The race to replace Straus is the talk of the Texas House, but it's just the most visible part of a power shift that affects every state representative's standing.
Some Democratic lawmakers say Trey Martinez Fischer will be a strong player on a political team that's vastly outnumbered in the GOP-controlled House.
Julián Castro, former mayor of San Antonio and a fixture in Texas Democratic politics, said this week he has "every interest" in running for president in 2020.
Texas Democrats may not have a full statewide slate yet, but they are seeing early and intense interest in several congressional races.
Eleven candidates for Democratic National Committee chair are set to attend a forum in Houston on Saturday ahead of a February election.
As Texas Democrats pick up the pieces of the 2016 election, a single-digit margin in the presidential race here and a few legislative victories don't offer much comfort.
After wrapping up official state party business earlier, another round of fiery speeches by several state political leaders brought the Texas Democratic Convention to a close late Saturday afternoon.
After their formal business finished earlier Friday, thousands of Texas Democratic Convention delegates and guests streamed into the west end of the Alamodome to listen to the state's leading officeholders and party leaders speak.
The last time the Texas Democratic Party Convention was held in San Antonio, Texas Democrat Lyndon Baines Johnson was in the White House, the San Antonio Spurs were still the newborn Dallas Chaparrals and Hemisfair and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center were somewhere in the city's future.
The Texas Democratic Party will host its annual state-wide convention this weekend in San Antonio, where it will be anything but business as usual.