David Martin Davies http://tpr.org en Castro And Patrick Spar Over Immigration, Build Political Capital For The Future http://tpr.org/post/castro-and-patrick-spar-over-immigration-build-political-capital-future <p>While Congress is showing no signs of moving forward on passing comprehensive immigration reform, the complicated issue was spotlighted Tuesday night in a heated debate between state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.</p><p>Patrick and Castro aren’t running against each other for political office; Castro isn’t running for anything right now.</p><p></p><p>Patrick is running for what many call the most powerful job in Texas, lieutenant governor, and he’s doing it with ads like this:</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:14:52 +0000 David Martin Davies 30137 at http://tpr.org Castro And Patrick Spar Over Immigration, Build Political Capital For The Future Did Gov. Perry Overstep Authority In Line-Item Veto Of Public Integrity Unit? http://tpr.org/post/did-gov-perry-overstep-authority-line-item-veto-public-integrity-unit <p></p><p><strong>Texas Matters:</strong> In the last legislative session Gov. Perry threatened to and then vetoed the budget of the state's public integrity unit, a state agency that scrutinizes governmental affairs, when the Travis County district attorney, who oversees the unit, did not step down from her post. A special prosecutor is now looking into the case. Also on this show: The governor's race and pre-K, new addition to Texas public school curriculum, cleanup of oil spill on Texas coast, and endangered species vs. oil prospecting.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:34:53 +0000 David Martin Davies 29885 at http://tpr.org Did Gov. Perry Overstep Authority In Line-Item Veto Of Public Integrity Unit? Is Desalination The Answer To Texas' Long-Term Water Needs? http://tpr.org/post/desalination-answer-texas-long-term-water-needs <p><strong>Texas Matters: </strong>Texas has enjoyed cheap water for years, but it may not be that way for much longer as the days of relying on a single source for water are coming to a close. Desalinating salt water is expensive, but could help the state cope with water shortages. Also on this show: Lesser prairie chicken protection, fracking and cancer in Flower Mound, Texas.</p><p><strong>The future landscape of water in Texas</strong></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:44:04 +0000 David Martin Davies 29627 at http://tpr.org Is Desalination The Answer To Texas' Long-Term Water Needs? How Texans Are Missing Out On Millions Under The ACA -- And It's Not Medicaid Expansion http://tpr.org/post/how-texans-are-missing-out-millions-under-aca-and-its-not-medicaid-expansion <p><strong>Texas Matters:</strong> A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation details the government subsidies that are available to people signing up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. It seems that a lot of people in Texas are missing out. The mysterious death of 28-year-old Alfred Wright, who is African American, has caused racial issues to boil over in East Texas. Also on this show: Gender equality in the gubernatorial race.</p><p><strong>Texans slow to sign up, slow to get subsidies</strong></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:05:27 +0000 David Martin Davies 29083 at http://tpr.org How Texans Are Missing Out On Millions Under The ACA -- And It's Not Medicaid Expansion What Will We Learn From New Transparency In Privately-Run Texas State Jails? http://tpr.org/post/what-will-we-learn-new-transparency-privately-run-texas-state-jails <p><strong>Texas Matters:</strong> A court has ruled that privately-run jails are, in effect, governmental bodies when it comes to Texas open records law, so what will be uncovered from the new level of transparency that these institutions must follow? Will the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association be ready to pay out in the event of a destructive hurricane? Also on this show: Whooping crane populations along the coast and a new ocelot kitten in South Texas.</p><p><strong>Privately-run jails must now open up records</strong></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:54:24 +0000 David Martin Davies 28665 at http://tpr.org What Will We Learn From New Transparency In Privately-Run Texas State Jails? Farmers, Ranchers Calling For Immigration Reform http://tpr.org/post/farmers-ranchers-calling-immigration-reform <p>Farmers and ranchers from across the United States are calling for action on immigration reform. The Texas Farm Bureau is asking Congress to “get ‘er done” to help farmers compete.<br /><br />Texas Farm Bureau State Director Russell Boening runs a dairy farm just south of San Antonio. But this week he is in Washington, D.C., at the National Press Club talking about immigration reform.<br /><br />“Some of our labor is going to have to be imported or more of our food is going to be imported. So I hope we can get that message across to all of our leaders," he said.<br /> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:19:20 +0000 David Martin Davies 28541 at http://tpr.org How The Affordable Care Act Is Affecting Texas http://tpr.org/post/how-affordable-care-act-affecting-texas <p><strong>Texas Matters: </strong>On this week's episode, we look at the ways the Affordable Care Act is affecting Texas, from a South Texas county that will be relying on the plan to service its employees, to efforts to get more of Texas' uninsured residents signed up for Obamacare.</p><p></p><p><strong>Brooks County drops health coverage</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Brooks County is in South Texas near the coast. It's not exactly on the border, but near enough to be heavily impacted by the cost of illegal immigration.</span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:01:24 +0000 David Martin Davies 28262 at http://tpr.org How The Affordable Care Act Is Affecting Texas Brooks County Drops Health Coverage For All Employees http://tpr.org/post/brooks-county-drops-health-coverage-all-employees <div>A South Texas county is telling its employees to enroll in the Affordable Care Act because the county can't afford to insure them any longer. Brooks County is dealing with rising cost of health care, falling oil revenues and the cost of illegal immigration.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p>The 95 Brooks County employees were told this week they would lose their health insurance and they could sign up for the ACA at the local public library.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:35:07 +0000 David Martin Davies 28273 at http://tpr.org What Does The March Primary Tell Us About Texas Politics Going Forward? http://tpr.org/post/what-does-march-primary-tell-us-about-texas-politics-going-forward <p><strong>Texas Matters:</strong> Breaking down results from the March primary election -- there were some surprises, but for most it was just another day at the office. Also on this show: Changes at the Southern Poverty Law Center.</p><p><strong>Tea party remains strong in Texas</strong></p><p>Tuesday was primary day in Texas, the first in the nation and a kickoff for the 2014 election season. The two top candidates looking for party nominations for governor -- Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis -- had their expected solid wins.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:11:42 +0000 David Martin Davies 27880 at http://tpr.org What Does The March Primary Tell Us About Texas Politics Going Forward? Comfortable Primary Win For Abbott Sets Up Showdown Agaist Davis In General Election http://tpr.org/post/comfortable-primary-win-abbott-sets-showdown-agaist-davis-general-election <p></p><p>Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott easily cruised to a primary victory Tuesday night, claiming over 91 percent of the votes cast, and is now looking forward to the general election in November.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Texas Secretary of State Hope </span>Andrade<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said it’s no accident that Abbott picked San Antonio to hold his primary victory celebration. She said it’s a city that’s close to his heart and it’s also key to helping the Texas Republican Party win a greater share of the Hispanic vote.</span></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:50:37 +0000 David Martin Davies 27744 at http://tpr.org Comfortable Primary Win For Abbott Sets Up Showdown Agaist Davis In General Election