Politics http://tpr.org en San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro: "It Is, For Me, Bittersweet To Say Goodbye" http://tpr.org/post/san-antonio-mayor-julian-castro-it-me-bittersweet-say-goodbye <p>Since the confirmation process to lead the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development left some uncertainty, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro had remained mum about the future.</p><p>But on Wednesday, a full Senate confirmation finally allowed the 39-year-old mayor, husband and father to let his guard down and talk candidly about his new role in Washington, D.C.</p><p>During a Wednesday afternoon news conference, Castro spoke with emotion and candor.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 03:38:22 +0000 Ryan Loyd 34795 at http://tpr.org San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro: "It Is, For Me, Bittersweet To Say Goodbye" Coalition Rallies To Dump The State Franchise Tax In 2015 Legislative Session http://tpr.org/post/coalition-rallies-dump-state-franchise-tax-2015-legislative-session <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of Republican lawmakers, business alliances and tea party activists are hoping to gather enough support ahead of the 2015 legislative session in order to do away with the Texas franchise tax. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:46:22 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34774 at http://tpr.org Lawmakers Discuss Impact Of Immigrant Surge On Government & Local Agencies http://tpr.org/post/lawmakers-discuss-impact-immigrant-surge-government-local-agencies <p>The Texas House Homeland Security &amp; Public Safety Committee lined up several state agencies and city leaders from the Rio Grande Valley to detail how the thousands of Central American children coming to Texas is affecting various functions of state and local government.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Department of Public Safety’s Steve McCraw said there is a lack of security related to the large number of border patrol agents who are having to spend more time processing unaccompanied children.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:16:44 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34390 at http://tpr.org Lawmakers Discuss Impact Of Immigrant Surge On Government & Local Agencies The Source: What's In A Platform? http://tpr.org/post/source-whats-platform <div>Last month's Texas republican party platform aimed to rouse the base, inspiring action.&nbsp;Blowback<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> inside and outside the party of endorsing reparative therapy for homosexuals and the party's abandoning a guest worker program&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">had party leaders walking back the importance of the document. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:17:11 +0000 Paul Flahive 34339 at http://tpr.org The Source: What's In A Platform? San Antonio Lawmaker Calls Texas Republicans “Pendejos” http://tpr.org/post/san-antonio-lawmaker-calls-texas-republicans-pendejos <p>State <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">San Antonio, caused a stir among Texas Republicans for comments he made during this weekend’s Texas Democratic Party convention.</span></p><p>During his keynote speech, Martinez Fischer said the GOP "should stand for <em>gringos&nbsp;y&nbsp;otras pendejos.</em>"</p><p>Republican candidates immediately took issue with the comment.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:00:13 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34323 at http://tpr.org San Antonio Lawmaker Calls Texas Republicans “Pendejos” Abbott Campaign Spends $10 Million For Fall Homestretch Advertising Push http://tpr.org/post/abbott-campaign-spends-10-million-fall-homestretch-advertising-push <p></p><p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott’s campaign confirmed they have spent $10 million to secure prime advertising spots in the last month of the general election.</p><p>Political expert Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University, said an early buy-in can mean locking in lower rates and the campaign’s ability to reserve the best ad placement.&nbsp;</p><p>Jillson said the timing of this news, which comes the same time of the Texas Democratic Party convention, is also a "shot across the bow."</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:08:12 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34174 at http://tpr.org Abbott Campaign Spends $10 Million For Fall Homestretch Advertising Push Villarreal Makes It Official: He Is Leaving Legislature To Run For San Antonio Mayor http://tpr.org/post/villarreal-makes-it-official-he-leaving-legislature-run-san-antonio-mayor <p></p><p>Soon after word began to circulate about San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro’s appointment to President Barack Obama's cabinet, state Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio, began announcing his intentions to run for mayor.</p><p>Villarreal has now made it official with a fundraising email to his past supporters, telling them he is stepping down from the Legislature to organize a campaign to be the next mayor of San Antonio.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:21:07 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34177 at http://tpr.org Villarreal Makes It Official: He Is Leaving Legislature To Run For San Antonio Mayor Texas Democrats Don't Expect Any Platform Shakeups At State Convention http://tpr.org/post/texas-democrats-dont-expect-any-platform-shakeups-state-convention <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Texas Democratic Party’s 2014 state convention starts today and party officials say they are not expecting any major divisions in the party or surprises concerning the party’s platform.</span></p><p>Communication Director Manny Garcia said the conversations they have had with party delegates haven’t been about making any major changes to the party’s platform, just some tweaking.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:58:24 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34091 at http://tpr.org Texas Democrats Don't Expect Any Platform Shakeups At State Convention Texas GOP Chairman Munisteri Speaks Out Against Reparative Therapy http://tpr.org/post/texas-gop-chairman-munisteri-speaks-out-against-reparative-therapy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week the Republican Party of Texas released it’s <a href="http://www.texasgop.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/2014-Platform-Final.pdf" target="_blank">finalized 2014 platform</a>, which includes a line item addressing support for voluntary "reparative therapy" for gays and lesbians.</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:14:55 +0000 Ryan Poppe 33675 at http://tpr.org Texas GOP Chairman Munisteri Speaks Out Against Reparative Therapy The Source: Is Political Polarization A Threat? http://tpr.org/post/source-political-polarization-threat <p>The country hasn't been this politically divided in recent history, according to a <a href="http://www.people-press.org/2014/06/12/political-polarization-in-the-american-public/" target="_blank">new report</a> from the Pew Research Center. Growing distaste for opposing viewpoints and parties has led to a shrinking middle ground. Just how little the two groups have in common is punctuated time and again in the report.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:55:19 +0000 Paul Flahive 33610 at http://tpr.org