Chron.com – Former Rockwall official announces GOP race against Dan Patrick

AUSTIN -- Scott Milder, a former Rockwall city councilman and an outspoken candidate for public schools, formally announced Thursday that he will challenge Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in the spring GOP primary. Milder, who had stated his intentions several weeks ago to run, was the first Republican to formally announce he will challenge Patrick, an ultra-conservative who he has ...Read More

Statesman.com – ‘Rational Republican’ Milder enters race against ‘extremist’ Dan Patrick

Presenting himself as “a rational, conservative Republican running against an extremist incumbent,” Scott Milder, a former Rockwall city council member and advocate for public education, declared Thursday that he is challenging Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in the March Republican primary. “Somebody’s’s got to stand up and confront the bully who’s never going to stop picking on the little guy,” Milder, ...Read More

San Antonio Express – Smith, like Straus, departs on his own terms

For the second week in a row, a titan of San Antonio Republican politics has decided to step down. U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith officially declared Thursday that he would leave Congress after more than 30 years in office. Last week, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus announced he wouldn’t seek another term. The two men have deep connections. Back in the ...Read More

San Antonio Express – Patrick draws Republican challenger

AUSTIN — Scott Milder, a former two-term city councilman from the Dallas area, is mounting a primary run against Republican Lt. Gov Dan Patrick, who he calls a “ big bully” and “polarizing” figure. “Somebody’s got to step up and give voters a choice,” said Milder, who officially announced his campaign Thursday. “He’s offended, he’s insulted, he’s alienated just about ...Read More

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