Government

Politics
2:21 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Cruz Talks Affordable Care Act And Immigration At Austin Stop

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
cc Wikipedia Commons

Sounding more and more like a presidential candidate on his visit to a high-tech facility in Austin, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz addressed the need to end the Affordable Care Act in order to expand job growth.

Cruz said he doesn’t have the numbers to defund the program, he said that effort must come from regular people.

"So where I am focusing my energy is speaking directly to the American people, working to energize and mobilize the American people," Cruz said.

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2014 Election Campaign
10:51 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Abbott Says Fed Voter ID Lawsuit Is Just Democrat Campaign Tactics

Greg Abbot at La Villita in San Antonio to announce his candidacy for governor in 2014.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has been fighting for years to keep voter ID laws in place for Texas, and yesterday U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder filed a lawsuit against the Texas voter ID law, one of the strictest in the country, alleging that it disenfranchises minority votes.

Abbott said the move is just part of the Obama administration's link to the Texas Democratic Party and is  a campaign tactic to build support for the party going into 2014.

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City Government
9:56 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Weighing Both Sides, Cris Medina Supports Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Dist. 7 Councilman Cris Medina said he will support San Antono's non-discrimination ordinance.
City of San Antonio

San Antonio District 7 Councilman Cris Medina is the latest to throw his support behind the proposed non-discrimination ordinance, which would extend protections for veteran status, gender identity and sexual orientation.

In a statement, Medina wrote:

"I am supporting the proposed ordinance because I oppose discrimination in all forms."

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City Council
9:17 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Nirenberg: "No Way To Move Foward" With Chief of Staff Jeff Bazan

San Antonio District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg's Chief of Staff, Jeff Bazan, has resigned nearly a week after a secret audio recording was leaked to the San Antonio Express-News.

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City Government
4:41 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Former Chan Staffer Explains His Own Comments On Leaked Tape

Dist. 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan at a press conference defending her remarks.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

People around City Hall are on edge about what they say following the release of a secret recording that revealed homophobic comments made by District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan and her staff members.

In the audio, given to the Express-News by former Chan staffer James Stevens, who recorded the strategy meeting, are comments by Jeff Bazan, then Chan's chief of policy, who at one point makes talks about sexual orientation by linking it to incest.

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Politics
11:25 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Martinez Fischer Critical Of Abbott's Legal/Financial Record In Federal Cases

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio.
Trey Martinez Fischer

According to the San Antonio Express-News, Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is running for governor in 2014, has spent nearly $4 million on 31 lawsuits against the federal government in the last nine years, ten of which his office counts as wins.

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Texas Politics
10:23 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Dewhurst Calls To Get Relative Out Of Jail

Current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is facing several challengers in the Republican primary next year.
Campaign photo Wikimedia Commons

Police in Allen, Texas have released audio to the Dallas-Fort Worth NBC affiliate of a phone call made by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst trying to arrange for the release of a relative who is accused of shoplifting from an area grocery store.

According to police records, Ellen Bevers, who is related to Dewhurst by marriage, was arrested on Aug. 3 for allegedly shoplifting at an area Kroger grocery store.

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Emergency Preparedness
4:18 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

"Climate Change" Gone From State Emergency Plan

2008's Hurricane Ike off the coast of Texas.
National Weather Service

*The original version of this story listed 1.4 million people having signed the NRDC petition, which is incorrect and has been removed. The number is reflective of NRDC membership and online participation and not the number of people who have signed the petition.

Several groups in Texas and Washington D.C. have taken issue with the Federal Emergency Management Agency allowing the State of Texas to delete "climate change" from their state emergency plan.

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Bexar County
2:28 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Burn Ban Issued For Bexar County

Bexar County

Dry, hot weather conditions have forced Bexar County Commissioners to order a new burn ban.

The court order bans outdoor burning in unincorporated Bexar County for the next 90 days, but it’s still okay under the ban to burn household trash or other domestic waste in a burn barrel with a wire mesh screen to prevent the spread of sparks and flames.

Thanks to some good rainy days at the beginning of summer, San Antonio has not been under a burn ban since early June.

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City Government
3:27 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Chan Supporters Cheer Her Public Defense Of Leaked Audio

District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan was given a standing ovation and cheered by supporters at a news conference where she responded to a comments made public from a staff meeting.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A room full of supporters gave District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan a standing ovation as the embattled politician entered the media briefing room at City Hall on Tuesday.

Chan's office gave reporters a 30 minute notice for the time and location of the press conference, and the applause coming from the room packed with people supporting Chan lent speculation that the news conference was more than just a response to her leaked comments from a May 21 staff meeting.

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