Government

Marijuana
3:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Perry Says He Supports State's Right To Legalize Pot, But Won't Happen In Texas

Gov. Rick Perry.
rickperry.org

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Gov. Rick Perry shocked the crowd by saying the legalization of marijuana was a right states should have. Perry went on to say it wasn’t something he saw happening in Texas.

"As the governor of the second-largest state in the country, what I can do is start us on policies that can start us on the road towards decriminalization," Perry said.

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2014 Election
2:15 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Acusations Of Flip Flopping Continue In Republican Race For Lt. Gov.

Todd Staples campaign photo.
www.toddstaples.com

Accusations of flip flopping on the issues continue to dominate the Republicans campaigning for lieutenant governor.

This week started with incumbent David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston reversing their opinions on repealing the  17th Amendment. 

Agriculture CommissionerTodd Staples took issue with their lack of consistency, but now it appears he may be guilty of changing his stance on the Senate’s two-thirds rule.  In a 2011 interview with the Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith, Staples was asked where he stood.

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Texas Politics
12:06 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Political Expert Weighs In On Undercover Video Of Battleground Texas

The political back-and-forth between Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis has reached new heights this week with revelations about her life story and the release of a controversial undercover video.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

A political expert in Texas says an undercover video of Battleground Texas organizers making fun of Greg Abbott’s disability will likely rally the base, but doesn't see it hurting anyone’s campaign.

Professor Jim Henson with the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said the impact will depend how closely the media follows the video, which he described as a highly-edited unidentified group of people making fun of Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott’s disability.  

Henson said the video is more about mobilization and less about persuasion.

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Texas Politics
10:29 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Abbott And Davis React To Hidden Video Recording Of Battleground Texas

Likely Republican nominee for governor in 2014 Greg Abbott.
Courtesy photo

After a videotape showing Battleground Texas workers -- who are helping campaign for Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis -- mocking Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott for being disabled, Davis is again finding herself on the defensive.

State Sen. Davis is disavowing those remarks and the campaign workers who made them.

Conservative operative James O’Keefe is known for his heavily-edited hidden video recordings catching progressives like ACORN workers saying embarrassing things.

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Texas Politics
9:37 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Wendy Davis Responds To Charges She Embellished Life Story

Wendy Davis in a campaign ad highlighting her life story.
Wendy Davis for Governor

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is fighting back against allegations that she embellished her life story. The likely democratic nominee for Texas governor says she didn’t stretch the truth for political gain.

Part of Davis’s appeal to Texas voters has been her compelling back story -- of being once a teenaged single mother, living in a trailer park and through hard work and a Harvard law degree rising to political prominence.

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Election Campaigns
9:14 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Video Released Of Battleground Texas Workers Mocking Greg Abbott's Disability

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

A YouTube video that has gone viral shows Battleground Texas organizers making fun of Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott’s disability.

The video was released by the nonprofit group Project Veritas, whose mission according to it’s founder is to go undercover and investigate public figures because of neglect from the mainstream media. 

The Project Veritas team secretly filmed Battleground Texas organizers at a Wendy Davis Gubernatorial watch party.

Clip from the undercover video:

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Health News
3:23 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Texas Issues Tough Rules For Insurance Navigators

Cedric Anthony and Alysia Greer are two of the navigators working in Houston neighborhoods for United Labor Unions Local 100.
Carrie Feibel

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 4:30 pm

Texas has imposed strict new regulations on the insurance helpers, or navigators, who work in the community to enroll people in health plans under the Affordable Care Act.

The navigators must register with the state, undergo a background check and fingerprinting, and complete 20 hours of additional training — beyond the 20 to 30 hours of federal training they've already received.

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Texas Public Schools
10:35 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Release Of End-Of-Course Exam Results Turn Up Heat In School Finance Trial

Texas Education Agency

According to the Texas Education Agency, nearly a quarter of all high school juniors have fell short of end-of-course graduation requirements -- those numbers were what attorneys led with on day two of the Texas school finance trial.

According to the TEA, over 309,000 students met the necessary requirements and passed a set of end-of-course exams in order to graduate in 2015, which works out to about 76 percent of all Texas high school juniors.

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Criminal Justice
4:27 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Mexican National Executed For Texas Cop's Murder

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 7:20 am

Texas has executed a Mexican national for killing a Houston police officer in 1994. Mexico opposes the death penalty and the execution revived a long-running diplomatic row between the United States and Mexico.

Bexar County
4:18 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

County Considering Early Voting Sites On College Campuses

LULAC members take their case for college campus voting sites to Bexar County Commissioners Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Bexar County is exploring the feasibility of placing early voting sites on several Alamo Colleges campuses. Officials say it’s an idea that has been tried sporadically at different colleges around town, and now the local League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) wants to make the idea permanent.

The group is asking the county to look at a new way to get more young people involved in voting. LULAC spokesman Roman Peña said the group asked for its student voter project to be implemented for early voting at all of the Alamo Colleges campuses.

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