Government

Affordable Care Act
3:51 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

With ACA Exchanges About To Open, Perry Wants More Rules For "Navigators"

How will the latest move by Perry affect Affoordable Care Act rollout in Texas?
David Martin Davies TPR News

Gov. Rick Perry has ordered the Texas Department of Insurance to come up with a set of rules governing the Affordable Care Act’s navigator program.

ACA navigators will be helping people get the information they need to sign up for qualified plans under the new law.

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2014 Election
2:43 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Davis Waiting Game Coming To An End -- Will She Or Won't She Run For Governor?

Sen. Wendy Davis at a Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio..
David Martin Davies TPR News

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, indicates in a letter sent to supporters that she has made a decision about the 2014 governor’s race and will announce it at the beginning of October.

Davis says in her letter:

"There’s one question I’ve gotten quite often in the past few months. I’ve heard it online, while I’m traveling around the state, from the media, and in my Fort Worth neighborhood: What’s next?... On October 3, I’ll be answering that question. And as part of my dedicated network of grassroots supporters, you will be among the very first to find out."

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
9:29 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Change Of Phrase In Final NDO Disarms Attorney General's Threat

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott believed the city's non-discrimination ordinance would open San Antonio up to lawsuits.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott vowed he'd take a stand if San Antonio passed the controversial and widely-discussed non-discrimination ordinance, but now it looks like Abbott is backing down.

The gubernatorial candidate believed the ordinance violates free speech because of the phrase, "word or deed."

He said it violated the Constitution because the law would prevent appointees on city boards and commissions from engaging in bias by "word or deed."

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2014 Election
3:22 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Van De Putte Considering Run For Statewide Offices

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in the TPR studio shortly after the Wendy Davis filibuster this summer.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

According to Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa, state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio has been extremely busy this summer.

Hinojosa said the Texas Democratic Party and other groups have approached Van DePutte about a run for lieutenant governor, or even running against George P. Bush for land commissioner. Hinojosa said Van DePutte has been gathering information on a run since August and wants to see numbers that give her a chance to win before she announces what she will do. 

Hinojosa said she has an advantage in the race for land commissioner:

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2014 Election
2:49 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Texas Dems Continue To Wait As Wendy Davis Gets Set To Make A Decision

Democratx watch and wait for Wend Davis to make an announcement about the 2014 election.
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is expected to make an announcement soon about her political future, and should she run for governor, it could be a heated 2014 election campaign.

Advisors to the Davis campaign are indicating that an announcement could come this week. 

The Lone Star Project’s Matt Angle, a political strategist close to the Davis campaign, said this will be one of the nastiest races Texas has ever seen:

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City Utilities
2:09 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

CPS Energy To Make Case For 4.75 Percent Rate Increase

CPS Energy

Nearly one week after the city council adopted its 2014 budget, members will begin hearing from leaders at CPS Energy about a possible rate hike.

CPS last raised rates in 2010 and passed up an opportunity to raise rates last year because the utility said it found efficiencies within the organization and delayed certain infrastructure projects.

This time, CPS Energy will ask for a 4.75 percent rate increase, which would equal a $5.19 hike to the average CPS Energy bill.

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City Government
5:12 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

City Budget Shakeup Reveals Some Wins, Some Losses

Councilwoman Elisa Chan and Councilman Carlton Soules listen to residents during a recent council meeting.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio city leaders swept through a $2.3 billion budget amid negotiations in the final hour that added line items back in that previously had been eliminated.

With the majority of the city council favoring the amendments, and the 2014 budget as proposed, residents will begin seeing some of the effects.

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Distillery Laws
3:13 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Texas Celebrates Distilled Spirits Month

Flickr user The Travelista cc

This week Gov. Rick Perry issued a declaration naming September "Craft Distilled Spirits Month" in to celebrate the passage of four bills all authored by state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio.

"There were so many laws that we had that were outdated and really didn’t foster the type of entrepreneurship and Texas jobs in both the craft beer industry and in the distilled spirits side," Van De Putte said. "We looked at those and looked at everything that we could do to promote our Texas economy."

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Government
11:29 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Feds Deny Education Commissioner's Testing Request

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

The U.S. Department of Education has denied the Texas Education Commissioner’s waiver to opt-out of  testing requirements connected to the No Child Left Behind program.

Since taking office, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has petitioned the federal government to allow Texas to opt-out of 15 provisions in the Department of Education program known as No Child Left Behind.

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Bexar County
9:12 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Commissioners Approve Bexar County Budget

Bexar County

  Bexar County Commissioners have approved a budget of $1.6 billion for the coming fiscal year, which includes an increase of $2.5 million in record management funds -- things like fees for platting and marriage licenses.

The property tax rate did not increase, but Precinct 3 Commissioner Kevin Wolff explained in court Tuesday morning that in good economic times when property values go up, taxpayers are often confused about why their tax bill is higher.

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