Shelley Kofler http://tpr.org en Primary Opponent Jerry Patterson Tells KERA He's Endorsing Dewhurst Over Patrick http://tpr.org/post/primary-opponent-jerry-patterson-tells-kera-hes-endorsing-dewhurst-over-patrick Lieutenant Governor <a href="https://www.daviddewhurst.com/">David Dewhurst</a> got some good news this weekend in his uphill battle to hold onto his job. A former foe, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, told KERA he will be endorsing Dewhurst. The news comes two days after Dewhurst, the incumbent, and <a href="http://www.danpatrick.org/home/">Dan Patrick, the frontrunner, </a>debated in Houston.<p> Mon, 05 May 2014 14:46:47 +0000 Shelley Kofler 31173 at http://tpr.org Primary Opponent Jerry Patterson Tells KERA He's Endorsing Dewhurst Over Patrick Greg Abbott Went To Law School With A Plaintiff In Gay Marriage Suit He’s Fighting http://tpr.org/post/greg-abbott-went-law-school-plaintiff-gay-marriage-suit-he-s-fighting What does Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott have in common with Mark Phariss, one of the plaintiffs who sued the state to challenge its gay marriage ban?<p>They were law school classmates. They knew each other. Phariss tells KERA they were good friends.<p>And now the attorney general and Phariss, an attorney who lives in Plano with his long-time partner, are on opposite sides of<a href="http://keranews.org/post/federal-judge-overturns-texas-gay-marriage-ban-declaring-it-unconstitutional"> Texas’ brewing battle over gay marriage.</a><p>Phariss told KERA Thursday morning that during law school at Vanderbilt, he discussed politics over dinner with Abbott and his wife. Phariss is a Democrat, Abbott a Republican.<p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:08:56 +0000 Shelley Kofler 27480 at http://tpr.org Greg Abbott Went To Law School With A Plaintiff In Gay Marriage Suit He’s Fighting Texas Primary Primer: For John Cornyn, A Stockman Surprise -- And How Other Races Are Shaping Up http://tpr.org/post/texas-primary-primer-john-cornyn-stockman-surprise-and-how-other-races-are-shaping Tea party activists have been gunning for Sen. John Cornyn. But even they were surprised when Steve Stockman, a Republican Congressman from the Houston suburb of Friendswood, filed on the last possible day to run against Cornyn in the March Republican primary.&#160;<p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:26:47 +0000 Shelley Kofler 23433 at http://tpr.org Texas Primary Primer: For John Cornyn, A Stockman Surprise -- And How Other Races Are Shaping Up Democrats Await Van de Putte's Decision As Candidate Filing Begins http://tpr.org/post/democrats-await-van-de-puttes-decision-candidate-filing-begins Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis both plan to officially file as candidates for governor on Saturday. It’s the first day of a month-long period where Democrats and Republicans can do that.<p>In Arlington Thursday night Rep. Chris Turner and Democrats urged State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio to join Davis on the ticket as a candidate for lieutenant governor.&#160;<p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:11:25 +0000 Shelley Kofler 21728 at http://tpr.org Democrats Await Van de Putte's Decision As Candidate Filing Begins Greg Abbott Defends Stricter Abortion Law, While Opponents Ask Judge To Delay It http://tpr.org/post/greg-abbott-defends-stricter-abortion-law-while-opponents-ask-judge-delay-it <div><p>In Dallas on Monday, Attorney General Greg Abbott defended a new state abortion law being challenged in federal court this week. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:32:22 +0000 Shelley Kofler 20602 at http://tpr.org Greg Abbott Defends Stricter Abortion Law, While Opponents Ask Judge To Delay It Mexican Roots Bind Families Who Settled Early In Texas http://tpr.org/post/mexican-roots-bind-families-who-settled-early-texas Unlike many places in America where Latinos are a relatively new minority group, Texas Hispanics were there before white Anglos. In some ways, having once been part of Mexico has lessened the tensions between whites and Latinos. But that's not always the case.<p><em>(For an extended version of this story, along with a gallery of images, visit KERA's website:</em> <a href="http://keranews.org/post/latino-roots-run-deeper-texas" target="_blank">Latino Roots Run Deeper In Texas</a>.<em>)</em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 KERA Unlimited. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 09:03:00 +0000 Shelley Kofler 14225 at http://tpr.org State Lawmaker Says Expanded Newborn Testing Will Save Lives http://tpr.org/post/state-lawmaker-says-expanded-newborn-testing-will-save-lives On Wednesday state lawmakers on the House Public Health Committee will consider screening newborns for congenital heart defects. The bill filed by Denton Republican Myra Crownover continues her efforts to expand genetic testing for babies.<p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:47:22 +0000 Shelley Kofler 7840 at http://tpr.org State Lawmaker Says Expanded Newborn Testing Will Save Lives Judge Finds Texas School Funding System Unconstitutional http://tpr.org/post/judge-finds-texas-school-funding-system-unconstitutional <span style="line-height: 1.5;">District Judge John&#160;</span>Dietz<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;has ruled the Texas school finance system, which serves over 5 million public schoolchildren, is unconstitutional.&#160;</span><p>“The court declares the school finance system &#160;is not adequately funded and therefore fails to make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of the system,” Dietz&#160;said Monday, explaining one of the reasons he ruled against the state.&#160;<div> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 23:00:17 +0000 Shelley Kofler 5850 at http://tpr.org Judge Finds Texas School Funding System Unconstitutional State-of-the-State Analysis: Will Lawmakers Buy Perry's Tax Cut? http://tpr.org/post/state-state-analysis-will-lawmakers-buy-perrys-tax-cut Two SMU political science professors disagree on whether Governor Rick Perry’s call for a tax cut will sail through the legislature. We asked professors Cal Jillson and Matthew Wilson to watch the governor’s state-of-the state speech yesterday and tell us what impressed them.<p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:24:19 +0000 Shelley Kofler 5570 at http://tpr.org State-of-the-State Analysis: Will Lawmakers Buy Perry's Tax Cut? Some Texas Lawmakers Ready To Tap The Rainy Day Fund http://tpr.org/post/some-texas-lawmakers-ready-tap-rainy-day-fund As the state legislature prepares to open its session Tuesday, lawmakers are hearing a word not spoken in the capitol for a long time. It’s ‘surplus.’ Unlike two years ago, when they faced a massive deficit and cut $15 billion from the budget, there’s talk of an increase in money for state programs and a growing Rainy Day fund. The state comptroller will release the official budget estimate this morning, but the debate over whether and how to spend the Rainy Day money has already begun.<p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 15:44:42 +0000 Shelley Kofler 4345 at http://tpr.org Some Texas Lawmakers Ready To Tap The Rainy Day Fund