Government

Abortion In Texas
5:01 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Decision On Texas Abortion Clinic Law Will Likely Be Appealed

The Stand With Texas Women movement has carried the momentum of the abortion clinic bill filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The federal trial started today over the Texas abortion clinic restrictions that passed during this summer’s special session. Both sides have agreed to a bench trial, making the presiding judge, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, the final decision maker. 

Lawyers from Planned Parenthood are trying to block the law from taking effect, saying portions of the law make access to abortion services for women in South and West Texas impossible.

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2014 Governor's Race
1:45 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Davis Takes Encouragement From National Poll Numbers

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis at a campaign visit to Rackspace in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A new poll shows approval ratings for Republicans in Congress have dropped to a record low, but will it affect statewide elections for people like Democrat Wendy Davis?

The Associated Press survey shows over 62 percent of those polled believe Republicans in Congress are solely to blame for the government shutdown that ended last Thursday.

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Affordable Care Act
10:05 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Healthcare Advocates Holding Statewide ACA Events To Inform & Sign People Up

Members of the Texas Organizing Project took advantage of the big crowds at Síclovía in September to promote the ACA.
David Martin Davies TPR News

A group of nonprofits and healthcare advocates are holding a large statewide outreach and education program with a goal of getting Texans signed up in the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

The Texas Organizing Project is holding a weekly event that kicks off this week in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas.

"We really talk about what are the benefits of the affordable care act, what options they have, what options their family might have, is there financial assistance, and a little bit of health insurance 101," said Tiffany Hogue with the Texas Organizing Project.

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Transportation
4:52 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

TxDOT Hopes To Cash In By Publishing Top Toll Road Violators

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The Texas Department of Transportation says they hope shaming toll road violators will lead to the collection millions of dollars in unpaid toll violations.

“It’s no secret Texas has a fundraising challenge when it comes to funding transportation,” says TxDOT spokeswoman Veronica Beyer. “The goal is to get [violators] to call us and get on some type of payment plan.  Again there’s 27-million dollars worth of unpaid tolls out there. That’s money that could be used to pay [state] debt, [or] to bond the operation of these toll roads.”

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City Council
1:00 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Gonzales First Elected Leader To Give Birth While A Council Member

Ian Andrew Barton was born at 1:19 a.m. Thursday to Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales.

District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales has given birth to a baby boy.

Ian Andrew Barton was born at 1:19 a.m. Thursday, weighing 4 pounds 9 ounces and is 19 inches long.

Mayor Julián Castro and City Clerk Leticia Vacek offered a congratulations to Gonzales and her husband, Kevin, at Thursday's council meeting.

In a statement, Castro said:

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2014 Governor's Race
11:54 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Davis Campaign Heads To D.C. For National Fund Raising Event

Davis took the podium at Rackspace during a recent San Antonio campaign stop.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is headed to Washington, D.C., next week to raise some national campaign cash.

The event is being hosted by two groups that helped launch Davis, Battleground Texas and The Lone Star Project.

"It’s a gathering of Texans who are in D.C.," said The Lone Star Project’s Matt Angle. "A lot of them work in and around the capitol but their hearts and many cases their votes are still in Texas."

The event is also not limited to just Texans or their money.

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City Utilities
11:06 am
Thu October 17, 2013

San Antonio City Staff Recommend 4.25% CPS Energy Rate Increase

CPS Energy cut its rate increase proposal from 4.75 percent to 4.25 percent. The city council is expected to vote on the issue Nov. 7.
CPS Energy

San Antonio city staffers have recommended the CPS Energy rate increase of 4.25 percent, which would add $4.68 to the average customer's bill.

The city's chief financial officer told the city council that CPS Energy leaders have worked hard to make their rate request as low as possible.

Ben Gorzell said the city worked closely with the utility and found the budget process this time around had improved significantly over 2010. Gorzell made four recommendations to the utility.

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City Government
10:18 am
Thu October 17, 2013

City Council About To Accept Applications To Fill District 9 Seat

Councilwoman Elisa Chan will officially step down from council when her colleagues accept her resignation Thursday.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The San Antonio City Council will accept the resignation of District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan at Thursday's council meeting.

Starting Monday, Oct. 21, and running through Friday, Nov. 1, the city clerk will be accepting applications of those interested in an appointment to represent District 9. A special election will be held next May so that constituents can pick a council person who will remain in the seat until the 2015 city council elections.

The city council will review the applications on Wednesday, Nov. 6, and vote to fill the vacancy the next day.

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Political Fundraising
5:00 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Ted Cruz Uses Attention From "Faux" Filibuster To Flex Fund-Raising Muscle

Will Ted Cruz turn all this momentum into a presidential run in 2016? Being born in Canada, can he even be president?
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New numbers out today show Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was able to turn his 21-hour overnight denunciation of Obamacare into just under $800,000 in contributions for the Ted Cruz Victory Committee, his political action committee.

Austin-based GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak said it’s not abnormal for politicians to use an event like Cruz’s filibuster-like speech to raise campaign dollars.

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Gov. Rick Perry
9:25 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Gov. Perry Takes His Economic Development Message Overseas

rickperry.org

Gov. Rick Perry and his wife are spending the next ten days overseas as part of an economic and water development effort in London and Israel.

The trip is being funded by Americans for Economic Freedom, the group promoting Perry’s national profile for a possible presidential run.

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