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.
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.
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Art Downey, the chairman of the Ethics Review Board, applied first for the District 9 seat.
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Paula McGee, an attorney with 10 years' experience, told the city council it's time to restore a voice in District 9.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.