Government

2014 Election
4:56 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Another San Antonio Democrat Considering Statewide Office

State Sen. Carlos Uresti is considering a run for attorney general.
carlosuresti.com

This time it's state Sen. Carlos Uresti, who said he is mulling a run for the attorney general's office in 2014 and considers himself a perfect fit for the job.

"With my experience as an attorney of 20 years, my experience as a legislator of 16 years -- including my experience as officer in the Marine Corps -- I think gives me some of the skills to fill that position," he said.

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2014 Election
2:47 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Van De Putte Thinking About Personal Loss In Decision To Run For Lt. Gov.

Van De Putte got her share of national attention the night of Wendy Davis' abortion bill filibuster. Can she turn it into an election win in the race for the lieutenant governor's office.
Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio is exploring a run in 2014 as the Democratic challenger in the lieutenant governor’s race, but she said there is still a lot to consider.

"We’ve really had so many family losses, so first and foremost my concerns are with my family," she said.

Van De Putte has seen her share of losses since the start of this summer -- first the death of baby grandson, then her father died in a car accident and recently her mother-in-law passed away.

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Health Care
12:17 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Perry Rejects Medicaid Expansion (Again), But Still Wants Federal Block Grant Waiver

No other state that requested a waiver was granted the federal money.
rickperry.org

 Gov. Rick Perry has sent the final instructions to the state’s health commissioner ahead of a meeting with federal officials regarding the implementation of Medicaid expansion in Texas.

The letter sent this week to Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Dr. Kyle Janeck begins by questioning the wisdom behind the Obama administration’s expansion of Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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Criminal Justice
2:33 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Pre-Trial Program Will Dismiss Misdemeanors For Young Adults

Bexar County

A new diversion program in Bexar County will allow young adult offenders ages 17-21 a chance to correct one-time indiscretions that have gotten them into trouble.

District Attorney Susan Reed said the M.I.L.E.S. program -- Meaningful Intervention Leading to Enduring Success -- will protect young offenders from spending their lives paying for one mistake as they begin their military, college, or work careers.

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Abortion In Texas
4:00 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Dan Patrick Stock Purchase Clashes With His Anti-Abortion Stance

Current state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is running for lieutenant governor in 2014.
State of Texas

An anti-abortion group in Texas is shocked to learn news that state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor and leading voice in the anti-abortion camp, bought stock in a drug company that manufactures abortion-inducing medication.

Patrick writes that he purchased the stock several years ago through a money manager and wasn’t aware that Teva Pharmaceuticals was the maker of the morning-after pill known as Plan B.

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Affordable Care Act
3:13 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Democratic Lawmaker Clarifies Intention Of ACA Navigator Rules

Public meetings, like this one on the San Antonio West Side, are helping explain the online health insurance exchanges that open on Oct. 1.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The lawmaker who authored the bill to allow the Texas Department of Insurance to impose rules on the navigators tied to the Affordable Care Act is clarifying the role of the bill, and saying that the governor took it out of context.

State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, authored SB 1795, which is now law, and said Gov. Rick Perry’s letter to the insurance commissioner, which has caused a stir among Democratic lawmakers, goes beyond the intent of the bill.

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Bexar County
11:06 am
Fri September 20, 2013

MPO Starts Regional Planning Meetings For Boerne, New Braunfels And Seguin

The Hwy. 281-1604 interchange project is one example of MPO projects. The MPO is looking at expanding its reach to include the metro areas where intensive growth has increased population density adjacent to Bexar County.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization is beginning a regional transportation plan to include Boerne, New Braunfels and Seguin for the next 25 years of growth.

In that time, the metro population is expected to grow by 1.5 million, fueling the need for an integrated transportation outlook.

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City Utilities
9:44 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Public Meetings Coming Up For CPS Energy And SAWS Rate Hikes

SAWS Facebook

The San Antonio City Council has begun reviewing potential rate increases from the San Antonio Water System and CPS Energy, a process that will continue until November.

The first of the meetings started Wednesday, when CPS President and CEO Doyle Beneby provided the council an overview of the utility's 4.75 percent proposed increase, which would add $5.19 to the average gas and electric bill each month.

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City Utilities
3:22 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

CPS Energy Makes Case For Rate Hike With Examples From 2010

CPS Energy

If a proposed rate hike is approved by San Antonio City Council, households can expect to pay an additional $5.19 per month on their CPS Energy bills.

On Wednesday CPS Energy President and CEO Doyle Beneby delivered the first case for a rate hike to the council.

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Texas Politics
9:23 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Democrats Not Happy About Dewhurst Dig At Senate Committees

Screen shot from a David Dewhurst campaign video.
Dewhurst campaign video

During a panel with all four Republican candidates in the lieutenant governor's race at the Ronald Reagan Republican Women's Conference this week, current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst defended his record of appointing Democrats to chair Senate committees.

"I’ve been reducing the number of Democrat chairs since I came in," Dewhurst said. "You know how many committees we have? 17. You know how many Democrat chairs we have? five. Okay? So, I’ve been reducing them and not one of them is one of the critical committees."

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