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City Government
1:32 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Bag Ban Removed From Council Agenda For More Input, Pushed To March

Flickr user Kate Ter Haar cc

This week the San Antonio City Council Governance Committee was to discuss a potential single-use plastic bag ban but the item was pulled from the agenda.

In an effort to get community input on a possible plastic bag ban in San Antonio, District 7 Councilman Cris Medina last week convened a group of people from the retail industry, the city and others to talk about a ban on single-use plastic bags.

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City Government
12:50 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Nirenberg Outlines Goals In Inaugural State Of District 8 Address

District 8 residents collaborated on goals they'd like to accomplish. They participated in round table discussions before Councilman Nirenberg delivered his inaugural State of District 8 speech.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Residents in San Antonio City Council District 8 on the Northwest Side gathered Saturday evening to hear their councilman, Ron Nirenberg, outline his vision for the future.

It was Nirenberg's first State of District 8 address. But residents in attendance didn't just listen. Every table full of involved citizens got the chance to put their heads together to come up with ideas for their district. They collaborated on various topics and they shared their ideas with others. One table thought about how to make downtown attractive.

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Bexar County
12:46 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Sheriff Pamerleau Earns Texas Peace Officer License

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau.
Bexar County

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau has received her license as a Texas peace officer as required by law, and she said she is planning further improvements to her law enforcement expertise.

The certification was required within two years of Pamerleau’s election and last week she passed the exam to gain the certification, one year after she took office. Sheriff’s office spokesman Paul Berry said Pamerleau will now begin other classes to increase her professional expertise in other public safety disciplines.

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Abortion In Texas
12:15 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Houston Clinic Becomes First Casualty Of Texas Abortion Restrictions

Protesters on both sides of the abortion issue make their point outside the Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio last summer.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The Department of State Health Services announced Friday the closure of a women’s health care clinic in Houston that performed abortions in violation of the state's new restrictions for such facilities.

According to records obtained from Texas Medical Board, Dr. Theodore M. Herring Jr. performed 268 abortions at A Affordable Women's Medical Center between Nov. 6, 2013 and Feb. 7, 2014 without admitting rights at a nearby hospital, a restriction now required under the new Texas abortion law.

The medical board has also revoked Herring's medical license.

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2014 Primary Election
11:34 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Carlton Soules Kicks Off Campaign For Bexar County Judge

Carlton Soules officially kicked off his campaign for Bexar County judge on Sunday among a crowd of supporters.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Former San Antonio City Councilman Carlton Soules officially kicked off his campaign Sunday to run in the Republican primary for Bexar County judge.

Soules is fairly new to the political scene, having won the City Council District 10 seat in 2011. But in just a short time, Soules said he has learned a lot, and wants to stop spending he thinks is ruining the county. He said he has a three-step plan to take the county back from what conservatives say has been out-of-control spending for far too long.

First, he wants to stop what he calls "legacy projects" like streetcars.

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Campaign Finance
4:51 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Texas Ethics Commission Considering "Dark Money" Disclosure Proposal

The Texas Ethics Commission has approved a rulemaking request on "dark money" disclosure from an Austin lobbyist.

Austin lobbyist Steve Bresnen, along with a political watchdog group, are taking a back-door approach to creating a rule that would reveal all of the money that is used to influence elected officials and their decisions.

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Texas Politics
1:59 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Davis Says As Governor, She Would Push For Same-Sex Marriage Law Change In Texas

Wendy Davis is continuing to put pressure on Greg Abbott as campaigning continues in the race for governor.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In a meeting with the San Antonio Express-News editorial board on Thursday, Wendy Davis, the likely Democratic nominee for governor, called on Attorney General Greg Abbott to stop defending Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage.

Davis said in that meeting that as governor she would take steps to remove that section of the Texas Constitution and repeal the law.

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2014 Election
4:47 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Castro & Van De Putte Join Davis In Support Of Pre-K Platform

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis at a recent event at Austin Community College.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Update (4:40 p.m.): Mayor Julián Castro and state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte joined Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis in San Antonio to support the rollout of the her pre-K campaign platform.

The three drummed up support from lawmakers, teachers and parents at San Antonio’s Amando Leal Middle School.

Van De Putte, who is running for lieutenant governor, said that she and Davis intend to make sure every business gets quality employees who have a great start when it comes to education.

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City Government
4:14 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Nirenberg Requests Action For Long Term City Water Plan

District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg.
Ron Nirenberg for City Council District 8 Facebook

San Antonio District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg is asking for a comprehensive water plan through the year 2050.

The plan would include how city growth patterns will impact the Edwards Aquifer and San Antonio Water System. Nirenberg said the number one threat to the state's economy and future prosperity is water scarcity.

In a request to the city staff, he outlined a compilation of all city policies, procedures, standards and regulations into one place so that council members can easily understand the water situation now and for the future.

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Texas Politics
3:07 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Castro And Patrick Trying To Work Out Date For Immigration Debate

Mayor Julián Castro speaks with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis at Rackspace last year.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro has offered Dan Patrick, one of the Republican candidates running for lieutenant governor, several dates for debate on the topic of immigration. The debate was spurred by a Twitter exchange between the two men in January.

Castro said he had grown sick of the rhetoric regarding the topic of immigration and singled out Patrick as being "anti-immigrant."

"Dan Patrick is scapegoating immigrants and using fear as a means to try to win votes and try and get elected lieutenant governor," Castro said.

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