some of the streets include parts of Gollihar, Yorktown, and Alameda. The way the city chose the streets that are on this years bond proposition, is by looking at a few different factors. Those factors included how often the road is traveled, how safe the road is, how the road makes the city look, if it has sidewalks and if it's close to schools.

A business owner on Gollihar said while construction is never easy, it's necessary.

"You have to go from lane to lane to avoid hitting potholes every five feet," said Ron Russell with Russell Auto Insurance on Gollihar.

The plan is to turn Gollihar into a three lane road. Most all the roads would get a bike lane. All the them would get curb, gutter, sidewalk, and traffic signal upgrades. Another improvement calls for ADA curb ramps.

"We need to be investing for our children and our grandchildren. And infrastructure, roads, are exactly that. They're an investment," said VP of Braselton Homes Bart Braselton.

Proposition one won't require a tax hike, but because the city's borrowing money it requires voter approval.

If you look online at proposition one - HERE for the PDF file. It shows three price columns. Street Cost, Utility Cost, and Total Cost. The city's only asking for approval for street costs. The other columns are there in the name of transparency.

If the bond is approved, the reconstruction process begins immediately. If the bond is denied, the city says it will hold off on repairs and try another bond election in two years.

If you would like to look at an interactive map of what roads are on the bond list - CLICK HERE.

 


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CCISD Asks For $100M In Bonds, But No Tax Increase http://www.kristv.com/news/ccisd-asks-for-100m-in-bonds-but-no-tax-increase/ http://www.kristv.com/news/ccisd-asks-for-100m-in-bonds-but-no-tax-increase/ Election Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:57:00 AM Bart Bedsole - bbedsole@kristv.com CCISD Asks For $100M In Bonds, But No Tax Increase

CORPUS CHRISTI - Caution tape at Windsor Park Elementary is used to mark a spot where water leaks through and makes the ground slippery.

There are several such spots.

There is also crumbling concrete along the outdoor walkways, exposed wiring, and a sewage problem.

Windsor Park is one of four campuses to be replaced with a new school if CCISD's $100 million bond passes in November.

The new Windsor Park would be adjacent to Baker Middle School, which would put the district's two Athena campuses at the same location.

Los Encinos would also be replaced with a new school at the same site.

Wilson Elementary and Calk Elementary would be consolidated into a single new campus, to be located at the Wilson site.

Each of these campuses is more than 50 years old, and made up several individual "wings", as opposed to a single building.

The wing design is considered far less secure for students, because of the large amount of access points, as opposed to a single entry and exit point at newer campuses.

The bond would also pay for a new 8-classroom addition at Oak Park Elementary to replace some portable buildings.

It might sound like poor planning, because this campus is only nine years old. but when Oak Park was built, the district saved some space for an addition, knowing it might be needed someday.

Superintendent Dr. Roland Hernandez says with 775 students at a campus built for 575, the time to build it is here.

"There is some growth in that part of Corpus Christi, as well as some housing units that are either being renovated, rebuilt, causing new families to move into that area," he says.

Initially, the school board considered a bond of $250 million, but scaled it back, after learning that both Del Mar College and the City of Corpus Christi were planning to ask for voter approval of similar-sized bond packages.

Hernandez says the needs of the district go well beyond $200 million, but it was unrealistic to think the public could have afforded all those bonds.

With a much smaller price tag, the updated bond won't require a tax increase at all.

However, any borrowing by a school district still requires voter approval.

District employees aren't allowed to campaign for or against a bond, but Hernandez says the district's financial record on prior bonds is strong, always completing at least the intended number of projects, if not more.

"In the 2008 bond, the bond itself called for a certain number of schools, but through the savings realized in that project, they even included an additional elementary school, which was Garcia," he said.

Hernandez added that by asking for a smaller amount in 2014, it almost guarantees another bond election in another four years, and possibly in another two years.


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Wendy Davis TV Ad Focuses on Abbott Disability http://www.kristv.com/news/wendy-davis-tv-ad-focuses-on-abbott-disability/ http://www.kristv.com/news/wendy-davis-tv-ad-focuses-on-abbott-disability/ Election Fri, 10 Oct 2014 4:47:41 PM Associated Press Wendy Davis TV Ad Focuses on Abbott Disability

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - With less than a month to go before the Texas governor's election, a new television ad by Democrat Wendy Davis focuses attention on Republican Greg Abbott's use of a wheelchair, accusing him of not siding with victims like himself.

