Government

2014 Governor's Race
4:52 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

In New Gubernatorial Poll, A 15 Point Gap Between Abbott And Davis

Polls will likely continue to fluctuate in the leadup to the 2014 election.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

New polling numbers show a much wider margin between gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis, a Democrat, and Republican Greg Abbott.

A new poll out from the national group Public Policy Polling shows Davis behind Abbott by a margin of 15 points, which is a ten-point difference from a poll released earlier this week from the University of Texas at Austin's Texas Politics Project and the Texas Tribune.

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Election Day
3:37 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Sec. Of State’s Office Reassures That All Ballots Will Count Despite Voter ID Snags

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas Secretary of State John Steen's office is guaranteeing that every ballot will count in this election, even if a voter is registered under a different name.

This is the Texas' first statewide election where photo ID is required to cast a ballot, which has led to some reported problems at polling places across the state.

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Texas Water
10:22 am
Tue November 5, 2013

League Of Women Voters Joins Support For Prop. 6 Water Fund

Gov. Rick Perry and a bipartisan group of state lawmakers are pushing for passage of Prop. 6, which would create a water fund to pay for water projects. Opponents say the money would be just another slush fund for Perry's cronies.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The League of Women Voters in Texas is urging a "yes" vote on Prop. 6, the constitutional amendment that will take $2 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund to create a sort of bank account to fund water projects.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan group that works to get people to become active in their government and to get out the vote. It does not support one candidate or party over others, but does take positions on issues.

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2014 Governor's Race
9:26 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Wendy Davis Makes San Antonio Stop, Deflects Talk About New Poll

Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis speaks to a luncheon of 1,000 supporters at the Marriott Rivercenter Monday.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The Wendy Davis camp is approaching the latest poll on the gubernatorial race in Texas with optimism, but also with a healthy dose of caution.

Davis spoke to San Antonio supporters at a fundraiser Monday about bringing people in the state together and maintaining her strategy regardless of the polls.

There were nearly 1,000 supporters that bought tickets to the San Antonio fundraiser, and the list included some of the biggest local names, including former Mayor Lila Cockrell, Congressmen Joaquín Castro and Pete Gallego, and several local judges and elected officials.

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2013 Amendment Election
8:35 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Election Day: What's On The 2013 Ballot And Where To Vote In Bexar County

Early voting for the Constitutional Amendment Election begins today.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Update (11/5): Today is Election Day and voting locations are different from early voting so make sure and pay close attention to your voting precinct. Polls close at 7 p.m.

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2:52 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Gap Between Davis And Abbott Only 5 Points In New Poll

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The Texas Tribune and the University of Texas' Texas Politics Project surveyed 1,200 people from across the state. UT professor Jim Henson, who heads the Texas Politics Project, said much of polling results have to do with name recognition. "It's also the first time in quite a while where we go into the race with the Democrat at least as well known and probably more well known than the Republican is," Henson said.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, the leading candidate for the Republican nomination for Texas governor, holds a single-digit lead over the likely Democratic nominee, state Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. In a head-to-head race, Abbott got 40 percent of registered voters to Davis' 34 percent, with 25 percent of the voters undecided.
Abortion In Texas
10:38 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Abortion Rights Attorneys File Emergency Stay With U.S. Supreme Court Justice

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

Attorneys for a group of abortion rights groups and clinics have asked the U.S. Supreme Court for an emergency order to overturn the ruling by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court, which overturned an initial decision on parts of Texas' new abortion restriction law and allowed those restrictions to take immediate effect.

The ruling by the Fifth Circuit allowed two restrictions to take effect: Doctors at clinics performing abortions must have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, and doctors must provide patients with FDA guidelines when prescribing the abortion drug RU-486.

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Abortion In Texas
3:21 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Following Abortion Ruling, South Texas Abortion Clinic Waits For What Comes Next

Attorneys exit the district court building after final arguments in what is the first legal challenge of Texas' new abortion law. Judges in the U.S. 5th Circuit Court overturned the initial ruling.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

A South Texas women’s health clinic is holding its breath for what comes next following the ruling by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court’s on Texas' new abortion law, House Bill 2.

The court's decision allowed Texas' new abortion law to take effect and now the clinics affected by the new restriction are unsure about the next step.

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City Government
11:11 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Meet the 9 Applicants (So Far) For San Antonio City Council District 9

Art Downey chairs the city's Ethics Review Board. He is one of the interested candidates to fill the vacant District 9 seat until a special election is held next May.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Nine candidates from a wide range of backgrounds have applied to to fill Elisa Chan's District 9 seat for six months until the position can be voted on in May 2014.

Chan vacated the seat in order to run for Texas Senate District 25, where she will face incumbent Donna Campbell, who won in the November 2012 general election.

Here are the nine applicants so far:

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Abortion In Texas
7:48 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

U.S. 5th Circuit Court Overturns HB 2 Abortion Ruling

Attorney General Greg Abbott's emergency appeal following the initial ruling has succeeded in allowing the admitting privilege restriction to go into effect.
Courtesy photo

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower federal district court's ruling that found a section of House Bill 2, Texas new abortion law to be unconstitutional.  

Starting Friday, Nov. 1 every clinic performing abortion will have to be staffed by doctors with admitting privileges at a hospital no more than 30 miles away from their facility.

In the 5th Circuit Court's opinion justices wrote:  

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