Government

Gay Rights
1:44 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Rick Perry Compares Homosexuality To Alcoholism At San Francisco Stop

Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Credit rickperry.org

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been in California all week for a series of meetings, one of which was a stop at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.

During an extended Q&A session, Perry was asked whether he thought homosexuality was a disorder. This was his response, filmed by San Francisco CBS affiliate KPIX-TV:

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Texas Public Schools
4:20 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

LULAC, MALDEF File Federal Suit Over Texas English Language Learner Programs

The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on the behalf of the League of United Latin-American Citizens, alleging the state of Texas isn’t doing enough to advance English language learner (ELL) students in public schools.

The lawsuit also names San Antonio-area school districts North East ISD and Southwest ISD as defendants and references continuing state education reports to show ELL students are not given as many opportunities as other students.

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Veterans Affairs
3:12 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

South Texas Veterans Group Details Big Problems With Harlingen VA Clinic

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Staffing issues, longer wait times for doctor’s appointments and lack of medical vouchers are just some of the problems at veteran medical clinics in the U.S.

One South Texas veterans support group has seen firsthand the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Harlingen, which has the country’s second longest average wait time according to a federal audit.   

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Abortion in Texas
1:10 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

North Texas Hospital Settles Suit, Restores Doctors' Admitting Privileges

In an -out-of-court settlement, University General Hospital in Dallas has restored the admitting privileges of two area doctors after they were revoked because the doctors perform abortions.

In April, Dr. Lamar Robinson and Dr. Jasbir Ahluwalia filed suit against the hospital for revoking their admitting privileges, which are now required for doctors performing abortions under House Bill 2, which was passed last summer.

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Texas GOP Convention
12:07 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

GOP Latinos, Business Leaders Disappointed At Removal Of Guest Worker Program

Will the removal of a guest worker program from the Texas GOP platform have an affect the November election?
Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

What will be the effect of the Republican Party of Texas' removal of a resolution that calls for a guest worker program? Some Moderate Republicans say they are troubled by this trend that has extended beyond the Republican primaries.

The removal of the Texas Solution, a state-centric guest worker program, from the party platform seems to have firmed up some Republicans' position on the matter. State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, said he thinks the party missed an opportunity.

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Texas GOP Convention
10:13 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Mental Health Group Says Reparative Therapy Stigmatises Texas LGBT Community

Credit Republican Party of Texas

Support and protection for reparative therapy has been included in the 2014 Republican Party of Texas Platform. But a leading mental health organization said this further stigmatizes and shames the Texas LGBT community.

The reparative therapy platform was introduced by Cathie Adams, executive director of the Texas Eagle Forum and adopted without any changes:

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Texas GOP Convention
4:38 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Texas GOP Advances Platform Supporting "Conversion Therapy" For Gays & Lesbians

The Log Cabin Republicans, who were denied a booth at the 2014 Republican State Convention, are hoping to block a final vote on the resolution on the final day of the convention.
Credit Log Cabin Republicans

The Republican Party of Texas has advanced a plank of the party’s platform that supports “reparative therapy” for homosexuals. Gay Republican groups are outraged.

Reparative therapy, sometimes called "conversion therapy,"  is intense psychological counseling for men and women in an attempt to change their sexual orientation.

Cathie Adams is the executive director of Texas Eagle Forum, a tea party group that advanced the resolution that opposes any effort to ban reparative therapy, which has been done in other states.

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City Government
12:06 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

City Offices Flooded With Letters About Proposed Bag Ban, Most Of Them In Support

City council and the mayor's office are being filled with letters and emails, most of them in support, of a proposed plastic bag ban.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

There are strong opinions in the debate over a proposed plastic bag ban. The idea has bounced back and forth between committee meetings so far, and according to staff members it will go before the full San Antonio City Council this month.

In the meantime, the 10 council members and mayor have received plenty of responses from the public. Their offices report they've received about 1,400 emails and letters, and an overwhelming number have been favorable toward a ban. Only five, they say, were opposed.

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State Health & Human Services
5:23 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Push To Close Texas State-Suported Living Centers

The Boatwright family.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Recently the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission released a report that was highly critical of the Texas state-supported living centers. The system of institutions has a proven track record of providing substandard care and the report says they cost too much money to maintain.

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Texas Politics
4:18 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Straw Poll At Texas GOP Convention Pits Perry Against Cruz In GOP Presidential Run

Credit Republican Party of Texas

The Republican Party of Texas chairman and a political expert predict that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will win the convention's presidential straw poll being conducted this week in Fort Worth.

Perry spoke today at the 2014 Republican State Convention, which was streamed online via the Texas Tribune.

"We need to set the stage for 2016, when we will win the White House and we will rebuild the American dream,” Perry said to the crowd.

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