Government

City Government
9:21 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Ethics Board Finds Briones Knowingly Violated Ethics Code

Rolando Briones talks with his attorney, David Christian, at an Ethics Review Board hearing to discuss an ethics complaint against him.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The Ethics Review Board found Wednesday night that former City Council District 8 candidate Rolando Briones knowingly violated San Antonio’s ethics code by accepting a contract for his consulting and engineering firm with the city when he sat on San Antonio's Planning Commission.

The case was filed by William Hurley, a citizen who believed Briones acted inappropriately because he used a public entity for personal business.

Briones was present for the hearing, in which he testified that he never had any intention of knowingly violating the ethics code.

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Special Session - Abortion
5:00 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

What Do Court Statutes Say About The Fate Of Texas Abortion Legislation?

Though abortion legislation gets closer to becoming law, the fight could be far from over.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

As abortion legislation nears Gov. Rick Perry's desk, opponents are now looking at ways to combat the measures once they are signed into law. Attorneys in the Texas House have opposing legal interpretations of House Bill 2, the abortion bill that passed in the Texas House today.

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Special Session
2:03 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Texas House Gives Final Approval Of Abortion Bill

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Texas House has approved HB 2, the controversial abortion bill, on a vote of 98 to 49 without the addition of any amended changes.

The bill now heads to a Senate committee and a final vote on the bill is expected during the early part of next week.

The bill will ban abortion after 20 weeks and mandates that all clinics be upgraded to ambulatory surgical centers and have a doctor on staff that has admitting privileges at a hospital no more than 30 miles away. It also calls for doctors to follow all the FDA guideline for the drug RU-486.

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Special Session - Abortion
12:36 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Senate Dems Board Orange Tour Bus To Take Abortion Debate Across The State

Senate Democrats rally outside the capitol before heading out to hold hearings on the special session abortion bill.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Texas Senate Democrats rallied at the capitol and then boarded a big orange "Stand with Texas Women" tour bus to take the abortion fight on the road.

Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin, who is the chair of the Democratic Caucus, had initially requested the entire Senate take committee hearings on the road. When that request was denied, Stand With Texas Women chartered their own.

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Bexar County Sheriff
9:22 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Sheriff's Office Looking For Alternate Funding For Safety Equipment

In this photo taken by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Marlon Sammy/Released, Thai and U.S. Marines train using combat tourniquets.
Flickr user III Marine Expeditionary Force/MCI Pacific

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau is looking for funds in other places after her office was denied almost $100,000 worth of equipment funding from a federal grant.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant is a fund to help state and local entities prevent or reduce crime and violence and is administered through the Justice Department.

The sheriff hoped to get some of the local funds to purchase vests, helmets, AR15 rifles, and shields for deputies in case of a violent incident at the civil or criminal courthouse.

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Rick Perry Announcement
2:06 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

GOP Power Shift: Perry Announces He Will Not Seek Another Term As Governor

rickperry.org

Following much anticipation, prediction and some doubt, Gov. Rick Perry has announced he will not seek another term as governor.

A production crew played a campaign video ahead of Perry's speech, which lead most in the crowd to believe he was running for another term, but it was all for naught.

"I remain excited about the future and the challenges ahead, but the time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership. Today, I am announcing I will not seek re-election as governor of Texas," Perry said.

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Voting Rights Act
5:00 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Voting Rights Lawsuit Wants Texas Back Under Pre-Clearance

Chris Eudaily TPR News

A lawsuit filed by several civil rights groups this week could result in continued federal oversight of Texas voting laws despite a Supreme Court ruling that section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional.

Section 4 mandated that some states, including Texas, must get pre-clearance for any voting changes made by the legislature.

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Gun Control
4:27 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Poll Shows Bipartisan Support For Expanded Background Checks

Flickr user David Trawin (trawin) cc

A new poll out today shows bipartisan support for expanded background checks on gun purchases.

The study put out by Public Policy Polling shows both Democrats and Republicans support a bill that would allow for an expanded background checks on firearms.

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2014 State Election
3:52 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Like GOP, Texas Dems Wait To See What Key Figure Will Do Ahead Of 2014 Election

Sen. Davis speaking at a pro-choice rally outside the capitol on July 1.
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

The primaries leading up to the 2014 elections are already heating up amongst Republican candidates, but where do Democrats stand in key races?

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa said many Democrats are waiting to see what will happen with Fort Worth Sen. Wendy Davis regarding the governor's office.

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Special Session - Abortion
3:01 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Republicans Prepare For Democratic Stalling Tactics

Sen Patrick and his fellow Republicans are vowing to do everything in their power to clear the controversial abortion bill.
State of Texas

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services begins debate on the abortion bill this Monday at the state capitol and Republicans are preparing for anything the Democrats throw at them.

Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, estimates the bill will take about two weeks to get passed and said he doesn't see Democrats using a "nuclear option" and leaving the state ahead of a final vote on the abortion bill.

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