Ryan Poppe http://tpr.org en Lawmakers Question Cost Effectiveness Of DPS, Texas National Guard Border Surge http://tpr.org/post/lawmakers-question-cost-effectiveness-dps-texas-national-guard-border-surge <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas lawmakers are questioning the heads of state agencies about the overall cost analysis related to the influx of border crossings. The legislative committee is charged with determining the short-term and potential long-term financial impact that could cost taxpayers $17 million per month.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:26:46 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35898 at http://tpr.org Lawmakers Question Cost Effectiveness Of DPS, Texas National Guard Border Surge LGBT-Rights Groups Ask Texas Attorney General To Stop Enforcing Ban On Same-Sex Marriages http://tpr.org/post/lgbt-rights-groups-ask-texas-attorney-general-stop-enforcing-ban-same-sex-marriages <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Same-sex families and gay-rights groups have filed a petition with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office, requesting requesting that they stop enforcing Texas’ ban on same-sex marriages. &nbsp;</span></p><p>Lauren <span class="st">Zurbrügg</span>, development manager of Equality Texas, was one of those who showed up to drop off the 5,000-signature petition.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:48:43 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35814 at http://tpr.org Watchdog Group Files Criminal Complaint Against AG Nominee Ken Paxton http://tpr.org/post/watchdog-group-files-criminal-complaint-against-ag-nominee-ken-paxton <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A government watchdog group based in Austin has asked the Texas Public Integrity Unit to investigate state Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The request has to do with Paxton advising his law clients of securities investments without having a license to do so.</span></p><p>While working as an attorney, Paxton solicited clients and invested their money without having a license to do so. The Republican nominee for Texas attorney general admitted wrongdoing and paid the $1,000 civil penalty.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:40:30 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35808 at http://tpr.org Texas Education Commissioner Requests Extension For Rollout Of New Teacher Evaluations http://tpr.org/post/texas-education-commissioner-requests-extension-rollout-new-teacher-evaluations <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has asked the U.S. Department of Education allow the state to delay a full rollout of a new teacher evaluation system and</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> teacher's associations are applauding Williams' action.</span></p><p>As per agreement with that allows Texas to opt out of sections of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, Williams was to design a teacher evaluation pilot program, test it using voluntary school districts, and then rollout the program after a year.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:37:16 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35659 at http://tpr.org Texas Education Commissioner Requests Extension For Rollout Of New Teacher Evaluations State Lawmakers Debate Future Of Texas Economic Incentive Programs http://tpr.org/post/state-lawmakers-debate-future-texas-economic-incentive-programs <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There is a divide among state lawmakers regarding economic incentive programs for new and expanding businesses.&nbsp; Some lawmakers and state leaders question whether these programs remain useful and beneficial for the state's economic growth.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:35:32 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35642 at http://tpr.org State Lawmakers Debate Future Of Texas Economic Incentive Programs RAICES Says 63% Of Minors At Lackland Qualify For Asylum, Sen. Cornyn Skeptical http://tpr.org/post/raices-says-63-minors-lackland-qualify-asylum-sen-cornyn-skeptical <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An <a href="http://www.raicestexas.org/#!At-Least-63-of-Refugee-Children-at-Lackland-Air-Force-Base-Qualify-for-Relief/c4x3/48917F75-F1DC-40B4-8F0C-2E2270900065" target="_blank">internal review by the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) </a>found 63% of the Central American children being housed at </span>Lackland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Air Force base in San Antonio would qualify for some type of asylum relief.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:43:29 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35576 at http://tpr.org RAICES Says 63% Of Minors At Lackland Qualify For Asylum, Sen. Cornyn Skeptical Davis And State Dems Planning To Monitor For Voter Suppression, Discrimination http://tpr.org/post/davis-and-state-dems-planning-monitor-voter-suppression-discrimination <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis and the Texas Democratic Party are launching a voter protection program to monitor </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">voter suppression and discrimination on Election Day.</span></p><p>Davis predicts this election will have large voter turnout and she, along with the state party and Battleground Texas, are getting prepared for what could come down to a legal fight at the ballot box.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:19:02 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35563 at http://tpr.org Davis And State Dems Planning To Monitor For Voter Suppression, Discrimination Senate Lawmakers Examine Ways To Solve Teaching Shortage In Texas http://tpr.org/post/senate-lawmakers-examine-ways-solve-teaching-shortage-texas <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ahead of the 2015 legislative session, state lawmakers are examining what can be done to address the state’s shortage of teachers.&nbsp; A</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;senate committee asked leading education officials to make recommendations on how to improve retention levels while maintaining quality educators.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:40:13 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35516 at http://tpr.org Senate Lawmakers Examine Ways To Solve Teaching Shortage In Texas Rio Grande Valley Lawmaker Says The "Militarization" Of The Border Is Wrong For Texas http://tpr.org/post/rio-grande-valley-lawmaker-says-militarization-border-wrong-texas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, is taking issue with Gov. Rick Perry’s executive action to activate the Texas National Guard along the U.S.-Mexico border.</span></p><p>Hinojosa applauded the efforts of the Department of Public Safety’s border surge Operation Strong Safety, which is a state-led effort to provide more security along the border and plug up any holes that cartels may be using for criminal activity.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:59:50 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35480 at http://tpr.org Gov. Perry Orders National Guard Troops To The Border http://tpr.org/post/gov-perry-orders-national-guard-troops-border <p></p><p>While waiting for the federal government to do something about the situation on the border with Mexico, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has decided to take action into his own hands, ordering a deployment of Texas National Guard troops.</p><p>Perry said the majority of those crossing the border are here to commit crimes and only a small percentage are unaccompanied minors.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:50:24 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35477 at http://tpr.org Gov. Perry Orders National Guard Troops To The Border