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Government
4:43 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Grand Jury Appointed To Hear Coercion Case Against Gov. Perry And Travis County DA

rickperry.org

A specially-appointed grand jury is being seated in two unique cases; a criminal coercion complainant against Governor Rick Perry and separate case against Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg.  

Although the cases are connected in some respects, they will have separate trial dates if they make it past the grand jury.  Craig McDonald, with Texans for Public Justice, who filed the complainant against Republican Governor Rick Perry for his threat and veto of the budget of State’s Public Integrity Unit, says having a grand jury selected is a good sign.

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Texas Redistricting
10:36 am
Thu September 5, 2013

A Win For Davis In Redistricting Suit Against Abbott, State

As Wendy Davis mourns the loss of her father and weighs a run for governor, she can count the recent court ruling as a victory.
David Martin Davies TPR News

A Federal court in San Antonio has ruled in favor of state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, in a redistricting case that at one time threatened to dismantle her senate district.

The federal three-judge panel has decided to throw out Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s claims that the 2011 Republican-drawn map that broke down Davis' district into four to five white-dominated districts was valid.

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City Government
8:26 am
Thu September 5, 2013

San Antonio City Council Hears From Public On Eve Of Historic Non-Discrimination Revision Vote

Councilman Ray Lopez, along with Ron Nirenberg, listens to people speak in favor and against the proposed non-discrimination ordinance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

It was one of the last chances residents had to speak directly to each council member about a proposed revision to San Antonio’s non-discrimination ordinance.

More than 700 people – more than last week – signed up. After midnight, Mayor Julián Castro had those who had yet to speak line up so they could approach the podium quickly because the council will be back in the morning to hear from more citizens ahead of its expected vote on the matter.

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City Government
6:16 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Councilman Carlton Soules Records B Session Because City Did Not Broadcast Meeting

District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules, along with colleague, District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan, to residents on the non-discrimination ordinance in the early morning hours of Sept. 5, 2013.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

He’s not a multi-media professional, nor does he have formal training in audio/visual technology.

But District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules had last week’s B session recorded and posted to his website because it was not broadcast on the city’s public access channel, TVSA.

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Government
12:50 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Non-Discrimination Ordinance Opponents Target Mayor Julian Castro For Recall

Mayor Julian Castro listens to residents speaking in support and against a proposed non-discrimination ordinance in the early morning hours of Sept. 5, 2013.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Several groups are now targeting Mayor Julian Castro for violating his duties according to the Constitution for supporting the proposed non-discrimination ordinance. The groups include the Bexar County Conservative Coalition, the San Antonio Family Association, and the Justice Foundation.

They are also collecting signatures to oust District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal, who has been spearheading the issue, for the same reasons.

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Texas Water
4:26 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Texas Water Development Board Chairman Ready To Face Challenges

Medina Lake on Jan. 31, 2013, a victim of continued drought conditions.
Flickr user jwhippy cc

Texas has a new Water Development Board and this week Gov. Rick Perry swore in three members of the newly-created agency that is tasked with finding new sources of water and funding various future water projects.

During the regular session, the Texas Legislature approved a bill that created Prop 6, which will go on the ballot this fall for voters to decide. The measure takes $2 billion out of the Rainy Day Fund to help set up the funding for the next 50 years of various private and public water projects.

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Affordable Care Act
11:44 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Decision To Decline Medicaid Expansion Means Higher Premiums For Texans

While other conservative governors have decided to participate in ACA programs like Medicaid expansion, Gov. Perry ha smaintained his tough stance on the Affordable Care Act from the beginning.
rickperry.org

A new study shows that Texans with private health insurance will pay 9.3 percent more than their current rate because of the decision by lawmakers and Gov. Rick Perry to opt out of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. 

Carter Price is with the Rand Corporation, the group commissioned by U.S. Health and Human Services to the study the issue. He said the group that would’ve been covered by Medicaid expansion is typically not as healthy as those with access to insurance.

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Texas Supreme Court
1:56 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Chief Justice Jefferson Announces Resignation From Texas Supreme Court

Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson (seated in middle) has announced his resignation from the state's high court.
State of Texas

Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, who lives in San Antonio, plans to step down from his position this Fall. Jefferson is the first African-American to serve as the State of Texas’ top judge. 

Jefferson has held the spot for the last 12 years and said he is leaving his post Oct. 1. He said his decision centered on family and finances:

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83rd Legislature
12:45 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

It's September, And Over 600 New Laws Are Now In Effect

Eileen Pace TPR News

Of the over 1,500 bills signed into law from the regular legislative session, 659 take effect this month and run a wide variety of subject matter.

Here are a few that are noteworthy:

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Government
4:35 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Castro Promotes "Infrastructure Of Opportunity" At Town Halls

Congressman Joaquín Castro speaks to constituents on San Antonio's West Side Aug. 29 2013
Eileen Pace TPR News

Congressman Joaquín Castro has been making the rounds in San Antonio this week while Congress is on recess. The congressman is talking about providing Americans with opportunities for success.

On Thursday he spoke to San Antonio business leaders about building an infrastructure of opportunity -- a term he coined before he ever got to Capitol Hill.

Castro favors a government that aligns itself to enable individuals to be successful. He spoke of his meeting earlier this week with small business owners who got help through the Small Business Development Center at UTSA.

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