Government

2014 Election
4:35 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Van De Putte’s Lieutenant Governor Campaign Gets National Help From Howard Dean

Walking arm-in-arm with Wendy Davis at the MLK march earlier this year in San Antonio, Leticia Van De Putte (left) is trying to gain momentum as her Republican opponent is still being decided in a primary runoff.
Credit Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

In late April, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean began an effort to encourage Democratic donors to support Leticia Van De Putte’s Texas bid for lieutenant governor.

Using his political action committee Democracy for America, Dean is also raising awareness through online campaigning, something many politicos say Dean gave birth to during his 2004 presidential bid.

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Politics
2:28 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Gov. Perry Talks Presidential Bid, Second Chances On 'Meet The Press'

Speaking this weekend on NBC’s "Meet the Press," Gov. Rick Perry was asked about the gaffs in his failed 2012 presidential run and how to recover ahead of the 2016 election.

Perry seems to be showing more signs of a 2016 run and said America is a land of second chances.

"I would tend to agree with them on the botched effort side of it," Perry said.

"So what went wrong?" asked host David Gregory.

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District 9 Special Election
2:34 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Weston Martinez Sticks To Conservative Values Message In Race For District 9

Weston Martinez is running his third campaign for San Antonio City Council.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The outspoken and conservative Weston Martinez wants San Antonio to enjoy its traditional values, he said during an interview about his candidacy for city council.

Martinez is aiming to capture the District 9 council seat that was vacated by Elisa Chan last year. She ran an ill-fated race for Texas Senate, losing to incumbent Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels.

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Affordable Care Act
4:40 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

In Last Month Of ACA Signup, Texas Insurance Enrollment Surges

Screenshot from Healthcare.gov earlier in the year.
Credit U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

A majority of states procrastinated when it came to signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act and new numbers show Texas was in the top five in the number of people signing up at the last minute.  

Texas had the third highest number people in the nation that signed up for an insurance plan in the last month of the ACA’s enrollment period. According to federal officials, the total number of Texans signing up for insurance through the federal marketplace was just under 800,000. 

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Texas Energy Capacity
1:18 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

ERCOT Report Shows Rolling Blackouts Not A Threat Anytime Soon

ERCOT region.
Credit Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel

A report released by the Energy Reliability Council of Texas shows the state is not in any danger of rolling blackouts anytime in the near future.  

ERCOT released three assessment reports looking at whether the state has enough energy reserves to meet the peak demand during the summer and fall of 2014 and then a long-term review of peak customer demand.

Warren Lasher, ERCOT’s director of system planning, said a set of new projects will help Texas meet its energy demand.

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2014 Republican Lt. Gov. Runoff
10:29 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Everything On The Line For Tonight's Dewhurst-Patrick Republican Runoff Debate

One political expert says that tonight's debate is a must win for Dewhurst if he is hoping to make it on the November ballot.
Credit David Dewhurst campaign

Following two weeks of negative campaign ads in the Republican lieutenant governor runoff, Dan Patrick and David Dewhurst will face off in a runoff election debate tonight in Houston. One political pundit said Dewhurst will need a blowout win at the debate if he is to gain in traction in the race.

Just when some had believed incumbent Dewhurst’s campaign had gone flat, he emerged with a set of attacks, alleging that Patrick changed his name to avoid the Internal Revenue Service.

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2014 Election
10:02 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Libertarian Party Of Texas Announces Candidates For Statewide Office

Robert Butler, candidate for lieutenant governor, addresses his libertarian colleagues and audience members infront of the Alamo.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Nine people stood in front of the Alamo hoping to change the status quo of the state as the Libertarian Party of Texas announced its candidates for statewide office. The list included those for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and state, county and congressional delegations.

Kathy Glass, as Houston lawyer who was not at the event, is the party's candidate for governor. She ran previously in 2010 and came away with 2 percent of the vote. She said she believes the state has been run by a single party for too long.

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Campaign Finance
3:17 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Texas House And U.S. Senate Take On Nonprofit 'Dark Money' Disclosure

This week both a U.S. Senate committee and Texas House committee took up the issue of whether political nonprofits should be required to disclose their campaign contributions.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are concerned with how these groups are trying to buy elections thanks to laws that don't require such groups to report their campaign contributions.

At the U.S. Senate Campaign Finance Committee hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas argued that campaign contributions are a form of free speech.

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District 9 Special Election
10:02 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Donald Oroian Points To Civil Engineering Experience In Case For Dist. 9 Seat

Donald Oroian is running for the San Antonio District 9 seat on the city council.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

City Council District 9 candidate Donald Oroian is in good spirits and has plenty of confidence with over a week left until Election Day, May 10.

The small consulting firm owner is a neighborhood leader and a former city planning commission member who said he fits the bill for city council:

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Criminal Justice
4:33 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Pressure Builds For Additional Transparency In Texas After Oklahoma Execution

Following a botched execution in Oklahoma, anti-death penalty groups and attorneys are once again calling on the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to provide full transparency in the state's execution process.

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