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Texas Politics
4:25 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Conservative Group Shows Support For Gov. Perry As He Is Booked In Travis County

Perry supporters begin to gather at the Travis County Justice Complex, where the governor will be booked this afternoon.
Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

At least one conservative group is planning to rally outside the Travis County Jail during Gov. Rick Perry’s booking this afternoon. Empower Texans is calling on Republicans to stand up and support the governor.

In an email to supporters, Empower Texans Executive Director Michael Quinn Sulivan wrote:

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Border Security
1:31 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Border Patrol Issues Law Enforcement Alert After Late-Night Incident With Texas Militia

Credit U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

The U.S. Border Patrol remains on high alert, issuing a warning to all law enforcement agencies operating along the Rio Grande Valley after encountering a militia group hiding in the brush during the recent arrest of a group of migrants crossing the border.   

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Von Ormy
1:08 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

City Of Von Ormy Poised To Eliminate Property Tax

Credit City of Von Ormy

The small southwestern Bexar County town of Von Ormy is attempting to run its city without the aid of a city property tax starting next year.

The city of Von Ormy incorporated in 2008 and since 2009, its mayor, Art Martinez de Vara, has vowed to remove the city portion out of its resident’s property taxes. Martinez de Vara said even without property taxes the city’s budget will increase 30% for the next fiscal year. That’s due to increasing sales taxes.

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Texas Politics
10:12 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Perry's Legal Team Says Indictment Violates Governor's Right To Free Speech

Credit rickperry.org

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s legal team said the governor’s 2013 announcement and veto of the state public integrity unit budget was the governor’s right to free speech and his desire to be transparent about his intended plans. Perry's attorneys say the court will see that the governor’s words did not constitute a threat.

In downtown Austin on Monday, just a few blocks from the state capitol, Houston attorney Tony Buzbee announced that he is Perry’s lead counsel on the case and then called the indictment "Banana Republic politics." 

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Texas Politics
9:12 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Gov. Perry Defends Veto After Indictment, Democrats Call For Immediate Resignation

Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Credit rickperry.org

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling the criminal indictments filed against him for coercion a political play. Perry contends he was only exercising his constitutional right to threaten and then veto the budget for the state’s public integrity unit and then called the indictments a partisan attack.

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Transportation
1:43 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

TxDOT Wants $50M To Study Futuristic Transporation Models Like The "Hyperloop"

With TxDOT making little headway in alleviating current congestion on roadways, the department wants to look at newer ideas.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

For the upcoming 2015 legislative session, the Texas Department of Transportation will be asking state lawmakers for $50 million over a two-year period to fund research into futuristic methods of transportation; that includes a study on the use of delivery drones and "hyperloops."

TxDOT Deputy Executive Director John Barton said Texas can no longer keep building the same type transportation systems the agency has built over the last 100 years.

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Health Care
10:51 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Senate Committee Considers Other Options For Covering Texas Uninsured Population

Since a federal block grant to create an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is unlikely, lawmakers are considering what other options may be available in 2015 in order to cover that portion of Texas’ uninsured population.

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City Ordinances
9:39 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Ride-Share Services Remain Illegal As City Works To Include Them In Ordinance

Lyft is still operating in San Antonio, despite a council committee's decision to maintain the status quo until formal recommendations can be made.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Lyft drivers across the city are picking up riders and dropping them off. The mobile app is one indication of the company still operating illegally in San Antonio, where a cease-and-desist order remains in place.

This week, the city council's public safety committee upheld the city's stance on the company and decided to form a task force that will make recommendations on how to implement Transportation Network Companies (TNC) so they will fit into the current Chapter 33 vehicle-for-hire ordinance.

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Border & Immigration
1:11 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Where Will Money Come From To Fund The Texas Border Security Operation?

David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas lawmakers in charge of putting together the state’s budget for the upcoming session are searching for additional funding for the state-led, multi-million dollar border security operation. Lawmakers are also looking at how to replace money already spent for that effort.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s activation of the National Guard has prompted members of the Texas Senate Committee on Finance to review the money already spent to begin the guard’s training. 

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Border & Immigration
4:37 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Gov. Perry Tours National Guard Camp For Troops Headed To Border

Today Texas Gov. Rick Perry addressed Texas National Guard troops at Camp Swift, where they are preparing for their deployment to the Rio Grande Valley. Perry said the federal government's neglect to enact border security has caused the state of Texas to take action.

Perry told the troops that the mission of Operation Strong Safety was to be that visible presence that deters criminal activity.

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