Government

Abortion In Texas
10:38 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Abortion Rights Attorneys File Emergency Stay With U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Protesters on both sides of the abortion issue made their point outside the Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio this summer.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Attorneys for a group of abortion rights groups and clinics have asked the U.S. Supreme Court for an emergency order to overturn the ruling by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court, which overturned an initial decision on parts of Texas' new abortion restriction law and allowed those restrictions to take immediate effect.

The ruling by the Fifth Circuit allowed two restrictions to take effect: Doctors at clinics performing abortions must have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, and doctors must provide patients with FDA guidelines when prescribing the abortion drug RU-486.

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Abortion In Texas
3:21 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Following Abortion Ruling, South Texas Abortion Clinic Waits For What Comes Next

Attorneys exit the district court building after final arguments in what is the first legal challenge of Texas' new abortion law. Judges in the U.S. 5th Circuit Court overturned the initial ruling.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

A South Texas women’s health clinic is holding its breath for what comes next following the ruling by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court’s on Texas' new abortion law, House Bill 2.

The court's decision allowed Texas' new abortion law to take effect and now the clinics affected by the new restriction are unsure about the next step.

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City Government
11:11 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Meet the 9 Applicants (So Far) For San Antonio City Council District 9

Art Downey chairs the city's Ethics Review Board. He is one of the interested candidates to fill the vacant District 9 seat until a special election is held next May.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Nine candidates from a wide range of backgrounds have applied to to fill Elisa Chan's District 9 seat for six months until the position can be voted on in May 2014.

Chan vacated the seat in order to run for Texas Senate District 25, where she will face incumbent Donna Campbell, who won in the November 2012 general election.

Here are the nine applicants so far:

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Abortion In Texas
7:48 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

U.S. 5th Circuit Court Overturns HB 2 Abortion Ruling

Attorney General Greg Abbott's emergency appeal following the initial ruling has succeeded in allowing the admitting privilege restriction to go into effect.
Courtesy photo

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower federal district court's ruling that found a section of House Bill 2, Texas new abortion law to be unconstitutional.  

Starting Friday, Nov. 1 every clinic performing abortion will have to be staffed by doctors with admitting privileges at a hospital no more than 30 miles away from their facility.

In the 5th Circuit Court's opinion justices wrote:  

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2014 Governor's Race
2:00 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Ripples From 2011 Redistricting Lawsuit Put Davis & Abbott Head To Head

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

While the general election is still a year away, tension between gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott is already ratcheting up.

That battle is over money that the courts say Davis is owed for attorney fees during the 2011 redistricting battle over her state Senate seat -- a federal court in San Antonio ruled in Davis' favor just over a month ago.

Davis’ attorney Gerry Hebert said the federal court ordered Abbott to pay $600,000 as part of their decision for Davis.

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Texas Politics
11:53 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Number Of Democrats In The Texas Senate May Be Dwindling

Will Democrats be able to rally to fill Wendy Davis' now-vacant Senate seat?
Ryan Poppe TPR News

A leading Democratic candidate for Wendy Davis’ Senate seat has indicated he will not be running in 2014, leaving the party with a smaller margin of error in the Texas Senate.

Some in the Texas Democratic Party believed Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns would be the person to take over in Davis’ district because he has bipartisan support, but this week Burns announced he would not be running in 2014.

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2014 Governor's Race
3:29 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

In First Policy Address, Abbott Wants Limited Rainy Day Fund Use, More Veto Power

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Speaking at a campaign event in Brownsville on Monday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott said he’d like to introduce laws that further restrict the legislature’s access to the state's Economic Stabilization Fund, more commonly known as the Rainy Day Fund.

"I will promote a constitutional amendment that strictly limits the fund to be used only -- either for one, its intended purpose of meeting unforeseen budgetary shortfalls, reducing existing debt, one-time infrastructure payments and expenses related to state disasters," Abbott said.

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Abortion In Texas
10:08 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Abbott Files Immediate Appeal Of Federal Judge's Decision On Abortion Clinic Regulations

Attorneys exit the court building after final arguments in what is the first legal challenge of Texas' new abortion law.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

As he promised before a decision was even announced, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed an appeal on the federal judge's ruling that two components of Texas’ new abortion law are unconstitutional.

Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled yesterday afternoon that the abortion clinic regulation contained in the new law requiring doctors at facilities that provide abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 minutes of the clinic is unconstitutional.

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Texas Politics
10:29 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Tom DeLay Says He Is On A Mission From God

Tom DeLay
U.S. Government File Photo

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Republican Tom DeLay told a tea party group that God has told him to lead a constitutional revival. What that means for his political future remains to be seen.  

Speaking to the Texas Patriots at an event in the North Texas town of Burleson on Tuesday, Oct. 22, DeLay called on them to join him in a constitutional revolution.

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2014 Election Campaign
4:50 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Immigration Attorney From Houston Challenges Cornyn For Senate Seat

For some time, many thought Texas Republican U.S. Senator John Cornyn would run unopposed during the Republican primaries next March, but this week, Houston immigration attorney Linda Vega announced she would be challenging the twelve-year incumbent.

“For someone who's been a senator for twelve years, I can’t to the best of my knowledge recall any policy that he’s proposed that has been good for Texas," Vega said. "If you are going to be a senior senator, if you are going to lead, lead.  Don’t wait for someone else to propose something.”

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