Government

2014 Election
3:54 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Strategist Says Van De Putte Fundraising Is On A "Good Pace"

Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Leticia Van De Putte in the TPR studios shortly after the filibuster of the controversial abortion bill this summer that launched Wendy Davis to fame.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

 Leticia Van De Putte’s campaign for lieutenant governor has announced they were able to raise $290,000 in the two months following her announcement.

While that number is much lower than the Republican candidates in the race, Democratic strategist Jason Stanford said it is still a good amount to raise within a two month period.

"Usually the money you raise in your first month is your easy money, from here on out it's going to get harder, but it’s a good pace to set," Stanford said.

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Bexar County
3:18 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Bexar Courthouse Enters Next Phase Of Restoration

South view of the courthouse. The Gondek addition is the modern structure on the left and abuts the original courthouse.
Eileen Pace

Demolition of the modern-day annex to the 19th century Bexar County Courthouse is proceeding with the removal of the modern-day Gondek addition in the coming weeks. 

The restoration of the Romanesque Revival-style courthouse will run about $30 million including the demolition of the annex and restoration of the exterior, along with interior improvements.

The current part of the project will tear down the 20th century Gondek addition, which was installed in two phases -- in 1962 and 1972. 

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Bexar County
1:07 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Bexar Commissioner Calls For Increased Funding For Veteran Services

Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Adkisson calls for extended funding for veterans services in Bexar County.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson is calling for increased local spending for veteran programs and services.

According to a chart prepared by Adkisson based on an Austin-American Statesman survey, Bexar County lags far behind other Texas counties in funding its veteran services, despite the county’s strong active military presence.

"You can see we’re next to dead last on percent of veterans in spending per vet," Adkisson said. "And also the percent that is coming out of our general fund here in Bexar County."

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

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

Flickr user biologycorner (Shannan Muskopf) cc

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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