The 30-second ad, which the Davis campaign said Friday would start running across the state, drew a swift rebuke from Abbott's campaign, which called it "disgusting" and "desperate."

Abbott, the state attorney general, lost the use of his legs after his spine was crushed when a tree fell on him while jogging in 1984. Abbott's own ads have drawn attention to his disability, most notably in spots in which he talks about his recovery and uses the chair to roll past cars stuck in bad traffic.

But the Davis ad is the first by the Democrat to address it and comes in the final three weeks before the election.

Titled "Justice," the ad notes that Abbott sued after his accident and collected millions. Then it criticizes Abbott as working against victims in other disability cases. In one case, Abbott argued that an amputee suing for employment discrimination was not disabled because she had a prosthetic limb.

"Greg Abbott. He's not for you," a narrator says.

Two other cases cited by the new ad have already been the subject of previous Davis campaign spots.

"It is challenging to find language strong enough to condemn Sen. Davis' disgusting television ad," Abbott campaign spokeswoman Amelia Chasse said. "Sen. Davis' ad shows a disturbing lack of judgment from a desperate politician, and completely disqualifies her from seeking higher office in Texas."

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Farenthold Wants Third Term http://www.kristv.com/news/farenthold-wants-third-term/ http://www.kristv.com/news/farenthold-wants-third-term/ Election Wed, 8 Oct 2014 9:41:02 PM Lee Sausley III Farenthold Wants Third Term

CORPUS CHRISTI - Congressman Blake Farenthold is running for a third term.

He has deep family roots in the Coastal Bend, and he's proud to be a native Corpus Christian.

Born in 1961, he graduated from Incarnate Word Academy. During his teenage years he got the broadcasting bug and worked at a local radio station. That led to a Radio-Television degree at the University of Texas. Then he earned a Law degree at St. Mary's in San Antonio, and worked for the Kleberg law firm here in Corpus Christi for seven years.

Farenthold then started his own business, a computer consulting company. After that, he went back to radio again as cohost on the Jim Lago show here in Corpus Christi. Farenthold and his wife, Debbie, have been married 28 years, and they have two grown daughters. He says politics were the furthest thing from his mind, despite being the step-grandson of Texas democratic icon, Sissy Farenthold.

But he says working in radio, being a lawyer and running his own company helped prepare him for Washington.

Opponents have labeled Farenthold as a Tea-bagger. The congressman doesn't mind the Tea Party reference, but he says he's really just a common sense conservative who wants fewer laws, and a smaller government, that actually works.

 


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Wesley Reed Runs for Congress http://www.kristv.com/news/wesley-reed-runs-for-congress/ http://www.kristv.com/news/wesley-reed-runs-for-congress/ Election Tue, 7 Oct 2014 9:37:22 PM Lee Sausley III Wesley Reed Runs for Congress

CORPUS CHRISTI - When Coastal Bend voters go to the polls on November 4th, they will decide who will represent them in Washington for the next 2 years.

They have three choices, the incumbent Rep. Blake Farenthold, or one of his 2 opponents. And they are Roxanne Simonson, a real estate agent who is the Libertarian candidate, and Wesley Reed the democratic candidate.

Reed who is 45, is a member of the Marine Corps Reserves, and he is also a pilot for Fedex. He was born in 1969, and says his family moved a lot, so he sort of grew up all over the country

Reed attended the College of Wooster in Ohio, played football there, and then enlisted in the Navy. But he always wanted to fly, so he joined the Marine Corps when they offered to train him as a pilot. And that is how he ended up at flight school here in Corpus Christi and Kingsville in the early 1990's. This is also where he met his wife who is a graduate of Flour Bluff.

After he graduated from flight school, Reed was sent to California where he flew jet fighters, and then spent several years at the Navy's China Lake weapons testing facility.

After the military in 2000, Reed became a pilot for Fedex, and he still works for the company. He also joined the Airline Pilots Union, and has been an active member.

