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Abbott will duck Dallas debate

How very statesmanlike of him. Republican candidate Greg Abbott has reversed his decision to appear in the only gubernatorial debate scheduled to be broadcast statewide on television. Abbott and his Democratic opponent, Wendy Davis, had both agreed to participate in a Sept. 30 roundtable debate in Dallas. But on Friday morning, Abbott’s team said it […]

We have a Lite Guv debate agreement

Mark your calendars for September 29. Both campaigns confirmed the date via email Thursday after the two sides had agreed to a Texas Tribune-hosted debate but couldn’t reach a consensus on a day. The Tribune originally proposed Sept. 24 and Sept. 27 as possible dates. Van de Putte, a San Antonio Democrat, accepted a debate […]

LVdP calls out Patrick on debates

You tell him, Leticia. Democratic lieutenant governor nominee Letitica Van de Putte said Thursday that her Republican opponent, Sen. Dan Patrick, has yet to respond to her proposal for a series of debates ahead of the Nov. 4 election. Van de Putte and Patrick spoke separately at the Texas Association of Broadcasters annual convention in […]

Time for the debate about debates to begin

It’s getting to be debating season. Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis on Tuesday proposed a series of six debates with Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott in their race for governor. Her proposal came after Abbott earlier said he had accepted two invitations for debates in McAllen in September and in Dallas in October. Davis envisions a […]

Chron wants multiple multi-candidate debates

Don’t know if they’ll get what they want, but it can’t hurt to ask. For the main show, mayoral candidate Ben Hall has called for six one-on-one debates with Mayor Annise Parker, albeit with three debates after early voting begins. Parker has rejected Hall’s proposal, agreeing only to one debate featuring multiple candidates. Houston’s future […]

Debating about debates

There will be some number of debates between Mayor Parker and Ben Hall between now and Election Day. How many debates, and how many participants there will be in those debates, is itself a matter of debate. In a letter to [Mayor Annise] Parker this week, [Ben] Hall sought three debates after Labor Day on […]

Three days of early voting in SD06

I’m not sure that the Chron’s classification of early voting so far in SD06 is accurate, but I’m not sure how I myself would characterize it since we have so few precedents to draw on. Three days into early voting, the race to replace the late state Sen. Mario Gallegos continues to heat up, as […]

Saggy pants

I’m not much of a candidate forum attender, but I wish I had gone to this one. Half-a-dozen candidates in runoff City Council elections each made his or her case as champion of the downtrodden before a mostly black and Latino audience at a Fifth Ward church on Saturday afternoon. Council aide Alvin Byrd faces […]

League of Women Voters candidate debates

The League of Women Voters of Houston Education Fund will hold a series of debates for candidates running for Council and Mayor, starting this evening. From their press release: The League of Women Voters of Houston Education Fund is pleased to announce that we will sponsor a comprehensive series of one-hour Candidate Debates covering all […]

We’ll only debate you on our terms

From the inbox: Democratic SBOE candidates accept yet another debate invitation – by all-Republican panel Earlier: Republicans turn down debate after debate and hide from voters, claiming sponsor League of Women Voters is “too Democratic” Note: The following statement is in reaction to yesterday’s announcement, made by the Texas Business and Education Coalition, that the […]

The Perryless debate

The debate went on as planned. In the fall campaign season’s first debate open to all candidates for governor, Democrat Bill White waited until his closing statement to attack the candidate who wasn’t there, incumbent Rick Perry, regarding allegations that he has used taxpayer funds to reward high-dollar campaign donors. [...] “I appreciate the other […]

Glass and Shafto get debate invites

Back in August, when I wrote about the upcoming media sponsored gubernatorial debate to be held will be held on October 19 that Rick Perry will duck, I said that if there was ever a time to ditch polling-related qualifications for third party candidates, this was it. Apparently, the sponsors now agree with that position. […]

Saturday video break: Dance, chicken, dance!

In honor of the debate Rick Perry will not be attending, I bring you this awesome chicken dance video: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: This is why I love the Internet.

I-Day Houston

From the Inbox, from the League of Women Voters: The League of Women Voters of the Houston Area and the American Society of Civil Engineers are set to host two debates, a candidate meet-and-greet, and infrastructure townhall meetings during the Infrastructure Day Houston (I-Day) event at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Sat., Sept. […]

Another debate Rick Perry won’t attend

This one will be in Houston. The latest debate, set for Oct. 3, is to be hosted by the Harris County League of Women Voters and the Harris County Department of Education. Perry has refused to debate until Democrat Bill White releases his personal income tax returns from the mid-1990s when White was deputy U.S. […]

Fear of debating is contagious

From the inbox: Rebecca Bell-Metereau, Democratic nominee for State Board of Education District 5, and Judy Jennings, Democratic SBOE nominee in District 10, criticized their Republican opponents and the Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas today, after the RPT Chairman urged the two Republican nominees for those offices to skip a debate which would […]

Rick Perry isn’t the only debate ducker out there

Speaking of debates and those who don’t want to have them, meet Greg “I’ll leave the decision about whether or not I participate in a debate to my staff” Abbott. What are these guys afraid of? Is the thought of defending your record in front of an audience that might not include people who already […]

