Government

The Source
4:10 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Bexar County Preview Of The Next State Legislative Session

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Wikipedia Commons

Two Bexar County lawmakers are gearing up for their days in Austin – to craft a budget and shape new laws for Texas. Republican Representative Lyle Larson of District 122 is on a mission to keep the state on a conservative course. Democrat Representative Mike Villarreal of District 123 is going to Austin in the political minority, but still looking to be a major part of the legislative process.

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City Infrastructure
2:56 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

San Antonio's Growing Pains: Road Repairs Part Of Progress

Barricades are set up along parts of Blanco Road under construction
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Construction is a constant obstacle in an old and growing city, as city leaders identify decaying streets, sidewalks and other infrastructure in need of repair through bond projects.

One of the areas in need of attention is Blanco Road. Phase one of a project includes Hildebrand to Fresno and El Monte to Olmos Creek; work still leftover from the city’s 2007 bond project.

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House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
4:49 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

District 21 Congressman Lamar Smith New Chair Of Science Committee

Congressman Lamar Smith's official portrait for the 112th Congress (2011-2012).
United States Congress

In the next congress, Republican Lamar Smith will be giving up his powerful chairmanship on the House Judicial Committee to become chair of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Smith will lead the committee that has oversight over NASA and other Texas research institutions.

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Governor Rick Perry
12:17 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Governor Perry Keeping His Political Future Open To Possibilities

There’s renewed speculation about Governor Rick Perry's political future, which could include another run for the White House. Perry said Monday that he is planning to "make an announcement" about "future political plans" in July.

This January, the state legislature convenes for the 83rd legislative session, and Perry needs to keep his political options open and lawmakers guessing in order to not appear like a lame-duck governor.

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Immigration Reform
9:21 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Senator Cornyn Says He Won't Support Achieve Act

John Cornyn congressional portrait, 2009.
United States Congress

The day after the Achieve Act was announced, it’s failing to achieve political support. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is calling the Achieve Act the wrong approach to solving the immigration problem. 

The Achieve Act is proposed by two retiring senators, Jon Kyl (R) of Arizona and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) of Texas, and is being called a watered-down version of the Dream Act since it doesn’t provide a path to citizenship.

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Federal Government
2:30 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

How To Help Keep Us From Going Over The Fiscal Cliff

Current San Antonio area Congressional Districts.
State of Texas District Viewer

The Bush tax cuts are about to expire, effectively raising the tax rate for all Americans if congress can't make a deal and come up with a new tax plan by the end of the year.

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New Sec. of State
7:36 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Governor Perry Appoints San Antonio Attorney As 108th Secretary Of State

State of Texas

Today the governor announced his appointment of San Antonio attorney John Steen as the new Texas Secretary of State, days after former Secretary Hope Andrade suddenly announced her resignation last week.

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Waste Water
4:50 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Video: Grease Clogs Inside San Antonio's Sewers

SAWS

SAWS customers will likely see a 9.9 percent net rate increase on their water bills in the new year, thanks in large part to an increase in sewer overflows. The water utility is asking consumers to join them for upcoming community meetings to learn more about how to reduce costs.

San Antonio Water System has 5,000 miles of sewer pipe and Spokeswoman Anne Hayden said sewer spills have become so common that the utility must do more repair and clean-up than they have had to do in the past.

Part of the problem is consumer habits.

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County Charter Bill
9:52 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Could The City Of San Antonio And Bexar County Become One Governing Body?

Screen cap of the Texas Legislature's District viewer showing Bexar County and San Antonio. A bill, if passed and approved by voters, would merge the governments of the two.
Texas Legislature

The City of San Antonio and Bexar County could have a unified government if a bill in the legislature giving voters the option to create a county charter is made law.

Like all counties in Texas, Bexar County has a Commissioner’s Court and its municipalities have independent mayor/council governments. A bill filed in the House by State Representative Lyle Larson would merge the two for a metro-government.

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The Alamo
9:18 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Scathing Report Concludes Daughters Of The Republic Of Texas Failed In Care Of Alamo

The Alamo, June 2012.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

An 18-month investigation by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Office concluded that the Daughters of the Republic of Texas failed to properly preserve and maintain the Alamo, misused state funds for its own benefit, failed to address conflicts of interest, and let its own organizational interests get in the way of acting in the best interest of the Alamo and the State of Texas.

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