Government

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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Texas Voter ID
12:47 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Voter ID Trial Remains On Track Despite Federal Attempt To Postpone

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, is a plaintiff in the voter ID lawsuit.
Trey Martinez Fischer

Plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Texas voter ID law applauded a Corpus Christi federal judge’s vigilance to retain a September trial date -- the U.S. Department of Justice is now hoping to postpone the case because of logistics issues.

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Water Resources
11:35 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Dozens Testify At TCEQ Hearing For LCRA Highland Lakes Water Request

LDuring a November hearing, the LCRA voted to raise the lake level threshold for the Highland Lakes.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Commissioners with the Texas Commissioner on Environmental Quality spent nearly six hours hearing testimony from those that would be affected by a request from the Lower Colorado River Authority to stop the flow of water coming from the Highland Lakes.

A crowd of about 250 farmers, water planners and state and local officials shared their thoughts with TCEQ about a request from the LCRA to stop the flow of water from the Highland Lakes unless the lakes had a combined storage of 1.1 million acre feet -- more than half full. 

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Same-Sex Marriage
5:15 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Local Couple Reflects On Love, Says Attitudes Toward Same-Sex Marriage Have Changed

Eliza McAdams (right) and Christina Parker embrace after Parker's proposal.
Courtesy photo

On Wednesday a federal judge in San Antonio will hear arguments challenging the Texas constitutional amendment defining marriage a union between "one man and one woman."

But whatever the judge rules, the issue will likely remain unsettled, leaving same-sex couples in Texas to wonder what their future holds.

Just ask Eliza McAdams and Christina Parker. They're a same-sex couple who always felt one day they would be legally married.

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Gun Rights
4:40 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Davis Clarifies Position On Open Carry, Says Cities Should Decide

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis at a campaign stop in San Antonio last year.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Likely Democratic nominee for governor Wendy Davis is retaining her support for the open-carry issue despite some rumblings within her own party but emphasized this week that that position comes with caveats -- Davis would make sure city governments retained a local control of the issue.

Davis said her position on open carry remains consistent with her position on the guns on campus issue -- she voted against guns on campus but offered an amendment that would allow individual college campuses to decide the issue.

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