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Bryan Slaton, left, defeated incumbent Dan Flynn by a roughly 39-point margin in the July 14 Republican Party primary runoff.
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Bryan Slaton will be the Republican Party nominee for Texas House of Representatives District 2 in the Nov. 3 general election. Slaton’s victory in the July 14 GOP primary runoff election over incumbent Dan Flynn makes Slaton the heavy favorite to defeat Democratic nominee Bill Brannon this fall in the reliably Republican district.

An undated photo of Whitley Hall on the campus of A&M-Commerce. Like much of Northeast Texas, the campus is quieter than usual.
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In an effort to keep up with coronavirus and COVID-19 developments around the region, this blog will be kept during the crisis. A statistical account of COVID-19 cases in the KETR listening area and local restrictions in place can be found here. This blog will be kept in reverse chronological order, with newest entries at the top.

Last updated, April 15, 3:09 p.m.

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State Sen. Bob Hall says Texas' Driver Responsibility Program was well intentioned once. But it took the same path as most good intentions on its way to crippling the state's low-income drivers.

  A trio of Republican lawmakers from Northeast Texas have some new committee appointments this legislative session. State Senators Bob Hall and Bryan Hughes and State House Rep. Cole Hefner were all tapped by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick for several committee appointments between them.

Northeast Texas’ state legislators are busy pre-filing bills for the 2019 session. The 86th State Legislature begins in less than a month.

The Republican State Senator for District 2 is looking to trigger a conversation at the federal level regarding Social Security for civil servants in Texas.

State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) will once again be on ballots in November.

Incumbent Republican State Representative Dan Flynn withstood a challenge in Texas House District 2, while the GOP nominee for Texas House District 62 will be determined by a runoff between Reggie Smith and Brent Lawson. Flynn’s victory came on a night that featured mixed results for Republican incumbents.

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The state’s most visible anti-abortion group this week abruptly took down a campaign video featuring the candidate it endorsed for State Senate District 2.

Bob Hall and Cindy Burkett are the Republican candidates vying for their party’s nomination this March to serve as state senator for District 2. Hall, a one-term incumbent is looking to retain his seat; Burkett a four-term state representative from House District 113 who’s looking to move to the other chamber.

Senate Bill 6, the bill requiring cities in Texas to hold a public vote before annexing surrounding properties was approved mainly along party lines yesterday. The 21 to 10 vote in the state Senate approves changes made in the House. 

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State Senator Bob Hall has filed a bill for the upcoming special legislative session aimed at removing local-level regulations regarding trees on private property in Texas. 

Dan Huberty represents District 127.
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The chairman of the House Public Education Committee has said there is no path forward for a school choice bill in the House during this legislative session. 

Bob Hall won 59 percent of votes and will once again represent Texas Senate District 2.

Business leaders and LGBT rights advocates have found common cause in opposing a bill submitted by State Sen. Bob Hall that would repeal nondiscrimination ordinances in Texas cities. 

Bob Hall won 59 percent of votes and will once again represent Texas Senate District 2.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has announced committee assignments for this year’s Texas Senate and Northeast Texas will be fairly well represented. Each one of the three Republican state senators from the KETR listening area has an assignment as either chair or vice-chair on one of the 14 committees in this session of the Texas Legislature.

Kevin Eltife of Tyler will chair the Committee on Business and Commerce. Eltife, whose district includes Lamar, Franklin and Wood Counties, will also serve on the Committee on Administration and the Committee on Finance.

Freshman Senator Bob Hall of Van has replaced Bob Deuell as the lawmaker representing Delta, Fannin, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Rains, Rockwall and Van Zandt Counties, as well as part of Dallas County. Hall will serve as vice chair of the Border Security Subcommittee. That group will be led by chair Brian Birdwell, a Republican from Granbury. Hall also received three other assignments, most notably on the Transportation Committee. Hall was also selected to serve on the Committee on Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs and also on the Committee on Natural Resources and Economic development.

Craig Estes of Wichita Falls has a large North Texas district that includes part of Collin County, including Farmersville and Princeton. Estes lost his chairmanship of the Committee on State Affairs, though he will continue to serve in that group. Estes was replaced by Houston Republican Joan Huffman. Estes will be the vice chair of the Committee on Natural resources and economic development. Estes will also serve on three other committees: Health and Human Services, Nominations, and State Affairs.

Patrick eliminated four committees that were organized in the 2013 Senate. Absent from this year’s session will be last session’s committees on Open Government, Jurisprudence, Economic Development and Government Organization.

A closer look at the State Senators and their districts:

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Van Zandt county retired businessman Bob Hall rode a wave of Tea Party support to defeat longtime state Senator Bob Deuell in a Republican Party primary runoff last month. Having won the GOP nomination, Hall is considered a safe bet to win the general election in November.

Last night, State Sen. Bob Deuell experienced a demi-version of what Mitt Romney endured in 2012. He won most of the geographic territory, but not the most votes.

Bob Hall, the retired businessman who defeated incumbent Deuell in the race to be the Republican nominee for the Texas Senate District 2 seat, did so by a whisker-thin margin. Hall collected 18,230 votes to 17,930 for Deuell.

That 300-vote margin came in part from Hall’s success in the southern part of the district and in the suburbs of Dallas.

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The battle for Texas Senate District 2 has turned a little chippy in its closing weeks. The most recent nastiness concerned a radio ad targeting incumbent Bob Deuell. The ad was the latest joust in an ongoing schism within the pro-life movement in Texas.

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In many of the Republican primary runoff elections this year in Texas, the campaigns have turned negative, with personal attacks on the character of candidates mixing in with debate on the issues.

A rundown of the runoffs on the May 27 ballot

Mar 5, 2014

Primary day may be over, but several primary races are far from settled. 

Deuell unopposed due to Hall's clerical error

Mar 12, 2012

AUSTIN - There’s also been a shakeup in the race for the district two seat for State Senate, as Incumbent Senator Bob Deuell of Greenville is the only candidate on the May 29 ballot.

Van Zandt County man to challenge Deuell in primary

Jan 12, 2012
State Sen. Bob Hall (R-Van)

EDGEWOOD - Edgewood businessman and engineer Bob Hall has formally filed for State Senator for District 2.