Republicans were hoping powerful House Speaker Tom Craddick wouldn't have to spend any time or money keeping his own seat in Midland. But it looks like Midland Democrat Bill Dingus will get a chance to run against the powerful incumbent after all.
The Republican Party tried to block Dingus from mounting a campaign against Craddick because he was a member of the local city council when he announced his candidacy. But an Austin judge ruled that Dingus, whose term on the council would not overlap with a term in the Legislature, is indeed eligible to run.
In 2003, Craddick became the first Texas Republican speaker in more than 130 years. He's hoping to remain in the post when the Legislature reconvenes in January.
-- Jay Root