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.
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."
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.
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."
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: