Category Archives: Statewide

Three Thoughts on the Iowa Polls

So Ted Cruz won.  That was unexpected to a lot of people, included otherwise very good pollsters like Ann Selzer (who conducts the Des Moines Register poll) and Douglas Schwartz (who is the head of the Quinnipiac poll). The cat is pretty much out of the bag now though that it wasn’t unexpected to us […]

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Four Thoughts About Iowa Tonight

This isn’t a “what to watch” post. What to watch has been done and done better than I have the remaining mental resources to do it. But here are four thoughts about tonight’s Iowa Republican caucus.  If they help you with a deeper understanding of what happens tonight, you’re welcome.  If they don’t, well…to steal […]

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Keep end-of-August start day for schools

Keep end-of-August start day for schools Robert Scott, For the Express-News | May 14, 2015 A surprising number of bills has been filed in the Texas Legislature to change the school start date, currently the fourth Monday in August. When I served as the state’s commissioner of education, my job was to analyze education policy […]

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WPA Political Brief: 5 Days to E Day

Today’s surf report… We’re less than a week from Election Day and things are looking really good for the Grand Old Party.  So now the conversation is shifting to what the definition of a “wave” is. The Left wants to set the bar high, so that a pick-up of a handful of House seats and […]

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WPA Political Brief: 26 Days Before Election Day

Hope you’re enjoying all the political ads. Following is another weekly political update to take your mind off of college football. First, signs and portents…. Just under four weeks remain until we will know what really happened this year. Until then , well it’s just reading tealeaves and telling you what I see. This week […]

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When do endorsements matter?

This article was co-authored by Chris Wilson and Alex Brunk Endorsements are a matter of some debate among most political operatives and pollsters.  Conventional wisdom is that they don’t matter much.  When they do matter, it’s because they run contrary to expectations.  A Democratic Party official endorsing a Democratic candidate is not news. Colin Powell […]

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Roll Call: Chris Perkins joins WRS

Roll Call May 21, 2009 By Shira Toeplitz Roll Call Staff Things Are Perkins Up. GOP strategist Chris Perkins has joined Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research as vice president of the polling firm. A native of the Lone Star State, Perkins will run the Austin office and oversee the firm’s Texas operations. Perkins most recently […]

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