Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson is calling for increased local spending for veteran programs and services.
According to a chart prepared by Adkisson based on an Austin-American Statesman survey, Bexar County lags far behind other Texas counties in funding its veteran services, despite the county’s strong active military presence.
"You can see we’re next to dead last on percent of veterans in spending per vet," Adkisson said. "And also the percent that is coming out of our general fund here in Bexar County."
Wendy Davis, the likely Democratic candidate for governor in 2014, has rolled out the second part of her education platform, providing three ways Texas high school students could gain a greater access to higher education.
Davis' platform says that one of the best ways to get students into college, graduate, and to reduce their out-of-pocket expenses is to allow them to obtain college credit while in high school.
On tuesday a federal judge in Oklahoma ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Now an attorney representing one of three lawsuits filed in Texas challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage is looking at a that ruling to show how the Texas case may render the same result.
San Antonio attorney Neel Lane has filed an injunction on the Texas law and his case will be heard on Feb. 12 by Federal District Judge Orlando Garcia.
The Wendy Davis campaign is pleased with the latest six-month campaign finance report showing the Democratic candidate for governor was able to gather more campaign funds during that period than her likely opponent the 2014 governor’s race, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Davis’ campaign raised almost a million dollars more than Abbott -- $12.2 million to Abbott’s $11.5 million.
Matt Angle with The Lone Star Project, a left-leaning political action committee, said that is a significant showing.
Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau, the county’s first female sheriff, gave her first State-of-the-Jail report today. She addressed local elected officials and business leaders, listing her accomplishments so far and outlining plans for the future.
With the largest chunk of the county’s budget, Pamerleau said she treats the office like a business, continuously searching for efficiencies. Pamerleau said 2013 was the year of improving the jail, and 2014 will be driven by facility improvements, starting with two new, permanent substations in East and West Bexar County.
State Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, is asking Texas Insurance Commissioner Julie Rathgeber to oppose new rate increases for homeowner insurance -- and also wants to change the process for how insurance companies are able to increase rates without prior approval.