Reed has also maintained ties with the military, joining the Marine Corps Reserves, and he currently holds the rank of Lt. Colonel. He has flown jets for the reserves, plus staff work at Central Command in Florida, which has given him a good perspective on geopolitics in the Middle East. 

As for why he's gotten into politics, Reed says he's had a lot of opportunities, and has lived the American dream, but he doesn't see those same opportunities materializing for a lot of other people. He believes that with his experience, and his background, he can help provide those opportunities to the 70,000 plus constituents in the 27th Congressional District.


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W on Jeb Bush: 'I think he wants to be president' http://www.kristv.com/news/w-on-jeb-bush-i-think-he-wants-to-be-president-/ http://www.kristv.com/news/w-on-jeb-bush-i-think-he-wants-to-be-president-/ Election Thu, 2 Oct 2014 11:57:58 AM Associated Press W on Jeb Bush: 'I think he wants to be president'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush wants to be president.

That's according to his brother, former President George W. Bush, who recently encouraged him to enter the 2016 presidential race during a private conversation at an event honoring veterans.

"I think he wants to be president," George W. Bush said in a Thursday interview on the Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends," adding that he doesn't think his brother has made a final decision. "I think he'd be a great president. He understands what it's like to be president, for not only the person running or serving, plus family. He's seen his dad. He's seen his brother."

Much of the Republican establishment is encouraging Jeb Bush to enter the 2016 race, but his level of interest is unclear seven years after leaving the Florida governor's mansion. Other potential Republican candidates have been far more active in national politics recently, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Rodham Clinton is the overwhelming front-runner should she enter the race.

"He's a very thoughtful man and he's weighing his options," George W. Bush said of his brother.

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More Sparks in Final Texas Governor's Race Debate http://www.kristv.com/news/more-sparks-in-final-texas-governor-s-race-debate/ http://www.kristv.com/news/more-sparks-in-final-texas-governor-s-race-debate/ Election Wed, 1 Oct 2014 3:03:27 PM Associated Press More Sparks in Final Texas Governor's Race Debate

DALLAS (AP) - Ebola, ethics and education dominated the final debate between Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis on Thursday night before Texas voters choose one of them as their first new governor in 14 years.

Fallout from a new scathing audit of how Republican Gov. Rick Perry awarded a half-billion in taxpayer dollars to private businesses made this a livelier and looser debate than the first one earlier this month. With Election Day only 35 days away, Davis must now hope her performance closes the gap in the polls.

Hours after federal officials confirmed that a patient in Dallas had the first diagnosed Ebola case in the U.S., Abbott and Davis vowed to keep Texans safe if there were more cases on their watch. Both agreed with the immediate response, which Abbott said included quarantining the ambulance used to transport the patient.

But from there, common ground gave way to clashes.

"Mr. Abbott, you are talking out of both sides of your mouth," Davis said when the topic turned to classrooms and proposals by Abbott to give school districts more control.

It came after Davis was pressed twice about putting a price tag on her plan for education, which remains the biggest policy issue in the race. She wouldn't give a number, but said that not increasing state spending would only push costs down to local schools.

Abbott said per-pupil spending - a category that Texas ranks near the bottom nationally - isn't the way to look at the problem.

"No business starts out by saying we need to spend 'X' amount and then create a product," he said.

But the most pointed exchange was about the audit of Perry's Texas Enterprise Fund. The report found that roughly $172 million was given to private companies that never submitted applications for lucrative economic development awards.

Abbott has taken criticism for open records rulings from his office that blocked the release of documents involving those companies. Abbott said auditors found no wrongdoing by his office, and after Davis accused him of failing as a watchdog, he accused her of profiting from one of the awards.

Davis' title company in Fort Worth closed the deal for the outdoor retailer Cabela's. Davis said she was salaried and didn't receive extra profits based on individual deals.

"I have always acted within the ethical guidelines and have been very careful to do so," Davis said.

Bigger stakes confronted Davis in this final debate - and a bigger audience. The prime-time slot all but guaranteed more viewers than the first debate two weeks ago on a Friday night in high school football-crazy Texas, which most observers scored as a political draw.

