Government

City Government
11:37 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Rey Saldaña Running For City Council Office (pun intended)

Dist. 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña (middle of the pack in red shirt), along with Mayor Julián Castro, runs to City Hall to champion the early education initiative, Pre-K 4 SA ahead of the November general election.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The deadline for candidates to file for the San Antonio City Council elections is Friday. So far,  District 4 is the only office with no candidates listed.

The incumbent, Rey Saldaña, said that’ll change Thursday when he runs for the office, quite literally.

The Stanford graduate and former Stanford Cardinal baseball player will run seven and a half miles, do nearly 100 push-ups, 170 squats and finish with 10 burpees – a sort of squat-push up combo.

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Texas Medicaid
5:00 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Bexar County Commissioners Putting Pressure On Capitol To Expand Medicare

Local officials have some work to do to convince Gov. Perry and state lawmakers to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Bexar County Commissioners adopted a resolution Tuesday supporting Medicaid expansion for Texas residents, but commissioners know they have some convincing to do in Austin.

Local leaders are sending a message to lawmakers -- and the governor.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff has been spending time in the state capital this year trying to convince lawmakers to stop referring to Medicaid expansion as "optional."

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Voting
5:15 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Supreme Court Takes Up Voting Rights Act, Civil Rights Leaders Voice Support

Abbott in front of stone tablets displaying the 10 Commandments on the grounds of the state capitol.
State of Texas

On Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court will take up a case that could considerably weaken a key part of the Voting Rights Act.  Texas civil rights leaders say Latino and African American voters in the state will certainly be discriminated against should a part of the Voting Rights Act be struck down. 

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Federal Government
12:25 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Rep. Lamar Smith Says Agencies Should Decide On Sequestration Cuts

Congressman Lamar Smith speaks on the mandatory cuts to the federal government if congress does not come up with a budget by March 1.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

With ten days until the sequestration that prompts severe cuts to the nation’s defense budget, some lawmakers in congress are speaking against the cuts that no side wants but no one can agree on how to fix. 

Congressman Lamar Smith of San Antonio wants individual agencies to decide on what is necessary and was also critical of the recently leaked White House plan on immigration.

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City Health
3:16 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Employee Health Screenings Help Trim City Budget

City of San Antonio

On Tuesday, city employees rolled up their sleeves to take blood pressure and other tests as part of a biometrics wellness screening.

"It's just good to know where you stand as far as your health," said K Rahman, who has worked in the city’s public works department for six years. Rahman also said he has seen an increase in the city’s focus on healthy initiatives for its employees.

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City Government
12:55 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

New Boarding Home Ordinances Go Into Effect March 1

City of San Antonio

Owners who register by March 1 will have until Jan. 1 of 2014 to install the required fire sprinkler system, but those who register after March 1 will have only 30 days from the date they register to meet all the stipulations of the ordinance.

After safety concerns about boarding homes reached the city council following last year's deadly fire, leaders began drafting tighter restrictions on the inspection of boarding homes throughout the city.

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Guadalupe County
2:42 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Former Guadalupe County Judge Pleads Guilty In Marijuana Case

State of Texas District Viewer

A former Guadalupe County Judge has pleaded guilty to a charge of marijuana possession, but the judge has a chance to get the verdict off his record.

Former Guadalupe County Judge Mike Wiggins entered the guilty plea last week, saying he was glad the ordeal is over. He was placed on six month deferred adjudication for the Class B Misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.

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Federal Government
10:50 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Mixed Reviews For Sen. Ted Cruz’s D.C. Debut

Ted Cruz in a September 2012 photo.
cc Wikipedia Commons

Sen. Ted Cruz has been on the job seven weeks, and in that short time he’s made a big splash in Washington D.C. Speculation about the dynamic freshman legislator is blistering the blogosphere, and many are wondering if the Republican Party can control Cruz.

The Senate Armed Services Committee hearings for defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel were already tough, but then it was Cruz’s turn he turned up the heat.

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LGBTQ Rights
2:20 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage/Civil Union Bills Filed In Legislature

Minnesota protesters ahead of the state legislature's anti-gay amendment vote in May 2011; the amendment failed.
Flickr user Fibonacci Blue cc

As some states across the U.S. approve same-sex marriage by voters or legislatures, many are asking when conservative Texas will move forward on the issue. Several lawmakers filed bills this week that can be seen at least symbolic victories of progress.

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City Government
10:13 am
Wed February 13, 2013

With Big Projects Still To Be Completed, Mayor Castro Files For Third Term

Mayor Julián Castro raises his right hand to take the oath to run for his third term.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

With a signature, an oath and a check for $100, Mayor Julián Castro officially became a candidate for mayor.

At his Feb. 2 rally, he told supporters that he recognized he’s the first San Antonio mayor to have the opportunity to run for a third term. Expanded term limits in 2009 now allows Castro and each of the council members to run for four two-year terms.

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