Keyword: Republican Party

Joe Straus and the Other Republicans

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Joshua Blank, PhD

Many statewide Republican candidates are running to the right to position themselves for the primaries, but the Speaker of the House enjoys a rarified position: An office with statewide reach that doesn't appear on the statewide ballot.

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Does Texas Still Burn for Perry?

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD and Jim Henson, PhD

While Gov. Rick Perry’s standing among Texans remains stronger than most of his “oops”-focused critics recognize, he can no longer count on the level of support he enjoyed among the state's conservatives four years ago.

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A Seat for the Tea Party

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD and Jim Henson, PhD

Sentiment for the Tea Party remains strong within the GOP, but what started as an insurgent group is becoming just another — albeit important — part of the Republican Party in Texas.

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GOP Voters and the Path to Citizenship

| By: Jim Henson, PhD

Many Republican officials are moderating their views on immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for immigrants already in the U.S. Their voters, however, remain opposed to the idea. And Tea Party voters are strongly opposed.

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The Partisan Split on Voting Rights

| By: Jim Henson, PhD

Overall, Texas voters — by a slight majority — believe the federal government should continue oversight of the state's changes in election laws, according to the October 2012 University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. But partisans are split.

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The GOP's Immigration Problem

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Joshua Blank, PhD

A proposed federal immigration reform poses a test for Texas Republicans: Their leaders, compared to politicians from other states, tend to be more moderate. But those leaders stand at the front of a GOP that is hostile to some of the proposal's key points.

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Science and Politics — and Partisans

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD

An endorsement by the most famous political independent in the country highlights a political fault line: the partisan division over the usefulness of science in policy making.

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Eight Months of the U.S. Senate Race

| By: Jim Henson, PhD

Before Tuesday's election, here's a look at the last eight months of polling in the Republican race for U.S. Senate.

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The Conservative Core and the 2012 Primary Elections

| By: Jim Henson, PhD

The February 2012 University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll shows a riptide of very conservative opinion is exerting a strong pull on state politics.

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UT/Texas Tribune Polls Finds GOP Strength

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Daron Shaw

At this point, anti-incumbent sentiment in Texas appears to be dwarfed by party identification and opposition to the national Democratic Party.

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