By: Elliott Blackburn on February 16, 2010 - 5:44pm - Add new comment

Elliott Blackburn / Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Voting turnout continued to climb, but didn't threaten any records as the evening commute began.

By: Elliott Blackburn on February 16, 2010 - 4:42pm - Add new comment

Elliott Blackburn / Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Voting in the Democratic and Republican parties picked up through the lunch hour this afternoon.

By: Matthew McGowan on February 16, 2010 - 3:05pm - Add new comment

By Enrique Rangel | A-J AUSTIN BUREAU

AUSTIN - Texas House Speaker Joe Straus visited Lubbock on Monday to endorse his colleague Delwin Jones, one of his biggest allies in the 150-member chamber.

For Jones, R-Lubbock, who faces strong challenges from attorney Zach Brady and accountant Charles Perry in the March 2 Republican primary, the visit from the House leader was not only welcome but to a certain extent fitting.

By: Matthew McGowan on February 16, 2010 - 3:04pm - Add new comment

AUSTIN — Texas Republican voters will have a chance to give their opinions on such issues as voter identification and federal stimulus spending through five nonbinding resolutions that will appear on the GOP primary ballot.

The resolutions, which include perennial Republican priorities that have failed in the Legislature, were chosen by the State Republican Executive Committee and are designed to send a message to elected leaders in Austin and Washington, D.C.

By: Elliott Blackburn on February 16, 2010 - 12:35pm - Add new comment

Elliott Blackburn / Avalanche-Journal

Early voting in the Democratic and Republican primaries began this morning. The Lubbock County Elections office shipped out turnout numbers after the first hour and a half -- all but two voting locations opened at 10 a.m.

By: Matthew McGowan on February 15, 2010 - 1:41pm - Add new comment

By Logan Carver / Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

A former prosecutor in Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 said she can do better than the man she tried cases before nearly 10 years ago.
But incumbent Jim Dulin said his 12 years’ experience and desire to continue serving should allow him to keep his job.

Defense attorney Susan Rowley was assigned to incumbent Dulin’s court when she worked in the Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.

She said she vowed 10 years ago to run for Justice of the Peace if she ever moved to Precinct 2 after she grew weary of Dulin’s refusal to accept plea offers agreed upon by defense attorneys and prosecutors.

By: Matthew McGowan on February 15, 2010 - 1:40pm - Add new comment

Question & Answer

The Avalanche-Journal sent questionnaires candidates and here are the questions and answers for Lubbock County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2:

1. Why are you running?

Jim Dulin, incumbent: Serving as Justice of the Peace is where my knowledge lies. I enjoy helping people. Being instrumental in children remaining in school, knowing that a family torn by anger has reconciled and helping to remove hazardous drivers from the roadways is extremely satisfying to me. My integrity, life values and record on the bench prove me to be a good judge.

Susan Rowley, challenger: I have always had a desire to serve the community. This is the right time in my career to be a public servant. We need some “new blood” in Precinct 2, someone who can bring more impartiality and innovation. With my background and experience, I believe I’m that person.

By: Matthew McGowan on February 15, 2010 - 12:53pm - Add new comment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — At the start of his final year in office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appealed to California lawmakers to work with him to pull the state out of its financial crisis and reform state government.

Democrats in the state Assembly sent him a reply this week when they rejected his nominee for lieutenant governor, saying they won’t rubber-stamp his agenda.

By: Matthew McGowan on February 15, 2010 - 11:28am - Add new comment

By Robyn Pyle / Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

The candidates for Lubbock County sheriff can agree on at least one thing: The department’s law enforcement branch needs major attention.

Patrols are stretched in a growing county, forcing deputies to race across large stretches of rural roads, going call-to-call — which can be dangerous.

Response times have suffered, especially for lower-priority cases.

By: Matthew McGowan on February 15, 2010 - 11:27am - Add new comment

Question & Answer

The Avalanche-Journal sent questionnaires to candidates ... are the questions and answers regarding Lubbock County Sheriff.

1. Why are you running?

Kelly Rowe, appointed incumbent: Ensuring the Sheriff’s Office provides the best possible public safety services to this community and keeping Lubbock County safe is priority number one. It is critical that this be accomplished at the highest standard operationally and fiscally. This was a planned career objective that I have worked hard to achieve.