Government http://tpr.org en 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 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 NBU Wins $29.7 Million Lawsuit Against LCRA http://tpr.org/post/nbu-wins-297-million-lawsuit-against-lcra <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A jury in Comal County has found in favor of New Braunfels Utilities in a lawsuit against the Lower Colorado River Authority.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The verdict could mean a nearly $30 million judgment against the </span>LCRA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for violating its contract with the local utility.</span></p><p>In returning the verdict in favor of NBU, the jury found that LCRA had breached its 1974 Wholesale Power Agreement with the utility and violated state law by charging excessive and discriminatory rates.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:54:17 +0000 Eileen Pace 35594 at http://tpr.org NBU Wins $29.7 Million Lawsuit Against LCRA 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 Mahncke Park Residents Upset Over 30% Rule For Historic Designation http://tpr.org/post/mahncke-park-residents-upset-over-30-rule-historic-designation <p>An increasingly vocal group of homeowners is making its opposition known about turning the century-old Mahncke Park Neighborhood into a historic district. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sporting signs and t-shirts saying "51% should rule,”&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mahcnke</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Park homeowners opposed to the historic designation rallied at a press conference to oppose the ci</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ty process they say leaves residents powerless against a minority of property owners.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:24:00 +0000 Eileen Pace 35391 at http://tpr.org Mahncke Park Residents Upset Over 30% Rule For Historic Designation 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 Taylor Makes History As First African American Mayor Of San Antonio http://tpr.org/post/taylor-makes-history-first-african-american-mayor-san-antonio <p>When voting finally got underway Tuesday in a packed city council chamber, the top two candidates out of the four vying for the interim mayor position became clear: Ivy Taylor from District 2 and Ray Lopez from District 6, who secured all of the votes.</p><p>District 5 councilwoman Shirley Gonzales and District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg, both of whom are rookie council members, did not receive any votes.</p><p>In the initial round of voting, Taylor garnered four votes to Lopez's two. The second round tilted Taylor's direction even more, this time with a vote split of 5-3.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:22:21 +0000 Ryan Loyd 35491 at http://tpr.org Taylor Makes History As First African American Mayor Of San Antonio 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