Government

Same-Sex Marriage
4:01 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Advocates Across Texas Applaud Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Activist Carlos Soto holds a flag infront of the Bexar County Courthouse.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Following Federal Judge Orlando Garcia's ruling that Texas' same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a group of gay rights activists took to the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse to celebrate the invalidation of the law.

The cold and the rainy weather did not discourage at least thirty supporters of the decision. The ruling does not immediately allow for same-sex marriages to take place, but Trisha Stuart, a participant in the rally, said it’s a step forward.

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Same-Sex Marriage
9:55 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Federal Judge Rules Texas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional

Attorney Neel Lane talks to reporters outside the San Antonio federal court building following the Feb. 12 hearing on the case.
David Martin Davies TPR News

A federal judge in San Antonio has ruled that the Texas ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and should not be enforced, saying that there was no rational basis for the law.

Federal District Judge Orlando Garcia’s opinion says for that reason, the Texas law barring same-sex marriages fails to meet the standard under the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause.

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Law
2:19 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Federal Judge Voids Texas Gay Marriage Ban

Couples Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss speak with reporters outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse in San Antonio earlier this month. The judge in their case ruled Texas' ban on gay marriage unconstitutional Wednesday.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 6:01 am

Saying that a Texas law barring same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and demeans the dignity of homosexuals, a federal judge struck down the law Wednesday. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia doesn't mean gay marriages can be held in Texas, however; he placed a stay on the decision, anticipating an appeal by the state.

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2014 Election
11:06 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Dewhurst And Patrick Pulling Away From Pack According To New Poll

Chris Eudaily TPR News

A new poll from the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Tribune shows current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick are pulling away from Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson in the Republican race for lieutenant governor.

The new numbers show Dewhurst at 37 percent of the vote and Patrick close behind with 31 percent.

"We are seeing this shaping up to be another establishment incumbent versus tea party insurgent race," said professor Jim Henson, who heads up UT-Austin’s Texas Politics Project.

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2014 Governor's Race
10:35 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Davis, Abbott Expected To Win Texas Gubernatorial Primary

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 6:43 am

State Senator Wendy Davis is the Democratic hopeful. She's challenging Republican Greg Abbott, the state's attorney general. Both are expected to easily win their primaries.

Gun Rights
10:27 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Supreme Court Won't Hear NRA’s Case For Lowering Conceal-Carry Age Limit

Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

In a rare case that pitted Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott against the National Rifle Association, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case involving the NRA’s request to lower the age limit for conceal-carry permits and purchasing a firearm.

Abbott defended Texas Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steve McCraw in his assessment that lowering the age requirement for anyone applying for a conceal handgun license from 21 to 18 would disrupt public safety.

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State Of The City
9:31 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Mayor Castro Praises Pre-K 4 SA, Announces One Million Pound Challenge For City

Tracy Mayon and her daughter, Haylee, pose together after the annual State of the City address. Mayor Julian Castro invited the mother/daughter to be his guests because Haylee attends Pre-K 4 SA in its inaugural year.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro dove into several main themes during his annual United State of the City address downtown. Among them were health care, education, downtown revitalization and the arts.

The address was reminiscent of President Obama's State of the Union speech when Castro introduced Tracy Mayon and her four-year-old daughter, Haylee, who is a Pre-K 4 SA student this year.

The mayor said afterward in a small gathering of press that early childhood education is the issue above all others.

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:04 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Rep. Castro And Former Bush Press Secretary Back Same-Sex Marriage Push Across The South

Congressman Joaquín Castro's official congressional portrait.
U.S. Government

A national same-sex marriage rights group has launched an effort across several states in the South to campaign for marriage equality.

Southerns for Freedom to Marry, a branch of the New York-based group Freedom to Marry, has mounted a $1 million campaign across nine states including Texas.

Chuck Smith, the executive director for Equality Texas, is heading up Freedom to Marry’s efforts in Texas and said recent polling shows Republican attitudes toward same-sex marriage have changed in recent years.

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2014 Election
12:04 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Texas House Candidate From El Paso Says She Was Attacked Outside Her Home

El Paso Democrat Lyda Ness-Garcia, who is challenging state Rep. Marissa Márquez for her seat in the Texas House, told police she was attacked outside her home by two people.

Ness-Garcia said the attackers told her, "You better hope you don't win" and threatened her family's safety.

In a statement, Ness-Garcia writes:

“The attackers made clear that their motives were political, but because this is an active law enforcement matter, I will not go in to further details as to the nature of the attack.” 

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Bexar County
9:50 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Bexar County Trying To Keep Up With Urban Sprawl To The West & Northwest

Bexar County and San Antonio area.
Texas Almanac 2014-2015

Unprecedented urban sprawl in Northwest Bexar County has officials pulling out their strategies for infrastructure improvements to do a  better job of keeping up with the growth. The first part of the county’s plans were unveiled at a public meeting Monday evening.

The attraction of no city taxes and lower home prices has lured thousands of new residents to densely-constructed subdivisions in a short period of time. Some experts have compared the growth to a city the size of Kerrville.  

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