Battleground Texas http://tpr.org en Greg Abbott Refers Battleground Texas Investigation to Bexar County DA http://tpr.org/post/greg-abbott-refers-battleground-texas-investigation-bexar-county-da <p>While the Texas attorney general’s office has opted out of investigating the Democratic organizing group Battleground Texas, officials with the group called the allegations a partisan attack and said they fully comply with the law.<br /><br />Attorney General Greg Abbott recused his office from a possible investigation that follows accusations and concern from elected officials like Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. The San Antonio office of Battleground Texas is accused of data harvesting -- allegedly keeping phone numbers from voter registration cards.<br /> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:44:05 +0000 Ryan Poppe 27255 at http://tpr.org Following New Undercover Video, Dewhurst Requests State-Led Investigation Of Battleground Texas http://tpr.org/post/following-new-undercover-video-dewhurst-requests-state-led-investigation-battleground-texas <p>Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has requested the secretary of state and attorney general’s office investigate Battleground Texas for possible voter harvesting. The allegations center on another undercover video produced by conservative activist group Project Veritas.</p><p>In the past, Project Veritas’ videos have been scrutinized for how they were produced and whether there was any truth to their content. The latest video featuring Battleground Texas San Antonio Field Organizer Jennifer Longoria has public officials believing there is enough to launch an investigation.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:04:01 +0000 Ryan Poppe 27143 at http://tpr.org Battleground Texas Groups Wary Of Undercover Videographers http://tpr.org/post/battleground-texas-groups-wary-undercover-videographers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With the recently-released video that shows an alleged Battleground Texas volunteer making remarks about Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott's disability, leaders within the group are telling organizers to be on the lookout for undercover members of Project </span>Veritas, the group that released the video,<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and to not be baited into saying something they will regret.</span></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:06:04 +0000 Ryan Poppe 25737 at http://tpr.org Political Expert Weighs In On Undercover Video Of Battleground Texas http://tpr.org/post/political-expert-weighs-undercover-video-battleground-texas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A political expert in Texas says an undercover video of Battleground Texas organizers making fun of Greg Abbott’s disability will likely rally the base, but doesn't see it hurting anyone’s campaign.</span></p><p>Professor Jim Henson with the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said the impact will depend how closely the media follows the video, which he described as a highly-edited unidentified group of people making fun of Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott’s disability.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:06:58 +0000 Ryan Poppe 25590 at http://tpr.org Political Expert Weighs In On Undercover Video Of Battleground Texas Video Released Of Battleground Texas Workers Mocking Greg Abbott's Disability http://tpr.org/post/video-released-battleground-texas-workers-mocking-greg-abbotts-disability <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A YouTube video that has gone viral shows Battleground Texas organizers making fun of Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott’s disability.</span></p><p>The video was released by the nonprofit group Project Veritas, whose mission according to it’s founder is to go undercover and investigate public figures because of neglect from the mainstream media.&nbsp;</p><p>The Project Veritas team secretly filmed Battleground Texas organizers at a Wendy Davis Gubernatorial watch party.</p><p>Clip from the undercover video:</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:14:46 +0000 Ryan Poppe 25551 at http://tpr.org Video Released Of Battleground Texas Workers Mocking Greg Abbott's Disability Democratic Party Hoping To "Turn Texas Blue" In 2014 http://tpr.org/post/democratic-party-hoping-turn-texas-blue-2014 <p>Almost 200 Democratic party chairs from counties across Texas made their way to San Antonio over the weekend for training to "turn Texas blue," as the party continues its marketing push to get to voters it feels it can persuade.</p><p>State Democratic Executive Committee member Susan Bankston said county chairs learned more about online outreach through social media. She said the party can be more efficient by focusing on the voters that are fed up.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:58:23 +0000 Eileen Pace 15995 at http://tpr.org Democratic Party Hoping To "Turn Texas Blue" In 2014 Battleground Boerne: Democrats Enlist Castro To Help Break Republican Stronghold http://tpr.org/post/battleground-boerne-democrats-enlist-castro-help-break-republican-stronghold <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Democrats are on the move to Turn Texas Blue, a campaign to turn around the last three decades of Republican domination.</span></p><p>The effort went local last week when Kendall County Democrats asked for input from <a href="http://castro.house.gov/" target="_blank">Congressman Joaquín Castro</a>.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:21:16 +0000 Eileen Pace 9242 at http://tpr.org Battleground Boerne: Democrats Enlist Castro To Help Break Republican Stronghold Texas Matters: How Would Raising The Minimum Wage Affect Texas? http://tpr.org/post/texas-matters-how-would-raising-minimum-wage-affect-texas <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During his last State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed raising the national minimum wage to nine dollars an hour and permanently indexing it to the cost of living.</span></p><p>Supporters say it's a way to redistribute income from thriving corporations to workers. Others say it’s a surefire way to kill jobs.</p><p>With the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ro6/fax/minwage_tx.htm" target="_blank">most minimum wage workers in the union</a>, Texas would be the state most impacted if the wage increase becomes law.</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 18:19:20 +0000 David Martin Davies 8054 at http://tpr.org Texas Matters: How Would Raising The Minimum Wage Affect Texas?