Politics http://tpr.org en The Source: Making Redistricting More Fair, Less Partisan http://tpr.org/post/source-making-redistricting-more-fair-less-partisan <p>Texas continues to grapple in federal court over its election maps as a result of partisan cartography that rewards one party over the other. The central question is: Does it illegally impact the voter representation of minority voters simultaneously?</p><p>But is there a fairer way of setting up the maps from the start, which would better represent communities in elections and avoid time in the court?</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:29:19 +0000 Paul Flahive 35627 at http://tpr.org The Source: Making Redistricting More Fair, Less Partisan 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 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 The Source: Will New Mayor Mean New Priorities? http://tpr.org/post/source-will-new-mayor-mean-new-priorities <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Updated 12:10 PM:&nbsp;</strong></p><p>District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez withdrew his name from being considered for mayor, paving the way for the city's first African American mayor, District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor.</p><p>After a multiple rounds of voting by council members had whittled the field to Lopez and Taylor, a 5-3 vote brought Taylor within one. At this point Lopez withdrew his name, saying it was time to unify around a candidate and move forward.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:26:17 +0000 Paul Flahive 35478 at http://tpr.org The Source: Will New Mayor Mean New Priorities? Detectives Say E-Mail Author Who Targeted Cris Medina Did Not Break The Law http://tpr.org/post/detectives-say-e-mail-author-who-targeted-cris-medina-did-not-break-law <p>When an email went out to members of the media alleging wrongdoing by San Antonio City Councilman Cris Medina, the District 7 representative filed charges against the email sender for impersonating him.</p><p>After a review by detectives, it appears the anonymous writer did not break the law.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:52:37 +0000 Ryan Loyd 35415 at http://tpr.org Detectives Say E-Mail Author Who Targeted Cris Medina Did Not Break The Law Democrat Testifies That GOP Did Not Discriminate When Drawing State House Maps http://tpr.org/post/democrat-testifies-gop-did-not-discriminate-when-drawing-state-house-maps <p></p><p>The federal trial over whether the state’s Republican leadership intentionally discriminated against minorities when drawing new voting district maps continued today in San Antonio.</p><p>One Democrat who testified Wednesday doesn't believe that's what happened.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:37:06 +0000 Ryan Loyd 35183 at http://tpr.org Democrat Testifies That GOP Did Not Discriminate When Drawing State House Maps The Source: Wanted: New Mayor, Apply Within http://tpr.org/post/source-wanted-new-mayor-apply-within <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Outgoing Mayor </span>Julián<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Castro leaves some pretty big shoes to fill. The popular mayor was known nationwide and whether you liked him or not he brought a spotlight to San Antonio. As Castro prepares to leave for a cabinet job at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, several potential heirs on city council jockey for position.</span></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:31:37 +0000 Paul Flahive 35166 at http://tpr.org The Source: Wanted: New Mayor, Apply Within Dist. 9 Councilman Krier Takes Name Out Of Consideration For Interim Mayor http://tpr.org/post/dist-9-councilman-krier-takes-name-out-consideration-interim-mayor <p>As many members of the city council submit their letters of interest to the city clerk to be interim mayor, District 9 Councilman Joe Krier released a letter stating he does not want to be considered for the job.</p><p>"Having just been elected May 10, I have made a commitment to the residents of District 9 to serve out the remainder of former Councilwoman Elisa Chan's term," he said in his statement.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:19:40 +0000 Ryan Loyd 35125 at http://tpr.org Dist. 9 Councilman Krier Takes Name Out Of Consideration For Interim Mayor Davis Outraises In Last Quarter, But Abbott Holds Cash-On-Hand Lead http://tpr.org/post/davis-outraises-last-quarter-abbott-holds-cash-hand-lead <p>Democratic nominee for governor Wendy Davis’ campaign has announced they were able to raise $11.2 million in donations over the last quarter in tandem with Battleground Texas.</p><p>With less than four months to go before the general election, Davis' campaign has $13.1 million cash on hand.</p><p>In the same time frame, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott raised $11.1 million, giving his campaign a combined total of $35.5 million cash on hand.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:37:53 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35112 at http://tpr.org The Source: Politics Is A Joke http://tpr.org/post/source-politics-joke <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a 2007 Pew Poll, Jon Stewart was ranked as </span><a href="http://www.journalism.org/2008/05/08/journalism-satire-or-just-laughs-the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-examined/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">one of the most admired journalists</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in the country. The problem being that "The Daily Show" host is actually a comedian, and his news-skewering show is not, in-fact, news.</span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:12:01 +0000 Paul Flahive 35105 at http://tpr.org The Source: Politics Is A Joke