Change adds to Texas’ clout

Texas Republicans are set to have a bigger hand in picking their party’s next presidential nominee, thanks to some rule changes on when states can hold their primaries.

$500,000 spent trying to turn tide just before vote

Energy industry supporters spent more than $500,000 in the final days of an unsuccessful $1.1 million campaign to defeat Denton’s ban on fracking, according to campaign finance reports filed Thursday.

Denton races taking shape

Early rumbles on Denton’s political landscape suggest contested races are coming in District 1 and District 3, though the official day for City Council candidates to file their applications is two weeks away.


Romney sparks new 2016 competition among GOP establishment

.DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A shake-out among fiery conservatives with White House ambitions was always a sure thing. Now it appears the competition among the more establishment-minded GOP candidates for president will end up just as fierce.

Promises could fall with oil prices

AUSTIN — More roads, less taxes and holding the line on school funding. Whether Republican Gov.-elect Greg Abbott can pull these off in his first five months on the job will partly depend on the spending power lawmakers receive Monday from the state comptroller.


Abbott: Texas being ‘Californiaized’

AUSTIN — Gov.-elect Greg Abbott took aim Thursday at the growing list of local regulatory ordinances in Texas that do such things as restrict the use of plastic shopping bags, ban fracking for oil and gas and limit what homeowners can do with trees on their property.


Perry renews disaster proclamation

Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday renewed the state’s disaster proclamation for exceptional drought conditions. The authorization allows the governor to use all available resources of state government to cope with a disaster. He can also temporarily reassign resources, personnel or functions of state executive departments and agencies as well as commandeer or use any private property to cope with a disaster.

League of Women Voters slates presentation today

The League of Women Voters of Denton invite the public to join them at 7 p.m. today at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave., to learn more about the state’s changing demographics.

Burgess to serve as subcommittee chairman

U.S. Rep. Michael C. Burgess, R-Lewisville, has succeeded U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, Mich., to serve as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade for the 114th Congress.


Voter missed election chance

Jay Prophet has voted in as many state, local and federal elections as he could over the years. But he wasn’t able to vote in Tuesday’s election. Prophet, 32, headed to the polls on Oct. 31, the last day of early voting, and waited in line nearly an hour — turnout was heavy at Sycamore Hall on the University of North Texas campus — with his Texas personal identification card at the ready.


Fracking banned

Denton became the first Texas city to ban hydraulic fracturing Tuesday after a citizen-driven proposition cruised to a landslide victory at the polls. Final returns showed the fracking ban passing by a whopping 59-41 percent margin all night long. While dozens of cities in New York and elsewhere have banned fracking, Texas is oil and gas country. So Denton’s proposition over the rights of a Texas city to police what happens within its borders pushed it into the national spotlight.

City ballot measures approved

Liquor sales are now legal in Denton, after thousands of voters chose to make all alcoholic beverages legal to sell. The vote means that Denton bars and restaurants no longer have to get special permits as private clubs to sell hard alcohol, and that businesses can start selling bottles of hard liquor starting Jan. 1.


Abbott trounces Davis

AUSTIN — Texas overwhelmingly elected Republican Greg Abbott as the first new governor in 14 years on Tuesday night and elevated tea party leaders to powerful statewide offices in a forceful rejection of the most optimistic and heavily funded challenge from Democrats in decades.

Lake Dallas shifts tax to street work

Lake Dallas residents voted Tuesday to dissolve the Economic Development Corporation. More than 76 percent of voters approved Proposition 1, abolishing the sales and use tax of one-half of one percent for the EDC.

GOP cleans up in county

It was six Denton County Democratic Party challengers up and six Denton County Democrats down as Republicans cruised to several victories at the polls Tuesday, highlighted by Denton state Rep. Myra Crownover maintaining a lock on her Texas House District 64 seat.

Republicans surge to control of Senate

WASHINGTON — Riding a powerful wave of voter discontent, resurgent Republicans captured control of the Senate and tightened their grip on the House Tuesday night in elections certain to complicate President Barack Obama’s final two years in office.

Statewide sweep: Texas GOP hasn’t lost since 1994

AUSTIN — Republicans prevailed in all of Texas’ statewide elections on Tuesday, extending a longest-in-the-nation winning streak that dates back to 1994 and ensuring that while all of the state’s top offices will get new occupants, the politics won’t change that much.


Poll watchers keep eye on skies

Denton voters will need to bring boots and an umbrella along with their voter guides to the polls today. Meteorologists expect a steady rain, with an occasional embedded thunderstorm, as a cold front arrives in time for Election Day. Whether it affects overall voter turnout remains to be seen.

GOP looks for big finish

AUSTIN — Stopping just short of a victory lap, Republican Greg Abbott on Monday made a raucous final swing through Texas on the eve of a potential landslide win for governor against one of the biggest Democratic stars on any ballot in the U.S.

Election Day Voting Locations

Election day is Tuesday in municipal, county and state elections. Voters must vote at the location assigned to their precinct. If you do not know your precinct number, visit or call the Denton County elections office at 940-349-3200. Voting hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On The Ballot

Answers come at polls Tuesday

The time has finally come to settle things. After months of campaigning, debates and rhetoric, Denton County voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to determine, among many other ballot issues, who will lead the state for the next four years and just what will be the fate of hydraulic fracturing within Denton city limits.

