Government

Affordable Care Act
1:16 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Feds Say Texas Health Exchange Is Ready To Go

Screen shot from HealthCare.gov, which is gearing up for the Oct. 1 opening of the online insurance exchanges.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the online marketplace for health insurance will open Oct. 1 for Texans, but with all the back and forth between opponents and supporters of the new health care law, there are still a lot of questions.

Marjorie McColl Petty, the HHS Region 6 director -- the area that includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma -- said right now people can go to www.healthcare.gov to get answers to common questions by entering some information about their household:

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Federal Government
9:36 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Castro Calls On Congress To Solve Budget Crisis Before Tonight's Deadline

Joaquín Castro, here supporting his brother Julián at the Democratic National Convention, says contrary to what Cruz is preaching, there are plenty of Texans happy about the ACA.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro is urging his fellow congressmen to get past "hostage politics" of the past few years to avoid a government shutdown and also emphasized the importance of the Affordable Care Act.

Castro said the current stalemate over the federal budget has already had detrimental effects on the health of the country, saying the fiscal fights are giving the nation a case of high blood pressure:

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Abortion In Texas
3:53 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Groups File Lawsuit Challenging New Texas Abortion Clinic Law

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

Three Abortion-rights groups have filed a lawsuit against Texas’ new abortion law challenging two of four provisions in the law. 

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2014 Election
10:52 am
Fri September 27, 2013

How Does The Leaked Report Of A Davis Run Affect Her Campaign?

Sen. Wendy Davis has been on a roll since her filibuster at the end of June, so is she now all-in for the governor's race?
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

Sources tell Politico that state Sen. Wendy Davis and her advisers have alerted prominent Democrats that she's in the governor's race for 2014, but do these political teasers help or hurt her campaign?

Grace Garcia is the executive director for Annie’s List, one of the main groups drumming up support for the Davis campaign.

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Bexar County
9:09 am
Fri September 27, 2013

New Payment Plans For Seniors And Disabled Persons In Bexar County

Property tax area at the Bexar County tax office.
Eileen Pace TPR News

People who pay their property taxes directly to the county have some new options starting Oct. 1. when the Bexar County tax assessor’s office introduces a monthly payment option to help fixed-income property owners more easily budget for their taxes.

Until now most taxpayers have had to pay their whole year of taxes in one lump sum. Seniors and disabled property owners have had two options: Pay the whole thing or pay in half-payments.

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Federal Government
9:41 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Texas Democrats Speak Out Against Attempt To Shut Down Federal Government

Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

Texas Democrats are taking aim at U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott over the threat of government shutdown.

During a conference call, state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio spoke out against Cruz' efforts to "defund Obamacare," which may lead to a government shutdown.

"If he does that how long will a shutdown last?" Van De Putte said. "I mean, can we take a week? Maybe. But once you get past two weeks you start having major impact into to Texas families."

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Proposition Six
4:22 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Local Legislators Urge Voters To Support Prop 6 Water Project Amendment On Nov. Ballot

Commissioner Tommy Adkisson voices his support for Prop 6 alongside state law makers.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The Bexar County Commissioners Court and legislative delegation are urging voters to support a state constitutional amendment that would fund water projects for the state.

Commissioners and legislators used a hot sunny day to ask for support for the creation of a State Water Implementation Fund, which is on this year's Nov. 5 ballot as Proposition 6.

“The time to address our state water problems is now before the faucets run dry,” said state Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, who along with house colleges urged voters to vote in favor of Prop 6.

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City Utilities
3:57 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

SAWS To Ask For $2.59 Rate Increase For Average Water Customer

SAWS Facebook

The San Antonio Water System has announced its proposed rate increase for customers and leaders with the utility will soon approach the city council members for their consideration.

SAWS wants an increase of 5.1 percent -- about $2.59 to the average monthly bill -- to fund new water sources and address wastewater compliance initiatives that the Environmental Protection Agency require.

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Affordable Care Act
3:47 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Texas Medical Association Opens Affordable Care Act Help Site

Texas Medical Association

A poll put out by the Kaiser Health Group shows doctors are the most trusted source for information about the Affordable Care Act for Americans, but that’s not where people are getting their information.

The state’s leading medical association has a new educational website related the federal health exchange to help provide more information called "Hey, Doc."

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Politics
1:17 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Political Expert Says Cruz Faux-Filibuster Will Only Strengthen His Conservative Core

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
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Many political experts are calling U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz' prolonged speech a "faux-filibuster" because it doesn’t prevent anything from happening.

Southern Methodist University Professor Cal Jillson said that while this move appeals to the conservative tea party base, it alienates Cruz from a large majority of Republicans who are more moderate.

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