But the status quo between now and Nov. 4 will likely not be enough for Davis to become the first female and Democratic governor of Texas since Ann Richards was elected in 1990. Her record-breaking fundraising for a Texas Democrat - more than $27 million as of July - and national profile haven't elevated Davis from underdog status.

She hardly needed debates to get her message on TV: Davis began the month having already spent close to $5 million on ads, which was slightly more than Abbott, according to an analysis by the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity. Nine in 10 have been negative spots, including a new one Thursday set in a school hallway that attacked Abbott on education.

Even if the debates didn't shake up the race, at least Texas voters got debates before picking a governor this year. Perry refused to square off against his Democratic opponent during his last re-election bid, making these the first in a Texas general election since 2006.

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Local Professor Weighs in on Upcoming Governor's Race Debate http://www.kristv.com/news/local-professor-weighs-in-on-upcoming-governor-s-race-debate/ http://www.kristv.com/news/local-professor-weighs-in-on-upcoming-governor-s-race-debate/ Election Tue, 30 Sep 2014 1:42:14 PM Sara Donchey Local Professor Weighs in on Upcoming Governor's Race Debate

CORPUS CHRISTI - A political showdown is set in Dallas tonight as Senator Wendy Davis will debate Attorney General Greg Abbott in their race for the governor's seat.

David Smith teaches political science at Texas A&M Corpus Christi and expects that tonight's debate will be less about talking points and more about each candidate's plan of action.

"In the first debate it was a little more relaxed and not so spirited in terms of what they were going back and forth on," Smith saidgu. "This time I really expect them to start mentioning and noticing their issues and how their differences lie."

The key to the success of the debate, Smith says, is who will woo the voters who identify as Independents to their side.

"I think whoever does the better job of addressing those voters needs or those potential voters needs or issues has the largest chance for achieving success."

Many expect there to be a fair share of mud-slinging.

Davis has accused Abbott of a cover-up involving economic incentive money, accusations which Abbott denies as a political sham by Davis.

For some students at TAMUCC, the drama is not what they'll tune in to see.

Hannah Chipman says she's far more interested to hear about fiscal issues rather than political controversy or even social issues.

"This generation is going to take on a lot of debt," Chipman said. "I would like to know on both sides of the aisle what both candidates plan on doing about it."

As a democrat running for public office in a red state, Davis has an uphill battle to fight.

But Smith says it's still anyone's game.

"I will never say never, but for 20 years the Republicans have held statewide office in a very tight gridlock."

 


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Davis Accuses Abbott of Incentive Fund 'Cover Up' http://www.kristv.com/news/davis-accuses-abbott-of-incentive-fund-cover-up-/ http://www.kristv.com/news/davis-accuses-abbott-of-incentive-fund-cover-up-/ Election Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:15:23 PM Associated Press Davis Accuses Abbott of Incentive Fund 'Cover Up'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Democrat Wendy Davis is accusing Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott of a "cover up" involving economic incentive dollars on the eve of their final debate in the Texas governor's race.

Davis said Monday that her opponent failed as a watchdog over Gov. Rick Perry's Texas Enterprise Fund. A state audit last week revealed the fund awarded roughly $172 million in taxpayer dollars to companies that never submitted applications.

Abbott's office has denied open records requests for copies of fund documents that auditors say never existed. Aides to Abbott didn't immediately return messages Monday.

A recent ruling from Abbott's office also continues to withhold documents related to Texas recruiting Tesla Motors, even though the company picked Nevada for its $5 billion battery plant.

Davis and Abbott debate Tuesday night in Dallas.

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Texas Political Ad Spending 2nd Most in US http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-political-ad-spending-2nd-most-in-us/ http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-political-ad-spending-2nd-most-in-us/ Election Wed, 24 Sep 2014 3:08:51 PM Associated Press Texas Political Ad Spending 2nd Most in US

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas voters already tired of Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis dueling in television ads with Election Day still six weeks out should brace for plenty more.

Figures released Wednesday show Texas trailing only Pennsylvania in political TV ad spending this election year, flooding airwaves with an estimated $38.6 million spent so far on promoting and attacking candidates in state-level races, according to data compiled by the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity.

