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Government
9:49 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Castro Annouces Re-Election: "I'm Not Going Anywhere"

Mayor Julián Castro formally announces his third re-election campaign and tells supporters he's "not going anywhere" in regards to seeking higher office.
David Martin Davies TPR

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro announced he’ll be seeking a third term leading city hall, and just like his keynote at the DNC, Castro was introduced by his twin brother, Congressman Joaquín Castro.

“You know, over the last four years I have watched my brother do every single thing that he can to make San Antonio the greatest American city we can possibly be," said Joaquín. "Whether it’s confronting our challenges to bringing more jobs to San Antonio, education – with Pre-K 4 SA, healthcare with combating childhood obesity.”  

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Texas Legislature
8:54 am
Mon February 4, 2013

New Bill Seeks To Raise Legal Smoking Age To 21

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Flickr user TN Drum Guy cc

State Senator Carlos Uresti’s proposed SB313 would change the legal smoking age in Texas from 18 to 21. Uresti said his bill is about saving lives and saving money.

"On average, over 24,500 Texas die every year from smoking related illnesses," the senator said, referring to a fact sheet provided by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

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Political Polling
7:34 am
Mon February 4, 2013

And The 2016 Presidential Winner In Texas Is... Hillary Clinton

South Facade of the White House
CC-BY-SA-3.0/Matt H. Wade at Wikipedia

There is still speculation that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will run for President in 2016, but if she does decide to pursue the White House, a new poll finds that she would win in Texas.

No Democrat has been able to claim the electoral votes of Texas since Jimmy Carter squeaked out a victory over Gerald Ford in 1976, but according to the data gathered by Public Policy Polling, Hillary Clinton would win in Texas if that election was held today.

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Government
4:02 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Cornyn And Doggett Embody Opposing Views Of Immigration Reform

Undocumented immigrants are rounded up at a car wash in Maricopa Couty, Ariz.
Jose Munoz

On the heels of President Obama’s statements on immigration and a plan from the Gang of Eight bi-partisan Senate committee, two national lawmakers from Texas are offering their input on what immigration should look like over the coming years.

This week the president introduced his plans for what could become comprehensive immigration reform, which include:

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Bexar County Sheriff
3:48 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Pamerleau Gets $500,000 For Emergency Overtime Payroll

Bexar Co. deputies wait for sheriff to make presentation to county commissioners
Eileen Pace TPR

Bexar County Commissioners have approved emergency funding to temporarily pay overtime to Bexar County detention officers, but the sheriff has a plan to save the county a quarter-million dollars.

Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said the county can save $250,000 by allowing her and the county manager to conduct an in-house staffing study instead of paying a third party.

Pamerleau said staffing issues at the jail are the most critical problem in her office, where she says 50 positions remain vacant.

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Bexar County
1:58 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Cowboy Hat Is Back For Bexar Sheriff's Deputies

Bexar Co. Sheriff Susan Pamerleau sports her new "silver belly" gray Western hat, one of those on the new approved list for county deputies' headgear
Eileen Pace TPR

Bexar County Commissioners proclaimed Feb. 7 through Feb. 24 "Official Rodeo Season" and Feb. 7 as "Official Dress Western San Antonio Day."

To herald the official rodeo season and the cooler weather, Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau has issued an order proclaiming cowboy hats as officially approved headgear for sheriff’s deputies.

"Because it's tradition for Texas sheriffs. When I went to newly-elected sheriffs' school, I was probably one of the only ones who didn't have a cowboy hat on," Pamerleau said.

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Texas Legislature
3:25 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Lobbying Your Legislator: Make Your Voice Heard

KUT News

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 3:19 pm

With the Texas Legislature back in Austin, lobbyists from across the state have descended to advocate for and against the thousands of bills that will be filed.

So what if you’re just a regular Texans with an opinion? Do lawmakers want to hear from you? Do they care what you think?

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City Council
1:33 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Nirenberg Running For Council Seat Being Vacated By Williams

Current District 8 City Councilman Reed Williams will not seek re-election this term.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Ron Nirenberg, the associate general manager for Trinity University's non-commercial jazz station, KRTU, has officially announced his candidacy for City Council District 8.

Nirenburg has been preparing for the race for nearly a year. The 35 year old stressed accountability and ethics as his vision for city hall with a crowd of 100 supporters at Orsinger Park on Saturday.

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Government
4:22 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Texas Legislature: Rep. Lavender Proposes Open Carry Law

A bill in the Texas House proposes removing the concealed portion of Texas gun laws allowing license holders to freely display their weapons.

State Rep. George Lavender, R-Texarkana, proposed HB 700, which alters the code that says a firearm can’t be seen, but does require it be in a belt or shoulder holster with dual points of resistance.

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City Government
10:58 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Video: Mayor Castro Makes Case For Re-Election

Mayor Castro celebrates the passing of the Pre-K 4 SA initiative on election night with his family.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

Mayor Julián Castro is holding a re-election rally on Feb. 2 to "officially" announce his run for mayor in 2013, but a video released yesterday already makes his intentions clear.

Castro took some big political strides in his second term in the office, and the announcement effectively puts an end to talk that he will run for a higher office anytime soon.

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