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Cruz vs. Sadler: The Live Blog

Oct 19, 2012
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Democrat Paul Sadler and Republican Ted Cruz squared off Friday night at KERA’s Dallas studio in the final debate of their campaign to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson.

U.S. Senate candidates Ted Cruz and Paul Sadler are trying to position themselves as defenders of a great Texas tradition: gun ownership. 

Dallas Morning News

Beyond some clear differences on important policy issues, one of the things we learned early during the first debate between Democrat Paul Sadler and Republican Ted Cruz is that both trial attorney-candidates love to argue.  

Dallas Morning News

Accusations and insults flew last night as Democratic Senate Candidate Paul Sadler tried to narrow the double-digit lead held by Republican Ted Cruz. 

Final details have been locked down for KERA’s Oct. 19 debate between Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Paul Sadler, who are running to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate.

Michael Stravato / Texas Tribune

Attorney Ted Cruz credits a grassroots movement with his defeat of Lt. Governor David Dewhurst for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination.  

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Stark choices await Texas voters in Tuesday's runoff elections as tea party-backed candidates face establishment Republicans while new leaders emerge among Democrats.

Governor Rick Perry joined former Senate candidates Craig James and past Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert at a phone bank to back Lt. Governor David Dewhurst. 

Dallas County reports two more West Nile virus deaths. That brings the total to five this year, surpassing the 2006 record of four deaths. 

The brand new Congressional District 33 runoff race is one of the hottest in North Texas. Early voter turnout is already higher than predicted. Fort Worth’s Marc Veasey and Domingo Garcia, from Dallas, have honed their messages to win as many Democratic votes as possible. 

Janine Khammash / KERA

Early voting begins today for Texas runoff elections. Nowhere are the candidates campaigning harder and spending more money than in the Republican U.S. Senate race. On Saturday Ted Cruz headlined three Tea Party rallies beginning in Garland, where he fired up a crowd of about 100.

Todd Gillman / Dallas Morning News

Former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert upstaged a televised debate between Republican senate candidates David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz Tuesday night when he appeared with Dewhurst and endorsed him. 

Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert finished third in the Republican primary behind Dewhurst and Cruz, both of whom sought his support.

Leppert said his decision on who to endorse came down to the question of who could create jobs.  He said Dewhurst has proven he can do that by building a successful energy business. 

Less than three weeks before Election Day an independent poll shows Ted Cruz overtaking David Dewhurst in the Republican race for the U.S. Senate.  It comes in the midst of news that previous Dewhurst speeches have been removed from the Internet. 

Sparks flew in recent meetings between former Dallas State Representative Domingo Garcia and Fort Worth State House member Marc Veasey. Tonight, fireworks may flare again in KERA’s runoff debate between the two Democrats.

The Democratic candidates in the runoff for US Senate talked about health care, border security, gay marriage and marijuana in their first televised debate hosted by KERA. BJ Austin reports.

David Otero / Associated Press

Some of the undecided Republican voters attending Friday’s U.S. Senate debate between Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst say they now know who they will support, though most with seats in the KERA studio haven’t changed their minds.

Republican voters will be asking questions when Senate candidates Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst meet tonight for their first one-on-one debate at KERA.

There’s one day left before Republican Senate candidates David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz face off in their first televised debate, live from KERA’s studios. 

KERA will host a second U.S. Senate debate between the Democrats who finished first and second in the May primary. Former state representative Paul Sadler and retired educator Grady Yarbrough will tape a one-hour television debate that will be broadcast on KERA Channel 13 on Wednesday, June 27 at 7 p.m. and in other Texas markets at various times.

Republicans David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz are headed for a runoff election in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.  

Dallas ISD

Dozens of upper-level DISD administrators could lose their jobs as new Superintendent Mike Miles restructures his leadership team.

HoustonPBS

Early voting begins for the Texas primary in just a little more than a week . And last night six candidates running for US Senate tried to impress voters during a live televised forum hosted by public broadcast stations in Houston.

Republican Senate Candidate David Dewhurst has flown a Florida businessman to Texas to reinforce ads attacking opponent Ted Cruz.

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Texas officials have proposed phasing-out federal funding for the women's health program through November after Washington said it was illegal to ban the participation of Planned Parenthood.

The Women's Health Program provides routine exams, contraception and preventive health services to low-income women. Until this year, federal funds covered 90 percent of the cost. But federal officials said they would cut funding after Texas lawmakers insisted groups affiliated with abortion providers be banned from taking part.

Which Republican candidate running for U.S. Senate can be the alternative to perceived front-runner David Dewhurst? Dewhurst’s three main challengers all see themselves in that role as they vie for second place and an opportunity to face Dewhurst in a run-off race. KERA’s Shelley Kofler has more on how candidates tried to position themselves during last Friday’s televised debate.

The four leading Texas Republicans hoping to be the party's U.S. Senate nominee faced off in their first televised debate Friday, and most of the attacks focused on perceived front-runner Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and who is the most conservative candidate.

The four leading GOP candidates for U.S. Senate meet Friday at a debate broadcast live on KERA 90.1. 

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With just nine weeks until the primary election Republicans running for the US Senate are battling for position.

On the big, broad issues there’s little difference. Ted Cruz, David Dewhurst, Craig James and Tom Leppert all promise to slash federal spending and repeal the federal healthcare plan. They oppose abortion and amnesty for illegal immigrants. They claim tougher federal air pollution regulations will kill Texas jobs.

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KERA recently interviewed leading Republicans running for the US Senate. We asked how far the United States should go in assisting Israel in a strike to destroy Iran’s nuclear sites. Shelley Kofler has details on what the candidates had to say.

U.S. Senate Candidate Craig James says he’ll release his education plan this week.  In an interview with KERA’s Shelley Kofler the sports analyst turned GOP candidate talked about elements of his plan.  In this Spotlight on the Senate report, James says eliminating the U.S. Department of Education is at the top of his list.

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