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Government
5:07 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Divided House? Two San Antonio Democrats Announce Candidacy For Van De Putte Seat

Two Democrats in the Texas House quickly announced their intention to run for the Senate seat being vacated by San Antonio State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte; both Trey Martinez-Fischer, and his party rival, Jose Menendez, said they were the best lawmakers for the job.

Both Martinez-Fischer and Menendez have had their toe on the starting line for many months now, waiting to see what became of Van De Putte’s run for Lt. Governor, and her bid for mayor, just recently announced. 

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Government
4:01 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Fresh Off Defeat For Lt. Gov., Leticia Van de Putte Is Running For Mayor

Leticia Van de Putte speaks to supporters on Election Night. Fresh off the campaign trail for Lt. Gov., the State Senator from San Antonio will now run for mayor.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

The field of candidates interested in leading San Antonio is getting larger. (Wednesday night, Democratic State Senator from San Antonio, Leticia Van de Putte, announced her plans to run for mayor.

Inside her West San Antonio home, a block away from where she grew up, Leticia Van de Putte sat on her couch and talked about the tough decision it was to throw her name into the hat.

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LGBT-Rights
1:50 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Threats Over Religious Freedom Bill Puts State Senator Under DPS Watch

Donna Campbell  filed a bill that would allow Texas business owners to operate within their own religious convictions. She and her office then received threats over the legislation. She opened up about the bill, the threats and reports that some groups will argue that the bill would allow businesses to discriminate against the LGBT community.

The bill causing so much controversy is one New Braunfels Republican State Senator, Donna Campbell, filed during the previous session. It allows business owners to operate within their own religious convictions and beliefs.

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Government
11:17 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Civic Shutdown: Alamo Heights Closes For A Week

The city posted the note it would be closed until Friday while the city administrative offices move to its (new) old location.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

It's not often that a city shuts its doors for a week.

But city leaders in Alamo Heights decided the measure was necessary, because of the sheer logistical minutiae involved in moving the city administration from Austin Highway, a temporary location, back to their original digs at 6116 Broadway. The Broadway location underwent a total, and very expensive, overhaul over the last year-and-a-half.

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Social Studies Textbooks
8:54 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Testimony Gets Heated During Final Public Hearing Over 2015’s Social Studies Texts

UN Conspiracies, Communism and the Common Core: These were just some of the critiques brought up during the final public hearing over the revisions and adoption of the state’s 2015 social studies textbooks. 

Conservative activists, and some on the State Board of Education, did not react positively to certain revisions made to a selection of social studies textbooks up for adoption this week.

Mary Lynn Gerstenschlager is a legislative liaison for the conservative Texas Eagle Forum. She testified before the state board on what she saw as a one-sided view of climate change.

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Perry Indictment
8:51 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Judge Rules Against Perry Legal Team’s Motion To Throw Out Indictments

Governor Rick Perry following pre-trial criminal indictment hearing.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

  A San Antonio judge assigned to Gov. Rick Perry’s criminal trial, has ruled that the actions taken by the prosecution during the Grand Jury trial were legal and fair, and that the case would continue.  The governor’s attorneys are pulling out all stops to get the indictments against him thrown out of court.

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School Choice Programs
5:17 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Senators Hear Heated Testimony Concerning Renewed Talk Of School-Choice Programs

Credit State of Texas

Dan Patrick has long fought to get a school choice bill passed in Texas. Now, as he takes his final stroll as Senate Education Chair, before becoming Lieutenant Governor, Dan Patrick is calculating the likelihood of passing such a bill in 2015.

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Education
2:47 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Following On 2013’s Legislative Efforts, Texas Lawmakers Aim To Decriminalize Student Truancy

A Republican state lawmaker is hoping to decriminalize Texas students’ learning experience. Rep. James White’s bill, will decriminalize truancy laws and require schools to find a way to incentivize attendance and student learning.

In 2013, school officials, nonprofits, and even the then-Chief Justice for the Texas Supreme Court, worked with state lawmakers to get a bill that banned school resource officers from issuing misdemeanor tickets to students “disrupting class,” signed into law.  

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Government
12:33 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Villarreal Formally Announces Mayoral Run, Begins ‘SA Strong’ Campaign

Near downtown, Mike Villarreal announced his bid for mayor of San Antonio.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

The worst kept secret in San Antonio in the last few weeks is that State Representative Mike Villarreal wants to be the city's next mayor. He made that official Sunday by kicking off his campaign at Maverick Park, amidst a sizable gathering of supporters, despite the cold and rain.

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Fracking
4:58 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Travis County Court Agrees To Take Up Lawsuit On Denton’s Fracking Ban

The Travis County court system has agreed to hear a case filed against the City of Denton’s fracking ban, advocates of the ban say the state’s “home-rule” statute allows their city to pass these ordinances while state officials argue that cities have no legal authority to ban fracking.

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