The one-man debate

One way or another, we will have a gubernatorial debate. The Houston Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman and the state’s other major newspapers will host a gubernatorial debate this fall, even if just one candidate shows up. The newspapers, along with Austin public television station KLRU, will deliver a letter to Republican Gov. Rick Perry and Democratic […]

A preview of tomorrow’s paper

Look for the following ad in Tuesday’s newspaper: Click on it to see a larger version, and to visit the latest site that the Back to Basics PAC has worked up. I confess, I’m still rather partial to the chicken suit, but that’s quite a striking image, and it hits Perry where he lives. Well […]

There’s playing chicken, and there’s being chicken

Quite the suitable choice of words here. Suggesting his opponent has something to hide, Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday he will not budge on his refusal to debate unless Democrat Bill White releases more income tax returns. The Republican governor said he will not meet with newspaper editorial boards, either – the same approach he […]

The first candidate forum

What do you get when you have a gubernatorial candidate forum without Governor Perry? Pretty much the same as what you’d have with him, but without the distraction of his pathetic attempts to defend his record. The League of Women Voters forum before about 275 people at the Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater in Kerrville gave […]

It’s all right, he wouldn’t have contributed anything to the debate anyway

The first gubernatorial debate of the general election is today, and one person will not be there. Democratic nominee Bill White and Libertarian Kathie Glass, both lawyers, are scheduled to face off in a Kerrville Area League of Women Voters debate at 7 p.m. at the Cailloux Theatre in Kerrville. The debate will be carried […]

Maybe having a press conference in front of your opponents’ campaign HQ isn’t such a hot idea

Especially if they’re ready for you to arrive. Chicken suits are the new black. That’s what happens when you’re afraid to debate your opponent. BOR has more.

Debating about having a debate

We will eventually have televised debates between Rick Perry and Bill White. But first we have to sit through the kabuki dance. Belo Corp., the company that owns WFAA and TV stations in Austin, Houston and San Antonio, sponsored a statewide debate during the Republican primary and invited Perry and White to debate this fall. […]

CD18 public forum at Rice

From the inbox: Forum Houston Enriches Rice Education (HERE) Speaker: Robert Stein – Moderator Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science Rice University District 18 Congressional Political Forum Monday, February 22, 2010 6:00 PM  to 9:00 PM Rice Memorial Chapel  RMC/Ley Student Center Rice University 6100 Main St Houston, Texas, USA An open forum for 18th Congressional […]

The Observer interviews White and Shami

If you’re looking for some more prep material in advance of tonight’s debate, the Texas Observer has a nice cover story on Bill White and Farouk Shami, with an interview with each candidate. For those of you who tune in tonight, leave a comment and let us know what your impressions were. UPDATE: BOR and […]

Interview with Farouk Shami

You’ve probably seen a few of Farouk Shami‘s ads for Governor by now, and you know the basic story: Came to America with only a few dollars in his pocket, started a successful business, and is now running to be the Democratic nominee for Governor. The primary focus of his campaign has been jobs and […]

The GOP gubernatorial debate, simplified

About what one would expect, I daresay. The Republican candidates for governor clashed in what is likely their final debate Friday, attacking one another’s records but offering little vision as to what they would do as governor over the next four years. In their defense, no one who tuned in to watch expected them to […]

Democratic gubernatorial candidates to debate

As you know, I’m not much of the debate-watching type. But this is one I may tune in to. Houston Mayor Bill White and millionaire businessman Farouk Shami have accepted an invitation from KERA and its media partners to debate on Monday February 8 at 7:00 p.m. The hour long debate will take place before […]

That was the debate that was

I’m generally not the debate-watching type, so I managed to find some other way to spend my Thursday evening that did not involve the Perry/Hutchison/Median tete-a-tete-a-tete. Plenty of other people did, however, some because they were paid to do so and some because they derive (sheer perverse) enjoyment from it. Some of those folks include: […]

The debate over Burka

I generally find debates between candidates who are already well known to be tedious, often mechanical affairs. So I’m glad for an event that provides a little interest outside of the usual aspects, which is apparently the case for an upcoming Perry versus Hutchison debate. Paul Burka, the dean of Texas political writers, won’t be […]

A gubernatorial threefer

Debra Medina made her filing for Governor today as well, and she hopes to be allowed in the clubhouse when the big kids get together to play. “Texans deserve a Governor who is more interested in the needs of Texans,” campaign manager Penny Langford Freeman said in a statement. “We are proud to have a […]

The last debate

I’m not much of a debate-watching person, and we had company yesterday afternoon, so I did not catch the last Mayoral debate. (Judging by David Ortez’s liveblogging, it would seem a lot of people weren’t watching.) I don’t think events like these tell you much about a candidate that you didn’t already know, though there […]

Liveblogging tonight’s Mayoral debate

No, not me. David Ortez, over at Hair Balls. It’s just getting underway now. I’m sure Twitter will be lighting up with commentary as well, so head over there or run for the hills, as the case may be. UPDATE: Here’s the Chron story on the debate, which not surprisingly was rather heated. Of interest: […]