Democrat Celia Israel is the next representative for Texas House District 50. Israel defeated Republican Mike VanDeWalle in yesterday’s special election. Israel will serve out the remainder of former Rep. Mark Strama’s term which ends in January, 2015 but she will have a rematch with VanDeWalle in the general election in November.
With three weeks remaining until the kick off of early voting for the March 4 primary election, several candidates are running radio and television advertising. This is the point where money can enable a candidate to get their message to the largest number of voters. The next campaign finance report is due next week on February 3, 2014.
A year from now, Texas will inaugurate a new governor. The Texas Legislative Reference Library has recently launched a new online collection of gubernatorial inauguration materials. The oldest pieces in the collection date back to the 1891 inauguration of Governor James S. Hogg. To view the various invitations and other materials follow this link: http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/collections/inaugural.cfm
Only in Austin – the 360 Bridge is a lovely sight on a warm summer day yet not so lovely during an ice storm in late January.