Government

Texas Roads
12:59 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Possible Solution To TxDOT's South Texas Gravel Road Proposal

Larry D. Moore Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

A special committee in the Texas Senate may have found a solution to the hundreds of miles of roads in South Texas and the Permian Basin that were slated to be converted into gravel.

The Texas Department of Transportation announcement near the end of the summer surprised members of the legislature and as the discussions wore on, the number of miles that were up for conversion grew into the hundreds.

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Texas Water
5:13 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Perry Asks Voters To Approve Prop. 6 For Water Project Funding

Using the dwindling Lake Travis as a backdrop, Gov. Perry asked Texans to vote "yes" on Prop 6.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Gov. Rick Perry inspected the water levels at Lake Travis and then urged voters to approve proposition 6, the water project funding program that would pay for the next 50 years of water projects in the state that is up for a vote on this November's ballot.

Prop. 6 would take $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund and place it in a separate fund which would then be loaned out to organizations around the state to fund water projects. Those organizations would then pay back the loan with interest to keep the fund going.

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2014 Governor's Race
11:55 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Corrected: Two More Candidates Added To Race For Governor

Chris Eudaily TPR News

(Oct. 14)***There were several errors in the original reporting of this story as it pertains to Kathie Glass: Glass is a Libertarian candidate and is not running in the Republican primary for governor in 2014. When Glass ran for governor in 2010, she also did so on the Libertarian ticket. Tom Glass, who is her husband and vice-chairman of the Texas Libertarian Party, brought these errors to our attention (see comment below story). An on-air correction will also be made for this story

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Criminal Justice
4:46 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

State Refusing To Give Back Execution Drug

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A Houston-area compounding pharmacy has sent a letter asking the state to return the drugs it sold the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for death row executions.

The name of the drug is pentobarbital and it has been a hard item for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to track down after the state’s overseas sellers backed out of their contract to sell the drug used in lethal injections.  

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Economic Stabilization Fund
3:50 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Study Shows Rainy Day Fund Looks Stable Even With Water And Transportation Draw

Chris Eudaily TPR News

In the next two years voters will be deciding two propositions that take a percentage from the oil and gas tax money helping grow the state’s Rainy Day Fund. 

The first of those is up for a vote this November and would take $2 billion out of the fund to help pay for water projects. The second proposition, which will be on the 2014 ballot, will take $1 billion to fund transportation projects. 

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Gov. Rick Perry
3:20 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Special Prosecutor In Perry Bribery Case Requests Investigator

rickperry.org

According to court documents, San Antonio attorney Michael McCrum, who was appointed as the special prosecutor in the criminal bribery case against Perry, has requested money from the court to pay for an investigator and court researcher.

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2014 Governor's Race
9:13 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Davis Talks "Investing" At San Antonio Campaign Stop

Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis toured Rackspace Cloud Computing and told employees that Texas needs a change.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Wendy Davis, the Texas senator who gained national attention with her filibuster against restrictive abortion laws, stopped in San Antonio just days after announcing her bid for governor.

And it may be no surprise that the Alamo City is on her list.

"San Antonio, of course, has an incredible story to tell about how much it values education, how much it values public-private partnerships that keep our economy strong," Davis said. "It's a shining example of what we want to see happening all over the state of Texas and it's one of the reasons that I'm running for governor."

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2014 Governor's Race
4:12 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Davis' "A Texas Story" Video Her First Step In Statewide Campaign

Screen shot from the new "A Texas Story" campaign video for Wendy Davis.
Wendy Davis for Governor

Wendy Davis’ campaign brought in over $500,000 in contributions in less than 24 hours after her announcement that she would run for governor and the Democrat from Fort Worth has now launched her first campaign video.

"A Texas Story" starts with a biography of Davis’ life and features her daughter Amber, who details her mother’s humble beginnings.

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The Source
2:03 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

The Source: The Government Shutdown, Week 2

The federal government remains shutdown for its seventh day. In a surprise announcement this weekend, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that up to 350,000 people would be returning to work at the Department of Defense as a result of a close reading of one stop gap measure that passed congress.

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2014 Governor's Race
10:20 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Mobilizing Latino Vote Could Be Tough For Davis Campaign

Chris Eudaily TPR News

In order for Wendy Davis to win the governor's office in 2014, one of the keys for her campaign will be mobilizing the Latino vote, which could be hard to do.

SMU Political Science Professor Mathew Wilson said one of the biggest challenges for Davis in the race for governor is that the 2014 election is not a presidential election year, meaning turnout will be low in a group of voters with an already low turnout at the ballot box.

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