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Frederick Douglass Republican Engagement Strategy creator KCarl Smith spoke at a Black Voices for Trump event in February. The meeting was part of a series of events across the country to reach Black voters.
Angela Piazza for The Texas Tribune

On the door for the McLennan County Republican Party headquarters on a February night, a flyer read, "Black Voices for Trump." Inside, 50 or so faces — virtually all of them white — looked up at the speaker before them.

President Donald Trump delivers remarks about American energy production during a visit to the Double Eagle Energy Oil Rig in Midland on Wednesday.
Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

In a rare moment in the Trump era, several Texas Republicans pushed back against President Donald Trump on Thursday when he floated in a tweet the idea of delaying the presidential election in November. The president does not have the legal authority to move Election Day; that power resides with Congress.

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler
Associated Press

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, has tested positive for the new coronavirus, Politico and ABC News confirmed Wednesday morning.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in late June. He announced a statewide mask order on July 2.
Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

At the Republican Party of Texas’ virtual convention this past weekend, Gov. Greg Abbott knew he had to talk about his executive order requiring — in most cases — facemasks in public.

Alex Brandon / Associated Press

An ally who worked for President Trump in the White House won the Republican runoff for a Congressional seat in the Texas Panhandle.

The Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth in 2012.
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

The Texas Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by the Republican Party of Texas seeking to host its in-person convention this week in Houston. Justices also denied a similar petition spearheaded by other party officials and Houston activist Steve Hotze.

Texas House of Representatives chamber Nov. 20, 2018.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

After a string of Texas House primary seasons featuring broad intraparty combat, the 2020 one is coming down to three runoffs Tuesday where hardline conservatives are out for a much-needed breakthrough.

A long-time educator and a man who calls President Donald Trump a “child rapist” are competing for the Republican nomination for a State Board of Education seat.

Houston Mayor Cancels State Republican Party's In-Person Convention

Jul 8, 2020
Telemundo / Pool Footage

After weeks of political posturing between state Republicans and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the mayor on Wednesday said he’s canceling the Texas Republican Party’s in-person convention, an event that was scheduled to be held at downtown Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center beginning on July 16.

Confetti falls as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, greets supporters after speaking at the 2018 Texas GOP Convention in San Antonio.
Associated Press

The president of the Texas Medical Association, Dr. Diana Fite, is urging the Republican Party of Texas to reconsider its in-person event in Houston. The event is scheduled for July 16 to 18.

Texas Republicans Move Forward With Indoor Convention In Houston, The State's Biggest Hotspot

Jun 27, 2020
With no statewide limit on indoor gatherings, the Texas GOP is moving forward with plans to hold their convention in Houston.
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

As the coronavirus pandemic engulfs Texas’ metropolitan areas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has left the door open for massive indoor gatherings. And organizers are moving forward with some big ones, including the Texas Republican party’s upcoming convention in Houston.

Stepping Into GOP Primaries, Dennis Bonnen Donates To Seven Texas House Incumbents

Feb 3, 2020
Dennis Bonnen
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas Tribune

Retiring House Speaker Dennis Bonnen has started doling out campaign funds to fellow Republican members who face challenges in the upcoming March primary elections, clearing up a financial uncertainty that has been on political minds at the Texas Legislature for months.

Panelist Jacquie Baly responds to a question during a Trump Victory Leadership Initiative Training hosted by Women for Trump at Gulf Coast Distillers in Houston on Oct. 29, 2019.
Annie Mulligan / The Texas Tribune

An audible groan erupted in the lounge area of Houston’s Gulf Coast Distillers in late October when high-profile Trump campaign operative Mica Mosbacher invoked the idea of a Democratic presidency.

Mosbacher encouraged the audience of roughly 50 GOP women — a group that included a millionaire Texas congressional candidate, the owner of a gun store and a Gov. Greg Abbott political appointee — to turn their grumbling into action.

“It’s not the boy’s club anymore,” she said.

State Rep. Rick Miller, R-Sugar Land, speaks on the House floor on May 4, 2017.
Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

As far as falls from grace in Texas politics go, state Rep. Rick Miller’s was about as fast as they come.

On Monday night, the Sugar Land Republican was quoted in a story published by The Houston Chronicle saying his two primary challengers likely joined the race because they are Asian in a district with a considerable Asian population.

As Experienced Texas Congressmen Retire, Will The State's Sway In Congress Decline?

Nov 30, 2019
U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Shelby Knowles / For The Texas Tribune

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, was in Congress for over a decade before she narrowly won a bid to become the top Republican on the powerful House Appropriations Committee last year.

U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes
Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

Retiring U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, is spearheading a new group to elect a more diverse slate of Republicans across the country, the latest sign that he plans to remain politically involved as he leaves office.

Announced Thursday, the Hurd-backed Future Leaders Fund intends to spend millions next year — notably in primaries — to boost more Republicans who are young, female and people of color.

Speaker Dennis Bonnen
Emree Weaver / The Texas Tribune

First-term Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen on Tuesday announced he will not seek reelection to the lower chamber in 2020 — completing a stunning fall for the Angleton Republican who enjoyed near unanimous support in the House just months earlier.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

During a June conversation at the Texas Capitol, Republican House Speaker Dennis Bonnen urged hardline conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan to target members of their own party in the 2020 primaries and suggested he could get Sullivan’s group media access to the House floor, according to a secret recording of the conversation released Tuesday.