Texas Secretary of State David Whitley’s press release last month contending that 95,000 non-U.S. citizens with driver’s licenses or ID cards also had voter registration records in Texas — and that some 58,000 had voted in at least one election — has by now proven one of the most botched debuts of any state official in recent memory. To compound matters, in last week’s Senate confirmation hearing, the interim secretary displayed stunning ignorance about matters he should have definitively nailed down, given the certainty of state senators’ questions.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday that President Trump would declare a national emergency as a pretext for building The Border Wall™ — Sponsored by Mexico (disclaimer: wall will not be sponsored by Mexico). It’s a broken campaign promise that’s right up there with classics like “Read my lips, no new taxes” (George H.W. Bush) and “If you like the plan you have, you can keep it” (Barack Obama).

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Barry Johnson, 61, an attorney who grew up in Waco and returned to his hometown from Dallas in March to care for his mother, is a Republican candidate for McLennan County district attorney, a position occupied for two terms by Abel Reyna. Whoever wins the March 6 GOP primary election will face independent Daniel Hare in the Nov. 6 election. Early voting in the Republican primary election begins Tuesday.

Chris Miller, 25, of Waco, investigator for the local Daniel/Stark law firm and a Baylor University graduate, is a Democratic candidate for state representative in Texas House District 12. The seat is occupied by Republican Kyle Kacal of College Station who is running for re-election. Early voting in the Democratic primary election begins on Feb. 20 with Election Day on March 6.