Government

City Utilities
9:44 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Public Meetings Coming Up For CPS Energy And SAWS Rate Hikes

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The San Antonio City Council has begun reviewing potential rate increases from the San Antonio Water System and CPS Energy, a process that will continue until November.

The first of the meetings started Wednesday, when CPS President and CEO Doyle Beneby provided the council an overview of the utility's 4.75 percent proposed increase, which would add $5.19 to the average gas and electric bill each month.

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City Utilities
3:22 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

CPS Energy Makes Case For Rate Hike With Examples From 2010

CPS Energy

If a proposed rate hike is approved by San Antonio City Council, households can expect to pay an additional $5.19 per month on their CPS Energy bills.

On Wednesday CPS Energy President and CEO Doyle Beneby delivered the first case for a rate hike to the council.

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Texas Politics
9:23 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Democrats Not Happy About Dewhurst Dig At Senate Committees

Screen shot from a David Dewhurst campaign video.
Dewhurst campaign video

During a panel with all four Republican candidates in the lieutenant governor's race at the Ronald Reagan Republican Women's Conference this week, current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst defended his record of appointing Democrats to chair Senate committees.

"I’ve been reducing the number of Democrat chairs since I came in," Dewhurst said. "You know how many committees we have? 17. You know how many Democrat chairs we have? five. Okay? So, I’ve been reducing them and not one of them is one of the critical committees."

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Transportation Costs
4:26 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

TxDOT Wants Bigger Texas Cities To Take Control Of Roads

Blanco Road, seen here under construction, is one of the roads TxDOT is offering San Antonio in a "turnback" program. The state would give local control of the road, but the city would be responsible for future maintenance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Many of the roads that take you to work, school, the grocery store and home are owned and maintained by the state, but the Texas Department of Transportation wants to transfer control of those roads to cities with more than 50,000 people.

Generally speaking, cities don't want that burden.

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Affordable Care Act
3:51 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

With ACA Exchanges About To Open, Perry Wants More Rules For "Navigators"

How will the latest move by Perry affect Affoordable Care Act rollout in Texas?
David Martin Davies TPR News

Gov. Rick Perry has ordered the Texas Department of Insurance to come up with a set of rules governing the Affordable Care Act’s navigator program.

ACA navigators will be helping people get the information they need to sign up for qualified plans under the new law.

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2014 Election
2:43 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Davis Waiting Game Coming To An End -- Will She Or Won't She Run For Governor?

Sen. Wendy Davis at a Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio..
David Martin Davies TPR News

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, indicates in a letter sent to supporters that she has made a decision about the 2014 governor’s race and will announce it at the beginning of October.

Davis says in her letter:

"There’s one question I’ve gotten quite often in the past few months. I’ve heard it online, while I’m traveling around the state, from the media, and in my Fort Worth neighborhood: What’s next?... On October 3, I’ll be answering that question. And as part of my dedicated network of grassroots supporters, you will be among the very first to find out."

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
9:29 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Change Of Phrase In Final NDO Disarms Attorney General's Threat

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott believed the city's non-discrimination ordinance would open San Antonio up to lawsuits.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott vowed he'd take a stand if San Antonio passed the controversial and widely-discussed non-discrimination ordinance, but now it looks like Abbott is backing down.

The gubernatorial candidate believed the ordinance violates free speech because of the phrase, "word or deed."

He said it violated the Constitution because the law would prevent appointees on city boards and commissions from engaging in bias by "word or deed."

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2014 Election
3:22 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Van De Putte Considering Run For Statewide Offices

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in the TPR studio shortly after the Wendy Davis filibuster this summer.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

According to Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa, state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio has been extremely busy this summer.

Hinojosa said the Texas Democratic Party and other groups have approached Van DePutte about a run for lieutenant governor, or even running against George P. Bush for land commissioner. Hinojosa said Van DePutte has been gathering information on a run since August and wants to see numbers that give her a chance to win before she announces what she will do. 

Hinojosa said she has an advantage in the race for land commissioner:

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2014 Election
2:49 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Texas Dems Continue To Wait As Wendy Davis Gets Set To Make A Decision

Democratx watch and wait for Wend Davis to make an announcement about the 2014 election.
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is expected to make an announcement soon about her political future, and should she run for governor, it could be a heated 2014 election campaign.

Advisors to the Davis campaign are indicating that an announcement could come this week. 

The Lone Star Project’s Matt Angle, a political strategist close to the Davis campaign, said this will be one of the nastiest races Texas has ever seen:

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City Utilities
2:09 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

CPS Energy To Make Case For 4.75 Percent Rate Increase

CPS Energy

Nearly one week after the city council adopted its 2014 budget, members will begin hearing from leaders at CPS Energy about a possible rate hike.

CPS last raised rates in 2010 and passed up an opportunity to raise rates last year because the utility said it found efficiencies within the organization and delayed certain infrastructure projects.

This time, CPS Energy will ask for a 4.75 percent rate increase, which would equal a $5.19 hike to the average CPS Energy bill.

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