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2014 Election
12:18 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Davis Announces Bid For 2014 Governor’s Race

Wendy Davis is hoping to roll momentum gained from the Stand With Texas Women rallys this summer into a win in November 2014.
David Martin Davies TPR News

 With little surprise but abounding excitement state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has announced her bid to run in the 2014 governor’s race.   

It was a 13-hour filibuster Davis into the national spotlight, but that was not the message she had for the crowd of almost 2,000 supporters.

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Government Shutdown
12:04 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Furloughed Employees Say Sen. Ted Cruz Should Stay Home From Work

A woman dressed as the Cat in the Hat leads a group of protesters into the San Antonio offices of Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Joey Palacios TPR News

With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown, a group of out-of-work federal employees in San Antonio is delivering its own furlough notice to Sen. Ted Cruz.

Angry federal workers at Port San Antonio, a decommissioned Air Force base, say they're fed up with being government pawns.

“We just came off our sequester in mid-September and we got the sucker punch of being sent home again Tuesday. All we want is the senator to do his job,” said Elsa Martinez, an employee with the Air Force reserve.

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2014 Election
5:55 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Thousands Gather Across Texas To Watch Davis Announce Bid For Governor

Davis is now all-in for a gubernatorial run in 2014.
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is now Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis as she confirmed speculation that she will run for governor in 2014.

Battleground Texas, one of Davis' strongest support groups is playing host to Davis announcement watch parties all across the state.

"We’re holding watch parties around the state and in 40 locations so that folks that can’t make to the even in the Dallas-Fort Worth area can have a chance to watch Wendy’s announcement live," said Battleground Texas’ Ellis Brockman.

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2014 Election
3:15 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

How Will Davis Handle A Very Tough Campaign?

Volunteers registered people to vote at the Stand With Texas Women rally that was headlines by Wendy Davis in San Antonio this summer. Is this the year Democrats force a shift in state politics?
David Martin Davies TPR News

Even before state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has announced her intentions for the 2014, she has taken a few jabs from Attorney General Greg Abbott's supporters and some directly connected to his campaign. One of those online criticisms labeled Davis a "Retard Barbie."  

University of Texas at Austin Professor James Henson runs the Texas Politics Project and said this type of gender politics is a theme voters will see throughout  2014.

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Affordable Care Act In Texas
2:35 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

A Few Hiccups And Glitches In Marketplace Enrollment

Healthcare.gov
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Technical difficulties with the Affordable Care Act’s federal marketplace delayed some Texan's pursuit of signing up for health insurance.

As expect by even the federal officials, the system did freeze from time to time some people were kicked off the network.

Stephanie Goodman with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services said they are concerned how these glitches affect their work load.

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City Government
10:37 am
Thu October 3, 2013

City Attorney Bernard Leaving Post For Private Sector

City of San Antonio

San Antonio City Attorney Michael Bernard has been tapped to join the Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, an international legal team that has an office in San Antonio.

Bernard has served as the city's chief legal advisor since 2005 and before that he was first assistant district attorney for Bexar County. The move signals a shift back into the private sector for Bernard after having served in a public capacity for many years.

Tullos Wells, a senior partner at the law firm, said he was the perfect fit for the position.

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Bexar County
9:49 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Bexar County Taking TxDOT "Turnback" Deal

Traffic on the northbound lanes of Hwy. 281 regularly bottlenecks at Bitters Road..
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Bexar County is working on an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation that would improve the overall network of roads and highways in the county.

The county is negotiating for a workable tradeoff after the state asked local governments to take over maintenance of the roads, many of which have surpassed their original purpose of connecting Texas communities and are now considered urban thoroughfares. 

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Abortion In Texas
12:58 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Federal Court Sets First Date For Abortion Lawsuit

Abortion protesters outside the Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio on July 11.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The Center for Reproductive Rights has confirmed the group’s first day in federal court will be Oct. 21.

The center is one of three groups who, along with several abortion clinics in the state, filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to stop two components of the Texas abortion law: One, a requirement that all doctors performing abortion have admitting rights at a hospital no more than 30 miles away, and two, that doctors provide patients with FDA guidelines when prescribing the drug RU-486.

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Affordable Care Act
9:16 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Texas Still Battling Feds On ACA Navigator Rules

David Martin Davies TPR News

The author of a bill that was to make it easier for Affordable Care Act navigators says Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas Department of Insurance are using his legislation to impede the process.

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Affordable Care Act
2:31 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Cut Through The Affordable Care Act Clutter By Answering Six Questions

Enrollment is now live at healthcare.gov.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

There are new websites going live every day to help people understand how the Affordable Care Act, which is over 2,000 pages long, actually applies to their individual situation.

Healthcare.gov, which is the official website for all things ACA and the website where you can go to sign up, has only been up since the end of June. It is, for all intents and purposes, as comprehensive as you can get with the new health care law.

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