Government

2014 Election
10:10 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Abbott Continues To Dodge Pauken Request For Debate

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Pauken.
tompaukenfortexas.com

Republican Tom Pauken continues to issue a debate challenge to fellow gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, but the attorney general has not even acknowledged Pauken as a candidate.

Abbott publicly announced his candidacy for the governor’s race one month ago, but even before he had made this announcement, Pauken had issued a challenge for a public debate.

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2016 Election
3:34 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

'Oops' Moments Continue To Stack Up For Gov. Perry

Gov. Perry, here at a stop in San Antonio this year, has continued to stumble over his words in public appearances and with the press.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Speaking before the RedState Bloggers Convention in New Orleans, La., Gov. Rick Perry had another public slip-up when he compared other states to Texas’ conservative values.

Perry: "There are many other states that embrace those conservative values -- the approach that we’ve taken over the years. I'm in one today -- in Florida. You look at South Carolina, you look at Florida."

Woman in the audience: " We’re in Louisiana!" 

Perry: "I know and I said that."

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2014 Election
10:05 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Decision On Davis' Gubernatorial Run In Next Few Weeks

Sen. Wendy Davis has been on a roll since her filibuster at the end of June, but what does that mean for her political future?
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, said she will announce by Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, whether or not she is running for governor in 2014.

Many in the Democratic Party at both the state and national level have been holding their breath, wondering if the champion of an abortion filibuster would run for higher office.

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Fair Pay Bill
12:17 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Updated: People Across Nation Joining Boycott Of Macy's And Kroger Over Anti-Fair Pay Stance

rickperry.org

Update: So far over 5,000 people have signed the online petition as back-to-school shopping hits full stride with the state's tax-free shopping weekend, which starts today.

"It’s not a good weekend to have this kind of press, but it’s not ever a good time for them to have this type of press because it's not a good time to take this kind of position on an issue," said Ed Espinoza of Progress Texas.

Macy's has released a statement defending its support of Perry's veto and their own company structure:

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City Government
5:16 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

City Services To Take Hit Under Proposed 2014 Budget

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In a news conference following the City Council meeting where City Manager Sheryl Sculley presented next year’s proposed budget, she summed up the process in three words: Tough budget year.

Sculley and her team found $13.5 million in cuts, mostly administrative, but that doesn’t make up for the $35 million -$50 million gap the city is facing. Other measures and cuts will have to be made.

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Politics
4:34 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Gov. Perry Reiterates Obamacare Stance As Sebelius Visits SA

rickperry.org

Gov. Rick Perry welcomed Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to Texas today by issuing a statement saying he will fight the Affordable Care Act from being implemented in the state.

"With due respect, the secretary and our president are missing the point: It’s not that Americans don’t understand Obamacare, it’s that we understand it all too well."

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Texas Politics
3:45 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Texas Democratic Party Counting On Young Democrats In Next Election

Joaquín Castro, here supporting his brother Julián at the Democratic National Convention last year, will take the stage as the keynote speaker at this week's National Young Democrats Convention.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said he hopes this week’s National Young Democrats Convention in the Alamo City will continue momentum for the party. 

Hinojosa is looking to carry over nationwide support for Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, a possible gubernatorial candidate in 2014.

"They identify with her," Hinojosa said. "They identify with her story of being a teenage mom who put herself through college and eventually made it into Harvard Law School and then the Texas Legislature."

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Bexar County
10:39 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Monthly Tax Payment Plan Coming Soon To Bexar County

Bexar County

Bexar County property owners will soon be able to pay their property taxes on a monthly basis rather than waiting until the end of the year in a move that should make things easier for people on fixed incomes. 

Seniors and disabled property owners have been able to use a four-payment program, paying smaller payments to the tax office from January through July.

Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Albert Uresti said most property owners who pay their taxes directly to the county have had only two options to pay their taxes: Once a year or in half-payments.

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Health Care
5:04 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

HHS Secretary Talks Affordable Care Act At Trinity University

Official portrait of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
U.S. Government

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be visiting the Alamo City this week, joining the City of San Antonio to provide more information about the Affordable Care Act.

Sebelius will speak Thursday evening when Trinity University and the Metropolitan Health District host a public event to offer information about the new health care act, much of which takes effect in the next year.

The city previously hosted Sebelius when it unveiled the Por Vida Health Campaign, an ongoing city-wide marketing campaign to get restaurants to offer healthy choices.

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City Government
4:11 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

San Antonio Getting Outside Backlash For Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

In May, supporters of an anti-discrimination ordinance proposal showed their appreciation to the City Council on the steps of City Hall.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio city staffers say letters are rolling into city hall by the dozens from people who are angry about the proposed anti-discrimination ordinance.

The ordinance being considered by the San Antonio City Council would prohibit discrimination within the city’s hiring practices and anyone who contracts a job with the city.

Although the ordinance maintains anti-discrimination policies for race, color, religion, age and disability, the proposal would add veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity to the list. The latter two are why most people are angered.

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