Government

Texas Politics
10:23 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Dewhurst Calls To Get Relative Out Of Jail

Current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is facing several challengers in the Republican primary next year.
Campaign photo Wikimedia Commons

Police in Allen, Texas have released audio to the Dallas-Fort Worth NBC affiliate of a phone call made by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst trying to arrange for the release of a relative who is accused of shoplifting from an area grocery store.

According to police records, Ellen Bevers, who is related to Dewhurst by marriage, was arrested on Aug. 3 for allegedly shoplifting at an area Kroger grocery store.

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Emergency Preparedness
4:18 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

"Climate Change" Gone From State Emergency Plan

2008's Hurricane Ike off the coast of Texas.
National Weather Service

*The original version of this story listed 1.4 million people having signed the NRDC petition, which is incorrect and has been removed. The number is reflective of NRDC membership and online participation and not the number of people who have signed the petition.

Several groups in Texas and Washington D.C. have taken issue with the Federal Emergency Management Agency allowing the State of Texas to delete "climate change" from their state emergency plan.

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Bexar County
2:28 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Burn Ban Issued For Bexar County

Bexar County

Dry, hot weather conditions have forced Bexar County Commissioners to order a new burn ban.

The court order bans outdoor burning in unincorporated Bexar County for the next 90 days, but it’s still okay under the ban to burn household trash or other domestic waste in a burn barrel with a wire mesh screen to prevent the spread of sparks and flames.

Thanks to some good rainy days at the beginning of summer, San Antonio has not been under a burn ban since early June.

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City Government
3:27 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Chan Supporters Cheer Her Public Defense Of Leaked Audio

District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan was given a standing ovation and cheered by supporters at a news conference where she responded to a comments made public from a staff meeting.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A room full of supporters gave District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan a standing ovation as the embattled politician entered the media briefing room at City Hall on Tuesday.

Chan's office gave reporters a 30 minute notice for the time and location of the press conference, and the applause coming from the room packed with people supporting Chan lent speculation that the news conference was more than just a response to her leaked comments from a May 21 staff meeting.

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Gov. Rick Perry
9:39 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Judge Names Special Prosecutor In Perry Coercion Complaint

rickperry.org

This week San Antonio District Judge Robert "Bert" Richardson named area attorney Michael McCrum as the special prosecutor in the criminal complainant against Gov. Rick Perry.

"We’re too early to say there is going to be a trial in this matter," McCrum said. "Just because a complaint has been filed by a citizen doesn’t mean there is actually a prosecution in place. It’s my responsibility to look into the matter and decide if something went wrong, something that needs to be addressed in criminal court and whether or not charges need to be filed."

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City Government
3:36 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Chan Cites First Amendment In Response To Critisicm About Homophobic Comments

District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan is coming under fire from gay rights organizations for making comments against homosexuals in an audio recording given to the San Antonio Express-News.

Chan's office provided the following statement to KENS5 TV:

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2014 Election
2:19 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Abbott Says His "Thanks" Wasn't Endorsing "Offensive Language"

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott at a campaign stop last month in McAllen, Texas.
David Martin Davies TPR News

In the online aftermath of a tweet calling state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, a "Retard Barbie" and an "idiot," a group advocating for Texas women in politics said they have had an outpouring of support.

The tweet was sent on Saturday by Denton Attorney Jeff Rutledge as a comment on the 2014 governor's race, which is currently without a commitment from Davis, and earned a "thanks" from Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott:

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City Government
10:32 am
Fri August 16, 2013

235 People Speak At Marathon City Council Meeting For Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

About 300 people gathered outside San Antonio City Council chambers Wednesday evening for a protest and prayer vigil demonstrating their opposition to the city’s proposed anti-discrimination ordinance.

The ordinance would consolidate existing policies for race, gender, age and disability, and would add language to prohibit discrimination against sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status. The ordinance covers employment practices for the City of San Antonio and those of city contractors.

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2014 Election
1:26 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Tea Party's Burton Enters Race For Wendy Davis Senate Seat

Konni Burton, a Republican candidate for state Senate District 10.
Konni Burton YouTube channel

Konni Burton, a Republican from Fort Worth who is active in politics and is on the Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee, has announced she is running for the state Senate seat currently occupied by Wendy Davis.

Earlier this month Davis announced she would either run in the governor’s race or run for re-election in the 2014 election.

In an online video released Wednesday, Burton took aim at Davis' stance on abortion:

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Affordable Care Act
11:51 am
Thu August 15, 2013

State Attorneys General Question Privacy In ACA Navigator Program

Attorney General Greg Abbott.
State of Texas

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is joining another group of attorneys general to take issue with the selection process in the Affordable Care Act’s navigator program.

Over the next few months the federal government is set to spend millions of dollars hiring people labeled "navigators," who are tasked with helping people get signed up and "navigate" Affordable Care Act.

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