Special Session
  • When: Thursday, July 8, 2021
  • Gov. Abbott has not yet said what will be on the agenda.
  • Based on his previous statements, however, we can make an educated guess.
  • Texas Freedom Caucus pens letter to Abbott requesting eight additional items to be considered during a special session.
  • State Rep. Bryan Slaton (R–Royse City) requested that Abbott add consideration of border security to the special session agenda.
  • State Rep. Jeff Cason (R–Bedford) requested Abbott add consideration of a prohibition on in-state tuition for illegal immigrants be added to the special session agenda.
Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Chairman Race
  • Election by State Republican Executive Committee members will take place Sunday, July 11, 2021.
  • Current candidates include Matt Rinaldi, David Covey, Chad Willbanks, and Bill Burch.
  • Current RPT Chairman Allen West announced his resignation a few weeks ago.
Republican Primary Election for Texas Governor
  • Allen West announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Texas governor.
  • He joins three existing candidates, which include Gov. Abbott, Chad Prather, and Don Huffines.
  • Allen West indicated he would run on a platform of securing the border, election integrity, and property tax relief.
  • This is the first primary election Gov. Abbott has seen multiple challengers in since first being elected.