The governor's race between Abbott and Davis accounts for only a third of that spending - but that will surely change as Nov. 4 draws closer. For now, here's a closer look at who's spent what in Texas:

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Q: Who's buying the most TV time?

A: Davis has spent slightly more on TV at $4.8 million in trying to catch her Republican rival in the polls. Abbott has spent $4.2 million, but having started July with a 3-to-1 advantage in cash on hand, he's positioned to dominate airwaves down the stretch.

They still haven't surpassed the $10.8 million combined that Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Dan Patrick spent on TV during a nasty Republican primary battle for lieutenant governor - which ranks as the sixth-most expensive race in the U.S so far this year. Leaning on his personal wealth, Dewhurst bought $5.8 million in ads during his failed bid for a fourth term, but Patrick had enough money from conservative groups to keep pace and win a runoff.

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Q: Who's not spending?

A: Outside influences - which makes Texas an anomaly compared to other big states.

Independent groups - such as the Republican Governors Association, or issue-driven political action committees - have bought roughly 30,000 more ads nationally targeting state-level races than in 2010. But not in Texas, where 99 percent of all ad buys have been by the candidates' campaigns.

One reason: the Davis-Abbott race has been less competitive than gubernatorial battles both in primaries and general elections states such as Pennsylvania and Florida. Texas is also among the handful of states with no caps on campaign contributions - giving candidates all the TV time that limitless fundraising can buy.

"If there's one argument to be made for having no limits on how much you can give to a candidate, it really keeps the outside spending down," said John Dunbar, deputy executive editor at the Center for Public Integrity.

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Q: Is it my imagination, or are most of the ads I'm seeing negative?

A: Nearly 9 of every 10 ads from Davis have attacked Abbott, who didn't start going negative against Davis on TV until last week. The most talked-about ad was Davis' shadowy dramatization of a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman who raped a Texas mother, who Abbott later sided against in a lawsuit while serving on the Texas Supreme Court.

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Q: How does this compare to 2010?

A: Spending in Texas is actually down 13 percent so far from the last time Texas picked a governor, but for good reason. Roughly $41 million had already been spent on gubernatorial ads at this point in 2010 - when Gov. Rick Perry and then-U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison waged a fierce Republican primary battle.

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Q: How were these figures compiled?

A: The non-partisan Center for Public Integrity reviewed data about political advertising on national cable and broadcast television in all of the country's 210 media markets. The organization used research from Kantar Media/CMAG, which tracks political advertising and offers a widely accepted estimate of the money spent to air each spot.

These figures do not include federal elections such as Sen. John Cornyn's bid for re-election and House of Representatives races. They only represent part of the money spend on political advertising. They do not include the money spent on ads on radio, online and direct mail, as well television ads on local cable systems or the cost of producing the messages. That means the total cost of spending on political ads can be significantly higher.

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Online:

Center for Public Integrity: http://www.publicintegrity.org/who-calls-shots

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Few Fireworks in First Texas Governor's Debate http://www.kristv.com/news/few-fireworks-in-first-texas-governor-s-debate/ http://www.kristv.com/news/few-fireworks-in-first-texas-governor-s-debate/ Election Fri, 19 Sep 2014 7:07:27 PM Associated Press Few Fireworks in First Texas Governor's Debate

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) - Democrat Wendy Davis went after Republican Greg Abbott over defending deep classroom spending cuts and his record on women in the first governor's debate in Texas in nearly a decade.

Abbott on Friday night delivered his best shot upon asking Davis whether she regretted voting for President Barack Obama. She wouldn't answer and instead digressed.

But the first of two scheduled debates between Abbott and Davis otherwise saw few fireworks. Abbott is the favorite to replace Gov. Rick Perry next year and was content to play it safe even when Davis attacked.

The debate in the Rio Grande Valley made border security a major topic. Both Davis and Abbott reiterated their support of deploying the Texas National Guard and state troopers to the border.

The election is Nov. 4.

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Abbott and Davis Debate for 1st Time Friday http://www.kristv.com/news/abbott-and-davis-debate-for-1st-time-friday/ http://www.kristv.com/news/abbott-and-davis-debate-for-1st-time-friday/ Election Thu, 18 Sep 2014 2:56:16 PM Abbott and Davis Debate for 1st Time Friday

The candidates vying for Governor of Texas will debate Friday night in Edinburg. You can watch the event LIVE on the CW South Texas and on KAJA-Telemundo (en Espanol).

