Campaigning for public office is a long and expensive process. In addition to trying to create a platform that fits your constituency, it takes hours of talking to people and refining your marketing to make sure your message gets in the right hands.
There are not a lot of open seats open for election in November, but that does not mean that it is not a critical time for Texas elections. There are several positions all over Texas that are essential for this election-cycle and the future.
As we enter the last half of 2019, more people are talking about the 2020 elections. While the more popular conversation tends to be about the presidential election, there are other offices up for re-election in 2020.
Last month, we tried to shed some light on Texas Senate Bill 2 and the efforts underway in the state legislature to reform property taxing power by local municipalities. That post did not take a side on the wisdom of the bill. It only sought to highlight how, regardless of the outcome, local government entities will likely need to be more committed to finding creative means to achieve goals.
Someone once said, "All politics is local." And nothing hits so close to home as municipal level politics. The normal cycle of things has elections, initiatives and referendums occurring on a regular schedule in compliance with applicable laws.
On June 14, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Minnesota law prohibiting voters from wearing political badges, buttons or other apparel in polling places. In Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, the Court held by a 7-2 majority that the apparel ban violated the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. The case stems from the November 2010 election, in which voters were prevented from wearing such things as a button with the text "Please I.D. Me" and a T-shirt with a Tea Party Patriots logo and the language "Don't Tread on Me."