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2014 Election Campaign
10:26 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Texas Primary Primer: For John Cornyn, A Stockman Surprise -- And How Other Races Are Shaping Up

Rep. Steve Stockman is challenging incumbent Sen. John Cornyn in the Republican primary.

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 3:28 pm

Tea party activists have been gunning for Sen. John Cornyn. But even they were surprised when Steve Stockman, a Republican Congressman from the Houston suburb of Friendswood, filed on the last possible day to run against Cornyn in the March Republican primary. 

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Same-sex Marriage
4:13 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

San Antonio Judge Sets A Date For Motion To Halt Texas’ Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Mark Phariss (right) and his partner Vic Holmes (left), two of the main plaintiffs in the Texas case.
Courtesy photo

A federal lawsuit against Texas’ ban of same-sex marriage advanced a step this week as federal judge in San Antonio set a court date to hear why those same laws should be placed on hold while the case awaits a trial. 

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Government
11:48 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Texas State Judge Switches Sides To Democratic Party

On the final day of the state deadline to file for next year’s election, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Larry Meyers filed his paperwork to run against Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Brown--as a Democrat. 

The Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa opined, "[Meyers] was very frustrated with the Republican Party’s emphasis on this right-wing social agenda and their constant catering to the right-wing extremists of the Republican Party that controlled the primaries.” 

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Gun Rights
10:55 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Gun Regulation Groups Give Texas Lawmakers An “F”

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Texas gets a failing grade when it comes to passing gun legislation aimed at preventing violence, according a new study by two gun regulation groups.

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Criminal Justice
9:43 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Study Shows Texans Support Changing How The State Punishes Drug Crimes

Rather than locking people up for non-violent drug offenses, the latest poll shows Texans favor rehab, which experts say also saves money.
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A new poll released this week shows Texans strongly support reforming how the state punishes non-violent drug offenses. The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice polled over 1,000 people about how Texas currently punishes non-violent drug offenders with prison time vs. drug rehab and probation.  

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Texas Public Schools
9:23 am
Tue December 10, 2013

"Merry Christmas" Law Frees Texas Public Schools To Celebrate Winter Holidays

Jonathan Saenz with Texas Values speaks as Houston state Rep. Dwayne Bohac looks on (right).
Ryan Poppe TPR News

A Texas lawmaker is reminding teachers and school administrators about his new law that legally protects a school wishing to celebrate winter religious holidays.

Nonprofit groups like Texas Values and even Santa Claus himself stood by supporting state Rep. Dwayne Bohac, R-Houston, and the law he passed that provides teachers and school administrators the legal protection of the attorney general’s office when celebrating holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah.

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Government
5:57 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

National Day Of Action Draws Hundreds To State Capitol

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Hundreds of people from civil rights groups to teacher unions gather on this national day of action to issue a failing report card for Texas' state and federal lawmakers.

Over 300 people braved the freezing temperatures to let their voices be heard about how they dissatisfied with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., and at the state capitol. The Texas State Teachers Association’s Clay Robinson said he would ask lawmakers to reconsider three key areas.

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City Government
5:16 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

San Antonio City Council Approves Closure Of Main Avenue For Downtown H-E-B

Residents near Main Avenue protested the partial closure of the street and demonstrated with signs in their yards.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A marathon city council meeting Thursday yielded a myriad of actions that San Antonio City leaders took on various issues.

Likely the biggest item of the day was the vote on the closure of a block of Main Avenue so that HEB can expand its headquarters at the Arsenal, and construct a downtown grocery store and gas station.

Charlotte Luongo and many others expressed to the council their longtime opposition of the project.

"This whole process is suspect and demonstrates a lack of democracy and respect to the citizens of San Antonio," Luongo said.

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Government Oversight
2:01 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Former CPRIT Chief Officer Indicted By Travis County Grand Jury

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg at the podium.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Following an investigation by the Texas Public Integrity Unit, a Travis County grand jury has indicted former CPRIT Chief Commercialization Officer Jerald Cobbs with securing a document by deception.

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, whose office oversees the public integrity unit, said the charges stem from an $11 million grant awarded to a company now known as Peloton, a grant that Cobbs executed without telling anyone.

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2014 Election
8:12 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Republican Candidate Tom Pauken Drops Out Of 2014 Governor’s Race

tompaukenfortexas.com

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Pauken has announced he is dropping out of the 2014 governor’s race.

In letter sent to donors, the former Texas GOP Chairman Tom Pauken writes:

"The filing deadline is only days away, and I needed to be realistic about our prospects."

The announcement doesn’t come as a surprise to professor Jim Henson, who heads up the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin.

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