Government

Government
6:19 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Bexar County Requesting Funds To Prevent Sexual Assault Behind Bars

Bexar County jail seeking $250,000 in federal funds
Eileen Pace TPR News

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is applying for a federal grant under a new law designed to prevent sexual assault in jails.

The grant could provide the county with as much as $250-thousand dollars to help the jail maintain new federal standards.

Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) in May of 2012, and it includes provisions to prevent, detect, and respond to allegations of sexual abuse in any kind of detention facility.

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2014 Election
2:21 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Democratic Comptroller Candidate Collier Touts CPA Background, Challenges GOP Nominee To Debate

Mike Collier
Courtesy photo

The Democratic candidate in the Texas Comptroller’s race, Mike Collier, says poor forecasting is the reason the state had to cut school funding in 2011, adding that as the only Certified Public Accountant that is running in 2014, he's more qualified to be forecasting the state’s overall revenues and how the Legislature sets a two-year budget, than his opponent, Republican Glen Hegar. 

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Texas Windstorm Insurance Association
11:41 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Unpaid Hurricane Claims Have More To Do With Politics Than Storm Damage

A Houston attorney who also happens to be the largest Democratic contributor in the state this week released new details in his ongoing lawsuit against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.

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Women's Rights
7:00 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Davis Accuses Abbott Of Dodging Equal Pay For Women Question

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

Looking more and more like a general election that's in full swing, gubernatorial opponents Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott took shots at each other this week over Abbott’s response to a question about an equal-pay for women bill that was vetoed by Governor Rick Perry following this past session.   

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Election Campaigns
4:03 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Governor Perry Hints At 2016 Presedintial Run During CPAC Speech

rickperry.org

Governor Perry used much of the same rhetoric he used while touring with his group, Americans for Economic Freedom, when he recently spoke at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.  The Texas Republican still sounded like he plans a presidential run in 2016.

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City Government
3:24 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Bernal To Focus On Most Aggressive Vacant Building Plan The City Has Seen

Councilman Bernal walked through the crowd delivering his state of the center city address Friday.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

District 1 City Councilman Diego Bernal said soon the city will look at the most aggressive policy it has ever seen on empty buildings. On Friday he outlined that promise at his second State of the Center City address.

As TPR has reported, San Antonio has a downtown vacancy rate of 29 percent. That figure is 19 percent citywide, which is why Bernal said he will be introducing a bold measure to take care of empty buildings.

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Texas Politics
3:19 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Patrick-Castro Immigration Debate Set For April 15

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick sits outside the Alamo to call out Mayor Castro ahead of the March primary.
Dan Patrick via YouTube

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick’s campaign has set a date for a debate with San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro -- the campaign also leaked information about a possible statewide runoff debate in the planning stages with incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

Allen Blakemore, Patrick’s chief campaign strategist, said they have settled on April 15 for the debate that has caused much friction between the two elected officials.

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Bag Bans
2:37 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Texas Lawmaker Requests Bag Ban Opinion From Attorney General Abbott

State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, says several members of the Texas Retailers Association have requested he find about the legality of some Texas city’s efforts to ban the use of plastic shopping bags.

Flynn is hoping to discover whether plastic bag bans violate sections of the state’s Health and Safety Code:

"Well it’s a health issue -- they want you to use these cloth bags that get so nasty and dirty," Flynn said. "Why in the world would government get involved in something like this? And then, of course, the retailers are getting beat up over this."

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2014 Governor's Race
3:17 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Davis Presents Innovation & Technology Component Of Education Platform At SXSWedu

Wendy Davis says her education policy will contain a greater use of technology even amongst poorer school districts -- the Democratic nominee for governor was one of the keynote speakers at this week’s South by Southwest Education conference.

In a packed room at SXSWedu in Austin, Davis provided a sneak peak at another component to her education platform: Innovation and technology.

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Abortion In Texas
2:43 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Rio Grande Valley Loses Only Remaining Abortion Clinic

The last remaining abortion clinic in the Rio Grande Valley closed its doors this week as a result of House Bill 2, the abortion clinic restriction law passed by the legislature during 2013’s special session.

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