Government

2014 Governor's Race
2:35 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Both Parties And Pundits See Democrats Taking Metropolitan Counties But Abbott Still Expected To Win

On election eve, Democrats and Republicans are feverishly working to get their voters out, especially in major metropolitan counties where voting margins might be as close as 1-2 percent in Texas’ gubernatorial race. But any effort to “turn Texas blue” won’t begin at the top.

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Ebola in Texas
4:18 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Biohazard Gowns Used At Dallas Hospital Allowed Ebola To Pass Through

A lawsuit filed against the manufacturer of the surgical gowns used by staff at the Dallas hospital where nurses were infected with Ebola, alleges the company falsely claimed that Ebola and other infectious disease couldn’t penetrate their material. 

A California surgeon has filed a $500 million federal class action lawsuit, claiming the Dallas-based Kimberley-Clarke Corporation made fraudulent claims after industry tests proved their “MICROCOOL Breathable High Performance Surgical Gown was not impermeable to diseases such as Ebola.  

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2014 Governor's Race
2:12 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Abbott Says He Feels Good About His Chances With Hispanic Voters

Gubernatorial candidate-Greg Abbott after casting a ballot during early voting.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

Casting his ballot ahead of Tuesday’s election, Republican Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott remains confident about his chances amongst likely Hispanic voters. Abbott predicts his campaign will win a majority of votes throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

The lines for early voting were longer than in 2010, including for the Republican candidate for governor, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who waited to cast a ballot for himself before the last day of early voting. 

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Government
4:41 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

San Antonio City Council Approves Historic $3.4 Billion Vista Ridge Pipeline Project

Standing in front of the San Antonio City Council, barely able to reach the microphone atop the broad wood podium, Verna Dement carried a stack of papers.

The Lee County woman had come to the Alamo City to ask the council to hold up on voting for the Vista Ridge Pipeline Project, a $3.4 billion, 142-mile pipeline, which would draw water from Dement’s neighboring Burleson County, to provide San Antonio and potentially, other cities along the I-35, water for decades to come.

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Dark Money
10:32 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

State Ethics Body Takes Aim At “Dark Money” Groups, Approves New Regulation

With a unanimous vote, members of the Texas Ethics Commission approved new regulations that require that “Dark Money” groups reveal all political contributions. 

The new regulation requires all politically active nonprofits that have donated more than 25 percent of their annual budgets to campaigns, disclose their list of anonymous donors. The chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission, Jim Clancy, says he is troubled by the battle over whether our government would be run in secret.

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Guns In Schools
3:22 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Under Fire: Law Enforcement Agency’s Attempt To Keep Marshal Program Schools Secret

A state agency’s efforts to keep the names of schools participating in the state’s school marshals program a secret, isn’t sitting well with those who helped pass the law.

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Election 2014
10:50 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Bexar County Sees Mail-in Ballots More Than Double Compared To 2010

Early voting site
Chris Eudaily TPR News

 

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Voter ID Law
10:13 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Texas Democrats Stake Claim In Mail-in Ballots As A Way Around Voter ID Laws

 Texas Democrats are taking a page from the Republican playbook, hoping to boost early voting numbers ahead of the November election by targeting voters that benefit from mail-in ballots.   The party and political experts also sees absentee voting as a way-around Texas’ Voter voter ID Lawslaws.

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Ebola in Texas
3:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Health Experts Compare Notes On How They View The State’s Response To Ebola

Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Hearing with doctors and university healthcare system.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

The creation of two specialized bio-containment centers for handling Ebola in Texas led to a debate between leading health officials at the first hearing of Gov. Rick Perry’s Ebola task force.

Six doctors from Texas hospitals and university health systems gave the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response their take on the state’s response to the disease.

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Ebola in Texas
9:44 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Perry And Members Of Ebola Task Force Unhappy With Travel Restrictions--For Different Reasons

New federal restrictions on people traveling from any of three countries on an Ebola high alert aren’t sitting well with Texas Governor Rick Perry, or some on the governor’s Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response.  

Dr. Peter Hotez, an expert on tropical diseases and a member of Gov. Perry’s  task force, agreed that the current restrictions would serve as a way to play down fears. But he added, significantly, that without any advanced screening measures, airport security was likely to only stop one to two cases of Ebola from entering the country.

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