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2014 Primary Election
1:09 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Texas Races Likely Heading To A Primary Runoff

A political expert from the University of Texas highlighted the elections that are expected to make it to a runoff, and not all of those are within the Republican primary.

Professor Jim Henson from the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said the main race to watch is the Republican lieutenant governor’s race.

"The expectation is that David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick will come out ahead, leaving Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson not making the cut if you will," Henson said.

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2014 Primary Election
4:24 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Texas Republican Primary Heats Up

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 3:46 pm

It appears to be a race to the right for Republican candidates in tomorrow’s party primary in Texas.

After the sudden and unexpected rise to power of Texas’ junior and very conservative U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a slew of GOP hopefuls for statewide office have been trying to out-Cruz each other in a state that often serves as a bell weather for where the Republican party is headed.

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Immigration
2:56 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Supreme Court Will Not Hear Farmers Branch Immigrant Housing Case

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The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal from the City of Farmers Branch regarding an ordinance that would have made it illegal to rent or provide housing to immigrants in the country without documentation.

Since its passage, civil rights group like the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund have taken issue with the ordinance, which was designed to keep undocumented immigrants from renting apartments and homes in the Dallas suburb.

MALDEF’s Nina Perales was one of the lead attorneys fighting the ordinance and said it damaged the city from inside-out.

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2014 Primary Election
2:21 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Heated Republican Primary Runoffs Could Be Bad For Texas GOP In General Election

The last day to vote in the March primary is Tuesday, March 4.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Tomorrow is the last day to vote in the March primary and Steve Munisteri, the chairman of the Texas Republican Party, said he's worried about how several of the heated races will affect the overall party and candidates themselves during the general election.  

Munisteri said they had not seen this level of participation since 2012, when there was a presidential election and a heated race between David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz for the empty U.S. Senate seat.

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Republican Party
9:39 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Dallas In The Running To Host 2016 Republican National Convention

Republican Party of Texas

Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri said Dallas has a very good chance of being selected to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Munisteri is on the RNC’s commission, which doesn’t pick the site but helps develop the criteria to make a recommendation. He said hosting 2016 RNC benefits Texas in several ways:

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Drug Policy
3:13 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Marijuana Advocacy Group Banks On Changing Attitudes In Texas

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A poll released this week by the University of Texas shows 49-percent of Texans support making possession of  marijuana legal, and it’s these statistics -- along with a shift in attitudes amongst elected officials -- that has caused one of the nation's most powerful marijuana advocacy groups to set up shop in Austin.

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Affordable Care Act
1:28 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

HHS Sec. Sebelius Stops In San Antonio To Push Affordable Care Act Enrollment

Bexar Co. Judge Nelson Wolff joins U.S. HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius at Bibliotech on her push to sign up more Texans for health care under the Affordable Care Act.
Eileen Pace TPR News

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius made a tour through San Antonio Friday to encourage more people to enroll in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Sebelius joined Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff on a final push before the March 31 open enrollment deadline to talk about health care and offer examples of people who are satisfied with the Affordable Care Act program.

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City Government
5:18 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

District 4 Councilman Saldana Takes Job In Education

Dist. 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña accepted a job with KIPP San Antonio as chief engagement officer.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

While District 4 City Councilman Rey Saldaña is still on the council, he's got a new position that allows him to work in his background of education. He has been hired by KIPP San Antonio, a network of college preparatory public schools, as the chief of engagement. Saldaña said the position is a first for KIPP.

The job comes as a big relief for the councilman, who is engaged to be married and currently lives at home with his parents. He has taught at Trinity University and Palo Alto College, but the new job will help him support his new bride and himself.

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State Agencies
5:11 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

DOJ May Investigate Texas Windstorm Insurance Association For Discrimination

A Houston attorney in the midst of a separate lawsuit against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA)  has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate racism in the state agency.   

Houston attorney Steve Mostyn is representing Brownsville School District in their lawsuit against TWIA for the group’s failure to pay on claims related to a 2008 hurricane. In the midst of that suit, Mostyn found hundreds of racist emails from TWIA officials, some related to his clients. 

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:54 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Abbott Appeals Federal Same-Sex Decision

The two Texas couples challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage (from left to right): Cleo DeLeon and Nicole Dimetman, and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed the paperwork for an appeal of this week’s federal ruling that labeled Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Abbott said ultimately the Supreme Court will have to decide the issue.

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