The News Tribune – Speculation mounts on race between top 2 Texas Republicans

AUSTIN, TEXAS Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick brushed aside speculation of a 2018 gubernatorial run at the end of Texas' last legislative session, insisting he'd never challenge his "close friend" and fellow Republican Greg Abbott. But more than 18 months after that declaration to reporters — which came without anyone actually asking about a potential intraparty clash — Patrick has meticulously ...Read More

CapitolInside.com – House Speaker Team Would Have Potent Weapon in Wings if Consultant Joined Crusade to Save Ally

By Mike Hailey Capitol Inside Editor Speculation has been percolating on the possible enlistment of a superstar strategist for an endangered state lawmaker's campaign as the Texas House Speaker Joe Straus' team beefs up incumbent protection efforts in a pair of primary runoffs this spring. Allen Blakemore's name has emerged in war room discussions as a potential addition to the ...Read More

Chron.com – Patrick reports more than $7.5 million in campaign funds

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday reported that he has more than $7.5 million in his campaign accounts, a record for the state's No. 2 officeholder. In a report to be filed Friday, Patrick's campaign officials said he will show having raised more than $3,500,000 between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2015. That would bring his total fundraising amount ...Read More

HoustonChronicle.com – Longime River Oaks barber Rudy Rincon dies at 78

Rudy Rincon, the longtime owner of Avalon Barber Shop in River Oaks, died last week at a Harbor Hospice facility in Houston following a lengthy battle with colon cancer. He was 78. Rincon owned the prominent barber shop for 45 years with the late Joe Quintero, cutting hair for some of the most prominent Houstonians, including former Presidents George H.W. ...Read More

QuorumReport.com: After 20 years working together, Blakemore and Hotze split up

All on good terms, it seems; Hotze and Blakemore wish each other the best; Jeff Yates to direct the Conservative Republicans of Texas The political action committee funded by firebrand social conservative and top gay marriage foe Dr.Steve Hotze will no longer be run by veteran Houston GOP strategist Allen Blakemore, it was announced on Wednesday. The Conservative Republicans of ...Read More

Harris County House Seats Could See Crowded Primaries

Roughly nine months away from the party primaries, two Harris County Republicans this week announced bids to replace outgoing state Reps. Patricia Harless and Allen Fletcher. But don’t expect those two to be the only ones to run. Kevin Roberts, a longtime Republican activist and the COO of the Lanier Law Firm, said his campaign for Harless’ seat will focus ...Read More

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry Launches Second Presidential Run

From NPR Audio: MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: Rick Perry is running again. The former Texas governor officially launched his second presidential bid today. Perry insists that the gaffes of his first run for the Republican nomination are behind him and that he's now ready to be the next president of the United States. Here's NPR's Wade Goodwyn from Dallas. WADE GOODWYN, ...Read More

Allen Blakemore
 Most Valuable Consultant

Allen Blakemore
 Most Valuable Consultant – Overall The most influential political strategist in Houston throughout the past decade can finally remove the city where he’s based from the banner headline on his professional resume and replace it with those three giant little words Lone Star State. While U.S. Senator Ted Cruz all but owns the spotlight at a time when ...Read More

Agriculture appointees connected to waived political fees

A political consultant for Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller donated nearly $40,000 worth of his services to the candidate during the Stephenville Republican’s run for the office last year — and then was appointed to a $180,000-a-year job Miller created when he took office. A second political consultant donated $76,000 worth of his services during Miller’s campaign, even though he was ...Read More