Government

Foreign Relations
12:10 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Cornyn Remains Skeptical Of Iranian Nuclear Deal And Sanction Relief

Sen. John Cornyn on the Senate floor during the debate about the government shutdown.
Sen. John Cornyn

Sen. John Cornyn said he still sees "red flags" regarding the deal that was signed this past weekend that allows Iran to continue to enrich uranium fuel.

"The problem with the deal -- this six-month deal -- is it doesn’t require them to dismantle their enrichment capability and allows them to spirit forward when the deal falls apart to creating a nuclear weapon, which will destabilize the region and threatens our chief allies there," Cornyn said.

Cornyn said "red flags" were raised for him when Israel called the deal with Iran a "historic mistake."

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Texas Foster Care
12:38 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Lawmakers Taking Another Look At Foster Care Following Budget Cuts And Deaths

Eileen Pace TPR News

The deaths of eight foster kids over the past year have sparked concerns and lawmakers are now being asked to review the Texas foster care system. Some child advocates say the blame lies with the legislature and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has asked lawmakers to take another look at the issue.

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2014 Election
11:07 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Van De Putte Lays Out Platform For Lieutenant Governor Run

Ryan Loyd TPR News

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, formally announced her decision on Nov. 23 and said her campaign and time in office will be about insuring that all Texans have access to a quality education in both the public school system and at affordable college and universities.

She said her family is no different than any other family:

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Texas Energy
4:05 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

State Senators Not Happy With Public Utility Commission Plan For Capacity Markets

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Public Utility Commission of Texas has been leaning towards switching to capacity markets to meet Texas’ electricity needs but that concept doesn’t sit well with some state senators.

The Senate Natural Resources Committee met with the head of the PUC to question the group's reasons for switching to a system that would supply energy companies with more state money, hoping they would in turn use those funds to build additional power plants.

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Government
6:25 pm
Sat November 23, 2013

Leticia Van de Putte Announces Bid For Lieutenant Governor

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte announced her bid for Lt. Governor on Saturday, Nov. 23 at San Antonio College.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Hundreds of friends, family and supporters crowded into a San Antonio College gymnasium Saturday to hear the words everyone has anticipated from State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio. Following a performance by a mariachi band that included Van de Putte's brother, and a brief introduction by daughter Nicole, a doctor, the veteran lawmaker made it official.

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Sandy Oaks
11:44 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Sandy Oaks Community Denied Full Incorporation Request

San Antonio City Council approved this 2.4 square mile plot of land for the incorporation of Sandy Oaks.
City of San Antonio

A small Bexar County community trying to become its own city was denied the area of land it wanted after the San Antonio City Council voted to keep it within the city’s extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

The community of Sandy Oaks is neighborhood with about 4,000 people that is located at loop 1604 and I-37. It falls right within the ETJ of San Antonio, which is the area the city can absorb later if it decides to do so.

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Texas Voter ID
2:06 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Voter ID Case May Be Postponed Until After 2014 Election

Voters line up at the polls in the November 2012 election.
Joey Palacios TPR News

A federal court in Corpus Christi will decide this week whether or not to postpone the trial date for a case challenging the constitutionality of the Texas voter ID law.

About a week ago, Federal District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos set the trial date for Sept. 2, 2014, about two months before the 2014 State General Election.  

Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office filed a request this week asking for the trial to be pushed back to March 2015.

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City Government
11:43 am
Thu November 21, 2013

San Antonio Says There Are No Pay Disparities Among City Employees

The San Antonio' City Council Governance Committee on Wednesday discussed pay disparities at the request of Dist. 7 Councilman Cris Medina.
City of San Antonio

A new study completed by the city's human resources department shows there is no pay disparity between male and female employees who work for the city. District 7 Councilman Cris Medina requested the city take a look at potential pay disparities.

On Wednesday, Joe Angelo, chief human resources officer, went before the council's governance committee, and said there is no systemic evidence that pay disparities exist within the city.

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Health Care
4:01 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Thanks To ACA Rollout Problems, Texas High-Risk Insurance Pool May Stay Open

Problems with Healthcare.gov are making it difficult for those in the Texas Health Insurance Pool to determine the future of their coverage.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is urging the state not to close its high risk insurance pool at the beginning of the year. Uncertainly over Healthcare.gov has some members of the pool uncertain if they’ll have coverage in January.

Dewhurst sent a letter to Texas Department of Insurance asking that the termination be delayed, citing the difficulties presented by the health care website that could delay coverage for some of those on the pool.

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Immigration Reform
11:57 am
Wed November 20, 2013

UT Students Protest For Immigration Reform

Ryan Poppe TPR News

A group of students from the University of Texas at Austin marched yesterday in front of the state capitol, calling on Congressman Roger Williams, R-Texas, to support a house resolution that would reform immigration policies.

The group University Leadership Initiative and other students against the Young Conservatives of Texas’ "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game are hoping to somehow catch the eye of Williams, who they are asking to co-sponsor House Resolution 15, which is also known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

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