Government

Democratic National Convention
2:27 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

From the Floor: Mayor Castro's Keynote Address

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro delivers his keynote address to the Democratic Convention and the nation on Tuesday night
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Mayor Castro's remarks put his own personal story about his family’s sacrifice in the spotlight, while at the same time remaining focused on a clear message that separated the Democratic party's views from those of the GOP.

Castro told the story of his late grandmother’s journey from Mexico to San Antonio nearly 100 years ago, and how she had to drop out of school to work to help take care of the family. But he also spent some time defining the differences between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney - presumably with some encouragement by the Obama campaign.

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Democratic National Convention
5:14 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

From the Convention Floor: Party Platform and Castro Preparation

State Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, stops for a chat at the Charlotte Convention Center in Uptown Charlotte
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The Democratic Party released its platform that calls for higher taxes on wealthier Americans, abortion rights, and marriage equality, something that’s never been a part of the platform before.

The platform now says the Democratic Party “supports the right of all families to have equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law.”

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Democratic National Convention
5:00 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Protesters Voice A Variety of Messages Outside the DNC

A protester holds a sign in front of police officers outside the convention center.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

In the shadows of the big bank buildings on College Street in Uptown Charlotte, protestors danced in the street, waved signs and played instruments.

Charlotte is known as "Wall Street South" because of its huge financial centers. Some of the hundreds of demonstrators want the money taken out of politics, some are against the war, and others want to preserve a woman’s right to choose.

This coalition, including 20-year-old Sebastian Feculak, believes elected leaders need to know what they think.

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Democratic National Convention
2:44 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Family History the Context of Mayor Castro's DNC Keynote

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro talks to reporters at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Ryan Loyd TPR

“I’m excited and of course a little bit nervous, and I know that it’s a very important moment,” said Mayor Julián Castro, who will deliver the keynote address tonight and tell how far his family has come in his American story.  

“It’s a 'made in America' story that is so common throughout the generations, no matter where folks have come from,” said Castro.

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Democratic National Convention
2:15 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Immigration and the Importance of the Hispanic Vote

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaking at the Latino Leaders Luncheon
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Speaking at the Latino Leaders Lunch as chairman of the Democratic National Convention, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he doesn’t cry much, but he did when President Barack Obama instituted deferred deportation of young Americans brought into the country by their undocumented parents.

“Because," said Villaraigosa, "these people are not only our future, they’re the best and brightest; they’re the strongest!”

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Democratic National Convention
1:38 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Labor Day Party in Charlotte, Whether You have a Pass to the DNC or Not

The Labor Day festival in Charlotte, N.C. drew convention-goers and locals alike
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The people of Charlotte expressed their southern hospitality by inviting thousands of convention-goers downtown to spend the day together.

“It’s hot and there’s a lot of people running around, trying to see people at the convention." said Willie Hull, who lives in South Charlotte and thinks this is a great way to showcase his city.

Ilene Grayson loves that this street party gets everyone out, even if many won’t be going inside for the keynote speech tonight “because it allows people to be involved in the convention."

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City Utilities
5:27 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

CPS Employees Earn $16 Million in Bonuses, Councilman Questions Timing

District 7 Councilman Cris Medina said he believes it’s bad timing to issue bonuses to City Public Service executives and staffers because of a tough economy.

“People are trying to make ends meet and CPS energy is issuing out these types of bonuses; very surprising," said Medina. "And certainly the comments I’ve gotten from my constituents are that they’re excessive.”

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2012 Presidential Race
12:30 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Gary Johnson: Libertarian Candidate for President

Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for president, campaigned in San Antonio and paused to talk about his beliefs and platforms
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Sweeping the country, former Governor of New Mexico and Libertarian candidate for president Gary Johnson stumped in San Antonio as the November general election nears.

Wasting no time to speak on the issues, he said why he thinks he is the clearest choice for the nation's next Commander in Chief.

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The Source
12:08 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Bexar County Works To Preserve Historic Documents

The histories of San Antonio, and those of Texas, are illuminated in stories contained in legal documents of county courthouses around the state. 

Bexar County Clerk Gerry Rickhoff is working to preserve aging, fragile documents found in the Bexar County Courthouse, and to retrieve about 70,000 documents dating back to 1717, which were given to the University of Texas by a Bexar County Commissioners Court over 100 years ago. 

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