“The Back Mic” is a weekly look inside Texas politics and policy presented by The Texan. In just a few bullet points every Friday, you’ll know about the critical developments from the candidates, elected officials, and policies that impact Texans everywhere.
How Proposition 4 Fared in the 12 House Districts That Turned Blue in 2018
Proposition 4, further inhibiting the implementation of a state income tax, passed with 74.4 percent of the vote this week. The measure faced increased opposition in the weeks leading up to the election and received a large push of support from Republican leaders.
While voter turnout is much higher in a presidential election, the turnout for this constitutional amendment election did demonstrate strong bipartisan support for making it harder for the state to institute an income tax in the future.
Here’s a look at the vote breakdown in each of the 12 Texas House districts that flipped from Republican to Democrat control in 2018.
House District 45 — Erin Zwiener (D-Driftwood)
- Prop 4 win percentage: 67.9%
- 2018 win percentage: 51.6%
House District 47 — Vikki Goodwin (D-Austin)
- Prop 4 win percentage: 60.6%
- 2018 win percentage: 52.3%
House District 52 — James Talarico (D-Round Rock)
- Prop 4 win percentage: 68%
- 2018 win percentage: 51.7%
House District 65 — Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton)
- Prop 4 win percentage: 77.6%
- 2018 win percentage: 51.1%
House District 102 — Ana-Maria Ramos (D-Richardson)
- Prop 4 win percentage: 67.4%
- 2018 win percentage: 52.8%
House District 105 — Thresa “Terry” Meza (D-Meza)
- Prop 4 win percentage: 76.8%
- 2018 win percentage: 54.7%
House District 113 — Rhetta Bowers (D-Garland)
- Prop 4 win percentage: 77.6%
- 2018 win percentage: 53.5%
House District 114 — John Turner (D-Dallas)
- Prop 4 win percentage: 65.2%
- 2018 win percentage: 55.6%
House District 115 — Julie Johnson (D-Carrollton)
- Prop 4 win percentage: 71.7%
- 2018 win percentage: 56.7%
House District 132 — Gina Calanni (D-Katy)
- Prop 4 win percentage: 76.4%
- 2018 win percentage: 49.2%
House District 135 — Jon Rosenthal (D-Houston)
- Prop 4 win percentage: 74.8%
- 2018 win percentage: 50.8%
House District 136 — John Bucy III (D-Austin)
- Prop 4 win percentage: 62.9%
- 2018 win percentage: 53.3%
Additionally, here’s how Texas’ five most populous counties voted on the measure:
- Harris County: 67.9%
- Dallas County: 67.5%
- Tarrant County: 77.5%
- Bexar County: 68.7%
- Travis County: 44.9%
Texas House Freedom Caucus Makes Statement on Calls For a Special Session
Conservative grassroots groups have rolled out the “Lone Star Agenda,” encouraging Governor Abbott to call a special session to pass conservative priority items they feel were neglected during the 86th legislative session.
The Texas House Freedom Caucus issued a statement of support without calling for a special session:
“The Freedom Caucus applauds those that put together the Lone Star Agenda. Many of the policies included in that agenda are policies that Freedom Caucus members authored and fought for last session…Should the Governor call a special session, we will champion these policies and principles during the extra legislative activity, in addition to the next regular session.”
In addition to the Lone Star Agenda, the statement signaled further support for the “Heartbeat bill,” Preborn Non-Discrimination Act, and stronger spending caps.
Abbott Adviser Launches Public Affairs Group
After announcing his departure from the governor’s office last week, John Colyandro, Abbott’s former senior advisor and policy director, launched a government relations and public affairs firm to be based in Austin.
Colyandro has previously worked for organizations like Texans for Education Opportunity, Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute, and Texans for a Republican Majority.
McKenzie Taylor serves as Operations Manager and resident plate-spinner for The Texan. Previously, she worked as State Representative Kyle Biedermann’s Capitol Director during the 85th legislative session before moving to Fort Worth to manage Senator Konni Burton’s campaign. In her free time, you might find her enjoying dog memes, staring at mountains, or proctoring personality tests.