Government & Public Policy

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Ryan Poppe

Texas veterans from across state flocked to the state capitol to celebrate this Veterans Day.  The event was also a chance for veterans to speak out about the ongoing needs and challenges they face in their daily lives.

The 1st Calvary Mounted Color Guard from Ft. Hood ushered in the 63rd Veteran’s Day ceremony at the state capitol as hundreds of veterans and military families from all across the State of Texas make the trip to Austin once a year to honor one another and remember the fallen.

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During his presidential campaign Donald Trump promised to kill a number of initiatives President Obama has put into place.  TPR’s Shelley Kofler talked with two political consultants – a Democrat and a Republican – about how Texas might be affected if President Trump follows through.  They don’t always agree on whether Texas would be better off or worse.  But they do agree the impact on our state could be significant. 

Ryan Poppe

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio says his top priorities for the upcoming legislative session include reforming school funding and foster care.

Straus laid out his legislative agenda Thursday before a packed crowd at the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Straus says this session, lawmakers will find balancing the state budget a lot more challenging because of lost oil and gas revenues, but he says that doesn’t mean money needed for public schools and foster care will be ignored. 

From Texas Standard:

When it comes to the electoral college, Texas is like most states: winner-take-all (only two states, Nebraska and Maine, aren't). So we're red and, if Democrats' dreams came true, we'd someday be blue.

Wendy Davis, a former gubernatorial candidate and former state senator from Dallas-Fort Worth, says she sees a possibility of a change in hue.