Government

2014 Governor's Race
4:12 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Davis' "A Texas Story" Video Her First Step In Statewide Campaign

Screen shot from the new "A Texas Story" campaign video for Wendy Davis.
Wendy Davis for Governor

Wendy Davis’ campaign brought in over $500,000 in contributions in less than 24 hours after her announcement that she would run for governor and the Democrat from Fort Worth has now launched her first campaign video.

"A Texas Story" starts with a biography of Davis’ life and features her daughter Amber, who details her mother’s humble beginnings.

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2014 Governor's Race
10:20 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Mobilizing Latino Vote Could Be Tough For Davis Campaign

Chris Eudaily TPR News

In order for Wendy Davis to win the governor's office in 2014, one of the keys for her campaign will be mobilizing the Latino vote, which could be hard to do.

SMU Political Science Professor Mathew Wilson said one of the biggest challenges for Davis in the race for governor is that the 2014 election is not a presidential election year, meaning turnout will be low in a group of voters with an already low turnout at the ballot box.

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City Government
4:30 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

What Will Chan's Absence Mean For City Council? Not A Whole Lot

Councilwoman Elisa Chan listens during a council B session. The North Side representative is expected to file for the Texas Senate in November.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

As soon as District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan officially files for the state Senate District 25 race, she will leave the San Antonio City Council.

In late September, Chan's campaign spokesperson Craig Murphy announced the councilwoman would be challenging tea party-backed state Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels.

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Texas Voter Registration
2:40 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Federal Court Overturns Ruling On 2011 Voter Registration Law

Chris Eudaily TPR News

One year ago a Galveston judge ruled the 2011 law that places additional requirements and bans on Texans running voter registration drives was too restrictive and therefore unconstitutional. That ruling has now been overturned by the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Texas Legislature
1:13 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Democrats Forming Senate Strategy With Davis Vacating Seat

Democrats will need to win as many vacant Senate seats as they can to keep Republicans from pushing through legislation if the two-thirds rule is thrown out.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

In order to maintain a balance of power in the Texas Senate, Democrats are planning to recover the seat that will be vacated by Wendy Davis as she leaves it to run for governor.

State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, has confidence his party will be able to fill that seat or possibly one of the other five vacant Republican seats in the Texas Senate.

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2014 Election
12:18 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Davis Announces Bid For 2014 Governor’s Race

Wendy Davis is hoping to roll momentum gained from the Stand With Texas Women rallys this summer into a win in November 2014.
David Martin Davies TPR News

 With little surprise but abounding excitement state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has announced her bid to run in the 2014 governor’s race.   

It was a 13-hour filibuster Davis into the national spotlight, but that was not the message she had for the crowd of almost 2,000 supporters.

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Government Shutdown
12:04 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Furloughed Employees Say Sen. Ted Cruz Should Stay Home From Work

A woman dressed as the Cat in the Hat leads a group of protesters into the San Antonio offices of Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Joey Palacios TPR News

With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown, a group of out-of-work federal employees in San Antonio is delivering its own furlough notice to Sen. Ted Cruz.

Angry federal workers at Port San Antonio, a decommissioned Air Force base, say they're fed up with being government pawns.

“We just came off our sequester in mid-September and we got the sucker punch of being sent home again Tuesday. All we want is the senator to do his job,” said Elsa Martinez, an employee with the Air Force reserve.

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2014 Election
5:55 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Thousands Gather Across Texas To Watch Davis Announce Bid For Governor

Davis is now all-in for a gubernatorial run in 2014.
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is now Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis as she confirmed speculation that she will run for governor in 2014.

Battleground Texas, one of Davis' strongest support groups is playing host to Davis announcement watch parties all across the state.

"We’re holding watch parties around the state and in 40 locations so that folks that can’t make to the even in the Dallas-Fort Worth area can have a chance to watch Wendy’s announcement live," said Battleground Texas’ Ellis Brockman.

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2014 Election
3:15 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

How Will Davis Handle A Very Tough Campaign?

Volunteers registered people to vote at the Stand With Texas Women rally that was headlines by Wendy Davis in San Antonio this summer. Is this the year Democrats force a shift in state politics?
David Martin Davies TPR News

Even before state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has announced her intentions for the 2014, she has taken a few jabs from Attorney General Greg Abbott's supporters and some directly connected to his campaign. One of those online criticisms labeled Davis a "Retard Barbie."  

University of Texas at Austin Professor James Henson runs the Texas Politics Project and said this type of gender politics is a theme voters will see throughout  2014.

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Affordable Care Act In Texas
2:35 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

A Few Hiccups And Glitches In Marketplace Enrollment

Healthcare.gov
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Technical difficulties with the Affordable Care Act’s federal marketplace delayed some Texan's pursuit of signing up for health insurance.

As expect by even the federal officials, the system did freeze from time to time some people were kicked off the network.

Stephanie Goodman with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services said they are concerned how these glitches affect their work load.

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