Government

2014 Governor's Race
11:24 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Highlighting Access To Higher Education, Davis Rolls Out Part Two Of Education Platform

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Wendy Davis, the likely Democratic candidate for governor in 2014, has rolled out the second part of her education platform, providing three ways Texas high school students could gain a greater access to higher education.

Davis' platform says that one of the best ways to get students into college, graduate, and to reduce their out-of-pocket expenses is to allow them to obtain college credit while in high school.

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Same-Sex Marriage
9:55 am
Thu January 16, 2014

What The Ruling In Oklahoma Same-Sex Marriage Case May Mean For Texas

Attorney Neal Lane has filed an injunction on the state's ban on same-sex marriage and will be heard in federal court on Feb. 12.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

On tuesday a federal judge in Oklahoma ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Now an attorney representing one of three lawsuits filed in Texas challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage is looking at a that ruling to show how the Texas case may render the same result.

San Antonio attorney Neel Lane has filed an injunction on the Texas law and his case will be heard on Feb. 12 by Federal District Judge Orlando Garcia.

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2014 Governor's Race
12:38 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Davis Campaign Out-Raises Abbott In New Six-Month Finance Report

Wendy Davis at a San Antonio stop to Rackspace last year.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The Wendy Davis campaign is pleased with the latest six-month campaign finance report showing the Democratic candidate for governor was able to gather more campaign funds during that period than her likely opponent the 2014 governor’s race, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Davis’ campaign raised almost a million dollars more than Abbott -- $12.2 million to Abbott’s $11.5 million.

Matt Angle with The Lone Star Project, a left-leaning political action committee, said that is a significant showing.

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Bexar County
5:03 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Sheriff Susan Pamerleau Cites Department Improvement In Address To Community

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau addressed the county in her first State-of-the-Jail address.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau, the county’s first female sheriff, gave her first State-of-the-Jail report today. She addressed local elected officials and business leaders, listing her accomplishments so far and outlining plans for the future.

With the largest chunk of the county’s budget, Pamerleau said she treats the office like a business, continuously searching for efficiencies. Pamerleau said 2013 was the year of improving the jail, and 2014 will be driven by facility improvements, starting with two new, permanent substations in East and West Bexar County.

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Insurance Regulations
4:27 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

State Sen. Proposes Increased Regulations For Homeowner Insurance Rate Hikes

State Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, is asking Texas Insurance Commissioner Julie Rathgeber to oppose new rate increases for homeowner insurance -- and also wants to change the process for how insurance companies are able to increase rates without prior approval.

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Texas Legislature
3:02 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Staples And Patrick Voice Support For More Majority Control In Senate

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Republican lieutenant governor hopefuls are promising to boost the party’s presence in the Texas Senate and all four candidates say they will get rid of the two-thirds majority rule.

This would scale back traditions that allow Senate Democrats to have a say and keep Republicans from going to the far-right on issues like immigration, guns and education.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said he will not allow a minority to control the Senate’s agenda:

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Government
11:47 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Brownsville ISD Lawyer Not Satisfied With TWIA Statement About Racist Emails

An attorney representing the Brownsville Independent School District in a lawsuit against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association said he is appalled by the state agency’s reaction to a new set of 854 emails sent between TWIA employees and their private partners, some of which contain the same offensive and racist terms that were discovered in the latter part of 2013.

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2014 Election
10:59 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Republican Lieutenant Governor Primary Focused On Border Security

U.S. Border Patrol vehicles near the border fence.
David Martin Davies TPR News

On March 5, Texas voters will weigh in during a primary election for what many say is the most powerful job in state politics: Texas lieutenant governor.

Four well-known Republican candidates are vying for the nomination and a chance to face off against state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio.

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Texas Legislature
2:50 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Rep. Scott Turner Challenging Joe Straus For Speaker In 2015

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Freshman state Rep. Scott Turner, a tea party-backed Republican from North Texas who used to play in the NFL, announced that he had filed with the state to be considered for speaker of house in 2015, but one political expert isn’t surprised by the challenge.

Professor Jim Henson with the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said this type of tea party challenge against current Speaker of the House Joe Strauss, R-San Antonio, has happened so often that it has become expected.

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2014 Governor's Race
3:40 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Abbott Appeals Court Order To Pay Davis' Legal Bills From 2011 Redistricting Case

Every confrontation between Abbott (left) and Davis is shaping the narrative running up to the 2014 election, where the two will likely face each other for governor.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has appealed a decision ordering his office to pay the nearly $270,000 in legal bills for state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, charges she accumulated in a 2011 federal redistricting case involving her senate district.

Last year, a federal three-judge panel ruled in favor of Davis and a federal district judge in San Antonio revisited that order, affirming the ruling.

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