Ben Philpott, KUT News http://tpr.org en George P. Bush Steps Into Texas Political Limelight http://tpr.org/post/george-p-bush-steps-texas-political-limelight George P. Bush is expected to win Tuesday's GOP primary for land commissioner. Ben Phillpott of KUT brings the story of the young Bush's low-key campaign and outreach to Hispanic voters. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Ben Philpott, KUT News & Ben Philpott, KUT News 27711 at http://tpr.org Texans Could Vote to Help Cut Veterans' Property Taxes http://tpr.org/post/texans-could-vote-help-cut-veterans-property-taxes When Texans go to the polls beginning Monday, they&#8217;ll have the chance to vote on nine constitutional propositions. Two of them would cut property taxes for disabled veterans or their surviving spouse.&#160;<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Both propositions have their origins in an oversight and look to tweak current laws to give returning Texas veterans and their families property tax breaks.</span><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/115512578" width="100%"></iframe><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 19:54:13 +0000 Ben Philpott, KUT News 20312 at http://tpr.org Texans Could Vote to Help Cut Veterans' Property Taxes Expanding Reverse Mortgages on November Ballot http://tpr.org/post/expanding-reverse-mortgages-november-ballot Texans head to the polls later this month to vote on constitutional amendment propositions. Though water funding is receiving the most attention, there are 8 others to consider, including one that expands the use of what&#8217;s called a reverse mortgage in Texas.<p>A reverse mortgage is a financial tool that allows senior citizens to receive equity payments each month while staying in their home. The reverse mortgage is paid back, with interest, only after the house is sold when the owner either moves out or dies.<p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 15:02:54 +0000 Ben Philpott, KUT News 20040 at http://tpr.org Expanding Reverse Mortgages on November Ballot Could A Democrat Become Governor In Texas? http://tpr.org/post/could-democrat-become-governor-texas In 2014, Texas voters might just see something they haven't experienced in two decades — a competitive race for governor.<p>Current Republican Gov. Rick Perry isn't running for re-election, so it's an open race, with new faces and new optimism for Texas Democrats.<p>Earlier this year, the Democrats were once again facing the prospect of scrambling to find someone to run as their candidate. Then, on June 25, state Sen. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 21:44:11 +0000 Ben Philpott, KUT News 19926 at http://tpr.org Could A Democrat Become Governor In Texas? Women's Clinic Closed in Wake of Texas Law Offered More Than Abortions http://tpr.org/post/womens-clinic-closed-wake-texas-law-offered-more-abortions <iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F110729648" width="100%"></iframe><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A handful of clinics in Texas have closed, or are planning to, just weeks after a controversial&#160;<a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/832/billtext/pdf/HB00002F.pdf#navpanes=0">bill restricting abortions</a>&#160;passed the state legislature.</span><p><a href="http://www.plannedparenthood.org/greater-texas/">Planned Parenthood</a>&#160;says the closures will hurt the women who came to the clinics for general healthcare services.&#160;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Anti-abortion groups say there are other doctors for the women to go to.&#160;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So who's right?</span><p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 16:47:20 +0000 Ben Philpott, KUT News 18579 at http://tpr.org Women's Clinic Closed in Wake of Texas Law Offered More Than Abortions Miss., Texas Won't Offer VA Benefits To Same-Sex Partners http://tpr.org/post/miss-texas-wont-offer-va-benefits-same-sex-partners Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>Today, a Justice Department ruling opened the way for the Veterans Administration to extend benefits to same-sex married partners of veterans. This comes the same week that gays in the military can start applying for spousal benefits. But the process has not gone smoothly for National Guard members in Texas and Mississippi. In those states, Guard spokespeople say they won't file the paperwork for same-sex couples requesting benefits. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 20:36:00 +0000 Ben Philpott, KUT News 17895 at http://tpr.org Some Texas Democrats Waiting on Davis Before Joining 2014 Races http://tpr.org/post/some-texas-democrats-waiting-davis-joining-2014-races The Wendy Davis Watch continues in Texas politics. The Fort Worth state senator is expected to <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/davis-says-shell-run-re-election-or-governor">announce in the next few days</a> whether she will or won’t run for the Democratic nomination for Governor. But Democratic activists aren’t the only ones waiting.<p>So are potential Democratic candidates, as state-wide races up and down the ticket, so far, remain empty.&#160;<p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:52:04 +0000 Ben Philpott, KUT News 17394 at http://tpr.org Some Texas Democrats Waiting on Davis Before Joining 2014 Races Democrats Crank Up Pressure on Wendy Davis to Run for Governor http://tpr.org/post/democrats-crank-pressure-wendy-davis-run-governor <strong>Update</strong>:&#160;Texas Democratic Party chairman Gilberto&#160;Hinojosa&#160;has released a statement explaining the new website gathering support for a Davis run for Governor.<p>"We know she can win this race. Wendy has faced long odds before – and they've never stopped her. But before she decides to run, we need to show her that we have her back."<p><strong>Original post</strong> (12:04 p.m.):&#160;Texas Democrats appear on the fence over whether <a href="http://www.davis.senate.state.tx.us/">Sen. Wendy Davis</a>, D-Fort Worth, should run for governor in 2014 – much <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/davis-says-shell-run-re-election-or-governor">like the candidate herself</a>.<p>But with nobody else on the ballot so far, the minority party is ramping up its efforts to make sure their new rising star will have money and manpower – just in case.<p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:18:51 +0000 Ben Philpott, KUT News & Ben Philpott, KUT News 16672 at http://tpr.org Democrats Crank Up Pressure on Wendy Davis to Run for Governor Agenda Texas: Looming Legislative Deadlines http://tpr.org/post/agenda-texas-looming-legislative-deadlines <iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F89052411" width="100%"></iframe><p>Over 6,000 bills were filed in the 2013 legislative session. And <a href="http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/sessions/sessionYears.cfm">historically speaking</a>, only about 20 percent of them will be signed into law.<p>Many of those that don’t pass won’t even receive the dignified end of being voted down by lawmakers. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:38:13 +0000 Ben Philpott, KUT News 10142 at http://tpr.org Agenda Texas: Looming Legislative Deadlines Agenda Texas: Freshman Rep. Donna Campbell Reflects On The Session So Far http://tpr.org/post/agenda-texas-freshman-rep-donna-campbell-reflects-session-so-far <iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F86549698" width="100%"></iframe><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Have you ever watched a debate at the Texas Capitol? It’s not always the easiest thing to follow. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:40:16 +0000 Ben Philpott, KUT News 9264 at http://tpr.org Agenda Texas: Freshman Rep. Donna Campbell Reflects On The Session So Far