Inside masking Texas 2020 politics
There couldn’t be a extra consequential time in Texas politics than proper now.
Two Texas Democrats are working for president, one in all them — Julián Castro — a longtime rising star and the opposite — Beto O’Rourke — coming off a U.S. Senate race that reworked the political panorama right here. Our 38 electoral votes are poised to matter extra in 2020 than they’ve in a very long time, with the state more and more flirting with battleground standing. And that’s earlier than you even get to Texas’ subsequent marquee statewide race: U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s re-election bid, which now consists of challenger M.J. Hegar.
Then there are the six Republican-held congressional districts that nationwide Democrats are concentrating on right here, in addition to the 2 seats they’re defending after midterm positive factors. Lastly, within the Texas Legislature, Democrats are 9 seats away from the bulk, making the chamber a probable 2020 battleground.
I’ve been carefully masking the build-up to this second for the previous 4 years on the Tribune. Now, I would like your assist to verify we doesn’t miss a beat in 2020.
You’ll be able to count on me and the Tribune’s different political reporters (one in all whom was simply named the perfect Washington correspondent of the yr! Congratulations Abby!) to chronicle the election cycle from all angles: breaking information on candidates and campaigns, capturing a very powerful storylines and holding individuals accountable throughout the political spectrum. We’ll be doing so from the Tribune newsroom in Austin in addition to the street — all through Texas, throughout the early-voting states and wherever else the candidates could go.
Our protection is nicely underway. To date this yr, the presidential marketing campaign path has taken me to Puerto Rico, Iowa and New Hampshire. In Texas, I’m on the street on a nearly-weekly foundation, touring to huge cities — Houston, Dallas and San Antonio — in addition to smaller communities to attempt to inform the story of a politically evolving state.
It’s not all the time glamorous. There are determined searches for energy shops inside crowded Starbucks outlets. I’ve pounded out breaking information tales from the facet of the street, hoping that the WiFi sign doesn’t give out. There’s quite a lot of dashing between occasions (all the time obeying the velocity restrict, after all) and plenty of last-minute journeys — usually the costliest to ebook since a marketing campaign can announce on Monday that they’ll be in Iowa on Thursday.
However on the finish of the day, we do that work as a result of Texans must know who’s vying to symbolize them and the way their insurance policies would have an effect on their day by day lives. We will’t wait to kick our protection into excessive gear for 2020, and I hope you’ll assist us do exactly that by supporting our nonprofit newsroom at this time.
P.S. Overlaying an election consists of quite a lot of journey time. Right here’s a pattern of among the tunes that get me by the day. Hit play and let me know what else I ought to add to the record within the feedback.