This is the first debate between Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis.

CW listings:

  • Time Warner Cable - 23
  • Grande Communications - 16

 

KAJA:

  • Time Warner Cable - 16
  • Grande Communications - 17
  • AT&T U-Verse - 17

 

Despite a 3-to-1 edge in campaign cash and polling leads over his Democratic opponent, Greg Abbott is courting Republican-snubbing Hispanic voters with efforts unmatched since former President George W. Bush was governor of Texas.

The Republican candidate and current attorney general has made 14 visits to the Rio Grande Valley, the symbolic backdrop for this delicate courtship.

He's recruited a Mexican actor for some of his TV commercials, spent generously on Spanish-language advertising and introduces his wife Cecilia as the soon-to-be first Latina first lady of Texas.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)


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Get Informed Ahead of November's Election http://www.kristv.com/news/get-informed-ahead-of-november-s-election/ http://www.kristv.com/news/get-informed-ahead-of-november-s-election/ Election Mon, 15 Sep 2014 1:34:58 PM Get Informed Ahead of November's Election

Get informed ahead of this year's midterm election on November 4th with a look at who and what is on the ballot.

Along with the deciding the challenges to incumbents across the State of Texas, voters in Corpus Christi have the opportunity to give an up or down vote on three bond propositions, mayor and council members.

Early voting starts October 20th and wraps up on October 31st.

Click to view the Nueces County master ballot in PDF format

More information on voting is available at the Texas Secretary of State's website here - http://www.sos.state.tx.us/

 


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Lieutenant Governor Candidates to Debate on Sept. 27th http://www.kristv.com/news/lieutenant-governor-candidates-to-debate-on-sept-27th/ http://www.kristv.com/news/lieutenant-governor-candidates-to-debate-on-sept-27th/ Election Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:12:31 AM Associated Press Lieutenant Governor Candidates to Debate on Sept. 27th

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick has agreed to participate in a September debate with his Democratic opponent for lieutenant governor, Leticia Van de Putte.

Patrick's campaign announced Wednesday that he'll debate his Senate colleague Sept. 27 for an hour-long event to be broadcast by KLRU-TV in Austin. It will be moderated by Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey.

But Van de Putte released a statement Wednesday calling Patrick a "coward" for agreeing to just one debate out of five she's proposed. She said a single debate "in front of a bunch of Austin insiders" isn't enough.

Patrick's campaign says he participated in numerous debates during the Republican primary and is working to establish a debate schedule in the coming months that doesn't conflict with ones involving the candidates for governor.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 


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David Loeb Not Running for Re-Election to City Council http://www.kristv.com/news/david-loeb-not-running-for-re-election-to-city-council/ http://www.kristv.com/news/david-loeb-not-running-for-re-election-to-city-council/ Election Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:29:39 PM David Loeb Not Running for Re-Election to City Council

CORPUS CHRISTI - City councilman at large David Loeb announced this morning he's not seeking re-election for a term that ends in January.

Loeb has served two 2-year terms on the council. He cites the increasing need for his presence in running the family business, Landlord Resources, and the fact that his family is growing with the birth of his daughter later this year.

"I could run again and continue to serve if I won but it wouldn't be to the standard I have set for myself," Loeb said in an emailed announcement.

 


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McComb Backs Away From Recount http://www.kristv.com/news/mccomb-backs-away-from-recount/ http://www.kristv.com/news/mccomb-backs-away-from-recount/ Election Mon, 9 Jun 2014 11:42:05 AM McComb Backs Away From Recount

CORPUS CHRISTI - It looks like Nueces County Commissioner Joe McComb is throwing in the towel.

McComb tells KRIS6 he's not going to ask for a recount of last month's runoff election, after all.

The flap started over some confusion with ballot boxes on election night, that led to questions on the final vote tally.

Challenger Brent Chesney won by 162 votes.

McComb says he met with county elections officials on Friday. He says he now believes a recount won't change the results.

 


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