ICYMI: Top stories of the week


33 candidates filed for federal and statewide offices last week

Last week, 33 candidates filed to run for congressional and state offices—including for elections in 2023, 2024, 2024, and 2026. Two weeks ago, we tracked 27 candidates who declared for congressional and state offices. 

So far this year, we’ve tracked 502 candidates who’ve filed to run for congressional and state offices in 2023 and in future election cycles. At this time in 2021, we had processed 519 candidates for elections in 2021, 2022, and 2023.

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Texas legislators have proposed 295 state constitutional amendments this year

The Texas Legislature has proposed 295 constitutional amendments during its 2023 legislative session, up from 251 in 2021. Both legislative chambers must approve an amendment with a two-thirds vote for it to appear on the ballot.

As of April 14, fourteen of the 295 proposed amendments (4.7%) have passed one chamber and could appear on the 2023 ballot if the second chamber approves. No proposals have qualified for the ballot yet.

Between 2009 and 2021, Texas legislators filed an average of 196 constitutional amendments per session. On average, nine amendments—4.7% of the average number introduced—appear on the ballot.

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Tracking partisanship in the 2023 mayoral elections

Twenty-nine of the 100 largest U.S. cities are holding mayoral elections in 2023. Currently, 20 of those cities have a Democratic mayor, six have a Republican mayor, two mayors are independent or nonpartisan, and one mayor’s partisan affiliation is unclear. 

Additionally, 18 state capitals are holding mayoral elections in 2023, including 11 capitals that fall outside of the top 100 cities. Heading into the year, 15 of those capitals had a Democratic mayor, one had a Republican mayor, one mayor was nonpartisan, and one mayor’s partisan affiliation was unclear.

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