Voting turnout heavy so far

Heavy voter turnout countywide includes the city of Denton, where twice as many people have already cast ballots during early voting than did in all the spring election.

Voting numbers continue ascension

Voter numbers in Denton County just keep climbing.Early voting totals cracked 6,000 for the first time Monday as the second week of early voting rolls on.


Ban’s foes far outspend proponents

The record books will likely stay inked for a while: A proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing in the city has spurred more than $772,000 in political donations, the most expensive campaign in Denton’s history.

Problems reported at UNT polling site

Voters continue to put up high early voting totals in what is expected to be one of the biggest voter turnouts Denton County has seen.

Democrats’ rally today features Van de Putte

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, will return to Denton at 12:30 p.m. today for an early voting public rally on the southeast side of the Courthouse on the Square lawn.


Early voting starts strong

Early voting began and started strong in Denton County on Monday. A steady stream of voters heading in and out of polling locations in Denton County added up to 5,367 ballots cast as residents made gubernatorial decisions for the state on down to fracking ban decisions locally in Denton and several races in between.

Early Voting Locations

New voters boost numbers to record high

Voter registration has hit a record high statewide and Denton residents, particularly those younger than 25, did their part to boost the numbers.

Burgess to speak at Precinct 4 meeting

U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess is scheduled to discuss updates about Ebola, terrorists of ISIS and information about Obamacare at a Denton County Precinct 4 town hall meeting at 7 p.m. today.


Van de Putte makes Denton campaign stop

The Denton County Democratic Party hosted a Friday breakfast fundraiser for state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Fracking debate draws cash

The first round of campaign finance reports show the proposition against hydraulic fracturing inside the city is already the most expensive campaign in Denton’s history, with both sides vying for the right to call themselves “grass roots.”

County Democrats slate Donkey Fest fundraiser

Denton County Democrats will come together from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday for Donkey Fest, the party’s annual fall fundraiser, at the North Texas Fairgrounds at 2217 N. Carroll Blvd. in Denton.

League to host forums

Denton voters will have a chance to learn more about two of the November propositions in forums on the bond election and the proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing, thanks to the local League of Women Voters.


Few sparks fly in first matchup

EDINBURG — Democrat Wendy Davis came out swinging against Republican Greg Abbott over classroom dollars and women in the first debate of the Texas governor’s race Friday night, but uncomfortably skirted whether she supported President Barack Obama.

Candidate wants to cut the politics

Sam Houston, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, was in Denton this week looking to spread his message and keep the wheels of his campaign spinning forward toward the November general election.

Kevin Freeman to speak at club meeting

Financial analyst and best-selling author Kevin Freeman will be the featured speaker at the Sept. 17 lunch meeting of the Denton Republican Women’s Club at El Guapo’s Restaurant, 419 S. Elm St. Freeman is expected to discuss the global economic state of affairs.

Sen. Nelson to speak at GOP meeting

State Sen. Jane Nelson will be the keynote speaker at the Denton County Republican Party’s meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Denton County Elections Administration office, 701 Kimberly Drive, Suite A101. Nelson, R-Flower Mound, is expected to give an update on the upcoming elections and a legislative preview.


County GOP opens Denton headquarters

With the American flag to her back outside the window of her new office, Dianne Edmondson predicted a Republican sweep in the upcoming general election.

Republicans plan rally at fairgrounds Sunday

The Denton County Republican Party will have its 2014 Victory Kickoff Rally from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the North Texas Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd. in Denton.

Forum to focus on voting rights

Regional and national experts will gather for a forum and panel discussion on voting rights tonight at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center in Denton.

Davis makes case to crowd

Wendy Davis told a crowd of hundreds that Texans face a choice, not just between two very different candidates, but a choice between two starkly different paths in this upcoming election.

County GOP plans grand opening of headquarters

The Denton County Republican Party will host a grand opening and open house for its relocated party headquarters from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the BBVA Compass Bank Building, 729 Fort Worth Drive, Suite 200.

Crownover to help head fund balance committee

State Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, has been named co-chair of the Select Committee to Determine a Sufficient Balance of the Economic Stabilization Fund that will recommend a minimum balance for the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund.

Chamber: Vote no to fracking ban

The Denton Chamber of Commerce has formally recommended that its employees and members vote against a proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing that will appear on the city’s Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Plenty cast early votes

Early voting closed Tuesday for two separate tax ratification elections in the Krum and Sanger school districts.

Wendy Davis set to speak Friday at UNT

Hundreds of University of North Texas students will be able to see Wendy Davis, the Democratic Party’s gubernatorial candidate, on campus Friday morning on the UNT Library Mall.

Local propositions lengthen Denton ballot

For Denton voters, the November ballot comes packed with statewide races and seven local propositions: four for bonds and one each for a ban, a barter and booze.

Perry: Indictment is abuse of power

AUSTIN — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry vowed Saturday to fight a criminal indictment in a defiant response that showed an old slice of swagger that he’s kept holstered lately while seeking to remake his image for a potential 2016 presidential run.