Government

City Government
2:29 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Starting In February, The Average CPS Energy Customer Will Pay $4.68 More

CPS Energy

The San Antonio City Council approved CPS Energy's proposed rate increase of 4.25 percent. With support from a majority of the city council, the average CPS Energy customer will be paying $4.68 more on their monthly bill.

The utility initially asked for a 4.75 percent increase, but later lowered it after concerns surfaced over the utility's employee incentive program.

CEO Doyle Beneby told the city council he wants to reduce the program even more, with a recommendation of cutting the incentive program's budget by half in 2015 and 2016.

City Government
1:40 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Update: Krier Tapped To Fill District 9 Council Seat

Joe Krier, the former head of the Greater Chamber of Commerce, joins Downey in his intent not to run for the seat in the special election. Paula McGee also said while she doesn't intend on running, she is not ruling it out.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Update (1:40 p.m.): Joe Krier has been named the interim representative for District 9 on the San Antonio City Council.

Mayor Julián Castro kicked off the support for Krier, citing his experience, community leadership and understanding of the district and people in District 9 as reasons for choosing him.

Art Downey, another of the three finalists and chair of the city's Ethics Review Board, received two votes. Paula McGee, another finalists, did not receive any votes.

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Health Care
1:32 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Obama Uses Texas Stop To Push Medicaid Expansion, Attend Fundraisers

The president's State of the Union Address in February 2013.
The White House

In front of hundreds of faith-based health care navigators in Dallas, President Barack Obama started his speech by citing different ways the Affordable Care Act is helping working families still recovering from the recession. 

The president said Texas’ uninsured rate is the highest in the country, which would make the state biggest beneficiary of the Affordable Care Act if state leaders would sign on for Medicaid expansion.

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Texas Politics
3:57 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

New Polling Numbers Show Support For Cruz Remains Strong

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.
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Another poll out from the University of Texas at Austin's Texas Politics Project and Texas Tribune shows state support for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is growing.

The Texas Politics Project polled Cruz’s favorability rating just before and just after his quasi-filibuster aimed at defunding the Affordable Care Act that ultimately shut down the federal government.

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Health Care
3:10 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Pres. Obama Will Try And Convince Perry To Expand Medicaid On Dallas Trip

With a rocky opening of the online insurance marketplace, President Obama has his work cut out for him if he is to convince state lawmakers to expand Medicaid.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

President Barack Obama is stopping in Dallas today, and while there will do what he can to convince Gov. Rick Perry to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Perry's office said no official meeting or phone call has been scheduled and that the president will be using podiums and teleprompters to convince the governor.

"According to what the White House is saying, he is going to try to make the case to try to convince Texas leadership to embrace Obamacare and expand Medicaid," said Josh Havens with the governor's office.

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Government
11:46 am
Wed November 6, 2013

State Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments On Same-Sex Couples Filing For Divorce In Texas

Current bench sitting on the Texas Supreme Court.
State of Texas

The Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday regarding two separate cases where same-sex couples ask a lower district court for a divorce.

The couples were married in another state and now want to dissolve that marriage through a divorce here in Texas. What the court will have to decide is whether lower district courts can grant a divorce to same-sex couples without violating the Texas Constitution.

The Texas 5th Court of Appeals held that Texas residents may not file for divorce if they were married out of state and are of the same gender.

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Bexar County Courts
10:39 am
Wed November 6, 2013

County Court Judge Irene Rios Will Stay On Bench -- For Now

Bexar County Courthouse.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

County Court at Law Judge Irene Rios recently announced her intention to run for a place on the 4th Court of Appeals. Upon her announcement, some claimed the judge must step down immediately.

The judge appeared before Bexar County Commissioners Court Tuesday to assure them that she has resigned. However, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said Rios may continue to hear cases until a replacement is found.

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Bexar County
5:06 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Commissioners Draw New Boundaries For JP And Constable Precincts

Bexar County

Bexar County commissioners voted to redraw the boundaries for the justice of the peace precincts prior to the next election. The administrative move is designed to simplify the boundaries and at the same time reduce court costs.

There have been four precincts for justice of the peace courts, and there are four Bexar County precincts each represented by a commissioner. But the boundaries of the two types of jurisdictions have not matched.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said there was an attempt by previous administrations to equalize the election process.

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2014 Governor's Race
4:52 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

In New Gubernatorial Poll, A 15 Point Gap Between Abbott And Davis

Polls will likely continue to fluctuate in the leadup to the 2014 election.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

New polling numbers show a much wider margin between gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis, a Democrat, and Republican Greg Abbott.

A new poll out from the national group Public Policy Polling shows Davis behind Abbott by a margin of 15 points, which is a ten-point difference from a poll released earlier this week from the University of Texas at Austin's Texas Politics Project and the Texas Tribune.

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Election Day
3:37 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Sec. Of State’s Office Reassures That All Ballots Will Count Despite Voter ID Snags

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas Secretary of State John Steen's office is guaranteeing that every ballot will count in this election, even if a voter is registered under a different name.

This is the Texas' first statewide election where photo ID is required to cast a ballot, which has led to some reported problems at polling places across the state.

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